Born on 14th May 1940 in Dailly, Scotland, Tommy Lawrence was Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper for nearly a decade between the years 1962 and 1971. During his time at the club, Lawrence helped the team to two league championships in 1964 & 1966 with an FA Cup victory sandwiched in-between in 1965.
Despite being born in Scotland, Tommy Lawrence’s family moved to the North-West region of England when he was a child; upon leaving school he got a job at Rylands wire factory and featured for amateur football team Warrington Town.
Just months after the goalkeeper had turned seventeen, Lawrence quit his job at the wire factory and moved from Warrington Town to sign a professional contract with Liverpool FC. It would take five years for him to make his debut for the reds but when his opportunity came he couldn’t be moved out of the starting spot.
During his successful stint at the club, Lawrence only missed four league matches in six full seasons and amassed a total of 390 appearances for Liverpool. The Scotsman’s last appearance came on 26th April 1971 and that summer he moved over the river Mersey to spend three years at Tranmere Rovers; from there he ended his career in 1975 after one season at Chorley.
Tommy Lawrence will always be remembered for his contribution towards the first FA Cup in the club’s history and the club’s sixth and seventh First Division titles. On 10th January 2018 he passed away aged 77.
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