Striker Lawrie Dudfield joined the Tigers in June 2001 for a club record transfer fee of £250,000. He was sold by a Leicester City side managed by Peter Taylor – hold that thought. Placed straight into Brian Little’s City first team, Dudfield struck up an immediate partnership with fellow forward Gary Alexander and contributed 10 goals by mid-December, with Alexander scoring a further 19. Decent. These goals took the Tigers to 3rd in the Division 3 table but only one win in seven league games during December and January saw the Tigers fall away. By March Brian Little was sacked and Dudfield had drifted out of the team under Billy Russell’s caretaker management. Dudfield returned for the last three games of the 2001/02 season and scored three goals for Jan Molby’s side.
At the start of the 2002/03 season, with Molby now fully installed as manager, Dudfield was selected to start the first six games but City registered no wins and Dudfield scored no goals. A fortnight later Dudfield struck in the 4-0 win over Carlisle, Molby’s one decent result in six months, but dropped out of the first team again when Peter Taylor, the man who sold Lawrie at Leicester, was appointed to lead Hull City. Dudfield had a two month spell as impact substitute that coincided with the first handful of league matches at the KC Stadium, but he fell out of favour again in March and was loaned to Northampton Town, scoring once in 10 appearances. Lawrie left the club in May 2003.
Born in Southwark, South London, but raised in a Northamptonshire village pub, Lawrence George Dudfield played for non-league Kettering Town as a teenager and made his first team debut at 16. He joined Leicester City on his 17th birthday and made his Foxes debut in an April 2000 Premier League 1-1 draw against Everton, coming off the bench to replace his boyhood hero Tony Cottee. He made only one further appearance for Leicester, against Aston Villa a month after his debut. He had loan spells at Lincoln City (3 appearances) and Chesterfield (18 appearances, 4 goals) prior to his move to Hull City, joining his recent Spireites team-mate Ryan Williams at Boothferry Park.
Dudfield started the 2003/04 season at Northampton Town and scored six goals in 24 senior appearances for the Cobblers, but in February 2004 he was loaned to League Division 3 rivals Southend United where he scored 5 goals in 13 appearances. He made the permanent switch to Southend at the start of the 2004/05 season and scored 7 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions, lifting the Football League Trophy after beating Bristol Rovers 4-3 in a two-legged final then winning the play-off final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium against Lincoln City. A falling out with the Southend chairman saw Dudfield leave the Shrimpers over the summer of 2005, he started the 2005/06 season Lawrie back at Northampton Town, taking his Cobblers total to 8 goals in 41 apperarances, before joining Boston United at the end of August 2005. Lawrie saw out the 2005/06 season at York Street, scoring 5 goals in 41 appearances, then in the 2006 close season he switched to League 2 rivals Notts County. He then spent two years at Meadow Lane and scored 12 goals in 83 appearances, dropping out of the Football League in 2008 having compiled 313 senior appearances and scored 56 goals. He closed his career at Cork City (7 goals in 12 appearances), Chelmsford City and Corby Town, then briefly returned to playing in 2011 for Boston United and in 2014 for newly-formed side Hull United.
Dudfield spent six years working as Community Manager for Nottingham Forest between 2009 and 2015 and also spent much of the 2011/12 season managing Leicestershire-based Northern Premier League side Quorn. In 2012 he started football training and tours company Iconz Experience, working alongside former Leeds striker Alan Smith and former Leicester manager Micky Adams. Splitting his time between homes in Nottingham and Florida, he also did football pundit work for local radio stations and was Director of City Stars, a Hull-based Community Interest Company delivering football coaching sessions to schoolkids.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 May 1980, Southwark
Hull City First Game: 11 August 2001, Exeter City A (League Division 3), 21 years, 96 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 March 2003, Carlisle United A (League Division 3), 22 years, 298 days old
Kettering Town (1996-1998), Leicester City (1998-2001), Lincoln City (2000, loan), Chesterfield (2000-2001, loan), Hull City (2001-2003), Northampton Town (2003, loan), Northampton Town (2003-2004), Southend United (2004, loan), Southend United (2004-2005), Northampton Town (2005), Boston United (2005-2006), Notts County (2006-2008), Cork City (2008-2009), Chelmsford City (2009), Corby Town (2009), Boston United (2011), Hull United (2014)
Hull City Record
Career: 66 apps, 15 goalsLawrie Dudfield
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