Paul Lawson (footballer)
|Full name||Paul William Lawson|
|Date of birth||15 May 1984|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|2006||→ St. Johnstone (loan)||8||(1)|
|2007||→ St. Mirren (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:56, 28 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Aberdeen, Lawson began his career at Celtic where he was captain of the reserves side, and was a regular for the Scotland national under-21 football team. When playing for the national youth team in his preferred position of central midfield, he is often to be found on the substitutes' bench as his team's second resort. On 5 December 2005, Lawson signed a contract with Celtic, until 2008.
Lawson played at right-back for Celtic in pre-season of 2006–07 against teams such as Manchester United and on the first game of the season in the 4–1 defeat of Kilmarnock which put them top of the league.
Lawson spent the first half of the 2006–07 season on loan at Scottish First Division club St. Johnstone, returning to Parkhead in December 2006. After being an unused substitute in Celtic's 2–0 defeat of Kilmarnock on 2 January 2007, Lawson completed a second loan move, this time to St. Mirren.
Lawson was released by Celtic in the summer of 2007, and he then signed for Ross County on 31 August 2007. He made his debut in the second round of Scottish Challenge Cup, in a 2–0 loss against St. Johnstone; two weeks later, on 15 September 2007, he made his league debut in a 2–0 win over Raith Rovers. On 5 January 2008, Lawson then received a red card, but win 1–0 against Raith Rovers. On 23 February 2008, Lawson scored a "stunning strike", with his first goal, in a 3–2 win over Queen's Park. After the match, Lawson says he never experienced shooting from 30 yards. On the final game of the season, Lawson scored again, in a 4–0 win over Berwick Rangers. Lawson scored twice, all of which at the Victoria Park, Dingwall, and made 28 appearances during his first season with the club. During the season, Ross County was promoted to Division One after winning the Second Division
His second was frustrating for Lawson because of his own injury concerns and his contract is about to expire this season. At the end of the season, Lawson would signed a one-year deal with the club.
While in his third season, Lawson would regain his form and also his first team place. He would scored five times against Greenock Morton, Partick Thistle, Dundee (which scored again) and Dunfermline Athletic (also scored again). His five goal this season was his highest goal tally this season in his Ross County's career. In mid-December, Lawson would signed a new two-year deal with the club. During the season, Lawson is in the squad throughout Ross County's campaign in the Scottish Cup and even reaching the final after beating Scottish giant Celtic, whose team Lawson played for, in the semi-final. A year later, Lawson says he felt he wasn't involved in the match against them – despite coming on as a substitute in a late minutes. In the Scottish Cup Final, Ross County would lose 3–0 against Dundee United. Lawson was in the final, having came on as a substitute for Steven Craig.
In his fourth season, Lawson would retain his first team place and would make 27 appearance, scoring once against Partrick on 16 April 2011. Lawson was in the squad when Ross County won 2–0 against Queen of the South. Lawson continued to retain his first team place, the next season, making 37 appearance and scoring twice, this season, against Ayr United and Raith Rovers. During the season, Ross County would be promoted to Scottish Premier League after winning 2011-12 Scottish First Division. At the end of the season, Lawson was offered a new deal to stay for the next season. He would signed a one-year deal with the club.
In his last season, with the club now in SPL, Lawson played his first match in the league, in a 0–0 against his future club, Motherwell on the opening game of the season. Lawson have featured less at the start of the season, having been injured and struggled make it back to the first team. He since earned his first team place back. After a slow start, which the club now in the bottom six. Soon after, the club began making back to back victories to earn a spot in a top-six finish in their first ever season in the 2012–13 SPL, in which, it happened successfully. Lawson scored his first SPL goal, in a 2–0 win over Dundee on 8 February 2013, followed with his second in the Highland derby, which they lost 2–1. After the match, Lawson stated scoring in the derby is worth nothing.
During his time in Dingwall, he appeared in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, won the 2011-12 Scottish First Division and helped the Staggies to a top-six finish in their first ever season in the 2012–13 SPL.
- First Division player of the month: January 2010
- "Paul Lawson profile". Official Motherwell FC Site. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Lawson lands new Bhoys deal". Sky Sports. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Deadline deals as they happened". BBC Sport. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Strachan insistent over duo". Sky Sports. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Paul swaps Saints to get back to SPL". Evening Times. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County move for Lawson". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
- "Lacklustre County out of Challenge Cup". Highland News. 6 September 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County 3–2 Queen's Park". BBC Sport. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County 3–2 Queen's Park". Daily Record. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Games played by Paul Lawson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Division 1: Ross County 1 Greenock Morton 1". Daily Record. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County end exodus fears as nine players agree new deals". Daily Record. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Lawson urges mates to stay". Highland News. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Scottish Communities League Cup: No bit part role for Ross County's Paul Lawson this time". Daily Record. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "County cup dream ended by second half treble". Highland News. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "County triumph in cup final". Highland News. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Craig gives Iceland cold shoulder". Highland News. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Paul Lawson agrees deal with Ross County". Highland News. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County boss Derek Adams poised to recall Paul Lawson". Daily Record. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Lawson – 'My derby strike counted for nothing'". Highland News. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Lawson completes ‘Well switch". Motherwell F.C. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Family affair: County star ready to ruin in-law's day". Daily Record. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Ross County net manager & player of month awards". BBC Sport. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2013.