Lion­heart Nat can roar on Bolton

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

BOLTON boss Dougie Freed­man claims his strik­ers could learn a lot from the late Nat Lofthouse as the Scot looks to join the club le­gend in Trot­ters folk­lore by lead­ing them back to the top di­vi­sion.

A 9ft £100,000 bronze statue of Lofthouse was un­veiled out­side the Ree­bok yes­ter­day, just be­fore the Lion of Vi­enna’s 88th birth­day.

“There are lots like Nat who the play­ers to­day can learn from by video anal­y­sis,” Freed­man said.

“I have not got too many clips of Nat but by talk­ing about how he played and what he did, it def­i­nitely gives play­ers a tar­get to aim for. His goalscor­ing record it­self can in­spire play­ers here now.”

Lofthouse notched 255 goals in 452 league games for Wan­der­ers and 30 in just 33 Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als.

“What a fit­ting trib­ute it is for what that man did for this club on and off the field,” added Freed­man.

“Even be­ing in Scot­land, Nat’s name al­ways came up when you talk about the best five Eng­land play­ers.”

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