MATT LAWRENCE FACTFILE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.

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