The Black-And-White-Years: Lofthouse’s Bolton Train For 1958 FA Cup Final

Ollie Irish

24th, September 2010

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By Ollie Irish

April 1958: FA Cup finalists Bolton Wanderers jump to impress during a photo shoot prior to the final at Wembley. From left to right: Nat Lofthouse, Ralph Gubbins, Brian Birch, Dennis Stevens, Roy Hartle, Eddie Hopkinson, John Higgins, Brian Edwards, Doug Holden and Derek Hennin. A cracking team and no mistake.

Bolton beat Man Utd 2-0, with both goals scored by the immense Lofthouse – his second goal would never have been given today, as he bundled United’s keeper over the line.

That United team was sadly decimated by the Munich Air Disaster, which happened only a couple of months before the final.