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Legend Nat Lofthouse passes away

Legend, leader and loyal were just three of the words used to describe Nat Lofthouse following his death yesterday.

Lofthouse, 85, who scored a phenomenal tally of 30 goals in 33 appearances for England, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his nursing home.

Aside from being a robust, strong, powerful forward, Lofthouse will predominantly be remembered for being a one-club man (Bolton 1946-1960), rare in this day and age.

In the 1958 FA Cup final, he scored twice in Bolton's 2-0 victory over Manchester United, controversially and infamously barging Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg into the net in the process of scoring one of his goals.

He belonged to a golden generation of England players along with the likes of Sir Tom Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews whose time came before the 1966 World Cup success.

“You have to put him in with those two great players,” said his close friend Sir Bobby Charlton.

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