James Lawson (footballer)

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James Lawson
Personal information
Full name James Peter Lawson
Date of birth (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Basildon, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Concord Rangers
Youth career
Southend United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Southend United 26 (2)
2006 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Bournemouth (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Grays Athletic 9 (0)
2007 Chelmsford City (loan) ? (?)
2008–2009 Chelmsford City ? (?)
2009–2010 Welling United ? (?)
2010– Concord Rangers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:42, 8 August 2010 (UTC).

James Peter Lawson (born 21 January 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays for Isthmian League Premier Division club Concord Rangers. Lawson made 26 first team appearances in the Football League for Southend United as well as spending time on loan at Grimsby Town and Bournemouth. Lawson went out one night at the Last Post in Southend and got punched by James 'Robert Green' Taylor.

Club career[edit]

Lawson began his career with Southend United, scoring within 10 minutes on his debut against Oldham Athletic in September 2005.[1][2] He scored two goals in four starts before suffering a slight injury, and was given his first professional contract until the end of the 2006–07 season.[3][4] He made 26 league and cup appearances for Southend in the 2005–06 season.[5]

He was unable to establish himself in the first team at the beginning of the 2006–07 season and joined League Two side Grimsby Town in September 2006 on a one-month loan.[6][7] He made only one appearance as a substitute and was recalled by Southend with manager Steve Tilson explaining, "James was there for two matches and only played about 20 minutes We wanted him to get games and that wasn't happening, so he has come back to us now."[8] Lawson was still unable to break into the first team, being behind Freddy Eastwood, Matt Harrold, Lee Bradbury and Gary Hooper for a place in the team, and joined Bournemouth in January 2007 on a month's loan,[9][10] where he started two games and came on as substitute in two games.[11] He was then loaned to Dagenham & Redbridge in February 2007 for one-month,[12] where he made three substitute appearances.

Lawson was released by Southend and joined Grays Athletic on a one-year contract in August 2007.[13] He made nine league appearances without scoring for Grays and was transfer listed before joining Isthmian Premier club Chelmsford City on loan in October 2007.[14] The move was made permanent in January 2008.[15] He joined Welling United in June 2009.[16]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Lawson signed for Isthmian League Premier Division club Concord Rangers.[17]


  1. ^ "Southend 2–1 Oldham". BBC Sport. 4 September 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tilson praises teenage ace Lawson". BBC Sport. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Fudge, Simon (13 October 2005). "Lawson earns pro deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Lawson handed Southend contract". BBC Sport. 14 October 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Games played by James Lawson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Rutledge, Lewis (22 September 2006). "Mariners hire Lawson". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Shrimpers man netted by Mariners". BBC Sport. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Buckingham, Mark (3 October 2006). "Lawson returns to Roots". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Cornforth, Amanda (5 January 2007). "Cherries loan for Lawson". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Bournemouth bag Lawson and Wilson". BBC Sport. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Southend man ends Cherries stint". BBC Sport. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Daggers sign Southend man on loan". BBC Sport. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Edinburgh completes double swoop". BBC Sport. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2007. 
  14. ^ "Grays forward moves to Chelmsford". BBC Sport. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  15. ^ "GAFC News". Grays Athletic F.C. 4 January 2008. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2009. James Lawson has joined Chelmsford on a permanent basis 
  16. ^ "Welling capture Lawson, Braintree bag Howell and Woking capture number seven". The Herts Advertiser. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. Welling United boss Andy Ford has moved to replace Charlie Sheringham by signing James Lawson from Chelmsford City. The Wings have lost Sheringham to Bishop's Stortford and with new signing Lee Clarke the club's only recognised attacker Ford moved quickly to snap up the former Southend youngster. 
  17. ^ "Lawson boost for Rangers". Non-League Daily. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 

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