Former Bolton Wanderers and England star Nat Lofthouse has died aged 85.

The striker played more than 500 games for Wanderers scoring 285 goals between 1946 and 1960.

He played for England on 33 occasions scoring an impressive 30 goals and was nicknamed The Lion of Vienna after scoring the winning goal against Austria, with a run from the half way line.

Lofthouse captained the Lancashire club in two FA Cup finals, the first in 1953 when he came up against Sir Stanley Matthews, when the Trotters were memorably beaten 4-3 by Lancashire rivals Blackpool at Wembley.

Five years later, he did collect a winner's medal after scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Manchester United, only three months after the Munich air disaster.

He was also named Footballer of the Year in 1953 and voted Bolton's Best Ever Player in a poll in 2006, as well as being included as one of The Football League's '100 League Legends'.

After his playing days ended Lofthouse held a variety of roles at Bolton including Chief Coach, Chief Scout, Caretaker Manager and Club President, a position which he held until his death on Saturday night.

Chairman Phil Gartside said: "On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Nat's family, who are very much in our thoughts at this time.

"Nat undoubtedly is a Bolton Wanderers legend. He was a one-club man and our football club meant as much to him as he did to us.

"We will miss him but we will celebrate his life, his legacy and great times that he brought to Bolton Wanderers."

Former Manchester United star and England team mate Sir Bobby Charlton led the tributes on BBC Radio Five Live: "I know a lot of people in the game of football will be very, very sad today about Nat Lofthouse, who was a great player without any question.

"You just put the ball in there at any height and he was so brave. He scored phenomenal goals in the air.

"In those days, if you were a centre forward, you had to do more than score goals. You had to lead. You had to be tough.

"He was a leader, he had fantastic ability in the air and he was strong. He was a talisman."