Football world bids farewell to England legend Nat Lofthouse

(CNN) — The football world paid tribute to former England and Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse who died on January 15 at the age of 85.

Lofthouse’s funeral was held in his hometown of Bolton on Wednesday — where he played for English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers from 1946-1960.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, England legend Bobby Charlton and Bolton-born world boxing champion Amir Khan were among 500 guests at the service, listened to on loudspeakers by many more of Lofthouse’s fans outside the church.

Born and brought up in the northern English town, Lofthouse scored 255 times for his club as well as scoring an impressive 30 goals for his national side in 33 appearances.

Since retiring from the game in 1960, Lofthouse remained a fixture at Bolton — most recently as club president — winning him a new generation of fans.

CNN takes a look back at some of most memorable moments from Lofthouse’s career in images.

By Helen Chandler, for CNN
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