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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 April, 2003, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Lofthouse calls time at Bolton
Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse
Lofthouse has been involved with Bolton for over 60 years
Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse has ended his day-to-day duties with the Reebok Stadium outfit.

The former England striker, now 77, has called it quits for the second time with the Lancashire club where he made his name half a century ago.

Lofthouse will continue to act as life president and attend matches at the Reebok Stadium.

However, the announcement marks the end of over 60 years' service, as player, trainer, coach, manager and scout before his latter-day involvement within the commercial arm of the club.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside admitted that the service Lofthouse had given the club was rare and revealed the depth of feeling for him in the town.

Nat will continue to be an ambassador for the football club for many years to come
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside

"Nat has given remarkable service to Bolton and it is unique in any era that such a legendary figure in the game can give 60 years' service," Gartside said.

"It shows the loyalty he has for his home town and the people who have worshipped him.

"Nat will continue to attend matches and be an ambassador for the football club for many years to come," he told the club's official website.

In his playing days, Lofthouse was one of the most feared centre-forwards in Europe, earning the nickname 'Lion of Vienna' for his performance in England's 3-2 victory over Austria in 1952.

He skippered Bolton to their 1958 FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United at Wembley, although injury forced a premature end to his career just two years later.


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