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He would talk about players I saw in books
Black and white pictures of these football greats
Telling me about the goals they scored
And games that were talked about for years.
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But one footballer he kept bringing up all the time
Went by the name of Nat Lofthouse
Said he was as tough as a coal miners boots
And nobody ever messed about with tough Nat.
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I sat there enthralled at what my Dad would say
“What do you mean he barged the keeper in the net ? ”
Discovered that was allowed those days
And Nat wasn’t shy at using his strength now and then.
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Nat played for Bolton Wanderers and England
Stayed loyal not like a lot of players nowadays
But he was not just all hustle and bustle
He could score and could be good with ball at his feet.
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So rest in peace the Lion of Vienna
I bet the Bolton fans will be shedding a tear
Your name is up there with Matthews and Finney
A true gentleman and a true football legend.