Lawrie Dudfield

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Lawrie Dudfield
Dudfield debut.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lawrie George Dudfield[1]
Date of birth (1980-05-07) 7 May 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Southwark, England[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Kettering Town
1998–2001 Leicester City 2 (0)
2000 Lincoln City (loan) 3 (0)
2000–2001 Chesterfield (loan) 14 (5)
2001–2003 Hull City 59 (17)
2003 Northampton Town (loan) 10 (1)
2003–2004 Northampton Town 19 (7)
2004 Southend United (loan) 13 (5)
2004–2005 Southend United 36 (9)
2005 Northampton Town 6 (1)
2005–2006 Boston United 26 (7)
2006–2008 Notts County 74 (17)
2008 Cork City 12 (7)
2011 Boston United 6 (2)
2011 Boston United 5 (2)
2015 Hull United 1 (0)
Total 286 (80)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Quorn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lawrie George Dudfield (born 7 May 1980) is an English former professional footballer. He played for a number of professional clubs, including Kettering Town, Leicester City, Hull City, Northampton Town, Notts County and Southend United. After football Dudfield worked for five years as the Community Manager at Nottingham Forest before launching a company specialising in UK soccer tours and hosting soccer clinics abroad.


Leicester City[edit]

Dudfield started off his career as a trainee at Kettering Town, before being signed by Leicester City where he went on to make two appearances in the Premier League as a sub. On 15 September 2000 Dudfield joined Lincoln City on a month's loan,[2] making his Football League debut for the club as a 60th-minute substitute for Tony Battersby in the 1–1 home draw with Blackpool the following day.[3] He made two further appearances for the Sincil Bank based club before returning to Leicester City at the end of his loan period. He then joined Chesterfield on loan, scoring three goals in fourteen appearances.

Hull City[edit]

By this time Hull City were sniffing around Lawrie and eventually signed him for a club record £250,000. He spent two seasons at Hull playing 59 times and scoring 17 goals.

Northampton Town[edit]

He then fell out of favour with the manager Peter Taylor and was sent out on loan to Northampton, who liked what they saw and signed him for a fee of £15,000. He spent one season at Northampton Town playing 32 games and scoring 7 goals. Then he went to Southend United on loan and eventually signed for them scoring nine goals in 29 games.

Boston United[edit]

Northampton wanted Dudfield back and he played 6 games before leaving for Boston United where he played 26 games and scored 7 goals.

Notts County[edit]

Notts County signed Dudfield in the summer of 2006, having decided to leave Boston United. He signed a two-year contract, which kept him there until the summer of 2008. During his two-year spell at the cluc, Dudfield played 74 games for the Magpies scoring on 17 occasions.

Cork City[edit]

In the summer of 2008, he signed a contract with League of Ireland side Cork City on 25 July 2008, having impressed manager Alan Mathews during a trial period. Dudfield scored several important goals for the club in the last couple of months of the 2008 season, and featured in the Setanta Sports Cup final, in which they beat Glentoran 2–1 to win the competition for the first time. Dudfield then decided to return home, turning down the offer of a two-year deal, in order to start a career at Nottingham Forest Football Club as Community Manager.

Return to Boston United[edit]

At the end of March 2011 Dudfield came out of retirement to join Boston United as striking cover for the remainder of the season, with good friend and former Boston teammate Jason Lee in charge.[4] United were eventually knocked out of the Conference North play-off semi final by Guiseley, but Dudfield was offered the chance to extend his deal at Boston but rejected the contract in order to concentrate on his community work for Nottingham Forest.[5]



In September 2011, Dudfield was appointed as first team manager at Quorn.[6]

Career after football[edit]

Upon retirement from full-time professional football in 2008, Dudfield began employment at Nottingham Forest as Community Manager and worked in various roles through to his departure in May 2015.

In early 2012 Dudfield launched his own company, Iconz Experience, focussing on both UK Soccer Tour's as well as hosting 'EPL Soccer Clinics' abroad. Specialising in using former Premier League footballers as the main attraction, Iconz Experience exhibited at the 2013 Soccerex festival in Rio de Janeiro with a host of international household names including Ruud Gullit, Aron Winter and Gaizka Mendieta. On 1 June 2015, Iconz Experience signed an official partnership agreement with Nottingham Forest to exclusively host all 'Nottingham Forest UK Soccer Tours' from countries such as the U.S, Australia and various other countries.

In early 2015, Dudfield also became a Director of City Stars, a Hull-based Community Interest Company, who specialise in using the power of professional football to deliver diverse and innovative sessions to the schools of Hull and its surrounding areas.


Southend United
Cork City


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Striker joins on loan". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 15 September 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Imps held at the Bank". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Striker Dudfield signs United deal". Boston United F.C. Official Website. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Dudfield appointment at Quorn". Non League Daily. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 

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