Nat Lofthouse misses out in battle of greatest captains
WANDERERS legend Nat Lofthouse has narrowly missed out on being named the Football League’s greatest ever captain.
Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of the Football league, asked fans to cast their votes for their all-time favourite skipper.
And The Bolton News revealed in August that after a first round of voting, Nat had made it onto a shortlist of just five players from the original 72.
Voting ended on September 3 and it has emerged that Leeds United legend Billy Bremner scooped the title with 35 per cent of the vote.
Joining the Lion of Vienna in the runners-up positions are Mick Mills of Ipswich Town, Archie Gibson of Scunthorpe United and Paul Robinson of Millwall.
The search was launched to raise awareness of Prostate UK’s ‘Men United’ drive — which is urging fans to put rivalries aside and help to fight prostate cancer.
But Lofthouse, who played more than 500 times for the Whites and scored 285 goals will, along with the other five super skippers, be immortalised in the Men United hall of fame.
Mark Bishop, of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Lofthouse deservedly enters our Men United Hall of Fame and I look forward to working with the team at Bolton Wanderers this season against this deadly disease which kills one man every hour.
“Congratulations to all our runners-up and a big thank-you to all those fans up and down the country for voting.
“As well as celebrating the League’s greatest sporting heroes, our aim is to fire up men to take urgent action to tackle this killer disease head on and join the team to fight it.
“Prostate cancer affects one in eight men at some time during their lifetime and with the disease increasing at an alarming rate across our stadiums, this is one challenge we can’t afford to lose.”
For more information on Prostate Cancer UK and the Men United drive: visit prostatecanceruk.org n The greatest Wanderer, see page 13
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