REEBOK STADIUM TO BUILD STATUE OF NAT LOFTHOUSE

Bolton Wanderer’s Football Club will build a statue outside its stadium in memory of former player Nat Lofthouse.

Lofthouse OBE, who died a year ago at the age of 85, is regarded as the club's greatest ever player and is fondly remembered by fans as "The Lion of Vienna." He earned the nickname after scoring a winning goal against Austria in 1952.

Reebok Stadium

Nat's son, Jeff Lofthouse, told the club website: "Dad would be very humbled and honoured by the idea of a statue and really overwhelmed at the response of Wanderers supporters and the people of Bolton. On behalf of Viv and myself, I would like to thank the club for their support and assistance and, of course, the fans who have been such a source of strength to us following dad's passing."

The statue at the 28,723-seater Reebok Stadium will be publicly funded and supported by the football club. Club chaplain Phil Mason will represent the football club throughout the project, which will actively involve the people of Bolton.

He explained: "Nat's life was all about everything that is good about Bolton, both the club and the wider community. This is why it is important that Bolton as a community have a big part to play in developing this lasting memorial to Nat and help to keep his legacy alive.

"People can get involved in a whole variety of ways to contribute towards the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund. We want people, community groups, schools, clubs and other organisations to make their contribution. Let's get some creative ideas going of how to raise money for this fund, from sponsored silences to sponsored walks."

Posted on 16/01/2012