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The tale of Tommy Lawton—and how suspending a season can change the course of football history

Football’s last great disruption halted one of the all-time greats just as he was getting started

By Kevin Beirne  

You have to go all the way back to the Second World War to find the last time professional football faced a disruption like the current coronavirus pandemic. Elite football remains on hold until the end of April at the earliest, with the distinct possibility that it may prove impossible for teams to complete the remainder of the current season.

The 1939/40 campaign remains the last time an English league season was abandoned…

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