Coyle wants FA Cup win for Nat

Nat Lofthouse, who died at the age of 85 in January, scored 255

goals for the Trotters and served the club for much of his life,

but it was the 1958 FA Cup final, where he scored both goals in a

2-0 triumph over Manchester United, that represented perhaps his

finest Bolton moment. Wanderers have not won the FA Cup since but

they can take another step towards ending their long wait when they

face Carling Cup winners Birmingham in the quarter-finals on

Saturday, with the victors guaranteed a trip to Wembley. Coyle

said: “Everybody knows how sad everybody was with Nat’s passing.

But I think it’s important we remembered all the good things that

he brought not only to the football club but also the community.

“It would be lovely to achieve that, but we know there’s some

difficult obstacles in the way. But we’ll do everything we can to

try to progress, and if it all came together then obviously it

would be a marvellous occasion.” Blues boss Alex McLeish insists

his side will be fully committed to trying to reach the semi-finals

despite being involved in a Premier League relegation battle. He

said: “The league is more important to us. There is no doubt about

it. “But I owe it to the Birmingham fans to play the strongest team

available. “It might not be strong enough to win. I could play my

best team against Bolton, and we could still lose because they are

a good side. “We could lose but we don’t plan to. We are going to

try to win this game.” The likes of Kevin Phillips, Matt

Derbyshire, Stuart Parnaby, David Murphy and Curtis Davies will

come under consideration for a start against Coyle’s side.