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Bolton reveal Lofthouse statue

New Nat Lofthouse statue outside the the Reebok Stadium Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

"I think its brilliant," chairman Phil Gartside told Press Association Sport at the official unveiling.

"I've seen pictures of it and now I've seen its full glory it looks fantastic. It's an important day to remember Nat as he was and as he is there now."

Muamba's joy over new son

Former Bolton Footballer Fabrice Muamba Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Miracle ex-Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has shown off his new son for the first time and revealed he burst into tears when the tot was born as he was reminded of the fragility of his own life.

The former midfielder was effectively dead for more than an hour when he collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match last year but has now become a father for the second time.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, 25-year-old Muamba said of his new arrival Matthew: "I looked at him, this precious new life we'd created after I'd come so close to losing mine, and in that moment it just hit me that he wouldn't have been here.

"In that moment, it all came back and I just went - I lost it completely," he added about the birth last month.

Within months of his near-death experience he had made an astonishing recovery to the extent that he could take part in gentle kickabouts and record a seasonal edition of Strictly Come Dancing, as well as tying the knot with wife Shauna, 28, in October.

The couple, who posed with their four-year-old son Josh for the magazine, were already expecting their new boy at the time they married at Cheshire's Peckforton Castle but said they did not realise it at the time.

Shauna said her husband, who came to the UK at the age of 11 from war-torn Zaire unable to speak English, was a "calm and reassuring" presence at the birth on June 28.

"Then, when Matthew was delivered safely and they put him in Fab's arms, his composure just went and he had a total meltdown," she said.

He has now retired from professional football but hopes to continue to have a role in the sport as a pundit.

"I want to make the most of every precious day and one of the most important things I've learnt is that I don't have time to waste," he said.

Bolton Wanderers announce sponsorship deal

Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Bolton have announced QuickQuid as the club's new sponsor on a two-year deal.

The pay-day loan company will have its logo on Wanderers' matchday and training kit and will also be involved in initiatives across the community, replacing online bookmakers 118BET whose deal expires next month.

Chairman Phil Gartside said: "We are excited to welcome QuickQuid as our new principal partner.

"In our discussions it became obvious very quickly that both parties wanted to develop a partnership that engaged with all elements of the football club and community, and as much as anything else, to bring some real fun to matchdays."

"This is one of QuickQuid's initial UK sports partnerships, and I am delighted that they have joined with us at Bolton Wanderers.

"Their energy and enthusiasm to help develop initiatives in collaboration with the Community Trust, and to support education and other sporting opportunities in and around Bolton has been extremely refreshing.

And of course, they are also very excited to be supporting Bolton Wanderers in what should be an enthralling push for success on the pitch over the next two seasons."

Head of partnerships for QuickQuid Greg Hohnstein added: "We are delighted to be working with Bolton Wanderers over the next two seasons - and possibly longer.

"We were immediately impressed by the evident passion of the club and its supporters.

"We are excited to be part of a strong partnership as it develops over this period to help bring success on the pitch, and positive results and opportunities in the wider community."

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