Lawrence warming up for Stoke City
|Full name||Liam Lawrence|
|Date of birth||14 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Retford, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2006–2007||→ Stoke City (loan)||8||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Portsmouth (loan)||17||(7)|
|2012||→ Cardiff City (loan)||13||(1)|
|2009–||Republic of Ireland||15||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lawrence started his career at his local club Mansfield Town, after impressing at the Field Mill he signed for Sunderland in June 2005. He joined Stoke City, on loan in 2006, and made his move permanent in January 2007. He became a key player for Stoke, and helped the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2008, earning himself Player of the Year award. In September 2010, he signed for Portsmouth on loan, and signed permanently in the January transfer window. With Portsmouth in financial difficulties he spent time out on loan at Cardiff City and joined Greek side PAOK in the summer of 2012.
Lawrence was born in Retford and joined Mansfield Town's youth team in 1996. He progressed the through to the first team making his professional debut against Blackpool in the Football League Trophy in the 1999–2000 season. He played 18 matches in 2000–01 scoring four goals as Mansfield finished in 13th position. In 2001–02 he made 37 appearances as the Stags gained promotion to the third tier however relegation was suffered in the following 2002–03 season with Lawrence playing in 46 matches scoring 12 goals. In 2003–04 Lawrence played in 52 games and scored 21 goals for the club helping then to reach the play-offs. After over coming Northampton Town on penalties Mansfield faced Huddersfield Town in the final. After a 0–0 draw they faced another penalty shootout but Mansfield lost 4–1 with Lawrence missing his penalty.
Lawrence joined Sunderland in June 2004 for a fee of £175,000. Lawrence had a promising first season at Sunderland, scoring 6 goals in 32 appearances, including two superb strikes against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light on 2 November 2004. He also helped create one of the most important goals in Sunderland's season, scored by Marcus Stewart, against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium. Sunderland won the Championship in 2004–05 and gain promotion to the Premier League.
Following Sunderland's promotion to the top flight Lawrence found himself in and out of the first team squad for the first few months of the 2005–06 season. Despite this, Lawrence still made 23 starts and 10 substitute appearances for the club, scoring stunning goals against Fulham, Chelsea, and Sunderland's bitter rivals Newcastle United at St James' Park. Although the season ended in disaster for Sunderland, who were relegated with a then record low of 15 points, Lawrence ended the season as runner up to team-mate Dean Whitehead for the annual Player of the Year award, and was seen as one of Sunderland's better performers. Lawrence and Whitehead both signed new contracts in August 2006.
Lawrence joined Stoke City initially on loan in November 2006 after falling out of favour with Roy Keane with the deal becoming permanent in January 2007. He made a fine start to his Stoke career scoring against Cardiff City and Ipswich Town. In 2006–07 Stoke narrowly missed out on the play-offs finishing in 8th position. In 2007–08 Lawrence played in 44 matches scoring 15 goals as Stoke gained promotion to the Premier League in 2nd position. Lawrence struck a great partnership with Ricardo Fuller and the pair scored a combined total of 30 goals with Lawrence winning the player of the year award.
Lawrence scored Stoke's first home goal in the Premier League in 2008 when he scored a penalty against Aston Villa. However Lawrence injured himself when he tripped over his pet Labrador damaging his ankle. He had to undergo ankle surgery to repair a tear in the ligament. He returned from injury towards the end of the season and scored winning goals in games against Blackburn Rovers and Hull City, with the latter securing Stoke's survival. Lawrence signed a new contract at Stoke in July 2009 keeping him at the Britannia Stadium until 2013. Lawrence found himself in and out of the side in 2009–10 making 25 league appearances of which 11 were as a substitute and he scored once against Hull City in April. After the season ended Lawrence stated that he expects to leave Stoke during the summer of 2010.
On 31 August, the summer transfer window deadline day, Lawrence and Stoke teammate Dave Kitson were a part of an exchange deal, which sent Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson to the Potters, with the pair moved in the opposite direction. The deal was supposedly completed and the two Stoke players arrived at Fratton Park, but the Football League claimed that Lawrence did not complete his move until 12 minutes after the transfer window closed. He eventually made an emergency-loan move to Pompey on 9 September. Lawrence made his Portsmouth debut on 11 September in a 0–0 draw with Ipswich at Fratton Park. He scored his first goal for the club against Leicester City in the Football League Cup on 21 September. On 24 September, he scored his first league goals, a penalty and a deflected free kick in their 6–1 league win over Leicester City. On 2 October, Lawrence scored a late equaliser as Portsmouth drew 2–2 with Middlesbrough at the Riverside to notch up his fourth Portsmouth goal in just seven matches. On 30 October, he netted the winner from inside the box as Pompey beat Nottingham Forest 2–1 at Fratton Park.
On 1 January 2011, Lawrence completed his permanent move to Portsmouth, signing until the summer of 2014. Since his move to Portsmouth permanently, Lawrence has yet to score his first goal. In his second season, Lawrence missed a penalty on the 90th minute with the last kick of the game after it hit the post which could have resulted in a 1–1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion but the game ended in a 1–0 defeat. Following Portsmouth's plunge into administration, Lawrence insisted that he would not walk out on the club, but manager Michael Appleton said that Portsmouth could not afford to scan the injured calf of Lawrence as the Rudimentary payments for injury assessments could also not be completed. He left Portsmouth on 10 August 2012 after agreeing to a compromise deal to terminate his contract.
Lawrence joined Championship rivals Cardiff City on loan till the end of the season as Portsmouth's dire financial situation meant they needed to take cost-cutting measures. He went on to make his debut on 7 March against Brighton & Hove Albion, where he set up the second goal for Cardiff. He scored his first goal for the club on 14 April in a 1–0 win over Barnsley.
Lawrence was interested in making the move permanent but manager Malky Mackay stated that he was interested but signing him wasn't priority. On 8 August 2012, Cardiff had opened talks with Lawrence over a possible permanent transfer as Portsmouth needed to clear the wage bill by 10 August or be liquidated. After leaving Portsmouth, Lawrence revealed he was offered a new contract with his wages reduced (60 or 70 per cent cut) but he was told by administrator Trevor Birch the negotiations was withdrawn as the club couldn't afford an offer from Balram Chainrai as he attempted to purchase the club Previously, Lawrence was keen to stay at the club, insisting he doesn't want to be responsible for liquidating the club
After leaving Portsmouth in 13 August Lawrence agreed to join Greek side PAOK on a two-year contract. Lawrence would wear number 20 on his jersey. He made his official debut for the club on 23 August 2012 in a 2-1 home win against Rapid Wien. On 16 September 2012 he scored his first goal for the club against Asteras Tripoli. He scored a magnificent volley against fierce rivals Aris in a 4-1 home win. In his first season in the club he got sent-off twice, in matches against Aris and AEK.
Lawrence is an Irish citizen through his Kerry-born grandfather. On 16 February 2006, Lawrence received his first international call-up, for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly game against Sweden on 3 March, but spent the entire match as an unused substitute. On 18 May 2009, Lawrence was named in the Irish squad for a friendly with Nigeria and subsequently made his debut in that match ten days later. Following this, Lawrence was named in the starting eleven for Ireland's friendly against South Africa on 8 September, scoring his first international goal in the 37th minute directly from a free kick. Lawrence made his competitive international debut in Ireland's penultimate 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Italy in Croke Park on 10 October, which ended 2–2. He also made a start against France in the first-leg of Ireland's crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off on 14 November, which France won 1–0, with Nicolas Anelka netting the only goal.
- As of 25 May 2010.
|1.||8 September 2009||Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland||South Africa||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||25 May 2010||RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland||Paraguay||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
- As of 27 October 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|Mansfield Town||1999–2000||Third Division||2||0||0||0||0||0||–||1||0||3||0|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2011–12||Championship||12||1||0||0||0||0||–||–||12||1|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.
Republic of Ireland
- PFA Division Three Team of the Year: 2004
- PFA Championship Team of the Year: 2008
- Football League Championship player of the season: 2007–08
- Stoke City player of the year: 2008
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- "Middlesbrough 2–2 Portsmouth". BBC (BBC). 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- "Portsmouth 2–1 Nottingham Forest". BBC. 30 October 2010.
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- "Portsmouth 1–0 Brighton". BBC (BBC). 13 August 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
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- "Liam Lawrence departure lifts Portsmouth threat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- "Bluebirds to bag Lawrence". Sky Sports. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Mackay not focused on Lawrence". Sky Sports. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Cardiff line up Liam Lawrence from Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
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- "Lawrence could cut deal to star in Pompey rebirth". Portsmouth News. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
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- "Rep of Ireland 1–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- "Republic of Ireland 0–1 France". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
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