Super fan’s tribute to the Lion of Vienna

The Bolton News: Super fan’s tribute to the Lion of Vienna Super fan’s tribute to the Lion of Vienna

A DIE-HARD Bolton Wanderers fan has paid his own permanent tribute to Whites legend Nat Lofthouse.

Allan Mather, aged 53, who was brought up in Deane, has had an image of the Lion of Vienna tattooed on the top of his arm.

He decided to get the inking following the 85-yearold’s death last January and had it done at Psycho Monkey, Adlington .

The HGV driver said: “It was just when he died last year, it is my little tribute.

“He’s Bolton’s favourite son.”

The tattoo is based on a photograph of the footballer, taken at the 1958 FA Cup final which saw Bolton Wanderers beat Manchester United 2-0, thanks to two goals from Nat.

Mr Mather said: “I just think that picture says everything about him.

“I get lots of comments, everybody thinks it’s brilliant.

“You don’t get many people like him that stay with one club.”

The striker played more than 500 games and scored 285 times for Bolton, between 1946 and 1960, and also scored 30 goals in 33 matches for England.

He worked for Wanderers in a number of roles after he hung up his boots, including chief coach, chief scout, caretaker and club president.

Mr Mather, who has various other tattoos including an image of his grandfather, Joe Barker, said: “I’ve been watching Bolton since 1973, home and away.

“I’m a season ticket holder.

I never miss, home or away.”

The father-of-two, who now lives in Chorley, said the tattoo took more than six hours and cost £360.

He also has a tattoo of the BWFC club badge, which he had done in the 1980s.

A statue of Whites legend Nat will be unveiled at the Reebok Stadium on what would have been his 88th birthday — August 27, 2013.

It is based on the image of him walking out of the tunnel at Burnden Park holding the ball.

Bolton people have raised more than £35,000 to help pay for the statue with his family also making a significant donation.

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9:21am Tue 18 Sep 12

MarkAllRead says...

Lol
Lol MarkAllRead
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9:54am Tue 18 Sep 12

berushka says...

well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want.
bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?
well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we? berushka
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11:32am Tue 18 Sep 12

MarkAllRead says...

We also say "by the way", not "bye the way".
We also say "by the way", not "bye the way". MarkAllRead
  • Score: 3

4:03pm Tue 18 Sep 12

PDY says...

With a couple of kids, and watching Bolton every week, home and away, you would have thought that he would have better things to do with 360 quid.
With a couple of kids, and watching Bolton every week, home and away, you would have thought that he would have better things to do with 360 quid. PDY
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Tue 18 Sep 12

stantheman133 says...

Each to there own, no tattoos for me just good memories of a fantastic player.
Each to there own, no tattoos for me just good memories of a fantastic player. stantheman133
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Tue 18 Sep 12

I, Ludicrous says...

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5:35pm Tue 18 Sep 12

wild one says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Have a look at this one on this DMB's back. It's the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. http://m.gmgrd.co.uk /res/902.$plit/C_71_ article_1051998_imag e_list_image_list_it em_7_image.jpg?30%2F 05%2F2008%2014%3A04% 3A34%3A321[/p][/quote]the mind boggles......effin nora lol wild one
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5:41pm Tue 18 Sep 12

MarkAllRead says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Have a look at this one on this DMB's back. It's the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. http://m.gmgrd.co.uk /res/902.$plit/C_71_ article_1051998_imag e_list_image_list_it em_7_image.jpg?30%2F 05%2F2008%2014%3A04% 3A34%3A321[/p][/quote]You need to learn how to use tinyurl. MarkAllRead
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6:40pm Tue 18 Sep 12

gbrabs says...

berushka wrote:
well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want.
bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?
Hey, you from the Czech Republic.
The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants.
You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.
[quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?[/p][/quote]Hey, you from the Czech Republic. The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants. You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin. gbrabs
  • Score: -1

11:43am Thu 20 Sep 12

Debben says...

PDY wrote:
With a couple of kids, and watching Bolton every week, home and away, you would have thought that he would have better things to do with 360 quid.
His kids have grown and flown. What he spends his money on has nothing to do with you.
[quote][p][bold]PDY[/bold] wrote: With a couple of kids, and watching Bolton every week, home and away, you would have thought that he would have better things to do with 360 quid.[/p][/quote]His kids have grown and flown. What he spends his money on has nothing to do with you. Debben
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9:05pm Thu 20 Sep 12

berushka says...

gbrabs wrote:
berushka wrote:
well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want.
bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?
Hey, you from the Czech Republic.
The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants.
You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.
D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid.
[quote][p][bold]gbrabs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?[/p][/quote]Hey, you from the Czech Republic. The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants. You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.[/p][/quote]D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid. berushka
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7:30am Fri 21 Sep 12

Wigan Trotter says...

A bit rich for someone from a former poverty ridden east european communist state to call Bolton a dump.
A bit rich for someone from a former poverty ridden east european communist state to call Bolton a dump. Wigan Trotter
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10:34am Fri 21 Sep 12

gbrabs says...

berushka wrote:
gbrabs wrote:
berushka wrote:
well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want.
bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?
Hey, you from the Czech Republic.
The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants.
You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.
D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid.
Love 'outing' you cocker. I just get pleasure letting people know where you're from so everyone knows the hypocrite you are. Insults? Don't make me laugh; remember your 'moron moron moron' comments in your diatribe against teachers? As for your personal insults about me, well, I've never drawn any benefit during my working life having run my own company for the last 30 years. Yeah, I watch Corrie & have held a season ticket at the Reebok for years from the fruits of my labour. It's the generalisations about Bolton that make you look such a tosser. You should lose the chips.Got it.
[quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gbrabs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?[/p][/quote]Hey, you from the Czech Republic. The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants. You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.[/p][/quote]D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid.[/p][/quote]Love 'outing' you cocker. I just get pleasure letting people know where you're from so everyone knows the hypocrite you are. Insults? Don't make me laugh; remember your 'moron moron moron' comments in your diatribe against teachers? As for your personal insults about me, well, I've never drawn any benefit during my working life having run my own company for the last 30 years. Yeah, I watch Corrie & have held a season ticket at the Reebok for years from the fruits of my labour. It's the generalisations about Bolton that make you look such a tosser. You should lose the chips.Got it. gbrabs
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Rawenergy says...

gbrabs wrote:
berushka wrote:
gbrabs wrote:
berushka wrote: well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?
Hey, you from the Czech Republic. The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants. You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.
D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid.
Love 'outing' you cocker. I just get pleasure letting people know where you're from so everyone knows the hypocrite you are. Insults? Don't make me laugh; remember your 'moron moron moron' comments in your diatribe against teachers? As for your personal insults about me, well, I've never drawn any benefit during my working life having run my own company for the last 30 years. Yeah, I watch Corrie & have held a season ticket at the Reebok for years from the fruits of my labour. It's the generalisations about Bolton that make you look such a tosser. You should lose the chips.Got it.
Go on gbrabs!!!
[quote][p][bold]gbrabs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gbrabs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: well it takes all kinds to make this world what it is - strange, real strange. still, spend your money on what you want. bye the way, Bolton News, in Britain we write the date as 27 August 2013, not the American way with which you choose to write it. Let's try and stay British, shall we?[/p][/quote]Hey, you from the Czech Republic. The guy's proud of his town club and Nat. Don't give us that " ...let's try and stay British" nonsense you are a total hypocrite who hates Bolton and its inhabitants. You've had a good spanking with your comments about teachers. So go and count your goats or whatever. Cretin.[/p][/quote]D on't use insulting words to me you stupid none entity. I did not get a good spanking over the teachers, I just had opposite opinions to my own. that is called freedom of speech and democracy. I do not hate Bolton, just the dump it has fallen into, with the help of dole losers like yourself. And if you wish to continue to insult me, I suggest that we meet up during my next visit and talk about it man to man, if you can drag yourself away from the booze, coronation street and watching twenty two boys kicking a bladder around a field and looking totally stupid.[/p][/quote]Love 'outing' you cocker. I just get pleasure letting people know where you're from so everyone knows the hypocrite you are. Insults? Don't make me laugh; remember your 'moron moron moron' comments in your diatribe against teachers? As for your personal insults about me, well, I've never drawn any benefit during my working life having run my own company for the last 30 years. Yeah, I watch Corrie & have held a season ticket at the Reebok for years from the fruits of my labour. It's the generalisations about Bolton that make you look such a tosser. You should lose the chips.Got it.[/p][/quote]Go on gbrabs!!! Rawenergy
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7:03pm Sun 23 Sep 12

swager123 says...

how big is his arm???? omg!! its bigger than my leg, lol.
how big is his arm???? omg!! its bigger than my leg, lol. swager123
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