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Liam Lawrence

Liam Lawrence (born 13 December 1981 in Retford, Nottinghamshire) is an Irish professional Association football who plays as a Midfielder Winger for Football League Championship side Cardiff City F.C. on loan from Portsmouth and the Republic of Ireland national football team.

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Liam Lawrence biography


Liam Lawrence (born 13 December 1981 in Retford, Nottinghamshire) is an Irish professional Association football who plays as a Midfielder Winger for Football League Championship side Cardiff City F.C. on loan from Portsmouth and the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Lawrence started Liam Lawrence career at Liam Lawrence local club Mansfield Town F.C. after impressing at the Field Mill. Liam Lawrence joined Stoke City F.C. on loan in 2006 and made Liam Lawrence move permanent in January 2007. Liam Lawrence became a key player for Stoke and helped the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2008 earning himself player of the year award. In September 2010 Liam Lawrence signed for Portsmouth on loan and signed permanently in the January transfer window.

Mansfield Town

Liam Lawrence was renowned at Mansfield Town F.C. for the major role Liam Lawrence played in helping reach the 03-04 play-off final. Liam Lawrence won player of the season for the Stags with some eye-catching performances, despite missing a penalty for Mansfield in the Football League Third Division play-off final.
Liam Lawrence most memorable performance for Mansfield fans was 18 January 2003, where Liam Lawrence set up one goal and scored an injury time winner at Saltergate versus Chesterfield to secure a 2-1 victory for the Stags. Lawrence was just one penalty shy of equaling the all time record of penalty scoring in a Season during the 2003/04 Season, where Liam Lawrence converted 13 out of 14 penalties, the one Liam Lawrence missed was versus Carlisle towards the end of that campaign.

Sunderland

It was clear that Lawrence was a great prospect and was spotted by Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy and Liam Lawrence scouting staff, who snapped Liam Lawrence up from Mansfield, and as Liam Lawrence was under 24 at the time, had to pay a fee for Liam Lawrence to the lower league club. Unfortunately for Mansfield, the paltry sum of £175,000 was agreed at a tribunal.

Lawrence had a promising first season at Sunderland, scoring 6 goals in 32 appearances, including two superb strikes against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. at the Stadium of Light. Liam Lawrence also helped create one of the most important goals in Sunderland's season, scored by Marcus Stewart, against Wigan Athletic F.C. at the JJB Stadium.

Following Sunderland's promotion to the Premier League in 2005, Lawrence found himself in and out of the first team squad for the first few months of the 05/06 season. Despite this, Lawrence still made 23 starts and 10 substitute appearances for the club, scoring stunning goals against Fulham F.C., Chelsea F.C., and Sunderland's bitter rivals Newcastle United F.C. at St James' Park. Although the season ended in disaster for Sunderland, who were relegated with a then record low of 15 points, Lawrence ended the season as runner up to team-mate Dean Whitehead for the annual Player of the Year award, and was seen as one of Sunderland's better performers.

Stoke City

Lawrence was initially loaned to Stoke City before the move was made permanent with a £500,000 transfer fee. Lawrence became a popular player at Stoke after Liam Lawrence gelled quickly with other on loan players and also weighed in with some important goals. Liam Lawrence scored a hat-trick including two penalties against Barnsley F.C. in a 3–3 draw. Liam Lawrence also won Stoke City F.C. Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season.

Lawrence scored Stoke's first home goal in the Premier League in 2008 when Liam Lawrence scored a penalty against Aston Villa F.C.. However Lawrence injured himself when Liam Lawrence tripped over a door step of a famous night club damaging Liam Lawrence ankle. Liam Lawrence had to undergo ankle surgery to repair a tear in the ligament. Liam Lawrence returned from injury towards the end of the season and scored winning goals in games against Blackburn Rovers F.C. and Hull City A.F.C. with the later securing Stoke's survival. Lawrence signed a new contract at Stoke in July 2009 keeping Liam Lawrence at the Britannia Stadium until 2013.

Portsmouth

On 31 August, the summer transfer window deadline day, Lawrence and Stoke teammate Dave Kitson were a part of an exchange deal which sent Portsmouth F.C. defender Marc Wilson (Irish footballer) to the Potters with the pair moved in the opposite direction. The deal was supposedly completed and the two Stoke players arrived at Fratton Park, but the Football League claimed that Lawrence did not complete Liam Lawrence move until 12 minutes after the transfer window closed. Liam Lawrence eventually made an emergency-loan move to Pompey on 9 September. Lawrence made Liam Lawrence Portsmouth debut on 11 September in a 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town F.C. at Fratton Park. Liam Lawrence scored Liam Lawrence first goal for the club against Leicester City F.C. in the Football League Cup on 21 September. On 24 September, Liam Lawrence scored Liam Lawrence first league goals, a penalty and a deflected free kick in their 6–1 league win over Leicester City F.C.. On 2 October, Lawrence scored a late equaliser as Portsmouth F.C. drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough F.C. at the Riverside Stadium to notch up Liam Lawrence fourth Portsmouth goal in just seven matches. On 30 October, Liam Lawrence netted the winner from inside the box as Pompey beat Nottingham Forest F.C. 2-1 at Fratton Park.

On 1 January 2011, Lawrence completed Liam Lawrence permanent move to Portsmouth, signing until the summer of 2014. Since Liam Lawrence move to Portsmouth permanently, Lawrence yet to score Liam Lawrence first goal. In Liam Lawrence second season, Lawrence missed a penalty on a 90th minutes with the last kick of the game after it hit the post which also should be 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. which the result was 1-0. Following Portsmouth's plunged into administration, Lawrence revealed Liam Lawrence insisted Liam Lawrence will not walk out on Portsmouth despite the financial situation and Manager Michael Appleton the club could not afford to scan the injured calf of Lawrence as the Rudimentary payments for injury assessments could also not be completed.

Cardiff City

Lawrence joined Championship rivals Cardiff City F.C. on loan till the end of the season as Portsmouth's dire financial situation meant they needed to take cost-cutting measures. Liam Lawrence went on to make Liam Lawrence debut on 7 March against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., where Liam Lawrence set up the second goal for Cardiff.

International career

Lawrence is an Irish citizen through Liam Lawrence County Kerry-born grandfather. On 16 February 2006, Lawrence received Liam Lawrence first international call-up, for the Republic of Ireland national football team in their friendly game against Sweden national football team on 3 March, but spent the entire match as an unused substitute. On 18 May 2009, Lawrence was named in the Irish squad for a Exhibition game with Nigeria national football team and subsequently made Liam Lawrence debut in that match ten days later. Following this, Lawrence was named in the starting eleven for Ireland's friendly against South Africa national football team on 8 September, scoring Liam Lawrence first international goal in the 37th minute directly from a Direct free kick. Lawrence made Liam Lawrence competitive international debut in Ireland's penultimate 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Italy national football team in Croke Park on 10 October, which ended 2-2. Liam Lawrence also made a start against France national football team in the first-leg of Ireland's crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off on 14 November, which France won 1-0 with Nicolas Anelka netting the only goal. The second leg of this tie saw France vs Republic of Ireland 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off.

International goals

As of 25 May 2010

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Lawrence

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