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Thousands mourn football great Nat.

NAT Lofthouse brought Bolton to a standstill once again as thousands turned out to pay their final respects to the town's greatest ever footballer.

Lofthouse was already a Bolton and England legend when people lined the streets in 1958 to welcome their hero home after a two-goal match-winning display in the FA Cup final.

Yesterday the mood was sombre as the funeral of the man known as the 'Lion of Vienna' took place at Bolton Parish Church in the town centre.

The service was attended by 500 invited guests as well as members of the public, while speakers were erected so thousands more could listen outside.

A number of prominent figures from the footballing world were in attendance, including his great contemporary Sir Tom Finney, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.

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* LAST RESPECTS: Bolton Wanderers' manager Owen Coyle, centre left, helps to carry the coffin in the church for the funeral of former Bolton and England legend Nat Lofthouse
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2011
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