Lawrence Thomas (footballer)

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Lawrence Thomas
Lawrence Thomas.jpg
Thomas playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Andrew Kingsley Thomas
Date of birth (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 20
Youth career
7 Marconi Stallions
Blacktown City
2009–2010 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Bankstown City 25 (0)
2011 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2011– Melbourne Victory 77 (0)
2012Bentleigh Greens (loan) 19 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Australia U-17 4 (0)
2009 Australia U-20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 April 2011

Lawrence Andrew Kingsley Thomas is an Australian football (soccer) goalkeeper who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League.. Thomas has represented Australia through the Australia U-17s and Australia U-20s.


Born in Sydney, Australia Thomas played for NSW Premier League club Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City Demons and the Australian Institute of Sport for the National Youth League season. Thomas was signed to Bankstown City for the 2010 NSW Premier League season in which Bankstown finished 8th.

Thomas went on a trial with Football League Championship club Coventry City F.C.,[2] however this was not successful and was released. In 2011 fellow Championship club Sheffield United signed Thomas until the end of the 2010–11 season.[3][4]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

In September 2011 Thomas began trialling with A-League club Melbourne Victory.[5] On 15 September the club announced that he had signed a two-year contract.[6]

Thomas made his debut with Melbourne Victory as a player in the Round 5 clash with reigning premiers and champions Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium, coming on as a substitute after Victory first choice goalkeeper Ante Čović was sent off by referee Ben Williams for bringing down a Roar player in the Penalty area. He made an impressive debut, pulling off brilliant saves and helping Victory to a two all draw.[7] Thomas made his second appearance in the Round 6 clash against A-League runners-up Central Coast, again putting up an impressive performance, pulling off brilliant saves and keeping a clean sheet in the Victory's nil-all draw.

Thomas made his third appearance in the Round 1 clash against crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart. Despite putting up an impressive performance, and making several brilliant saves, the Victory went down 2–1 to the Heart, with goals coming from David Williams and Dylan Macallister.

While Thomas improved, he would struggle to get regular game time, often being the second choice goal keeper behind Covic, Nathan Coe and later Danny Vukovic.

A drop in form from Coe in the latter stages of the 2013/14 season would see Thomas get a chance to become the number one keeper but failed to grasp it, allowing Coe to be recalled back into the starting lineup. A year later a similar situation arose, however this time through a Coe injury. This time Thomas made the most of the opportunity, putting in consistently good performances, culminating in a very good albeit somewhat quiet game in the grand final against Sydney FC, to make it hard for Coe to return to the team as first choice keeper.

Coe would depart the club at the off-season with most assuming that meant Thomas would be taking the number one goal keeping position. However, in a slightly surprising move, Melbourne Victory would sign Perth Glory 'keeper Danny Vukovic meaning that yet again, Thomas would have to settle for the back up 'keeping spot again.

In the 2015/16 season, Vukovic would make a decent start to the season but then, against Brisbane Roar, would concede 5 goals, opening the door up again for Thomas to come in to the side again and wouldn't go out of the side for the rest of the year.

Vukovic would depart for Sydney FC at the end of the season, which again most people thought that Thomas would become the number one 'keeper. This would finally happen with Victory signing a former backup 'keeper from the Central Coast Mariners as a back up for Thomas.

In the 2016/17 season, Thomas would put in consistent performances, with the exception of the derby which ended in a 4–1 defeat.

On 5 May 2018 Lawrence was named the best on ground in his team's 1–0 grand final win over Newcastle Jets, and he received the Joe Marston Medal.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 October 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Bankstown City 2010 NSW Premier League 25 ? 25 ?
Total 25 ? 25 ?
Sheffield United 2010–11 Football League Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Melbourne Victory 2011–12[9] A-League 2 1 2 1
2012–13[9] 2 0 2 0
2013–14[9] 5 0 2 1 7 1
2014–15[9] 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 10 1 0 0 2 1 12 2
Bentleigh Greens (loan) 2012[10] Victorian Premier League 19 6 0 0 19 6
Total 19 6 0 0 19 6
Career Total 53 7 0 0 2 1 55 8

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages. (i.e. ACL 2014 and A-League season 2013–2014 etc.)

International career[edit]

Thomas has represented Australia at 2008 Qantas Joeys under-16 ASEAN Youth Championship 2009 HKFC IP Global Soccer 7s U-17s[11] and Australia U-20 level, with four caps at under-17 level and one cap at under-20 level.

On 7 March 2011 he was selected to represent the Australia Olympic football team in an Asian Olympic Qualifier match against Iraq.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas was born on 9 May 1992 in Sydney, New South Wales, to an Australian father (deceased) and a mother of Italian descent.



Melbourne Victory



  1. ^ "Lawrence Thomas". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "City look at Lawrence Thomas in goal". Coventry City F.C. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Blades sign young keeper". Sheffield United F.C. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Sheffield United sign back-up keeper Lawrence Thomas". BBC. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Melbourne Victory give Brazilian a test run". Herald Sun. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  6. ^ "2011/12 Playing Squad Nearing Completion". MVFC Official Website. 15 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Nine-Man Victory Heroically Hold Champs". FourFourTwo Australia. 5 November 2011. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  8. ^ Connell, Tim (5 May 2018). "Melbourne Victory claim record fourth A-League title with win over Newcastle Jets". The Guardian.
  9. ^ a b c d "Lawrence Thomas (Melbourne Victory)". Ultimate A-League.
  10. ^ "Player statistics for Lawrence Thomas". Fox Sports.
  11. ^ "WISHING AND HOPING – THE FACES OF 2018". 23 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-21.

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