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Nat Lofthouse

Bolton Wanderers FC

33 caps, 30 goals

P 33 W 16 D 12 L 5 F 89: A 51
*(actual F 85: A 49)
67% successful

1950-58

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
2851

The Lion of Vienna's Profile

Full name Nathaniel Lofthouse OBE

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)

Born 27 August 1925 at 80 Willows Lane, Daubhill, Bolton, Lancashire [registered in Bolton, December 1925]
Attended Brandwood Road School and Castle Hill School, Bolton
Baptized 27 September 1925 in St Anne's Church, Hindsford, Atherton, Lancashire. To Richard and Sarah Jane Lofthouse, living at 80 Willows Lane in Daubhill by H.G. Prescott Fathers occupation: Carter.
notes According to Passenger Lists, Nathaniel Lofthouse was one of numerous professional footballers (The FA Tourists of Canada) leaving the port of Liverpool on 9 May 1950, bound for Montréal, Québec on board the Empress of Scotland. They returned to Liverpool on 30 June, on board the Empress of Canada. His address is stated as 42 Temple Road in Helliwell, Bolton.
Married to Alma Foster [registered in Bolton, December 1947]
Died 15 January 2011, aged 85 years 142 days, in a nursing home, Bolton, Lancashire.
Height/Weight 5'9½", 12st 12lb. [1957]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Club Career

Club(s) A local Bolton lad, he played schoolboy football, also Lomax's FC and Bolton Boys Federation FC, when he was signed as a 14 year-old by Bolton Wanderers FC manager Charles Foweraker.  He played football during wartime while working as a "Bevin Boy" coal miner, and became professional in 1946. But on the day he put pen to the paper, on 4 September 1939, he watched in bemusement as the whole Bolton team boarded military transport to join the war which had been declared the previous day. Lofthouse was given £10 as his signing-on fee. Despite handing in a transfer request in January 1947, with Tottenham Hotspur FC reportedly seeking his signature, and again in September 1950. Lofthouse scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances, being prodigious with both feet and a brilliant header of the ball.  An ankle injury forced retirement on 6 January 1960.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1952-53; winners 1957-58;
Individual honours Player of the Year 1952-53; Football League (15 appearances, 24 goals).
Distinctions Appeared on ITV's This Is Your Life 7 April 1993; Freeman of Bolton, 2 December 1989.  Appointed an Order of the British Empire on the 1st January 1994. 
Bolton Wanderers FC brand new stadium, the Reebok Stadium, named their East Stand after Lofthouse on 18 January 1997.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame, 2002.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Managerial Career

Club(s) Following his retirement, Lofthouse became a trainer for the reserve team from 10 July 1961.  He stepped up to chief coach in June 1967.  The ultimate position of manager came in a caretaker capacity in August 1968, followed by full-time on 18 December 1968.  He was promoted to general manager in November 1970, and became a chief scout for the club from August 1971 to June 1972.  His one-man-club came to an end when he became the Lancashire scout for Arsenal FC from September 1973.  Took over as Bolton Wanderers FC manager briefly again in December 1985.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 702nd player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre forward
First match No. 261, 22 November 1950, England 2 Yugoslavia 2, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 25 years 87 days.
Last match No. 328, 26 November 1958, England 2 Wales 2, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 33 years 91 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1958-59; World Cup Finals 1954; (provisional) 1958;
Team honours British Championship winner 1953-54, 1954-55; joint-winner 1951-52, 1952-53, 1955-56;
Individual honours England B (one appearance, one goal)
Distinctions First player to score twelve double goals for England.  Only equalled by Bobby Charlton.
First player to score two goals as an England substitute.
Leading England goalscorers for four seasons.

Beyond England

Became life-President of Bolton Wanderers FC in 1986, and even until April 2003, worked commercially with the club he served with distinction for so long. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.159/60.

 

Nat Lofthouse - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens  Capt. Disc.
38+ 33 15 32 1 1 2851 30 95 min 13 1  0 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Nat Lofthouse - Goal Record - When The 30 Goals Were Scored
0-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-ht ht-50 51-55 56-60 61-65 66-70 71-75 76-80 81-85 86-90 injury extra
time
1 2 1 0 2 0 2 3 2 1 3 0 2 1 3 0 3 3 0 1
13 16 1

 

Nat Lofthouse - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 12 7 5 0 43 19 +24 0 2 3.583 1.583 79.2 +7
Away 19 9 6 4 40 24 +16 2 3 2.105 1.263 63.2 +5
Neutral 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
All 33 16 12 5 89 51 +38 2 5 2.697 1.545 66.7 +11

 

Nat Lofthouse - Match Record - By Shirt Colour
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 31 14 12 5 80 46 +34 2 5 2.581 1.484 64.5 +9
Red 2 2 0 0 9 5 +4 0 0 4.50 2.50 100.0 +2
All 33 16 12 5 89 51 +38 2 5 2.697 1.545 66.7 +11

 

Nat Lofthouse - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L

WCP

2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
WCF 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
World Cup 4 2 1 1 13 10 +3 0 0 3.25 2.50 62.5 +1
British Championship 13 7 5 1 34 17 +17 0 2 2.615 1.308 73.1 +6
Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.
Friendly 18 9 6 3 49 26 +23 2 3 2.778 1.50 66.7 +6
All 33 16 12 5 89 51 +38 2 5 2.697 1.545 66.7 +11

 

Nat Lofthouse - Match Record - Tournament Matches

World Cup Preliminary Competition

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
WCP All 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2

World Cup Final Tournaments

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1954 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
WCF All 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
World Cup Preliminary Competitions and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1952-54 4 2 1 1 13 10 +3 0 0 3.25 2.50 62.5 +1
WC All 4 2 1 1 13 10 +3 0 0 3.25 2.50 62.5 +1
British Championship Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1951-52 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1952-53 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1953-54 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1954-55 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 0 1 4.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1955-56 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1
BC 1958-59 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC All 13 7 5 1 34 17 +17 0 2 2.615 1.308 73.1 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 4 2 1 1 13 10 +3 0 0 3.25 2.50 62.5 +1
BC 13 7 5 1 34 17 +17 0 2 2.615 1.308 73.1 +6
Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.
All 15 7 6 2 40 25 +15 0 2 2.667 0.625 66.7 +5

 

Nat Lofthouse - Match History
 Club:  Bolton Wanderers F.C. - 33 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 33 full capsx

Age 24
1 b 22 February 1950 - England B 1 Netherlands 0, St James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start
25
9
Age 25
1 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HD Start
25, 34
9
Age 26
2 266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD Start 9
3 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham HW Start
40, 83
9
4 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start
75
9
5 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 9
6 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD Start 9
7 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW Start
25, 83
9
8 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AW Start
51, 87
9
Age 27
9 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start
1
9
10 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start
10, 75
9
11 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start
42, 86
9
12 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 9
13 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Nuñez, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes tour AD Start 9
14 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago AW Start
68
9
15 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 9
16 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York AW Start
48, 62
9
Age 28
17 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start
52, 53
9
18 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 9
19 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC/
WCP
HW Start
75
9
- 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd Tour AL squad member
- 287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL
20 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Start
37, 92
9
- 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW unused
21 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Start
15
Age 29
22 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 9
23 294 4 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start
7, 36
9
24 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AW Start 9
25 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid Fr AD Start 9
26 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto Fr AL Start off 39 9
1-1 when substituted
Age 30
27 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Start
31, 41
9
28 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 9
29 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 9
30 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 9
- 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Fr AD unused
31 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 4, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW sub 44
63, 82
?

0-3 when substituting

- 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin Fr AW unused
Age 32
England's selectors announced their forty-man squad from whom the final 22 would be selected, on April 22 1958. The 18 players who failed to make the cut on May 28 included, surprisingly, Nat Lofthouse.
Age 33
32 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start
89
8
33 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 10

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