Laurie Sivell

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Laurie Sivell
Personal information
Full name Laurence Sivell
Date of birth (1951-02-06) 6 February 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Lowestoft, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1984 Ipswich Town 141 (0)
1979 Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
1984–19?? Beccles Town 100 (89)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Laurence "Laurie" Sivell (born 6 February 1951 in Lowestoft) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League as a goalkeeper for Ipswich Town and Lincoln City.[2]

Sivell spent 15 years with Ipswich Town, between 1969 and 1984. He made 141 league appearances for the East Anglian club during that time,[3] despite primarily being the understudy to goalkeepers including David Best and Paul Cooper.[4][5] He also played two games on loan to Lincoln City in the 1978–79 season.[6] Sivell was noted for his bravery, typically diving at the feet of oncoming strikers to snatch the ball, and had considerable athletic ability to offset his diminutive size (for a goalkeeper).[7]

Together with several Ipswich team-mates, Sivell took part in the 1981 film Escape to Victory, known as just Victory in North America. He played the German goalkeeper.[8]

After retiring from football Sivell became a fishmonger.[9]


  1. ^ "Aerial tactics help Chelsea to stay up". The Times. 27 February 1974. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Ipswich Town : 1946/47–2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Laurie Sivell Ipswich Town FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collection Ltd. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Occasions when Goalkeeper Injured or Replaced". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "What's New? Keepers". Pride of Anglia. 8 October 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Laurie Sivell". Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Heaven and Hell - best and worst keepers". East Anglian Daily Times. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Victory (1981)". IMDb. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Smith, Martin (19 August 2006). "Football diary: Fishy business". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 October 2009.