Les Lawrence

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Les Lawrence
Personal information
Full name Leslie Oliver Lawrence[1]
Date of birth (1957-05-18) 18 May 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Stourbridge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Shrewsbury Town 14 (2)
1977 Telford United
1977–1982 Torquay United 189 (46)
1982–1983 Port Vale 8 (0)
1983–1984 Aldershot 39 (23)
1984–1985 Rochdale 15 (4)
1985–1986 Burnley 31 (8)
1986–1988 Peterborough United 33 (8)
1988 Cambridge United 13 (0)
1988 Kettering Town
1988–1989 Aylesbury United 24 (3)
Total 366+ (94+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leslie Oliver Lawrence (born 18 May 1957) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He scored 105 goals in 395 league and cup games during a twelve-year career in the Football League, most of which was spent in the Fourth Division.

He began his career at Stourbridge before joining Shrewsbury Town in 1970. Two years later he joined Torquay United via Telford United. After 54 goals in 215 league and cup games for Torquay, he signed with Port Vale in July 1982. He played eight games of their promotion winning campaign, before transferring to Aldershot in July 1983. Leaving the "Shots" in 1984, he then spent a season each at Fourth Division sides Rochdale, Burnley, Peterborough United, and Cambridge United, before moving into non-league football with Kettering Town and Aylesbury United.

Playing career[edit]

Lawrence played for Southern League side Stourbridge, before joining Shrewsbury Town of the Third Division. He played 19 league games in 1975–76 and 1976–77, as the "Shrews" lifted the Welsh Cup in 1977 under Alan Durban's stewardship.

He then signed with Mike Green's Fourth Division club Torquay United via non-league Telford United for the 1977–78 campaign. He became the club's top scorer during the 1978–79 season with 19 goals.[2] After finishing ninth in 1979–80, Torquay dropped to 17th in 1980–81. He played 215 games in all competitions, scoring 54 goals.

Lawrence joined John McGrath's Port Vale in July 1982.[3] He made his debut as a substitute in a League Cup round one match against Rochdale on 30 August 1982.[3] He made his full debut in a 2–0 home win over Hereford United on 9 October 1982, but failed to establish himself in the first team, and made just eight appearances in the 1982–83 Fourth Division promotion winning campaign.[3]

He went on a free transfer in July 1983 and moved on to Aldershot.[3] With 22 goals in 39 league games he helped Len Walker's "Shots" to a fifth-place finish in the Fourth Division in 1983–84, though they were seven points short of Bristol City in the promotion zone. He spent 1984–85 with Vic Halom's Rochdale, scoring four times in 15 league games. He then moved on to Burnley under Martin Buchan and Tommy Cavanagh, playing 31 league games in 1985–86, scoring eight goals. Lawrence then signed with Peterborough United, and scored eight goals in 33 league games in 1986–87 under John Wile and Noel Cantwell. In January 1988, he moved to his seventh different Fourth Division club, after putting pen to paper with Chris Turner's Cambridge United. After 13 goalless league games in 1987–88 he departed the Abbey Stadium for Conference outfit Kettering Town. He later played for Aylesbury United before retiring.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Les Lawrence profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shrewsbury Town 1975–76 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1976–77 Third Division 9 2 1 0 0 0 10 2
Total 14 2 1 0 0 0 15 2
Torquay United 1977–78 Fourth Division 34 5 1 0 3 1 38 6
1978–79 Fourth Division 45 17 3 1 2 1 50 19
1979–80 Fourth Division 42 14 3 1 4 2 49 17
1980–81 Fourth Division 26 5 1 1 2 0 29 6
1981–82 Fourth Division 42 5 2 1 5 0 49 6
Total 189 46 10 4 16 4 215 54
Port Vale 1982–83 Fourth Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Aldershot 1983–84 Fourth Division 39 23 2 0 5 2 46 25
Rochdale 1984–85 Fourth Division 15 4 1 0 2 1 18 5
Burnley 1984–85 Third Division 10 2 0 0 2 0 12 2
1985–86 Fourth Division 21 6 0 0 2 1 23 7
Total 31 8 0 0 4 1 35 9
Peterborough United 1986–87 Fourth Division 12 4 1 0 3 0 16 4
1987–88 Fourth Division 21 4 2 1 5 1 28 6
Total 33 8 3 1 8 1 44 10
Cambridge United 1987–88 Fourth Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Aylesbury United[4] 1988–89 Conference 19 1 3 1 0 0 22 2
1989–90 Isthmian League Premier Division 5 2 1 0 0 0 6 2
Total 24 3 4 1 0 0 28 4
Career total[5] 366 94 21 6 36 9 423 109

Honours[edit]

with Shrewsbury Town
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Les Lawrence". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Leigh (1997). The Definitive Torquay United F.C. The Association of Football Statisticians. p. 57. ISBN 1-899468-08-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  4. ^ "Les Lawrence Profile | Aylesbury United FC". www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  5. ^ neilbrown stats
  6. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.