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The Complete Centre Forward: The Authorised Biography of Tommy Lawton: The Story of Tommy Lawton Hardcover – 23 Nov 2003


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SportsBooks Ltd; First Thus edition (23 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899807098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899807093
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating reading -- Richard Frost, Manchester Evening News

Lovingly crafted -- Bryon Butler, The Daily Telegraph

Read this outstanding book -- Gary Brie, Total Football

The contrasting images of then and now keep hitting you as you turn each page -- Ken Roberts, Liverpool Echo

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2001
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Lawton was almost unique in many ways.He was one of only three players to represent England before and after World War Two.One of the others was Stanley Matthews who seems to have achieved much more lasting fame with the general public.What is clear from this book is that Lawton was held in the highest regard by his fellow professionals. Compared with some of the other legends of his time,Lawton's career appears to be dogged by some unfortunate timing and decision making.His career pattern was most unusual although it would perhaps have looked less so if he were playing today. The other great Bolton born centre forward Nat Lofthouse only ever had one club.Tom Finney at Preston likewise.In contrast Lawton wore the colours of Burnley,Everton,Chelsea,Arsenal,Brentford,Notts County and Kettering.There were various reasons for these frequent moves but it is clear that huge signing on fees had little part to play in those days.In fact professionals were treated disparagingly by the FA,travelling to England games by train and being forced to justify every last penny of expenses. One of the most moving parts of the book is also the shortest.Lawton's post playing days are probably what the younger generations know him for.Although he made little money from the game itself,his fame continued to generate huge interest for many years afterwards.We frequently hear of former players going off the rails,turning to drink and launching disastrous business ventures.Lawton ended up in court on fraud charges but even this is presented sympathetically.Lawton is seen as being naive and ill advised rather than a villain.It is however rather sad to see a legend fall from grace.For most of us this would seem to be the end.Read more ›
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