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Nat Lofthouse funeral date announced

Nat Lofthouse
Image caption Nat Lofthouse's funeral will take place at Bolton Parish Church

The funeral of former Bolton Wanderers and England star Nat Lofthouse will take place on Wednesday, 26 January, the club has announced.

Mr Lofthouse died on Saturday aged 85. A service of thanks will take place at Bolton Parish Church at 1230 GMT, followed by a private committal.

Donations can be sent to Bolton Hospice or Cancer Research UK.

The club said details of how Bolton residents will be able to honour the star would be released soon.

The striker, who played more than 500 games and scored 285 times for the Trotters between 1946 and 1960, died in his sleep at a nursing home in Bolton.

Mr Lofthouse, who was known as the Lion of Vienna, had worked for Bolton in a number of roles after he hung up his boots.

Those roles included chief coach, chief scout, caretaker and club president, with Mr Lofthouse holding the last position until his death.

During his England career, he scored 30 goals in 33 matches for England.

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