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A letter from Richard Attenborough to Adam Faith, dated June 4th 1970, asking if he has a vacancy for Tommy Lawton.<br />
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Sobering letters by football legend Tommy Lawton begging his great friend Richard Attenborough for money after his playing career came to an end have come to light.<br />
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The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton hero from the 1940s and '50s was once described as England's greatest ever centre forward and was subject to a record transfer fee for his services.<br />
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Yet the gulf in fortunes between the grounded footballers of yesteryear and the millionaire playboys of the modern game who can earn £100,000 a week is laid bare in the sad correspondence from 1970.