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Nat Lofthouse

Bolton Wanderers FC

33 appearances, 30 goals (2 on debut)

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

1950-58

captain: none
minutes played:
2836

Timeline

  Nathaniel Lofthouse OBE (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Birth 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.
Marriage to Alma Foster, on 6 December 1947 [registered in Bolton, December 1947].
Lofthouse married in the morning, and scored twice for Bolton Wanderers in the afternoon, against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
  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.
Death 15 January 2011, aged 85 years 142 days, in a nursing home, Bolton, Lancashire.
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. In April 1954, Italian side, Fiorentina AC offered Lofthouse £2000 per year to sign for them. His club rejected the offer. 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: Football League (fifteen appearances, 24 goals).
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year winner
1952-53;
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 1 January 1994. 
Bolton Wanderers FC brand new stadium, the Reebok Stadium, named their East Stand after Lofthouse
18 January 1997.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame
2002.
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 12st 12lb. [1957]
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Managerial Career

Club(s) Following his retirement, Lofthouse became a trainer for the Bolton Wanderers FC 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 World Cup Finals 1954; 1958 (provisional party); British Championship 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1958-59;
Team honours British Championship shared 1951-52, 1952-53, 1955-56; winners 1953-54, 1954-55;
Individual honours England B (one appearance, one goal, 1950);
England Top Goalscorer 1951 (3 with Milburn), 1951-52 (7), 1952 (9), 1952-53 (8), 1953 (6), 1953-54 (6), 1955-56 (4);
Distinctions First player to score twelve braces for England. Only equalled by Bobby Charlton.
First player to score twice as an England substitute.
Leading England goalscorers for four seasons.
Quickest to score twenty goals, 2 years 354 days, and 25 goals, 4 years 133 days.
Record England scorer from May 1956 until October 1958, then with his final goal, was equal record goalscorer alongside Tom Finney,
until October 1963.
most appearanced Englishman at Bolton Wanderers FC.
Died twenty days after Bill Jones.

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.


The Numbers
parties Apps comp. apps starts sub unused/
reserve
minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
31 33 15 32 ▲1
▼0
seven 2836 30 95 min 13 seven none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
33 16 12 5 89 51 +38 2 5 2.697 1.545 66.7 +11

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 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 3 1 0 1 2 2 4 2 0 1
12 17 1

Venue Record

Venue 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

Shirt Record

Colour 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

Competition Record

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
The 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is deducted from the grand total.
Friendly 18 9 6 3 49 26 +23 2 3 2.778 1.50 66.7 +6

Tournament Record

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
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 Competition
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
The 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is deducted from the grand total.
15 7 6 2 40 25 +15 0 2 2.667 0.625 66.7 +5
 
 
   
Age 24 B  
one appearance - Netherlands A February 1950
   
 
 Club: Bolton Wanderers F.C. - 33 full appearances (2836 min) 30ᵍ manager: Walter Winterbottom - 33 full appearances (2836 min) 30ᵍx

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 25
260 15 November 1950 - England 4 Wales 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW reserve
1 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Fr HD ¹ 25
²
34 header
9
  

the 702nd player to appear for England.
the seventeenth Bolton Wanderers player to represent England
the 131st player to score on his England debut

Age 26
2 266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   9
3 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0
Villa Park, Birmingham
BC HW ³ 38
83 header
9
4 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2
Empire Stadium,
Wembley
Fr HD 76 header 9

his three goals in 1951 makes him the top goalscorer (along with Milburn) for the year

5 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW 8 43 9
6 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1
Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze

tour
AD   9
7 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3
Praterstadion, Wien
AW 27
29
83
9
8 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3
Hardturm Stadion, Zürich
AW 51
90
9

his seven goals in 1951-52 makes him the top goalscorer for the season

Age 27
9 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AD ¹⁰ 2 9
10 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW ¹¹ 12
¹²
72
9
11 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW ¹³ 37
¹⁴
85header
9

his nine goals in 1952 makes him the top goalscorer for the year

12 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HD   9

unofficial  
unused substitute - Buenos Aires XI 14 May 1953
13 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires abandoned after 36 minutes

tour
AabD    ³⁶ 9
14 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago
AW ¹⁵ 68 9

the eighth player to score fifteen England goals (2yrs 183dys)

15 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
  AL   9
16 280 8 June 1953 - United States 3 England 6
Yankee Stadium, New York
AW 48
¹⁶
55
¹⁷
60
9

his eight goals in 1952-53 makes him the top goalscorer for the season

Age 28
17 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC/
WCP
AW ¹⁸ 50header
¹⁹
52header
9
18 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD 8 9
19 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1
Goodison Park, Liverpool
BC/
WCP
HW 22secs
²⁰
74header
(3-1) 75
9
  

the sixth (& quickest) player to score twenty England goals (2yrs 354dys)
his six goals in 1953 makes him the top goalscorer for the year

286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd tour AL withdrawn
party member
B  
withdrawn party member - Yugoslavia 16 May 1954
287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest   AL withdrawn
party member
B  
withdrawn party member  - Switzerland 23 May 1954
 
WCF
centre forward 9
20 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4ᴭᵀ
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
ND ²¹ 36 header
²²
91 volley

the 26th player to reach twenty England appearances
the youngest goalscorer in a World Cup Final tournament
the first player to score two goals in a World Cup Final tournament
the highest England goalscorer for a World Cup Final tournament (so far)

289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern   AW withdrawn starter
21 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
NL ²³ 16

the highest England goalscorer for a World Cup Final tournament (so far)
his six goals in 1953-54 makes him the top goalscorer for the season

Age 29
22 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   9
292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW withdrawn starter
293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW withdrawn
party member
23 294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW ²⁴ 7
²⁵
27
9

the third (& quickest) player to score twenty England goals (4yrs 133dys)

24 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris

tour
AL   9
25 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
AD   9
26 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1
Estádio do FC Porto, Oporto
AL (1-1) 39 9

Lofthouse becomes the second England player to be replaced

Age 30
27 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5
Idrætsparken, København
Fr AW ²⁶ 31
²⁷
41
9
28 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AL   9
  
29 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 13 9
30 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   9

the eighth player to reach thirty England appearances

303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW unused sub
304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
tour
AD unused sub
31 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 4
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
AW TOP SCORER
(1-3) 44
²⁸ 77 header
²⁹
82 header

Lofthouse becomes the third (& oldest so far) England player to be a substitute, the first for a year
Lofthouse becomes the first England player to be replaced and also be a substitute
the second substitute to score for England, the first to score two in one match

306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW unused sub
  

his four goals in 1955-56 makes him the top goalscorer for the season

Age 31
312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley
WCP
HW
reserve
313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW
314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin AD
   

Age 32
319 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW party member
England's selectors announced their forty-man party from whom the final 22 would be selected, on April 22 1958. Of the 18 players who were cut from the party on 28 May, they included Nat Lofthouse.

from 4 October, Lofthouse was no longer the record goalscorer after Finney scored his 30th goal

Age 33
32 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW ³⁰ 89 8

the second (& quickest) player to score thirty England goals (7yrs 334dys)

33 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HD   10
  

Lofthouse ended his England career as =Top Goalscorer (with Tom Finney) (They will remain top goalscorer for another five years)


  

 
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