Lofthouse passes away
Former England international Nat Lofthouse has died aged 85, his old club Bolton announced on their website Sunday.
Lofthouse, who scored 30 goals in his 33 appearances for England, died peacefully in his sleep at a nursing home in Bolton, northwest England, on Saturday night, the statement said.
Lofthouse - who earned the nickname 'Lion of Vienna' for his performance in England's 3-2 win over Austria in 1952 - made more than 450 appearances for the Trotters, scoring 285 goals for the club between 1946 and 1960, and four years ago was voted Bolton's greatest ever player.
Lofthouse, who was footballer of the year in 1953, captained Bolton in two FA Cup finals - both of them memorable for different reasons.
His first was in 1953 which became known as the 'Matthews final' as Sir Stanley Matthews - ably assisted by Stanley Mortensen - inspired Blackpool to a stunning 4-3 victory.