Laurie Abrahams

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Laurie Abrahams
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Adam Michael Abrahams
Date of birth (1953-04-03) 3 April 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Stepney, London, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Irvine Valley College (coach)
Youth career
0000–1977 Barking
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Charlton Athletic 16 (2)
1978 New England Tea Men 17 (7)
1979 Tulsa Roughnecks 15 (10)
1979–1981 California Surf 58 (30)
1980–1981 California Surf (indoor) 14 (14)
1982–1983 Tulsa Roughnecks 53 (28)
1983–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 25 (23)
1984 San Diego Sockers 19 (1)
1984–1985 New York Cosmos (indoor) 18 (7)
1985–1986 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 55 (38)
1986 Melbourne Croatia 9 (5)
1986–1987 Wichita Wings (indoor) 23 (14)
Total 283 (142)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lawrence Adam Michael "Laurie" Abrahams (also spelt Lawrie; born 3 April 1953) is a retired English professional footballer who played as a striker in England, the United States, and Australia. In a career which lasted from 1977 to 1987, Abrahams played 283 career league games, and scored 142 league goals.

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Abrahams was born in Stepney, in the East End of London, and after an apprenticeship at Barking, he signed a professional contract in 1977 with Charlton Athletic. He spent one season at Charlton, making sixteen appearances.[1] After leaving Charlton in 1978, Abrahams moved to the United States and played in the North American Soccer League for the New England Tea Men, Tulsa Roughnecks, and California Surf. The Surf folded at the end of the 1981 season and on 6 October 1981, the Tulsa Roughnecks selected Abrahahms in the Dispersal Draft.[2] He played the 1982 and 1983 outdoor seasons in Tulsa followed by the 1983-1984 NASL indoor season. He was the Offensive MVP of 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer, posting 12 goals and 6 assists in 8 games.[3] In May 1984, the Roughnecks traded Abrahams to the San Diego Sockers in exchange for Peter Skouras and two used soccer balls.[4] He began the season paired with Ade Coker up front, but was relegated to the bench after the Sockers acquired Steve Zungul and Branko Segota. On 17 October 1984, the Sockers sold Abrahams rights to the New York Cosmos for $25,000.[5] The Cosmos entered the Major Indoor Soccer League in the fall of 1984, but sold his contract to the Kansas City Comets in January 1985.[6] He remained with the Comets through the 1985-1986 season. Abrahams spent the 1986 season in Australia with the Melbourne Knights, where he made 9 appearances,[7] before returning to America to play with the Wichita Wings during the 1986-1987 MISL season.

Coaching career[edit]

Abrahams is currently the Assistant Soccer Coach at Irvine Valley College.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHARLTON ATHLETIC - 1946/47 - 2007/08". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  2. ^ 4 Dips Taken in NASL Draft Washington Post, The (DC) - Wednesday, 7 October 1981
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qcJaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HFkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2106,1706476&dq=championship+effort+carried+rowdies&hl=en
  4. ^ Socks' deals put on hold Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) - Friday, 11 May 1984
  5. ^ Sockers sell Abrahams to Cosmos Team gets $25,000 for English forward San Diego Union, The (CA) - Thursday, 18 October 1984
  6. ^ COMETS STIFF TEST FOR STING Chicago Tribune - Sunday, 27 January 1985
  7. ^ "Australian Player Database". Oz Football. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Assistant Coach: Laurie Abrahams". Irvine Valley College. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 

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