We’ll come to that 1958 Cup Final, but first I want to step back for a moment and mark with genuine respect the passing of this indisputably great and honoured opponent who remained a good friend of numerous United players, notably Sir Bobby Charlton who spoke movingly about his old friend when he heard the news of his death. Everyone at United who knew Nat Lofthouse recognised his qualities of down-to-earth honesty and physical courage which made him one of England’s finest Post-War centre forwards. If that hadn’t been the case, if he hadn’t been one of the best, the great ‘foul’ debate with my friend would have lost much of its resonance.
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