Byron Lawrence

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Byron Lawrence
Personal information
Full name Byron Alfredo Lawrence[1]
Date of birth (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 16
Youth career
0000–2010 Histon
2010–2012 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Ipswich Town 1 (0)
2014– Colchester United 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:09, 17 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Byron Alfredo Lawrence (born 12 March 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Colchester United. Joining Ipswich Town in 2010 from Histon's youth set-up, he progressed through Town's academy before making his debut at the age of 16 in 2012. He was also an unused substitute in a League Cup match at the age of 15 in 2011. He joined Colchester United in 2014 to continue his development.

Career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Born in Cambridge,[3] Lawrence came through the youth system at Histon, before joining Ipswich Town's Academy in 2010 at the age of 14.[4]

2010–11 season[edit]

Lawrence was involved with Ipswich's under-18 side immediately after joining, scoring in a 2–1 friendly win over Bury Town on 10 August 2010.[5] He scored twice in the under-18s 2–1 win at West Ham United on 9 October,[6] before netting again in Town's 3–2 defeat to Southampton a week later.[7] He scored four goals in 13 under-18 appearances during the 2010–11 season.[8]

2011–12 season[edit]

Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell likened Lawrence's style of play to that of Jack Wilshere.

Lawrence was called up by first-team manager Paul Jewell for their League Cup clash with Northampton Town on 9 August 2011, but was an unused substitute in the match. He had impressed Jewell with his performances in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland and against Manchester United at under-15 level over the summer.[9] It was then reported that Arsenal were keeping tabs on the player despite experiencing no first-team action for his club.[10] While a move to the Gunners never materialised, Lawrence returned to action with the under-18s, scoring the third goal in their 3–0 home win against Leicester City on 17 September.[11] He signed a two-year scholarship with Ipswich in November 2011, where Paul Jewell revealed that Lawrence had been training with the first-team. Jewell said of Lawrence that "he reminds me of Jack Wilshere. He's built that way, he uses his body and he's a clever player."[12][13]

Lawrence scored the opening goal in an eventual 3–1 FA Youth Cup defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on 13 January 2012.[14] He also appeared for the Ipswich Town Reserves side for the first time in 2012, playing in a 1–0 win over Crystal Palace at Playford Road on 21 February.[15] Jewell then stated that he intended to hand some game time to Lawrence before the end of the season in April 2012.[4] He eventually became Town's second youngest-ever debutant on 28 April 2012, replacing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas after 79 minutes in the Blues' 3–2 win over already-relegated Doncaster Rovers.[16][17] He ended the 2011–12 season with 22 under-18 games and two goals to his name, with two reserve appearances in addition to his substitute appearance for the first-team.[8]

2012–13 season[edit]

Paul Jewell included Lawrence in his squad for a pre-season tour of the Netherlands in July 2012. He featured in the first-half of a 1–1 draw with Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport on 17 July,[18] and on their return to England, he appeared in a first-team 2–0 friendly win at Cambridge United on 25 July.[19] He scored a brace for the reserve side in a 6–1 hammering of A.F.C. Sudbury on 1 August,[20] before featuring for 22 minutes as a second-half substitute in Town's 3–1 friendly win against West Ham at Portman Road three days later.[21] He was again named on the bench for the League Cup clash with Carlisle United on 29 August, but was unused in the 2–1 defeat after extra time.[22] He scored for the under-18 side in a 3–2 home defeat by Colchester United on 6 October,[23] before he netted a late equaliser in the under-21s 2–2 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park on 30 October.[24] He grabbed a goal in a 4–2 win for the under-18s against Brighton & Hove Albion on 2 February 2013,[25] and was on target again in a 3–1 reverse at Bristol City on 16 February.[26]

Lawrence captained the under-21 side to a 4–3 win at Portman Road over Colchester on 25 February,[27] while his next goal arrived against the same opposition at under-17 level with a penalty on 4 May as Town fell to a 3–1 defeat.[28] He travelled with the under-17 side on their tour of Belgium in May 2013, where he scored in their 1–1 draw with Mons.[29] He netted two further goals in the competition, one against Gent from the penalty spot, and another in a 2–1 defeat to Sint-Truiden, meaning Town finished seventh overall.[30] His campaign ended with three goals in 23 reserve team appearances, and three goals in eight youth team appearances.[8]

2013–14 season[edit]

Lawrence began the 2013–14 season once again with pre-season alongside the first-team squad. He appeared in their tour of Ireland, starting the second-half in Town's 2–0 victory over Shelbourne on 6 July.[31] He again started the second-half squad for Ipswich's 2–1 friendly win at Crawley Town on 10 July,[32] before making an appearance as a substitute in their 2–1 win at Gillingham on 16 July.[33] He was also involved in the 3–0 win at the Colchester Community Stadium against Colchester on 23 July.[34] Seven days later, he faced the same opposition for the under-21 side at Playford Road as Town won 1–0.[35]

He was again an unused substitute for the first-team's FA Cup third round defeat to Preston North End on 14 January 2014.[36] He scored a goal for the under-18 squad on 15 March as Ipswich were defeated 3–1 by Queens Park Rangers,[37] and then netted again five days later as the under-18s beat Bristol City 3–0 away.[38] He scored in a friendly between Ipswich and Peterborough United's development squads on 28 April, in which Town came out 5–2 victors.[39] Lawrence ended the season with a further 17 reserve team appearances and one goal to add to his tally, and two goals in seven games at youth level.[8]

2014–15 season[edit]

For a second year running, Lawrence was involved in Town's first-team pre-season training camp based in Ireland, where he began the second-half of a 4–0 win against Shelbourne on 12 July 2014.[40] He scored in a 4–2 win for an Ipswich Town XI against Chelmsford City on 1 August, where he headed home from close range following a Ben Wyatt cross.[41]

Lawrence then joined Colchester United on trial, training with the U's in mid-August 2014.[42] He played for the under-21s in their Professional Development League Two opening game against Sheffield United on 20 August, a game which ended 0–0.[43] Soon after, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy confirmed that Lawrence was able to leave the club on a permanent basis.[44] He made his second appearance for Colchester under-21s on 1 September as they fell to a 3–1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest.[45] During his brief 2014–15 season with Ipswich, Lawrence made four reserve appearances, where he scored one goal.[8]

Colchester United[edit]

Lawrence became new Colchester United manager Tony Humes' first signing on 2 September 2014, the day after Humes' appointment and the day after Lawrence had appeared for the under-21s in their defeat to Nottingham Forest. He joined the U's on a one-year deal.[46][47][48] He was immediately called up to the first-team squad by Humes for their trip to face Walsall on 6 September at the Bescot Stadium.[49] Despite not appearing against Walsall, he did score a brace for the under-21s in a 3–1 win at Gresty Road against Crewe Alexandra on 9 September. He gave Colchester the lead after the half-time interval after George Cooper's opener had been cancelled out by a Craig Eastmond strike, and then scored his second and Colchester's third with a shot from outside of the area.[50]

Tony Humes handed Lawrence his first-team debut for Colchester on 16 September at home to Sheffield United. He came on as a 76th minute substitute for Sammie Szmodics when the U's were 1–0 up, and Freddie Sears made it 2–0 one minute after Lawrence's arrival on the field. However, a quickfire trio of goals in the last seven minutes of the game for the Blades handed them a 3–2 win over Colchester.[51] After the match, Lawrence said of his first game for Colchester that it was "a debut to remember but it was a good experience". He also spoke of his exit from Ipswich, stating that "I always tried my best to kick on at Ipswich but I knew that I needed to move on to play", and that Mick McCarthy "thought I was a good player but not quite good enough to play in his team".[52]

Lawrence returned to under-21 action with a goal in their 2–2 draw with Coventry City at Florence Park after converting a Drey Wright cross within the first minute of the game on 23 September.[53] He turned provider in Colchester's 2–1 win at Elland Road against Leeds United on 21 October, setting up Dominic Smith who went on to score both goals in the game.[54]

On 8 May 2015, Lawrence signed a one-year contract extension with Colchester United.[55]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 September 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2011–12[56] Championship 1 0 1 0
2012–13[57] Championship 0 0 0 0
2013–14[58] Championship 0 0 0 0
2014–15[59] Championship 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Colchester United 2014–15[59] League One 1 0 1 0
2015–16[60] League One 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Career total 2 0 2 0

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