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 Post subject: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:05 pm 
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One for the older fans. Earlier today the club announced that former player Jimmy Lawton had died. He played for the club 1961-66 - I think this was in two spells either side of a move to Everton which didn't seem to work out. I remember him as what today would be called an old fashioned centre forward. I'm not sure what the players contractual situation was in those days, but I think during the offseason he did some painting and decorating with teammate Alan Sproates.


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:32 pm 
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We sold him to Swindon and Alan Sproates signed for us as part of the deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:03 am 
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What stands out for me was Lawton's form in the 1964/5 season.
In an below average team (we finished 17th), he scored 29 goals. Two were in a brilliant 4-1 cup replay against Hartlepool in front of a packed Feethams (15,000), which got us a home tie against Arsenal in the third round.


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:10 am 
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He was a good, old fashioned CF, quite pacey for a big lad and could certainly strike a ball.

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:03 pm 
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60 goals in his 120 games...First spell...
3 in 20 on his second stint after Swindon & Watford....
I seem to remember he signed for Swindon the day after he tore them a new one...
Powerful Centre forward great in the air...

RIP Jimmy


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:07 pm 
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footifan wrote:
60 goals in his 120 games...First spell...
3 in 20 on his second stint after Swindon & Watford....
I seem to remember he signed for Swindon the day after he tore them a new one...
Powerful Centre forward great in the air...

RIP Jimmy

Spot on there Chris, I remember that game well against Swindon, he was unplayable that night and probably his best game in a Darlo shirt.I think it may have been a league cup game and they were at least a division higher than us but not 100% certain but you will probably know with your memory.


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:09 am 
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quakerman wrote:
footifan wrote:
60 goals in his 120 games...First spell...
3 in 20 on his second stint after Swindon & Watford....
I seem to remember he signed for Swindon the day after he tore them a new one...
Powerful Centre forward great in the air...

RIP Jimmy

Spot on there Chris, I remember that game well against Swindon, he was unplayable that night and probably his best game in a Darlo shirt.I think it may have been a league cup game and they were at least a division higher than us but not 100% certain but you will probably know with your memory.


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Yes correct ..League Cup, we beat them 2 - 1

They were 1 Division higher in Div 3


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:13 pm 
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I'm sure the Northern Echo's picture archives will have loads of original photos of him terrorising defences in the black and white hoops. Footage will be more difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: Jimmy Lawton
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:11 pm 
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James, I've sent you a PM.


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