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 2001/02 and scored three goals for Jan Molby’s side.
At the start of 2002/03, 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 scored 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. Lawrie left the club in May 2003.
Born in Southwark, South London, but raised in a Northamptonshire village pub, 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 1-1 draw at home to Everton, coming off the bench to replace his boyhood hero Tony Cottee. He made only one further appearance for Leicester, a month after his debut. He had loan spells at Lincoln City and Chesterfield prior to his move to Hull City, joining his recent Spireites team-mate Ryan Williams at Boothferry Park.
Dudfield started 2003/04 at Northampton Town but spent the latter weeks of the season at Southend. He spent the whole of 2004/05 at Roots Hall, scoring 7 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions. At the start of 2005/06 season Lawrie briefly returned to Northampton before joining Boston United at the end of August. He then spent two years at Notts County before closing his career at Cork City, Chelmsford City and Corby Town.
Dudfield spent six years at Nottingham Forest between 2009 and 2015, working as Community Manager. He spent much of 2011/12 season managing Leicestershire-based Northern Premier League side Quorn. In 2012 he also 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 City Record
Career: 66 apps, 15 goalsLawrie Dudfield
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