, OBE (born 27 August 1925), better
known as Nat Lofthouse
, is a retired English footballer
who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. He was
capped 33 times for the England national football team between
1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and giving himself one of the
greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent
England at the highest level.
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1925, Lofthouse joined the
town's main club on 4 September 1939 and made his debut in a
wartime 5-1 win against Bury on 22 March 1941 when he scored two
goals. It was then more than five years until he made his league
debut for the club, but he eventually played against Chelsea on
31 August 1946, when he scored twice in a 4-3 defeat. Lofthouse
would go on to play 33 games for England but his debut on 22
November 1950 made him 25 when he finally broke into the team.
He perhaps justified a claim to an earlier call-up by scoring
both goals in a 2-2 draw against Yugoslavia at Highbury on his
On 25 May 1952, Lofthouse earned the title 'Lion of Vienna'
by scoring twice in England's 3-2 victory over Austria. Back
from national team duty, he then scored six goals in a game
between the English Football League and the Irish League on 24
In 1953, he was declared English Footballer of the Year and
on 2 May that year, he scored a goal - but was on the losing
side - in the famous FA Cup Final of 1953 (aka 'The Matthews
Final'), having previously scored in each round. That season he
topped the First Division goalscoring charts with 30 goals. On
22 October 1958, Lofthouse broke Vivian Woodward's 47-year-old
England goalscoring record by netting his 30th goal in a 5-0 win
against the Soviet Union in London.
On 3 May 1958, almost five years to the day after losing the
1953 final, Lofthouse captained Bolton in the 1958 FA Cup Final
against Manchester United, who three months earlier had been
involved in the Munich air disaster. Against a national wave of
sympathy for United, Bolton won the game 2-0 with Lofthouse
scoring two goals, the second of which was highly controversial
and remains a talking point to this day. Lofthouse went into a
challenge with the United keeper Harry Gregg and barged him into
the net to score as shoulder charging the goalkeeper was a
legitimate tactic at the time.
On 26 November 1958, Lofthouse made his final England
appearance, against Wales, at the age of 33, and he officially
retired from the game in January 1960 because of an ankle
injury, although his final league game wasn't until 17 December
of that year, when he suffered a knee injury against Birmingham.
Lofthouse stands 7th in the all-time top division goalscorers in
Coaching and management
After retiring from playing football, Lofthouse became the
assistant trainer at Burnden Park on 10 July 1961 and was then
appointed chief coach at the club in 1967. In 1968, he spent a
brief time as caretaker manager of the club and took over the
job full-time on 18 December. Before becoming Bolton's chief
scout, he became an administrative manager at Burnden. In 1978,
he became the club's executive manager. In 1985, at the age of
60, Lofthouse became caretaker manager at the club again and
became president in 1986.
Lofthouse has been the recipient of various honours since
retiring from the game. On 2 December 1989, he was made a
Freeman of Bolton. On 1 January 1994, he received an OBE and on
18 January 1997, Bolton decided to name their East Stand at
their new Reebok Stadium after him.
Tributes were paid to Nat as he celebrated his 80th birthday,
including a party at the Reebok.
A campaign, backed by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the
Professional Footballers' Association and former Bolton player,
has started, aiming to get Nat Lofthouse knighted.
Nat Lofthouse was an Inaugural Inductee into the English
Football Hall of Fame in 2002.Miscellaneous
'The Lion of Vienna' is a well known Bolton pub, named in
honour of Nat Lofthouse. The pub is situated on Chorley New
Road, opposite Bolton School.
The British actor Sean Maguire was rumoured to have been
hired to play Lofthouse in a film adaptation of the book Wartime
Wanderers, a book about Bolton Wanderers players' efforts during
World War II. 
But the film was never made because of a lack of finance.