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Bolton have unveiled a statue of their greatest ever player Nat Lofthouse outside the Reebok Stadium before their clash with QPR.

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Nat Lofthouse memorabilia displayed in Bolton

by Daniel Hewitt

Nat Lofthouse's 1958 FA Cup winners medal along with his 1952 England cap against Austria have gone on display as part of a new collection to honour the former Bolton forward.

The football club, which he played more than 500 times for, were part of a consortium that helped to keep the special memorabillia in his home town.

Lofthouse memorabilia unveiled

A collection of sporting memorabilia
Medals, trophies and keepsakes. Credit: ITV Granada

A collection of sporting memorabilia once owned by Nat Lofthouse goes on display to the public. The assortment of medals, trophies and other keepsakes was bought at auction last month.

Bolton Council paid £75, 427 for the collection with the help of Friends of Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, NCP and Bolton at Home.

The 19 items are described as a 'snap shot of his success and his achievements.' They are on show at the Bolton Museum.

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Lofthouse memorabilia unveiled to public

Nat Lofthouse Credit: PA

A collection of sporting memorabilia once owned by Nat Lofthouse is to go on display to the public.

The assortment of medals, trophies and other keepsakes bought at auction earlier this month will be unveiled at Bolton Museum today.

Selection of nat Lofthouse memoriabilia Credit: PA

The items will be displayed in the Bolton Lives gallery, and visitors will be able to see Nat's FA Cup Winners medal from 1958, the FA Cup Final football from the same year and his English FA Cap from the famous England V Austria match of 1952 where he acquired the Lion of Vienna nickname.

Bolton Council acquired the collection for £75,427 with the help of a consortium made up of the Friends of Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, National Car Parks (NCP) and Bolton at Home.

Nat Lofthouse OBE Credit: PA

Bolton Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Anthony Connell, said: "We were fortunate to be able to secure some of the collection at auction and appreciated the support shown by members of the consortium.

"I was approached directly by the club and was happy to welcome their support, which can only strengthen our proud links to Nat and his sporting career.

He clearly was a popular sportsman on and off the pitch, demonstrated by the thousands of visitors we had to a commemorative exhibition soon after his death in 2011."

Phil Gartside, Chairman of BWFC said: "Bolton Wanderers recognises that Nat Lofthouse was as equally important to the people of Bolton, the town and the club and we were delighted to be a part of the efforts to retain his memories."

Bolton still searching for first league win

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman
Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman Credit: PA/Matthew Vincent/EMPICS Sport

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman was not too downcast after the defeat:

''I felt our performance, especially the first half, merited at least a goal. We showed great approach play; we're playing against a really top team in QPR and we did very well.''

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