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Encyclopedia > Mark Lawrenson
Mark Lawrenson
Personal information
Full name Mark Thomas Lawrenson
Date of birth June 2, 1957 (1957-06-02) (age 50)
Place of birth    Preston, Lancashire, England
Playing position Defender
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1974-1977
1977-1981
1981-1988
1989-1990
Preston North End
Brighton
Liverpool
Corby Town
073 (2)
152 (5)
241 (11)   
National team
1977-1987 Republic of Ireland 039 (5)
Teams managed
1988
1989-90
Oxford United
Peterborough United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals) is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about Preston, Lancashire. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Bolton players in white are defending - the nearest player is trying to prevent the Fulham forward in cyan from crossing the ball. ... Preston North End Football Club are an English professional football club located in the Deepdale area of the city of Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. ... Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... For the Northern Irish football club, see Oxford United Stars F.C. Oxford United Football Club are an English football team who are currently playing in the fifth tier of English football for the 2007–08 season. ... Peterborough United Football Club are an English football team currently playing in League Two for the 2007-08 season. ...

Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) is a former professional football player, a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he has since become a radio, television and internet pundit for the BBC. This article is about Preston, Lancashire. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Soccer redirects here. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Soccer redirects here. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The term Pundit has multiple meanings: A pundit or pandit, in the culture of India, is a master of traditional religious poetry and/or traditional music. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Despite being born in England, he played for the Republic of Ireland national football team due to his Irish ancestry. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... First international Irish Free State 1 - 0  Bulgaria (Stade Olympique, Colombes, France; May 28, 1924) Biggest win Republic of Ireland 8 - 0 Malta (Dalymount Park, Republic of Ireland; 16 November 1983) Biggest defeat Brazil 7 - 0 Republic of Ireland (Uberlândia, Brazil; 27 May 1982) World Cup Appearances 3 (First...

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Football career

Preston and Brighton

Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17 year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North End in 1974 who were managed by World Cup winner Bobby Charlton. His consistently impressive and solid performances for Preston earned him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland national squad, winning the first of 39 international caps at the age of 19. Johnny Giles found out that Lawrenson qualified to play for Ireland through his grandfather and promptly acted to give him his debut on the 24 April 1977 at Dalymount Park in a friendly with Poland, the game ended 0-0. His season was made complete when he was voted Preston's Player of the Year for the 1976/77 season. Preston North End Football Club are an English professional football club located in the Deepdale area of the city of Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was the year that the Football World Cup went back to the country that first conceived football: England. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... Johnny Giles (born November 6, 1940 in Dublin) was the all-round midfield general who was at the heart of the great Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Dalymount Park is a football stadium situated in north Dublin. ... ... // First Division Liverpool retained their league championship trophy and won their first European Cup to confirm Bob Paisley as a successful replacement for Bill Shankly in his third season at the helm. ...


After 73 league appearances for the Deepdale club he moved to Alan Mullery's Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer before the start of the 1977/78 season for £100,000, ironically, they outbid Liverpool who also showed interest in the 19 year-old Lawrenson. Lawrenson made his Brighton debut on the 20 August 1977 in a 1-1 draw against Southampton at The Dell. He settled in at the Goldstone Ground and made 40 league appearances by the end of his first season of the club. He went on to make 152 league appearances by the end of 1980/81, However the club entered a financial crisis during in 1981 and Lawrenson was forced to leave the club to make funds available. Many clubs were interested in signing Lawrenson after his resilient performances for both Preston and Brighton, but it was Liverpool manager Bob Paisley that, finally, got his signature. Deepdale is a stadium in Preston, England, the home of Preston North End F.C. and Englands National Football Museum. ... Alan Patrick Mullery MBE (born November 23, 1941, Notting Hill, London) was a footballer who enjoyed an eventful and outstanding career with Tottenham Hotspur and England in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... The Dell in Milton Road, Southampton, England was the home ground of Southampton Football Club, between 1898 and 2001. ... The Goldstone Ground (or The Goldstone) was a football stadium and home ground of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. between 1902 and 1997. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Robert Bob Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 — 14 February 1996) was an English football player who became best known for being one of the most successful managers in English football history whilst managing his only team Liverpool Football Club in the 1970s and 1980s. ...


Liverpool

Liverpool offered a club transfer record of £900,000, and Lawrenson joined in the summer of 1981. He was to form a formidable central defensive partnership with Alan Hansen after Phil Thompson suffered an injury, although he was also used frequently at full back or in midfield. Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. ... Phil Thompson (born Liverpool, 21st January 1954) was a cultured defender in the dominant Liverpool team of the 1970s and 1980s who later returned to the club as first team coach. ...


Lawrenson made his first start for the team at left-back in a 1-0 league defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the 29 August '81. He scored his first goal a month later during the 7-0 European Cup 1st round 2nd leg trouncing of Finnish team Oulun Palloseura at Anfield on the 30 September. Lawrenson came on for Ray Kennedy in the 64th minute scoring in the 72nd. Also coming off the bench to score his first goal for the club was Ian Rush. Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club are an English professional football club based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. ... Molineux, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux stadium is the home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., who are currently members of the Football League Championship. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ... Oulun Palloseura or OPS Oulu is a Finnish football team currently playing in the Finnish third division, the Kakkonen. ... This article is about the football stadium. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Ray Kennedy (born Northumberland, England, 28 July 1951) was a top footballer of the 1970s who won every domestic honour in the game with Arsenal and Liverpool. ... Ian James Rush MBE (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh footballer who played as a striker and is best known for playing with Liverpool. ...


In Lawrenson's first season, Liverpool won the League championship and the League Cup before winning it again in 1982 and retaining both for another two seasons, becoming only the third club in history to win three titles in a row. They also added the club's fourth European Cup in 1984, the last time Liverpool would win this honor until 2005. From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ...


Lawrenson and Hansen had become considered by some as the best central defensive partnership in English football by the time Liverpool clinched the League and FA Cup "double" in 1986. Mark earned a repuation as a fully accumplished player and was often called a chopper by his liverpool teamates and fans alike, In doing so Liverpool rose above derby rivals Everton into second place in the league by just two points. Liverpool then came from behind to win 3-1 in the derby Cup final at Wembley. By now, Lawrenson's first team place was under serious threat from the younger Gary Gillespie. Lawrenson's partnership with team captain Hansen continued for one more season before he, already out through a minor injury, suffered Achilles tendon damage in 1988 which prematurely ended his career. He earned a fifth and final title medal when that season ended. From the 1992-1993 to the 2003-2004 season, the Football League First Division was the highest division of The Football League and the second-highest division in the overall English football league system. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Merseyside Derby is the name of the football match played between the Everton and Liverpool football clubs, the two most successful clubs from the Merseyside area of England. ... Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... Gary Gillespie (born Bonnybridge, Scotland, July 5, 1960) was an elegant and tall defender who played for Liverpool through much of their dominant period of the 1980s. ... This is about vertebrate anatomy. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


His Liverpool career ended after 332 appearances and 18 goals in all competitions - one of which was the "forgotten fifth" in a 5-0 thumping of Merseyside rivals Everton on the 6 November 1982, a game in which Ian Rush took most of the headlines by scoring four of the five goals and a place in Anfield folklore. Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Ian James Rush MBE (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh footballer who played as a striker and is best known for playing with Liverpool. ... This article is about the football stadium. ...


Management

After his time at Liverpool, he was appointed Oxford United manager in 1988. His time at the club was frustrating and he resigned after star striker Dean Saunders was sold by the board of directors, without Lawrenson's approval. Lawrenson also managed Peterborough United from 6 September 1989 and 9 November 1990. However, his spell in charge was mostly unsuccessful, even though he built the side which subsequently won promotion 1990-91 under subsequent manager Chris Turner. He is one of the few players, along with Huddersfield Town's Joey Williams, to have collected a league title medal with one club and endured relegation with another in the same season. For the Northern Irish football club, see Oxford United Stars F.C. Oxford United Football Club are an English football team who are currently playing in the fifth tier of English football for the 2007–08 season. ... Dean Saunders (born 21 June 1964 in Swansea) was a Welsh footballer and was a prolific forward. ... Chairman of the Board redirects here. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The 1990-91 season was the 111th season of competitive football in England. ... Chris Turner (born September 15, 1958 in Sheffield) is an English football manager. ... Huddersfield Town Football Club is an English football club formed in 1908 and based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. ...


Career details

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Television career

Lawrenson began working as a pundit for the BBC but then left briefly to become a coach specialising in defensive tactics for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United. However, the position was again short-lived, when he quickly returned to media work. He has since become established as one of the most prominent pundits and commentators of the game, both on BBC television and radio coverage, often finding himself sitting alongside his former defensive partner, Alan Hansen, and, since the departure from the BBC of Trevor Brooking, he has assumed the role of main co-commentator on major national and international (FIFA) matches covered by the television network. He appears regularly on Football Focus and Match of the Day. He is also often a co-commentator on BBC Radio Five Live, often working on the feature matches on Sunday afternoons. He previously worked as a pundit for TV3 in Ireland for mid-week Champions League games alongside Welsh national (FA) team manager and former Liverpool striker, John Toshack. Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951 in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England)[1] is a former footballer, former England national team coach and the current manager of Newcastle United. ... For the Australian club, see Newcastle United Jets. ... Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. ... Sir Trevor David Brooking CBE (born 2 October 1948 in Barking) is a football player turned manager, pundit and administrator. ... The previous studio for the programme, with presenter Manish Bhasin. ... For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... TV3 Ireland is the sole commercial terrestrial television channel in the Republic of Ireland. ... European Cup redirects here. ... This article is about the country. ... John Benjamin Toshack (born 22 March 1949 in Cardiff) is a Welsh football manager and former player. ...


He currently works on Today FM as a football expert on 'Premiership Live'. He joins presenter Michael McMullan in talking about football related topics and looking ahead to the afternoon games between 2 and 3pm. 100-102 Today FM, formerly called Radio Ireland, is Irelands only independent national commercial radio station (there are many other independent local commercial stations, however). ...


He also appears on the Russell Howard & Jon Richardson show on BBC 6 Music in a feature called "Lorro's top 3s" where he chooses randomly 3 items and the presenters have to guess which order his top 3 go in for example: Pranks: A. Cling film Lineker's toilet, Take teeth out on Match of The Day or Streak at world cup final.


One of his most memorable moments as a pundit was when he shaved off his trademark moustache after betting on Football Focus that Bolton would be relegated from the Premiership in the 2001-2002 season. He was ultimately proved wrong by Sam Allardyce’s team and kept his word by shaving off the moustache (which has not returned since). Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Lostock, in the Borough of Bolton, England. ... Samuel Allardyce (born October 19, 1954 in Dudley, West Midlands) is an English former professional football player and is the manager of Newcastle United. ...


He also writes a regular PNE (Preston North End) column for the University of Central Lancashire's Students' Union newspaper, Pluto and a weekly column for the Liverpool Daily Post newspaper. The University of Central Lancashire (or UCLan) is a university based in Preston, UK, which until January 2007 had additional campuses in Carlisle and Penrith. ... A students union, student government, student senate, students association, or guild of students is a student organization present in many colleges and universities. ... The Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post are two newspapers published by Trinity Mirror on Merseyside in the United Kingdom. ...


He recently worked with Japanese entertainment company Konami, recording commentary samples for the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, alongside ITV and Setanta Sports commentator Jon Champion. There have been mixed reviews on this quality of work. Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... Pro Evolution Soccer 2008[1] is a video game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series by Konami. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Setanta Sports (pronounced ) is an international sports broadcaster, operating 12 channels in 24 countries. ... Jon Champion (born 23 May 1965 in Harrogate, England) is a television commentator who works for ITV Sport and Setanta Sports. ...


He is still held in high regards with the Anfield faithful and was voted in at 35th in the 2006 poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop. 110,000 Liverpool fans worldwide took part in the poll which was conducted by the official Liverpool Football Club web site, they were asked to list their favourite 10 players of all time. 100 Players Who Shook The Kop is a list compiled by Liverpool Football Club in 2006. ...


External links

  • Official past players at liverpoolfc.tv
  • Player profile at LFChistory.net
  • Brighton seasonal record 1977/1978-1980/1981 at Sporting-heroes.net
  • Liverpool seasonal record (part 1) 1981/1982-1983/1984 at Sporting-heroes.net
  • Liverpool seasonal record (part 2) 1984/1985-1987/1988 at Sporting-heroes.net
  • Republic of Ireland international record 1977/1987 at Sporting-heroes.net
  • Mark Lawrenson management career stats at Soccerbase

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Mark Lawrenson - Definition, explanation (383 words)
Mark Lawrenson (born Preston, England, June 2, 1957) was an elegant defender in the all-conquering Liverpool football team of the 1980s, who later became a successful pundit for the BBC.
Lawrenson began his career with his hometown club, Preston North End, before moving on to Brighton & Hove Albion; where his form earned him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad, winning the first of 39 caps.
Lawrenson and Hansen had become renowned as the best central defensive partnership in English football by the time Liverpool clinched the League and FA Cup "double" in 1986.
Mark Lawrenson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (608 words)
Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) was a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he later became a prominent radio and television pundit for the BBC.
Mark Lawrenson began his career with his hometown club, Preston North End, where he earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad, winning (at the age of 19) the first of 39 international caps.
Lawrenson began working as a pundit for the BBC but then left briefly to become a coach specialising in defensive tactics for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United.
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