Nat Lofthouse commemorative plaque unveiled as Bolton Wanderers stars pay tribute to club hero

Nat Lofthouse commemorative plaque unveiled as Bolton Wanderers stars pay tribute to club hero

Nat Lofthouse commemorative plaque unveiled as Bolton Wanderers stars pay tribute to club hero

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A LASTING tribute to Bolton's greatest footballing legend, Nat Lofthouse, was unveiled tonight in a ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.

Manager Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside exposed a bronze freize featuring the iconic image of the Wanderers hero holding the FA Cup while being lifted by the 1958 team.

Mildred Clayton, Nat's partner of 25 years, along with fans, Bolton dignitaries and footballers from the past and present, attended the Lion of Vienna Suite at the Reebok tonight to see the image.

Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn spent three months crafting the artwork, one of two pieces that will be placed in a memorial garden at the Reebok Stadium .

Coyle said: "We all know how important Nat was to Bolton Wanderers . He epitomised everything about the club.

"He was a household name. As much as he was a big star he was a humble man and you always found him with a smile."

The two bronze images will be placed alongside a nine-foot statue of Nat.

The statue will be unveiled on August 27 next year, on what would have been Nat's 88th birthday.

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1:13pm Fri 28 Sep 12

JOHN HIGHAM says...

What the hell is gartside doing there at all ????? It was the FANS that have paid for that and not that club but again gartside wants to claim all the glory,,,

He is a total joke. Also IF anyone should be the person unveiling the statue a name should be drawn from the season ticket holders and gartside should not be allowed anywhere near that opening of the statue
What the hell is gartside doing there at all ????? It was the FANS that have paid for that and not that club but again gartside wants to claim all the glory,,, He is a total joke. Also IF anyone should be the person unveiling the statue a name should be drawn from the season ticket holders and gartside should not be allowed anywhere near that opening of the statue JOHN HIGHAM
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8:28am Sat 29 Sep 12

Reed Lover says...

Yeah, maybe Gartside should have stayed away so you could attack him for that too...
Yeah, maybe Gartside should have stayed away so you could attack him for that too... Reed Lover
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