Lawrie McKinna

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Lawrie McKinna
Lawrie McKinna-2012.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-07-08) 8 July 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Kilmarnock, Scotland
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Darvel
1982–1986 Kilmarnock 87 (17)
1986 Box Hill
1987 Heidelberg United 24 (6)
1988 APIA Leichhardt 25 (2)
1989–1990 Blacktown City 31 (4)
1990–1991 Wollongong City 5 (0)
1991–1993 Blacktown City 39 (25)
1993–1994 Newcastle Breakers 7 (0)
1994 Blacktown City 23 (7)
1995–1997 Hills United
Teams managed
1992 Blacktown City (Asst.)
1995–1996 Hills United
1997–1999 Sydney United (Asst.)
1999–2002 Parramatta Power (Asst.)
2002–2004 Northern Spirit
2005–2010 Central Coast Mariners
2011 Chengdu Blades
2011–2012 Chongqing Lifan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lawrie McKinna
Mayor of Gosford
Assumed office
24 September 2012
Preceded by Laurie Maher
Personal details
Born (1961-07-08) 8 July 1961 (age 53)
Kilmarnock, Scotland
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent

Councillor Lawrie McKinna (born 8 July 1961) is a Scottish-Australian former football (soccer) player, aspiring politician and the current Club Ambassador for the Central Coast Mariners.

In 2012, McKinna stood for election as an independent for City of Gosford. Lawrie was successful in gaining a seat, and was elected by his fellow councillors Mayor of Gosford City on 24 September.[1] Lawrie unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in the September 2013 Federal election for the seat of Robertson. His campaign was bankrolled by colourful racing and media man John Singleton to the tune of $380,000.[2] While only receiving 8.7% of the vote, Singleton and McKinna controversially decided the outcome of the seat by directing preference votes to the conservative Liberal Party candidate Ms Lucy Wicks.[3] Ms Wicks formally thanked Lawrie & his backer John Singleton in her maiden speech in parliament.[4]

Early life[edit]

McKinna was born in Kilmarnock in southwest Scotland.

Playing career[edit]


McKinna began his career as a striker with local junior side Darvel and made his debut for Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in 1982. He made 87 league appearances for Kilmarnock, scoring 17 times before moving to Australia in 1986 where he went on to play for several more clubs in the NSL and various state leagues.

Management career[edit]

McKinna’s coaching career began in 1992 with New South Wales side Blacktown City as assistant manager. In 1995 Hills United hired him as a player/manager ( In 1997 he became assistant to David Mitchell with National Soccer League clubs Sydney Olympic, then following Mitchell to Sydney United in 1998 and Parramatta Power in 1999.

He left Parramatta Power in 2002 to take over as manager of Northern Spirit. His first season as a NSL coach was extremely promising and successful as he beat many accomplished coaches, and was awarded with the NSL coach of the year award after taking the Northern Spirit to their first finals campaign for three years.

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

In 2005 he was named as manager of the new A-League club the Central Coast Mariners, earning the inaugural A-League coach of the year award after leading the Mariners to the grand final and winning the preseason cup. In May 2006 he signed a new five-year contract with the Mariners [5]

McKinna was popular in the community for his insistence that all the players at the club engaged in community activities. This became a hallmark of his tenure at the fledgling club.

In the 2006/2007 season, McKinna gave an interview during which his team were struggling for on field success. Notably saying how it was frustrating for him when the press report losses in matches but don't mention the long-term injury's to the sides key players like Nik Mrdja, Andre Gumprecht and Noel Spencer. In the interview he also talked about his footballing coaching licenses and mentions that he would be preparing to take his '“Asian 'B' license” course soon.[6]

On 9 February 2010, it was announced that McKinna will take over as the Football and Commercial Operations Manager for the Mariners from the 2010/2011 season, with Graham Arnold replacing him as head coach.[7]

Chengdu Blades[edit]

Chinese Super League club Chengdu Blades have shown interest in McKinna taking over the reins as manager of the first team on 18 March 2011.[8] A day later, he was appointed as the headcoach of Chengdu Blades [9] a club known to have the lowest operating budget in the CSL.

On 15 August, it was confirmed by McKinna via his Twitter account, that he had resigned from his position as manager at the Blades. He cited off-field, back room issues as a major reason for his decision, which contributed to the Blades poor 2011 CSL season, in which at the time of McKinna's departure had seen them only win only twice, conceding 30+ goals, whilst only scoring 13, and the club at the bottom of the ladder after just 20 matches.[10]

Chongqing Lifan[edit]

On 2 December 2011 it was announced he had sign a one-year contract with China League One side Chongqing Lifan.[11] On 15 April 2012 he announced he was leaving the club after a disagreement with the board.

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

On the 4th of May, 2012 it was announced that Lawrie would become the new Director of Football for the Central Coast Mariners. A position that he took on again temporarily for two months in 2014.

After football[edit]

McKinna was elected a councillor of Gosford City Council in September 2012 and nominated as Mayor at the first council meeting.[12]

In the 2013 Australian election, McKinna ran as a conservative independent for the seat of Robertson.[13]




APIA Leichhardt:

  • NSL Cup: 1988



Central Coast Mariners:



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Preceded by
Ian Crook
NSL Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Mich d'Avray
Preceded by
Inaugural Winner
Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Ernie Merrick