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They broke the mould when they made Nat Lofthouse

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Nat Lofthouse was a one club man, a rare breed in football nowadays, and quite simply a Bolton legend. 

As an 18-year-old, Lofthouse found himself working down the mines during the war, but went on to become a prolific goalscorer for Bolton and England, as well as one of the players that will also stay in hearts of every Wanderers fan. 

From 1946, until 1960, Lofthouse scored an incredible 255 goals in just 452 games for Bolton, as well as 30 in 33 for his country, giving him the best goals per game ratio of any England player. 

Lofthouse's personality on the pitch was probably best summed up in the 1958 FA Cup, when Bolton faced Manchester United.  

Lofthouse had lost a cup final five years earlier, and despite the public showing a rare amount of sympathy to United after the Munich Air Disaster just three months earlier, Lofthouse's double saw Bolton to a famous 2-0 victory. 

But it was the second of these goals which showed the striker's burning, passionate, never say die attitude to the game.  

A ball in the air looked an easy catch for United goalkeeper Harry Gregg, but Lofthouse stormed in and scored, and smashed Gregg into the goal along with the ball, something which these days would be classed as assault on the 'keeper. 

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