Lot 140: Lawton Tommy

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Lot 140: Lawton Tommy: (1919-1996) English Footballer. A Remarkable Series Of Six A.Ls.S., Tommy Lawton (And With His First Name Only), Ten Pages (Total), 8Vo, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, 4Th May 1970 - 25Th April 1971, All To Richard Attenborough ('Dear Dickie'). Lawton Writes An Interesting, And Quite Often Poignant, Series Of Letters To His Friend, In Part, 'Young Tommy Has Been Invited To Leeds, But I Will Not Allow Him To Leave His Studies & School For Two Years. He'S Not Making The Same Mistake As I Did. If You Want Him - He Is Yours And Believe Me, Tommy Is Going To Be Very, Very, Good - With Luck. Ability & Potential Are There. This Is A Sad Letter For Me To Write, Dickie, After So Many Years. Could You Let Me Have A Loan Of £250 To Be Repaid In The Course Of 1 Year Beginning From The Above Date. I Would Not Ask, If It Wasn'T So Urgent & Lose Your Friendship, But All I Need Is Time. Please, Dickie, Please Help Me, & If You Cannot See Your Way To Do So, Don'T Think Too Badly Of Me.' (4Th May 1970; Accompanied By A Typed Carbon Copy Of Attenborough'S Reply Of 12Th May 1970 Stating, In Part, 'I Really Was Very Distressed To Receive Your Letter....The Question Of My Lending You Some Money Is A Very Difficult One. You May Have Read In The Press That All My Earnings Have Been Taken Over By A Large Company Called Constellation Investments, The Result Of Which Is That The Private Cash Available To Me Is Extremely Limited....I Am, However, Enclosing A Cheque For £100 Which I Hope Will Go Towards Alleviating Your Present Situation. I Will Leave The Manner Of Its Repayment To You. I Am Delighted To Hear That You Have Such High Hopes Of Your Son....I Am Sure He Would Be Immensely Welcome At Stamford Bridge, Bearing In Mind His Father'S Past Connections! When The Time Comes....I Could Arrange A Trial For Him'.), 'What Can I Say To You And Sheila? Thank You?....Bless You, Dickie. This Will Be Repayed (Sic) Many Times Over, But The Most Important Thing....Is That Our Friendship Is Not Impaired. Tommy Junior Is Yours. This Is Not A Father Telling About His Son - I Am His Severest Critic & Tried To Persuade Him Not To Take To Football - But - With The Right Guidance - He Already Has The Ability Plus Character - He Could Be Another Billy Bremner...' (16Th May 1970), 'I Am Looking For Another Job & I See Adam Faith Is Opening In Contract Furnishing, Which I Am In, At The Moment. No Doubt You Know Him & Would It Be Possible To Put A Word In For Me Please? Things Are Pretty Tough, Dickie & What I Would Have Done Without You, God Alone Knows....' (1St June 1970; Accompanied By A Typed Carbon Copy Of Attenborough'S Reply Of 4Th June 1970 Stating, In Part, 'I Have Today Written To Adam Faith Asking Him If He Would Be Good Enough To Get In Touch With You....' And Also Including A Typed Carbon Copy Of Attenborough'S Letter To Adam Faith, Also Dated 4Th June 1970, Stating, In Part, 'I Don'T Know Whether You Will Remember Him, But The Greatest Centre-Forward That I Have Ever Seen Playing For England Was A Man Called Tommy Lawton. He, In Fact, Played For Chelsea For A Number Of Years - Where I Came To Know Him - And Has Remained A Friend Of Mine Ever Since. I Received A Letter From Him This Morning Asking If I Could Possibly Put Him In Touch With You Since He Had Read That You Were Opening A Contract Furnishing Company. This Is The Business In Which He Is At Present Involved And He Wondered If There Might, By Any Chance, Be An Opportunity For Him With You....'), 'My Job Has, Unfortunately, Fallen Through & I Am Relying On S. Security. Dickie, Do You Think Dave Sexton Could Use Me As A Part-Time Scout? It Would Be Of Great Help To Me At This Moment. Had A Reply From Adam Faith, Thanks To You, But At The Moment The Business Is Only In Scotland....' (25Th August 1970), 'Nottingham University Tutors Want To Do A Film Of Me & We Are Looking In The Archives For Old Film. Do You Remember Chelsea V Dynamo, November 45? I Seem To Remember Chelsea Had A Film Of The Match & If We Could Manage To Get Excerpts From It, This Would Be A Break-Through. Do You Think You Could Help, Dickie?' (29Th December 1970, Accompanied By A Typed Memo By Attenborough'S Secretary Relating To The Film And An A.L.S. By Roy Else, One Of The Nottingham University Tutors, To Attenborough, Also Relating To The Film), 'I Am Happy To Tell You That I Am Now In A Job That Will Bring Success For The Future. I Am Enclosing My Card (Still Present, The Printed 12Mo Business Card For Lawton As An Area Representative Of Catesbys Of Tottenham Court Road, Contract Manufacturers)....Thank You For Everything Dickie. Would It Be Possible For 2 Cup Final Tickets Please, So I Can Take My Boss? It Would Be A Great Help To Me'. (25Th April 1971, Accompanied By Three Typed Carbon Copies Of Letters From Attenborough'S Secretaries, Gladys Barnes And Maureen Goldner, To Lawton, Stating, In Part, 'I Now Have Much Pleasure In Enclosing Herewith Your Two Tickets For The Cup Final. Perhaps You Would Be Kind Enough, When Letting Us Have Your Cheque, To Make This Payable To Mr. Attenborough Personally....' [4Th May 1971], 'I Am So Sorry To Worry You But We Do Not Seem To Have Received A Cheque From You In Respect Of The Cup Final Tickets....Mr. Attenborough Is At Present In Wales Filming, And We Are Wanting To Clear The Account On His Behalf....' [26Th May 1971], 'We Have Long Since Paid For All The Tickets We Had For Mr. Attenborough And His Friends....Your'S Is The Only Amount Now Outstanding. I Am Writing On My Own Initiative As I Haven'T Mentioned This To Mr. Attenborough; I Didn'T Want To Worry Him When He Is So Very Busy With His New Film. I Would Like To Point Out That We Checked With Your Wife About The Price Of The Tickets And Were Told That This Was Quite In Order As They Were To Be A Firm'S Expense. Would It Be Better If We Got In Touch Directly With Your Firm?' [8Th July 1971] And Also Including A Typed Carbon Copy Of A Letter From Attenborough To Lawton Dated 26Th August 1971 And Stating, In Part, 'I Understand That The Two Tickets That I Had Obtained For You For The Cup Final Have Still Not Been Paid For. Had You Asked For Them From Me As A Present, I Would, As Previously, Have Been Delighted To Give Them To You. However, My Office Understood That They Were To Be Paid For By Your Firm And, Consequently, They Were To Be The Most Expensive. I Am Not A Little Hurt That You Should Have Caused Me This Embarrassment'). Also Including A Few Related Items Including A T.L.S. On Behalf Of Bruce Dunnet Of Catesby'S, One Page, 4To, Tottenham Court Road, London, 27Th April 1972, To Richard Attenborough, Stating, In Part, 'Last Year, Through Tommy Lawton'S Introduction, You Were Kind Enough To Procure Tickets For The Cup Final. This Letter Is Not A Request For Tickets. Tommy Lawton Is In Trouble. Would You Care To Phone Me.....', Annotated In Pencil To The Upper Right Corner, Presumably In The Hand Of One Of Attenborough'S Secretaries, 'Find Out Position'. A Largely Moving Series Of Letters With Good Association. Some Light Age Wear, Generally Vg, 19 Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) English Actor & Film Director, Academy Award Winner. Attenborough Was A Lifelong Supporter Of Chelsea Fc And Served As A Director Of The Club From 1969-82 And Held The Honorary Position Of Life Vice President From 1993-2008. For His Role As Pinkie Brown In Brighton Rock (1947) Attenborough Was Required To Improve His Physical Condition And Therefore Trained For A Fortnight With Chelsea Fc. It Would Have Been At This Time That He First Met Lawton Who Played For Cheslsea Between 1945-47, Before Making A Shock Move To Notts County. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction featuring The David Smith Collection & The Collection of a Gentleman March 2016 Saturday, 5th March 2016 Estimate: £200 - 300
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