England international Lofthouse dies aged 85

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 09:34 AM IST

London: Former Bolton Wanders and England striker Nat Lofthouse passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85, the club announced on its website (www.bwfc.co.uk) on Sunday.

Lofthouse spent his entire playing career at the northern England club where he amassed more than 500 appearances in the league, scoring 255 league goals between 1946-60. He also found the net 30 times in domestic cup competition.

At international level, Lofthouse represented England on 33 occasions, scoring 30 goals.

"On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Nat`s family, who are very much in our thoughts at this time," Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside said.

"Nat undoubtedly is a Bolton Wanderers legend. He was a one-club man and our football club meant as much to him as he did to us.”

"We will miss him but we will celebrate his life, his legacy and great times that he brought to Bolton Wanderers."

After hanging up his boots, he continued his association with the club by occupying a variety of different positions including chief coach, chief scout, caretaker manager and club president, in which he remained up until his death.

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