Jimmy Lawlor

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Jimmy Lawlor
Personal information
Full name James Joseph Lawlor
Date of birth (1933-05-10)10 May 1933
Place of birth Finglas Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 5 April 2012(2012-04-05) (aged 78)
Place of death Bradford, England
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Shamrock Rovers
1952–1955 Doncaster Rovers 9 (0)
1955–1957 Coleraine
1957–1962 Bradford City 153 (5)
Total 162+ (5+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Joseph Lawlor (10 May 1933 – 5 April 2012), also known as Jimmy Lawlor or Jim Lawlor, was an Irish former professional footballer who played in both Ireland and England as a centre half.


Born in Finglas Bridge, Dublin, Ireland,[1] Lawlor spent his early career with Transport, Shamrock Rovers and Drumcondra.[2] In August 1952, he was signed for English club Doncaster Rovers by manager Peter Doherty.[3] He made his debut for Doncaster on 16 October 1954 in a 5-1 defeat against Lincoln City,[3] and made a total of nine appearances in the Football League for Doncaster during the 1954–55 season.[4] He also scored two goals in a friendly match against Scottish club Celtic on 18 November 1952.[5] After leaving Doncaster, Lawlor had a spell in Northern Ireland with Coleraine, before signing with English club Bradford City in March 1957.[6] After scoring five goals in 153 appearances in the Football League for them,[7] and 176 appearances in all competitions,[2] Lawlor retired at the age of 28 in 1962, due to a broken leg injury.[1][2]

Later life and death[edit]

Lawlor died on 5 April 2012, at the age of 78, following a period of illness.[8]


  1. ^ a b Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 400. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  2. ^ a b c David Markham (11 April 2012). "Obituary: Jim Lawlor’s bad break cut Bradford City career short". Telegraph & Argus. 
  3. ^ a b "Profile". Doncaster Rovers F.C. 
  4. ^ "DONCASTER ROVERS : 1946/47 - 1997/98 & 2003/04 - 2010/11". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  5. ^ "DONCASTER ROVERS 3 CELTIC F.C. 2". Celtic Programmes Online. 
  6. ^ Markham, David; Sutton, Lindsay (2006). The Bradford City Story: The Pain and the Glory. Breedon Books Sport. p. 75. ISBN 1-85983-499-X. 
  7. ^ "BRADFORD CITY : 1946/47 - 2010/11". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  8. ^ "Jimmy Lawlor - 1933-2012". Bradford City A.F.C. 8 April 2012. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012.