Jamie Lawrence

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Jamie Lawrence

Appearances: 2 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 8th March 1970

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2009/10

Season of last appearance: 2009/10

Also played for: Cowes Sports, Sunderland (2+3,0), Doncaster Rovers (22+9,3), Leicester City (25+31,3), Bradford City (146+26,14), Walsall (13+11,1), Wigan Athletic (0+4,0), Grimsby Town (5,1), Brentford (12+7,0), Fisher Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet, Worthing, Harrow Borough, Ashford Town (Middlesex), Banstead Athletic, Cobham, Lingfield, Tooting & Mitcham United and Tudor Sports

5' 10" tall energetic player born in Balham, London who played local football in the Battersea area as a youth before being sentenced to four years in prison for robbery, assault and theft in 1990. Jamie was initially sent to the Eltham Young Offenders Institution and after serving a year there he was released on license but reoffended three months later. He'd been working as a mechanic at the time. Jamie was then sent to HMP Isle of Wight to see out the remainder of his sentence.

On Boxing Day 1992 he played for the prison side in a game against local club Cowes Sports and after scoring twice Jamie was signed by Cowes. He played for them during the remainder of the 1992/93 season whilst still an inmate at HMP Isle of Wight.

Jamie was released from prison in the summer of 1993 after serving 26 months and he later co-wrote a book about his experiences called 'From Prison To The Premiership'.

Just 90 days after his release Jamie had a trial with Division One (later the Championship) club Sunderland in October 1993 and he was then signed by manager Terry Butcher on 15.10.93. Two days later Jamie made his debut as a substitute during a 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough. The home club played 'Jailhouse Rock' over the PA system ahead of the match when the Sunderland players were warming up.

After making five appearances for Sunderland (three as sub) without scoring Jamie moved to Third Division outfit Doncaster for a fee of £20,000 in March 1994 and he went on to score three times in 31 outings (nine as sub) there.

In January 1995 Premier League strugglers Leicester paid £125,000 for Jamie's services and although the Foxes were relegated at the end of 1994/95 he helped them gain promotion at the first attempt via the play-offs during the 1995/96 campaign.

Jamie featured 23 times for Leicester during the 1996/97 season and scored twice - one in each leg of a League Cup tie against Scarborough in September 1996. On 16.4.97 he came on as a substitute as Leicester beat Middlesbrough 1-0 after extra time to win the League Cup in a replay at Hillsborough.

In June 1997 Jamie was sold to Division One club Bradford for £50,000 and he made his debut for the Bantams in a 2-1 win over Stockport at Valley Parade on 9.8.97. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at Reading on 30.8.97 and Jamie finished 1997/98 having played 45 times for Bradford, scoring three times.

During 1998/99 he scored three times in 40 outings as the Bantams won promotion to the Premier League and Jamie then featured regularly during Bradford's first season in the top flight, soon becoming famous for sporting various bright hair colours. On 12.2.00 he scored twice in a 5-4 defeat at West Ham and Jamie finished 1999/00 with a record of three goals from 25 outings as Bradford escaped relegation with a dramatic final day home win over Liverpool.

At the start of the 2000/01 campaign Jamie played in two Intertoto Cup ties for Bradford but he didn't feature as regularly in the Premier League during the season.

On 28.2.01 he made his international debut for Jamaica as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago and Jamie eventually went on to win 24 international caps (three as sub). He scored once - in a 2-1 defeat against the USA in a World Cup Qualifier played in Massachusetts on 7.10.01.

At the end of the 2000/01 campaign Bradford were relegated from the Premier League and Jamie had scored once from 21 appearances during the season.

During 2001/02 and 2002/03 he made a further 39 appearances for the Bantams in Division One and Jamie scored four times in those outings. On 18.3.03 he was sent off in a 1-1 draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday and Jamie only played once more for Bradford before joining Walsall on a free transfer in April 2003. In all he'd scored 14 goals from a total of 172 appearances (26 as sub) for the Bantams in just under six years with the club.

Jamie made his debut for Walsall in a 1-0 win at Gillingham in Division One on 12.4.03 and went on to make five appearances (one as sub) without scoring before the end of the 2002/03 campaign.

During the summer of 2003 he played for Jamaica in the Gold Cup in Miami, USA and Jamie started the 2003/04 season with Walsall but towards the end of November 2003 he was loaned to Wigan.

Jamie made his debut for the Latics as a substitute in a 4-0 defeat at West Ham in Division One on 29.11.03 and featured three more times as a sub before returning to Walsall in December 2003.

He scored his first goal for the Saddlers in a 3-3 draw at Nottingham Forest on 14.2.04 and in all Jamie had made a total of 24 appearances (11 as sub) for Walsall when he was allowed to join Grimsby on a free transfer in March 2004.

Jamie scored on his debut for Grimsby as they drew 4-4 at Chesterfield in Division Two on 27.3.04 and he made four more appearances without adding to his goal tally before the end of 2003/04.

Jamie couldn't break into Grimsby's side at the start of the 2004/05 campaign and in September 2004 he joined Brentford on a free transfer. He made his debut for the Bees as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Port Vale at Griffin Park on 18.9.04 and former Margate defender Sam Sodje was part of the Brentford side that day. Jamie went on to make 19 appearances (seven as sub) without scoring during the remainder of 2004/05 and in May 2005 he was released.

He started the 2005/06 season with Isthmian League Premier Division club Fisher and Jamie made three league appearances (one as sub) there without scoring before moving on to Dulwich towards the end of 2005.

After making two Isthmian League Division 1 appearances for Dulwich Jamie returned to the Premier Division when he signed for Worthing at the start of 2006.

He made 12 league appearances for the Sussex club without scoring during what remained of the 2005/06 campaign and then featured regularly for Worthing during 2006/07. Jamie scored five times in 40 league outings and then left the club at the end of the season.

He became Premier Division Harrow's player-coach in the summer of 2007 and Jamie scored once from 37 league appearances (one as sub) during 2007/08.

He stayed with Harrow for the 2008/09 campaign too and in November 2008 Margate's caretaker manager Terry Yorath tried to sign Jamie. Yorath told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "I must have spoken to him about 10 times over the last couple of weeks to try to persuade him to come down. I wanted him here as a player and told him he could do a bit of coaching but he has his own academy up there and is doing very well with it, so it won't be happening." Yorath had been a coach at Bradford during Jamie's time with the Bantams and the academy he mentioned was the Jamie Lawrence Football Academy.

Jamie had made a total of 19 Premier Division appearances (two as sub) for Harrow without scoring when he was carried off with a knee injury in a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Enfield Town on 9.12.08. He had to have surgery and then contracted the hospital 'superbug' MRSA after two stitches became infected. As a result he didn't play again during the remainder of 2008/09.

In August 2009 Terry Yorath finally got his man when Jamie signed for Margate. Yorath told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "He had the injury last year that finished his season but we've had him in for a couple of weeks' training and he looks fit. I know him from Bradford and I know he'll give 100 per cent every week. He can play in a lot of positions - right wing-back, central midfield, or even up front if I wanted him to."

Jamie made his debut in a 1-0 defeat against Cray in an Isthmian League Premier Division game at Hartsdown Park on 31.8.09 and played as a striker. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said "Now he's versatile but surely the long-term idea is to sit him in the middle of the park and let him use his class to dictate the game, not have him running after aimless long balls at 39 years-old". Jamie also featured in Margate's next game - a 2-2 draw at Ashford (Middlesex) on 5.9.09 - but shortly afterwards he suffered a dislocated toe and didn't play for the club again.

At the start of November 2009 Jamie became player-manager of Ashford (Middlesex) and ironically replaced Mark Butler who'd just left Ashford to become Margate's new boss. Jamie made ten Premier Division appearances (six as sub) without scoring for Ashford before the end of 2009/10 and stayed with the club until June 2011 when he stepped down as player-manager. By then he'd scored twice from a total of 52 outings.

In August 2011 Jamie joined Combined Counties League Premier Division outfit Banstead as a player aged 41 and he made a handful of appearances for them before switching to Cobham, also of the Premier Division, in September 2011.

Jamie played regularly for Cobham for the rest of the 2011/12 campaign and scored ten goals for the club. His last outing came in an 11-2 defeat at Cove on 21.4.12 and towards the end of the season Jamie had also started doing some fitness coaching at Isthmian League Premier Division club Carshalton.

On 12.5.12 he returned to Hartsdown Park to take part in a testimonial for former Margate defender Bill Edwards.

In July 2012 Jamie left his role as fitness coach at Carshalton as he wanted to continue playing and the Robins couldn't offer him a playing contract. He told the club's website "I would've liked to have stayed at Carshalton, but my desire to still play is as high as it has ever been. I have two or three clubs who want me in a playing capacity, an option not made available by the Robins, so I've decided to explore them." Manager Paul Dipre said "I am really sorry to lose Jamie as he has been a great part of the team. I wasn't able to offer him a squad position as well as retain him as a coach, but I wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his football career."

In August 2012 Jamie joined Sussex County League outfit Lingfield as a player and in October 2012 he moved on to Tooting & Mitcham of the Isthmian League Division 1 South. The club's interim manager Jamie Martin said "Jamie is probably fitter than any of the lads here. He's a monster of an athlete. He trains every day on his own and hasn't lost any of his ability." Jamie made 30 league appearances for Tooting without scoring before the end of the 2012/13 season.

In the summer of 2013 he rejoined Lingfield and by then he was 43. Jamie scored once from 13 outings (one as sub) before leaving the club towards the end of 2013.

In February 2014 he joined the coaching staff at Conference South outfit Sutton.

In the summer of 2014 Jamie signed for Kent County League Premier Division club Tudor Sports as a player and their manager at the time was former Margate player Aaron Perry. He told the Kentish Football website "He's come to the club, he's involved with Sutton United as well. He's signed for us as well. He'll do bits with the boys and give us a bit of experience around the club really. It's a massive coup, absolutely massive. We tried to sign him for Milton & Fulston (when I was manager there) but we couldn't agree terms but this is a massive statement by the club in the direction that we want to move forward in. I believe he's on the coaching staff at Sutton United but for when he plays for us, he'll come on top (striker) for us and he'll have an important role behind the scenes as well as on the pitch. We speak quite a lot and we've got a good relationship and he's going to help the club move to where we want to go really. As a club we're trying to move forward. I know him and he's coming to do me a favour really. He knows about us and my background (being at Ramsgate, Margate and Sittingbourne) and he wants to help us. We really appreciate that. For us, it's a massive signing. It's a statement of direction as a club we're looking to go in."

Jamie himself said "As I embark upon my 21st year of senior football, I am exceptionally excited to be joining Tudor Sports as they start their journey up the football ladder. I am relishing the chance to be part of a hugely ambitious club and one which impressed me the moment I met everyone associated with the club. With passion, hunger and the continued willingness to develop, anything is possible, which is why I have decided to join what is already a growing force ! I am excited to help nurture and pass on my experience to the youth of Tudor Sports who will form the nucleus of the club for years to come and hopefully win as many trophies as possible over the coming years, establishing the club we can all be proud of ! I really cannot wait to be part of such a brilliant venture and the start of the season cannot come quickly enough !!!"









2009/10 (MFC)









     Margate finished in relegation position but were reprieved and remained in the Isthmian League Premier Division.