Wanderers fans will be forever with Nat Lofthouse

The Bolton News: The poignant messages in the dedication bricks in the walkway at the base of the statue The poignant messages in the dedication bricks in the walkway at the base of the statue

WANDERERS fans have snapped up the chance to have a personalised brick placed next to the new statue of Whites legend Nat Lofthouse.

The Nat Lofthouse Walkway leads to, and surrounds, the statue of the Lion of Vienna at the Reebok Stadium — and more than 100 fans have now dedicated a brick to a loved one.

The walkway also pays homage to the 1958 Wanderers team that won the FA Cup — when Lofthouse scored two goals — a brick has been inscribed and laid for each member of the victorious team.

More recent Whites players, including former captain Kevin Davies and long-serving goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, have also been honoured with a brick.

The people of Bolton have also been offered the chance to celebrate special life moments or honour loved ones by purchasing a brick to be laid in the walkway.

Wanderers club chaplain Phil Mason said: “A large number of the bricks purchased have been by people honouring lost loved ones but there have also been a lot of people wanting to use the walkway to celebrate important moments.

“We thought it was important to have the walkway around the statue of the great man because it has created another sacred space.

“The fact people want to share in that space shows the bond that Nat had, not just with the club, but with the people of Bolton — but there are plenty more bricks available.”

If anyone is interested in purchasing a brick in the Nat Lofthouse Walkway details are available at bwfc.co.uk/fans/Walkway-of-Fame

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