Nat Lofthouse collection auctioned for over £100,000

fa cup medal and player award Nat Lofthouse's 1958 FA Cup winner's medal sold for £16,500, with his 1953 Football Writers' Footballer of the Year trophy fetching £10,000

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A collection of Bolton Wanderers and England footballer Nat Lofthouse's memorabilia has sold for over £100,000 at auction.

The 69 lots, including awards, shirts and medals, were owned by the late player's son and daughter.

At the auction, held at Bonhams in Chester, a 1958 FA Cup winner's medal was sold for £16,500.

The second most sought after lot, his 1953 Football Writers' Footballer of the Year trophy, fetched £10,000.

Lofthouse, who died two years ago aged 85, played more than 500 games for Bolton and won 33 England caps.


  • Born: 27 August 1925 in Bolton, Lancashire
  • Club career: Bolton Wanderers FC (1946-1960), 452 league appearances, 255 goals
  • International career: England, 33 appearances, 30 goals
  • Honours: FA Cup winner (1958), FA Cup runner-up (1953), Footballer of the Year (1953), Inaugural Inductee into the Football Hall of Fame (2002)

He scored a total of 255 league goals as well as 30 goals for England.

It is understood the collection was sold by his family as they have no children to pass it on to.

Chris Hayes, sports specialist at Bonhams, said the sale had "generated a lot of interest" and had raised more than its £80,000 estimate.

In August, a 9ft (2.7m) bronze statue of Lofthouse was unveiled outside the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

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