Dennis Lawrence

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Dennis Lawrence
Personal information
Full name Dennis William Lawrence[1]
Date of birth (1974-08-01) 1 August 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Everton F.C.
Number First-Team Development Coach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Barataria Ball Players
1993–1998 Caledonia AIA
1999–2000 Defence Force
2001–2006 Wrexham 198 (14)
2006–2009 Swansea City 84 (7)
2008–2009 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 28 (3)
2009–2010 San Juan Jabloteh 7 (1)
National team
2000–2009[2] Trinidad and Tobago 89 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:48, 14 April 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2010

Dennis William Lawrence CM (born 1 August 1974) is a Trinidad and Tobago former footballer who is currently part of the coaching staff for Everton in the Premier League. Prior to coaching, he had a successful playing career in England, Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. He lifted the Caribbean Cup with the Soca Warriors and won several cup competitions with Wrexham before winning a league title with Swansea City. Prior to moving Everton, he had coached for three years at Wigan Athletic during which time became the first Trinidadian to win the The FA Cup.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Prior to becoming a footballer, Lawrence worked as a supermarket attendant in Port of Spain. He later joined the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and became eligible to play for their football team Defence Force.

Lawrence signed for Wrexham for a fee of £100,000 in 2001, joining from Defence Force of his native Trinidad, becoming the third Trinidadian at Wrexham along with Hector Sam and Carlos Edwards. Before signing for Wrexham, he had trials at Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers.

After some poor performances when he first joined the club, Lawrence went on to become a valued and popular player at the Welsh club, winning the 2003–04 Player of the Season award. He has also become the first Wrexham player to play at a World Cup, starting all three of his country's games.

He signed for Swansea City on 16 August 2006 after Swansea had lost central defender and skipper Garry Monk to injury. He made an impressive Swansea debut in a 2–0 win over Doncaster Rovers winning the Man of the Match award.

On 30 September 2008 it was announced he had joined Crewe Alexandra on a 4-month loan until January. On 30 December 2008 the loan was extended until the end of the 2008–09 campaign, but he returned to the Liberty Stadium at the end of his loan spell on 2 May.

Lawrence was released from his contract after two years with Swansea City on 4 May, with his former loan employers Crewe Alexandra interested in a permanent move.

In September 2009 He signed a deal to play for San Juan Jabloteh in his native Trinidad.

On 18 March 2010 Wrexham manager Dean Saunders revealed that Lawrence was training at his former club along with fellow former Swansea player Kristian O'Leary.[4]

International career[edit]

Lawrence has been an important player for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, having made his debut on 18 March 2000. He was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award at the 2001 Caribbean Cup, which Trinidad and Tobago won. On 16 November 2005, he (in his 61st cap) scored the goal against Bahrain that awarded Trinidad and Tobago a ticket to the 2006 World Cup. He played every minute of his country's campaign in Germany as the Soca Warriors secured an impressive 0–0 draw against Sweden and gave England a run for their money.

He is also the player who approached Port Vale's Chris Birchall and asked him if he was interested in representing Trinidad and Tobago (Chris' mother was born there).

After a failed qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lawrence, who had succeeded Dwight Yorke as national captain, announced his retirement from international football with 89 caps under his belt.[5]

International Goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Goals Result Competition
1. 19 May 2001 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Martinique 1 1–2 Caribbean Cup
2. 25 May 2005 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Bermuda 1 4–0 Friendly
3. 4 June 2005 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Panama 1 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
4. 16 November 2005 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain  Bahrain 1 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
5. 3 September 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago  Guyana 1 3–0 Friendly

Coaching career[edit]

Lawrence joined Wigan Athletic as a coach in October 2010 after impressing Spanish manager Roberto Martinez on a trial during the 2010/11 pre-season.[6] When Martinez was appointed as manager of Everton, Lawrence was appointed as first-team development coach.[7]

Honours[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago
  • Caribbean Cup
    • Winner (1): 2001
  • Caribbean Cup MVP
    • Winner (1): 2001
Wrexham
  • FAW Premier Cup
    • Winner (3): 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04
  • Johnstone's Paint Trophy
    • Winner (1): 2005
  • Player of the season
    • Winner (1): 2003/04
Swansea
  • npower League 1
    • Winner (1): 2007/08

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Dennis William Lawrence - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence tastes FA Cup success with Wigan". wired868.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wrexham consider move for Kristian O'Leary". BBC Sport. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Dennis_Lawrence_assistant_coach_at_Wigan_Athletic-105499223.html
  7. ^ Clarke, Adam (11 July 2013). "Lawrence joins backroom staff". evertonfc.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 

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