Tommy Lawton's time at Turf Moor was short lived, and his
greatest achievements would lie away from the club, but one
of the most prolific strikers England ever produced started
his professional career at Burnley
Tommy Lawton was born on 6 October 1919, in Farnworth. Despite
having flat feet and having to wear orthotics, he had reputedly
scored over 500 goals as a schoolboy in Bolton, this prompted
Burnley to trial him in 1935 before he signed a professional contract
with the club in 1936 on his 17th birthday.
After 25 appearances for the Clarets and 16 goals, Everton paid a
record £6,500 for him, making him the most expensive teenager
ever. Within a year the young striker had played for England, scoring
in the 4-2 defeat by Wales.
Before the out break of the Second World War, he had scored 70
goal in 100 appearances, helping Everton to win the League
Championship and gathering another 2 England caps.
During the war years, he served in the
Army as a Physical Training Instructor,
and upon the end of the Second World
War, he transferred to Chelsea for
£11,500, where he score 26 goals in
34 League games, but conflict with his
Chelsea manager, Billy Birrell,
resulted in Tommy Lawton requesting
His transfer shocked football, when
he moved for £20,000 to Third
Division side Notts County, where
he scored 103 goals in 166
appearances, before taking up a player manager role at Brentford.
He moved again in 1953 to Arsenal where he finished his playing
career, scoring 15 goals in 38 games. He took up a player manager
role at Kettering Town before taking up a manager position at Notts
County, but after relegation to the Second Division saw Tommy
Lawton retire from the game.
Tommy Lawton played a total of 23 games for England scoring 22
With his health faltering Tommy Lawton died of pneumonia in Nov
1996 aged 77. His ashes are currently housed at the National
Football Museum in Preston. In 2003 Tommy Lawton was inducted
into the English Football Hall Of Fame.
||6 October 1919 @ Farnworth
||23 (22 goals) England