MATT LAWRENCE FACTFILE
Born: Northampton 1974 (Age 41) 1996-2000 Signed by Wycombe aged 21, Lawrence started out as a midfielder and made 20 appearances in his year with the Chairboys, scoring once. He then joined Fulham in February 1997 and was part of the side that won promotion as Division Three runners-up that same season. By then moved into defence, Lawrence played 71 times for the Cottagers before returning to Lawrie Sanchez’s Wycombe on a free transfer in October 1998. After four goals in 77 matches, he made a £200,000 switch to Millwall in March 2000. 2000-2006 Lawrence spent six years at Millwall, winning the Division Two title in his first season and reaching the Division One play-off semi-finals in his second. That was followed by a run to the FA Cup final in 2003-04, where the Lions – skippered by Lawrence – lost 3-0. Following relegation to the third tier in 2006, Lawrence joined Palace on a free. In total, he made 263 appearances for Millwall 2006-10 After a disappointing first season at Selhurst Park, Lawrence became a regular under Neil Warnock, reaching the Championship play-off semifinals in 2007-08 and helping the club beat relegation following a ten-point deduction in 2009-10. After 138 games for the Eagles, he joined League Two Gillingham in August 2010. 2010-present Though 36 when he arrived at Priestfield, Lawrence still managed 69 starts in two years. He then joined Non-League Whitehawk in 2012, playing a further 35 times and winning the Ryman Premier title in 2013. He retired in 2014 and now works in the media.