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1926: Footballer Tommy Cook threatened at his home

Sunday Mirror - Sunday 19 December 1926


Search for Men Who Drove Up to International's House 

Tommy Cook, the Brighton and Hove Albion centre forward and international footballer, has had his life threatened by men who drove up in a motor-car to Cook's' house at Cuckfield. 

During the past week several attempts have been made by men whose identity is unknown to interview Cook, and they found him at his home at Hayward's Heath. Five men drove up in a motor-car and two went to the house and tried to persuade Cook to come to the car on the pretext that a well known footballer, who was in the car, wished to be introduced to him. As none of the men in the car bore any resemblance to the player named, Cook refused to go. 

Tommy Cook c1930

The men's language then became violent and their manner threatening, and Cook came to the conclusion that the real object of their visit was either to intimidate or to bribe him in connection with his play for the Albion. The matter has been reported to the police. 



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