Bolton Wanderers legend Nat Lofthouse makes it to final of 'greatest ever captain' vote
WANDERERS legend Nat Lofthouse has been shortlisted in a search for the Football League’s greatest ever captain.
Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of the Football League which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, threw down the gauntlet to football fans to nominate their top skipper.
Following the first round of votes, Nat, who had a bronze statue unveiled at the Reebok Stadium in his honour on Saturday, is in the final five from a list of 72 Football League nominated captains.
The Lion of Vienna is now up against legends such as Billy Bremner of Leeds United, Mick Mills of Ipswich Town, Archie Gibson of Scunthorpe United and Paul Robinson of Milwall.
Top football bloggers from every Football League club have been enlisted in the search for the greatest captain, and Whites fans are being encouraged to back Nat for the title.
The search was launched to raise awareness of the charity’s Men United drive.
Blogger and Bolton fan Geoff Moss, from The Men In White podcast, said: “I’m delighted that Nat Lofthouse has been voted one of the all-time great Football League captains from 72 outstanding nominees.
“Nat was a Wanderers hero for his bottle, charisma and leadership — all the essential skills to be considered a club legend and worthy captain of any team.
“He would be a great figurehead for the charity.”
Mark Bishop, from Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Following a highly successful first season working with the Football League and its member clubs, we have taken the exciting step of formally extending our partnership for a further three years.
“As the league celebrates its anniversary year, these are exciting times in our journey to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.”
You can vote for Nat here. The deadline to cast your vote is Tuesday, September 3.
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