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 Tommy LAWTON 1937-1947 
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Name: Thomas Lawton

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Country: :ENG: England
Club: Everton (1937–1945) Chelsea (1945-47)
Number: 9
Position: *CF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 18-28 years (06/10/1919)

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Attack: 91
Defence: 30
Balance: 90
Stamina: 78
Top Speed: 79
Acceleration: 80
Response: 90
Agility: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 75
Dribble Speed: 74
Short Pass Accuracy: 77
Short Pass Speed: 74
Long Pass Accuracy: 68
Long Pass Speed: 74
Shot Accuracy: 88
Shot Power: 92
Shot Technique: 87
Free Kick Accuracy: 60
Curling: 65
Header: 98
Jump: 85
Technique: 79
Aggression: 91
Mentality: 80
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 75

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 8
Growth Type: Early/Lasting

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P19 - Fox in the Box

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Positioning - Scoring - Post Player

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded







Regarded as the finest centre-forward of his generation, Lawton boasted a powerful physique, first-class ball control, coupled with an excellent passing range and a powerful shot. Although naturally right-footed, he worked hard to improve his left foot technique to a standard good enough to be considered a two-footed player. Moreover, he never received a booking throughout his entire career. However, undoubtedly Lawton’s greatest strength was his ability to head the ball. In an era when the ball became abnormally heavy when wet, and laced with a leather thread that, when headed, could leave an impression on the forehead indistinguishable from a dozen stitches inserted by a bungling surgeon. Blessed with a strong pair of muscular legs Tommy was able to leap high and generate a prolonged ‘hang-time’. He had an extraordinary ability to time his jumps to perfection, causing the legendary Stanley Matthews to surmise, ’Quite simply, Tommy was the greatest header of the ball I ever saw’.

https://www.playingpasts.co.uk/articles ... anagement/

Everton won the first four games of the 1938-39 season. The fifth game was against Arsenal, the current league champions, at Highbury. After 15 minutes Lawton passed to Alex Stevenson, who scored from close range. Lawton got the second in the 38th minute. George Casey of the Sunday Pictorial described it as "another wonder goal" from Lawton.


Len Shackleton, played a few games with Lawton for England: "Some of the greatest names in football have filled the centre-forward position and the best of them, in my time, was Tommy Lawton. Tommy, in his prime, had everything required of a centre-forward. A terrific shot with either foot, strength and accuracy with his head, the perfect physique, wonderful positional sense and a quickness off the mark that was unexpected in one of his build."

Wilf Mannion was another fan of Lawton: "I cannot recall any centre half who could keep him (Tommy Lawton) in check in his international days-I have seen little of him since and, for all I know, he may be as difficult to control as ever. Tall, powerful, agile and crafty, Tommy was the complete centre forward. He made goals; he scored them with monotonous regularity. With his head or with his feet, they came all the same to Lawton. If one man can do it, so can others. But they must put in the necessary work at practice and I am certain that Lawton was never a shirker in that respect else he would never have obtained the fame he did."

https://spartacus-educational.com/ARSENALlawton.htm


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Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:02 pm
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His weight was 76 kg. Try to follow the format, like name of the player and teams in bold, exact colour for position, stats and so on.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:08 pm
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Thank you sir, I will do my best.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:29 pm
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It seems he was a decent passer for that time and he played as an inside-forward together with Dixie Dean for a short time, but not very successfully. Shall I add Position: *SS as well?


Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:42 pm
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And I'm a little concerned about his jumping because of the stats ladder. He was terrific at jumping and heading the ball, but he was already quite tall for that time as well, so maybe he doesn't need a red value. Should his jumping be lower because of that?


Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:48 pm
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He can be a decent passer even if he was a centre forward and he didn't play as SS as far as I read. Jumping 95 may be too much but I'd wait for a reply from Stuart, Milos or Gurkenjoe who may know more than me about English football. By the way thanks for the set!


Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:56 pm
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Interista93 wrote:
He can be a decent passer even if he was a centre forward and he didn't play as SS as far as I read. Jumping 95 may be too much but I'd wait for a reply from Stuart, Milos or Gurkenjoe who may know more than me about English football. By the way thanks for the set!


No, thank you for your guidance.

As for the inside-forward thing:

At the beginning of the 1937-38 season Lawton played at inside-right and Dixie Dean at centre-forward. The pairing did not work and Everton failed to win a game when they two men played together. On 8th September 1937, Dean was dropped and Lawton replaced him as centre-forward to play against Manchester City. Lawton scored in the 4-1 victory and Dean only played in two more games for Everton before leaving the club.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:04 pm
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So he had the chance to play as SS but that didn't work at all. I wouldn't consider it as secondary position then.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:13 pm
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He can have the SS role, though for what i'm reading he wasn't technically adept to play there.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:22 pm
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OK, I'll let that as it is then. He doesn't need it anyway. More importantly, what about Jump value?


Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:44 pm
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Are pics or footage of him outjumping the defenders available on the net?


Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:19 pm
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Here's a pic (Lawton is the player n° 9): https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/01 ... 933310.jpg
Here's another one that shows him jumping higher than the goalkeeper: https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multim ... 49393b.jpg
A third one while playing for Arsenal: https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/ar ... id92982104
It seems that his jumping ability was very renowned.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:39 pm
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Ok, but on those pics don't really show anything reddish, nor orangish.

At best, i'd rate his JUM at 90, just because he's Tommy Lawton.


Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:57 pm
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Thanks, updated.

Jump: 89


Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:41 pm
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Actually, Dixie Dean has 94 for jumping. 4 points less than Dean isn't too much, I think. I'll give him a symbolic orange value, just as you suggested. BTW, are we sure that Dean was such a good jumper? He was 178 cm tall, 2 cm shorter than Lawton, not such a big difference, but a considerable one in jumping stats.


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