Memorabilia belonging to Bolton Wanderers legend Nat Lofthouse 'must stay local'
BOLTON has spoken — memorabilia belonging to Whites legend Nat Lofthouse should stay in the town.
In a Bolton News web vote 89 per cent of people said they wanted the items, including his Lion of Vienna trophy and Nat’s 1958 FA Cup winner’s medal, to remain in Bolton.
Nat’s family have revealed they will auction off every memento still in their possession at Bonhams in Chester on November 6.
The items, which also include cap worn by Nat in Vienna in 1952, the match that earned him his famous nickname, are expected to fetch between £70,000 and £100,000.
Nat’s son Jeff, aged 65, who now lives in France, and his sister, Vivien, who is now in Spain, want to sell the items so their father’s legacy can live on.
Jeff said: “We both live overseas and will be retiring soon, so it makes sense for the items to stay in Bolton and be properly treasured. The main reason, in the end, for auctioning them is that neither myself or my sister have any children.
“Dad’s stuff might give more pleasure to people who will be able to show it to their children when they are young and then pass it down to them.”
Comments have flooded in to the Bolton News website, thebolton news.co.uk.
Donkey Stone said: “How about a big whip round and buy these items and display them at the stadium. I would stick a few quid in and I don't support BWFC.”
Wigan Trotter added: “The Lion of Vienna trophy, the Player of the Year trophy, Cup Final medals especially should be bought by the club or the council. Having said that, why has his family not loaned them to the club or the council.”
Do ron ron said: “I feel that who ever buys these items should loan them back to the club or Bolton Council so everyone can see these iconic items .
“They should not be kept languishing in a private collection.”
But some people felt the collection should not be bought by the council — although they still wanted it to remain in Bolton.
SteveG said: “Bolton Council are in possession of too many items of value they know not what to do with. Far better it goes to a, preferably local, private collector.”
Bolton Council has said it is interested in the sale but will not make a decision on buying any of the items until it knows precisely what is on offer and at what price.
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