Old friend of Nat Lofthouse to sell Bolton Wanderers legend's cap
AN old pal of Nat Lofthouse has decided to auction off one of the Wanderers legend’s England caps — after reading that a whole haul of the Whites captain’s memorabilia is set to go under the hammer.
Tom McCue, who is originally from Bolton but moved to Cornwall, has made the difficult decision to let go of the treasured gift from Nat — an England cap for a game against the United States in 1953.
Mr McCue said: “He gave me the cap from a game in 1953 and I have treasured it and loved it all my life, but when I saw that all of the memorabilia was being auctioned off, I felt that it was time for someone else to enjoy it.”
Tom said that he originally met Nat simply from going to watch him play for Wanderers as a fan — and the two struck up a great friendship.
He added: “It wasn’t like it is now. I got to know him from going to the games and then we used to meet down the pub.
“Nat would come down to see me and my family in Cornwall and we would just sit around and laugh all day — it was such a great time.
“He was my best friend and me and my family would have done anything for him.” Mr McCue was such a fan of Nat’s that he paid tribute to him by painting a special picture of the Lion of Vienna.
He said: “Never mind the best footballer, Nat Lofthouse was the best person you could ever meet.”
Memorabilia from Nat’s glittering career will be auctioned by his children in November — with the sale worth as much as £100,000. Every memento still in the possession of the Lofthouse family will be up for auction at Bonhams in Chester on November 6.
Nat’s 1958 FA Cup winner’s medal, his OBE, six remaining England caps and the Lion of Vienna trophy presented to him when he retired will all be up for auction.
The 1958 medal has an estimate of between £10,000 and £12,000, while the cap won by Nat in Vienna in 1952, the match that earned him his famous nickname, is valued at between £2,000 and £3,000.
Comments are closed on this article.