We've already told you that today would be Nat Lofthouse's 87th birthday, and earlier today it was announced by the club that the statue and presumably the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Garden will be revealed 1 year from now, on his 88th birthday. This was a decision made by the family, who have been very involved in the entire process, ensuring it properly memorialises the great man.
Other dates considered for the unveiling were his debut for Bolton, his first goal, his first international cap, the match that earned him his iconic Lion of Vienna nickname, which is of course the name sake of our blog, the 1958 FA Cup victory, and the date of his death. Once again, Nat's daughter Vivien served as spokeswoman for the family. She said,
"We had quite a few discussions because dad had so many significant dates and moments in his career both with Wanderers and for England. But overall, his birthday was our preferred date."
For more information on what the statue will look like, see our earlier posts. I think the date chosen is appropriate, and will honour the man well. I can't wait to see the final product!
To donate to the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund, visit this site.