|Full name||Laurence Thomas Wilson|
|Date of birth||10 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Huyton, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|2006||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:46, 16 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Laurence Thomas Wilson (born 10 October 1986 in Huyton) is an English footballer who is a Free Agent after being released by Accrington Stanley. He was previously on the books at Everton and has played for England at all youth levels up to and including under-19.
Wilson is a supporter of St Helens RLFC.
Wilson is a graduate of the Everton F.C. Academy. He usually plays on the right wing, but can also play left-back. In November 2004, Wilson signed an 18-month professional contract with Everton. He never played for the first-team, but he did make it to the bench, and was an unused substitute in the Champions League qualifier against Villarreal.
In January 2006, Wilson joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season. He made his Football League debut in a 2–2 draw at Wycombe Wanderers in February 2006 as a substitute and started the remaining 14 games of Mansfield's season afterwards, scoring in a 2–2 derby draw at Notts County.
Wilson became a crowd favourite at Field Mill. It was widely believed that he would join Mansfield permanently if he was released by Everton, especially after commenting that "Mansfield is just the type of club I would like to join if things don't work out [at Everton]. I've enjoyed playing here and the fans have been good to me."
Wilson was indeed released by Everton at the end of the 2005–06 season, and was offered a two-year contract by Mansfield. However, to the disappointment of the Mansfield fans, it was announced on 11 May 2006 that Wilson had snubbed the Stags and signed for League Two rivals Chester City – one of the clubs closest geographically to Everton.
Wilson made his league debut for Chester City in a 2–0 opening day win over Accrington Stanley on 5 August 2006 and he would predominantly play in the left wing back slot for the remainder of the season. He started 34 of Chester's 46 league games, scoring in a 4–1 win over Lincoln City in December 2006. He also found the net four times in cup football.
Following the arrival of Bobby Williamson as Chester manager in May 2007, the side switched from a regular 3–5–2 formation to 4–4–2, with Wilson playing in the left-back slot. He remained a first-choice player during 2007–08 and scored a spectacular 30-yard free kick in Chester's 2–1 win at Macclesfield Town in September 2007. The 2008–09 campaign saw Wilson score once in 34 league appearances as the club suffered relegation from League Two. Following the final match of the season, Wilson was released from his contract at Chester.
On 14 July 2009, Wilson signed a two-year deal with League Two side Morecambe. His time with them saw him consistently earn a place in the starting line-up, accumulating a total of 111 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
- As of 17 November 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Chester City||2006–07||League Two||41||1||5||2||1||0||2||2||49||5|
|Rotherham United||2012–13||League Two||5||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||7||0|
|Accrington Stanley||2012–13||League Two||19||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||0|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances (including substitutes) and goals in the Football League Trophy.
Wilson was a runner up in the 2005 European Under-19 Championship when England lost against France.
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- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 500. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "Chester City FC: Exodus of players begins". Chester Chronicle. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
- "Accrington Stanley sign Laurence Wilson until end of season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Laurence Wilson Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 November 2013.