324 Matt Lawrence

Biography

Left half Matt Lawrence joined the Tigers in September 1937 but had to wait until the week before Christmas 1937 for his first team debut. He returned to the first team in mid-January 1938 and his second Tigers appearamce came in a 10 (ten) -1 thumping of Southport. Encouraged by this result, manager Ernest Blackburn chose Lawrence at half back for all but one of the remaining matches that season. Lawrence started 1938/39 in the first team but was dropped after only three games and played only twice more for the Tigers first team, a 0-4 defeat at Rochdale in November 1938 and a 1-4 defeat at Oldham in April 1939, the last senior match City played prior to the outbreak of World War Two (excluding three expunged matches played at the start of the abandoned 1939/40 season). It is in this final match that Lawrence scored his only goal for Hull City.

Matthew Lawrence was born at Cefn-y-Bedd, an industrial village two miles north of Wrexham in North Wales. He joined Wrexham as an amateur player in October 1930, having been spotted playing for Wrexham Amateur League side Cross Street while working at nearby Llay Hall Colliery. Signed as a forward, Lawrence played in a variety of positions during his seven years at the Racecourse Ground, making 147 appearances in total. He played in the Welsh Cup Final in both 1932 and 1933, finishing on the losing side both times.

After his playing days were ended abruptly by the War, Lawrence returned to his Wrexham roots and worked for 30 years at Brymbo Steelworks. He died in Wrexham in April 1999, a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

Details

Nationality: Wales
Date/Place of Birth: 3 April 1909, Cefn-y-Bedd
Hull City First Game: 18 December 1937, Tranmere Rovers A (Division Three North), 28 years, 259 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1939, Oldham Athletic A (Division Three North), 30 years, 26 days old

Clubs

Cross Street, Wrexham (1930-1937), Hull City (1937-1939)

Hull City Record

Career: 26 apps, 1 goals

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