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Tommy Lawton

Everton FC, Chelsea FC, Notts County FC

23 caps, 22 goals, two penalties

P 23 W 16 D 4 L 3 F 76: A 21
78% successful

1938-48

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
2070

Profile

Full name Thomas Lawton
Born 6 October 1919 in 43 MacDonald Street, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire [registered in Bolton, December 1919].
Attended Tonge Moor Council School & Castle Hill School in Bolton. Also Folds Road Central School.
Married twice, firstly to Rosaleen May Kavanagh in January 1941 [registered in Liverpool North, March 1941], one child, Amanda, they divorced in March 1951. He married Gladys M. Rose on 23 September 1952 at Caxton Hall [registered in Westminister, September 1952], two children, Carol and Thomas junior
Died 6 November 1996, aged 77 years 31 days [registered in Nottingham, November 1996] of pneumonia. His ashes are held at National Football Museum
Height/Weight 5' 11", 12st. 0lbs [1947].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Football Is My Business - Tommy Lawton (Sporting Handbooks, London 1948)
Soccer: The Lawton Way - Tommy Lawton
(Nicholas Kaye, London 1954)
My Twenty Years in Soccer - Tommy Lawton
(Heirloom, Norwich 1955)
When The Cheering Stopped - Tommy Lawton
(Golden Eagle, Leicester 1973)
The Complete Centre-Forward: The Authorised Biography of Tommy Lawton - David McVay & Andy Smith (Sportsbooks, Worcester 2000)
"Get In There!" Tommy Lawton - My Friend, My Father - Barrie Williams & Tom Lawton Junior (Vision Sports Publishing, Kingston-upon-Thames 2010)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Through his schoolboy football, Lawton was chosen to play for Bolton Town Schools in 1930 and progressed to representing Lancashire schools when he turned 13. After appearing in the Lancashire Schools Cup Final, Lawton earned a trial with the England schoolboy team. Despite scoring a plenty of goals in the three trial matches, he was never picked to represent his country at this level. Incidentally, the selectors in the first trial picked the centre-half who had been marking Tommy in that game in Manchester. Undeterred, Lawton was scoring for fun in the Bolton League, for Hayes Athletic FC. After leaving school, the Lawton family turned down the opportunity for him to sign for Bolton Wanderers FC, he could not become a professional for two years, and the interim job Wanderers were offering was not enough for the new family star. So the 15-year old Tommy signed for Lancashire Combination outfit Rossendale United FC, scoring a hat-trick on his debut. Impressed, Liverpool FC, Bury FC and Blackburn Rovers FC all invited Lawton, but with no further discussion. Eventually, Lawton signed for Sheffield Wednesday FC, but that move was usurped by his mother, he did not want him traveling such distances. So instead, Tommy signed for Burnley FC in May 1935, being paid as the club's secretary's assistant. The deal also included a job as assistant groundsman at Turf Moor for his grandfather, Jim Riley, also his surrogate father. The whole family too, were moved to Burnshaw Road in Burnley, rent-free, the sixteen year old made his debut in March 1936 and would play 25 league matches, scoring sixteen goals. He signed professional forms with Burnley shortly after his seventeenth birthday, celebrating with a hat-trick on his professional debut against Tottenham Hotspur FC. His extra-ordinary was oon noted and Burnley could no longer hold onto to their prize asset, and would sell to Everton FC on 31 December 1936, for a record fee for a teenager, �6,500. Scored an astonishing 65 goals in 83 league appearances. During the war, which saw Lawton become a Training Instructor, achieving Company Sergeant Major status, he still played for Everton and he guested for Leicester City FC, Aldershot FC and even Greenock Morton FC (on his honeymoon!), earning a solitary Scottish League appearance and single goal. As the hostilities concluded, in July 1945, Lawton handed in a transfer request to Everton which was eventually accepted under protest. He did not want to leave Everton FC, but he had to leave the city and his failed marriage.  It was Chelsea FC that signed him, on 7 November 1945 for �14,000. He would score thirty goals in 42 league appearances. However, his refusal to join his club on a tour of Scandinavia because of mental and physical fatigue spelt the end for Lawton, and when his transfer request was aqain, eventually accepted under protest, Lawton chose Notts County FC, and on 13 November 1947 for a �20,000 fee (�17,000 plus William Dickson), a deal was finalised. Despite dropping from the first to the third division of the Football League, it showed the measure of the man Lawton was. It was down to Arthur Strollery, the man who signed him at County was the masseur at Stamford Bridge, he became Lawton's confident through his difficult Stamford Bridge days. On the day Chelsea sacked Strollery, Lawton promised to sign for him should the opportunity arise, the handshake was the contract, so when the list of club's arrived for Lawton to consider, Strollery's Notts County was the only club for him.  But eventually, Stroller left, and Lawton displeased the County directors and after ninety goals in 151 league matches, he was eventually sold to Brentford FC in March 1952 for �15,000. Another 50 league matches, but a less emphatic seventeen goals followed. But as Lawton became despondant at Griffin Park, resigning from his position as the manager, the opportunity arose for him to join Arsenal FC, and a move he had dreamed off since his Chelsea days. On 18 September 1953, Lawton signed for Tom Whittaker for �7,500 and Jimmy Robertson. After a return to the top division, Lawton ended his career with 35 league appearances and thirteen goals. Upon his retirement, in September 1955, Lawton had amassed 231 league goals in 390 apperances.
Club honours Lancashire Schools Cup runners-up 1932-33; Glasgow Empire Exhibition Cup runners-up 1938; Football League Champions 1938-39; Football League Division Three (South) winners 1949-50;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances, four debut goals)
Distinctions On 28 March 1936, Tommy Lawton, aged 16 years and 174 days, became the youngest ever centre-forward to play in the Football League, for Burnley FC against Doncaster Rovers FC.
Also played cricket rather well in his youth, for the Burnley Cricket Team in the Lancashire County League.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Tom Lawton's biography.

Management Career

Club(s) Lawton turned down the opportunity to become Notts County's player-manager in the summer of 1946.  When the opportunity arose again, Lawton grasped it when he was six months into his time at Brentford FC, in September 1952. But Lawton soon found the task difficult, so resigned from the managerial position a year later. And left Griffin Park also to secure his dream move to Highbury. A third opportunity arose to manage a team, this time Southern League team Kettering Town FC, his sole position would be to manage the side in September 1955. It was the move that added to his decision to retire from playing. Kettering paid Arsenal a �1000 fee.  In the summer of 1957, Lawton retuned to Notts County, who had since dropped divisions, as their new manager. He was unceremoniously sacked on 7 June 1958. He did, however, return to Kettering to help them on a part-time basis in 1964-65. But could not save them from relegation. In 1968, Lawton once again returned to Notts County, this time in an advisorary capacity. For the final time, he was sacked in 1969 as a new chairman came in.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number 647th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 219, 22 October 1938, Wales 4 England 2, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Cardiff, aged 19 years 16 days.
Last match No. 241, 26 September 1948, Denmark 0 England 0, a friendly match at Idrætsparken, København, aged 28 years 355 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1938-39, 1946-47, 1947-48;
Team honours British Championship shared 1938-39, winners 1946-47, 1947-48;
Individual honours England wartime international (24 appearances, several as Captain, 23 goals)
Distinctions Youngest-ever England penalty scorer and the youngest player to score on his debut.

Beyond England

Tommy and his wife, Gay, became the licensees of the Magna Charta in Lowdham in October 1958 until 1962. Aferwhich, he came an insurange agent. A failed venture that should have resulted in the Tommy Lawton Sports Good brand failed to last, instead, Lawton worked for Vernon's Pools in the Nottingham area until he returned to football. After he hit the hardest of the times, he was offered the job as director of his own company, Tommy Lawton Furniture Ltd, and after fruitful beginnings, again ended up in liquidation. - Tom Lawton's biography

 

Tommy Lawton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
23 24 9 2070 23 90.4 min 8 2 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Tommy Lawton - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 7 2 0 35 7 +28 0 5 3.889 0.778 88.9 +7
Away 14 9 2 3 41 14 +27 2 7 2.929 1.00 71.4 +6
All - White 23 16 4 3 76 21 +55 2 12 3.304 0.913 78.3 +13

 

Tommy Lawton - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 9 6 2 1 29 10 +19 0 4 3.222 1.111 77.8 +5
Friendly 14 10 2 2 47 11 +36 2 18 3.357 0.786 78.6 +8
All 23 16 4 3 76 21 +55 2 12 3.304 0.913 78.3 +13

 

Tommy Lawton - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1938-39 3 2 0 1 11 5 +6 0 1 3.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1946-47 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 1 3.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1947-48 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 83.3 +2
All 9 6 2 1 29 10 +19 0 4 3.222 1.111 77.8 +5
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 9 6 2 1 29 10 +19 0 4 3.222 1.111 77.8 +5
All 9 6 2 1 29 10 +19 0 4 3.222 1.111 77.8 +5

 

Tommy Lawton - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 8 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 8 full capsx

Age 19
1 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 27 9
2 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 39 9
3 221 9 November 1938 - England 4 Norway 0, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start 35 9
4 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Start 8 9
5 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AW Start 88 9
6 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Comunale San Siro, Milano Tour AD Start 19 9
7 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Start 9
8 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW Start 9
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 11 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 15 full capsx

Age 26
9 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 80 9
10 228 30 September 1946 - Ireland (Éire) 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin Fr AW Start 9
Age 27
11 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0, Maine Road, Manchester BC HW Start 39 9
12 230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW Start
24,28,35,78
9
13 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Start 9
14 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 9
15 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Tour AL Start 9
16 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa AW Start
17s,11,38,61
9
17 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 34s, 63 9
Age 28
18 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 25 9
19 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool HD Start 87 9
 Club: Notts County F.C. - 4 full caps

 

20 238 19 November 1947 - England 4 Sweden 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 18 9
21 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Start 9
22 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino Fr AW Start 23 9
23 241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0, Idrætsparken, København Fr AD Start 9

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