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 20)[2]
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leiston
Youth career
0000–2010 Histon
2010–2012 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Ipswich Town 1 (0)
2014–2016 Colchester United 1 (0)
2016 Bishop's Stortford 11 (0)
2016– Leiston 5 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 5 September 2016 (UTC).


Byron Alfredo Lawrence (born 12 March 1996) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leiston. 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 at their Academy, where he made one first-team appearance before being released in 2016. He then joined National League North side Bishop's Stortford in February 2016, before joining Leiston in summer 2016.

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]

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] However, after just one first-team appearance, Lawrence was released from his contract by mutual consent on 18 January 2016.[56]

Bishop's Stortford[edit]

After training with several clubs, Lawrence signed for National League South outfit Bishop's Stortford on 5 February 2016.[57] He made a 12-minute substitute appearance for his debut on 6 February in a 2–1 defeat by Ebbsfleet United.[58]

Leiston[edit]

After making eleven appearances for Bishop's Stortford, Lawrence moved to Isthmian League Premier Division side Leiston in summer 2016 on a one-year contract with the option of a further year.[59] He made two assists on his debut on the opening day of the season as Leiston defeated Havant & Waterlooville 3–1.[60] He scored his first goals for the club in the following game against Canvey Island with his side's first and third goals of a 3–2 away win on 16 August.[61]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 September 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2011–12[62] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[63] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[64] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[65] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Colchester United 2014–15[65] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16[66] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bishop's Stortford 2015–16[67] National League North 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Leiston 2016–17[68] Isthmian League Premier Division 5 2 1 1 0 0 6 3
Career total 18 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 19 3

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