LAWRENCE FACTFILE

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Born: Brighton, 1947 (Age 66) Play­ing ca­reer: After a play­ing ca­reer spent in Non-League with Croy­don, Car­shal­ton and Sut­ton, Lawrence joined Ply­mouth Ar­gyle as re­serve team coach in 1977, step­ping up to be­come care­taker man­ager when Mike Mills was sacked a few months later. Five de­feats from five then saw him r evert to as­sis­tant, with Mal­colm Al­li­son brought in as man­ager. He then moved to Lin­coln and was part of the back­room staff that won pro­mo­tion to the Third Di­vi­sion in 1981. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Ap­pointed man­ager of cash-strapped Charl­ton in 1982, Lawrence kept the club in Di­vi­sion Two de­spite the threat of bank­ruptcy and in 1986, a year after be­ing kicked out of the Val­ley, ended the Addicks’ 29- year ab­sence from the top flight. He kept them ther e for four years be­fore join­ing Mid­dles­brough in 1991, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the newly-formed Premier League in 1992. Rel­e­gated after one sea­son, Lawrence re­signed in 1994 and spent 18 months at Brad­ford be­fore leav­ing to join Lu­ton, who wer e rel­e­gated from the First Di­vi­sion in his first sea­son. After five years at Ke­nil­worth Road, Lawr ence joined Grimsby in 2000 and briefly chal­lenged for pr omo­tion to the Premier League be­fore fall­ing away. He then spent three years at Cardiff, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the sec­ond tier, right, in his first sea­son and keep­ing them ther e for a fur­ther two. He now works as as­sis­tant man­ager to Dougie Freed­man at Bolton.

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