Tommy Lawton

Tommy Lawton
D.o.B: 06/10/1919
Birthplace: Bolton
Appearances: 95
Goals: 70

After a difficult season, Everton’s board were forced to act and did so in December 1936 when they won the race for Burnley’s Tommy Lawton for £6,500.

The 17-year-old forward had only played 25 times for Burnley but his 16 goals in those games were enough to convince a host of First Division clubs to chase his signature.

Everton won the race, and by doing so, effectively bought a replacement for the ageing Dixie Dean.

Lawton only played with Dean on nine occasions – the first of which came in the 4-3 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Tottenham, where both of the forwards scored.

Dean had left the Club by the time Lawton netted 34 goals in 38 games to fire the Blues to the 1938/39 Division One title.

Despite having flat feet, Lawton was superb in the air but also on the ground with a fantastic passing range, mazy dribbles and powerful shooting ability.

He went on to score 70 goals in 90 appearances for the Blues, but after the war struggled to settle back at Everton after a turbulent marriage and bust-up with controversial manager Theo Kelly.

Lawton moved to Chelsea in November 1945, in a move that he later admitted regretting.

The prolific forward scored six times in eight games for England whilst with the Toffees and went on to collect 23 caps and 20 goals in total for his country.

Career Stats - Tommy Lawton (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1936 1937 10 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 4
1937 1938 39 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 41 28
1938 1939 38 34 5 4 0 0 0 0 43 38
Total 87 65 8 5 0 0 0 0 95 70
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 13/02/1937 06/05/1939 95 70


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