Nathaniel "Nat" Lofthouse
(27 August 1925 – 15 January 2011) was an English
who played for Bolton Wanderers
for his whole career
. He was capped
33 times for the England national football team
between 1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and giving himself one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level.
Born in Bolton
, in 1925, Lofthouse joined the town's main club on 4 September 1939 and made his debut in a wartime 5–1 win against Bury
on 22 March 1941 when he scored two goals. It was then more than five years until he made his league debut for the club, but he eventually played against Chelsea
on 31 August 1946, when he scored twice in a 4–3 defeat. Lofthouse would go on to play 33 games for England
, but his debut on 22 November 1950 made him 25 when he finally broke into the team. He perhaps justified a claim to an earlier call-up by scoring both goals in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia
on his debut.
On 25 May 1952, Lofthouse earned the title 'Lion
' after scoring his second goal in England's 3–2 victory over Austria
. In doing so he was elbowed in the face, tackled from behind, and finally brought down by the goalkeeper. Back from national team duty, he then scored six goals in a game between the English Football League and the Irish League on 24 September 1952.
In 1953, he was declared English......