Larry Lloyd

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Larry Lloyd
Personal information
Full name Laurence Valentine Lloyd
Date of birth (1948-10-06) 6 October 1948 (age 72)
Place of birth Bristol, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Henbury Old Boys
Senior career*
1967–1969 Bristol Rovers 43 (1)
1969–1974 Liverpool 150 (4)
1974–1976 Coventry City 50 (5)
1976–1981 Nottingham Forest 148 (6)
1981–1983 Wigan Athletic 52 (2)
National team
1970–1972 England U23 8 (1)
1971–1980 England 4 (0)
1979 League of Ireland XI (2)
Teams managed
1981–1983 Wigan Athletic
1983–1984 Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Laurence Valentine Lloyd (born 6 October 1948) is an English retired association football central defender and manager. He won domestic and European honours for both Bill Shankly's Liverpool and Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in the 1970s.


Early years

He started playing local football with Henbury Old Boys before being signed to Bristol Rovers.


Rovers accepted a £50,000 bid for Lloyd in April 1969 with manager Bill Shankly looking for a long-term successor to ageing skipper and defender Ron Yeats. Lloyd broke into the team in 1969, making his debut on 27 September in a league game at The Hawthorns. Liverpool drew with West Bromwich Albion 2–2. By the following year Lloyd was a regular as Shankly underwent a major rebuilding of the side, finding more new players of Lloyd's age.

Lloyd partnered one of the players who survived the Shankly cull, captain Tommy Smith. The pair were at the heart of the defence that took Liverpool to the 1971 FA Cup final, losing 2–1 after extra time to newly crowned league champions Arsenal.

Sir Alf Ramsey gave Lloyd his international debut on 19 May 1971 in a British Home Championship match against Wales. The game was played at Wembley and finished 0–0. Lloyd's club teammates Chris Lawler, Emlyn Hughes and Smith all started the game.

1972 saw Lloyd score his first goal for the Reds. It came in the 3–0 league win over Manchester City at Anfield on 26 February. His goal was the first of the 3 and came in the 37th minute. Kevin Keegan (53rd) and Bobby Graham (65th) completed the scoring.

Liverpool won the League and UEFA Cup double in 1973. Lloyd did not miss a single minute of the 54 matches played in the whole season. He scored in the first leg of the UEFA Cup final helping Liverpool to a 3–2 aggregate victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. The following year he suffered an injury losing his place to the young Phil Thompson and missed out on victory in the FA Cup final against Newcastle United.

Shankly quit that summer. Successor Bob Paisley preferred Thompson and Lloyd transferred to Coventry City.

Coventry City

On 15 August 1974 Coventry paid a club record transfer fee of £240,000 for Lloyd's services. The deal was to be funded by the sale to Tottenham of Mick McGuire and Jimmy Holmes for £200,000 but this fell through when Spurs manager Bill Nicholson resigned. As a consequence Coventry went substantially into the red and were left with financial problems for some years.

Nottingham Forest

In October 1976 Brian Clough, acting on Peter Taylor's advice, snapped up Lloyd for £60,000 after an initial loan period. Forest were chasing promotion to the top flight in English football. He made his Forest debut on 2 October in a league match against Hull City. Forest lost 1–0 away at Boothferry Park. It did not prevent Lloyd going on to win promotion with Forest that season. They won the League title the next season, and also won the League Cup final, against Lloyd's former club, Liverpool.

In 1979, Lloyd and Forest won the European Cup and retained the League Cup.

In the 1979–80 League Cup they reached the final for the third season running but lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In June 1979, Lloyd represented the League of Ireland XI as a guest player in a tour of Asia, [1] scoring twice in a 4–1 win over Singapore. [2]

In 1980, Forest retained their European crown. Also in May 1980, Lloyd earned a recall to the England squad and played in the 4–1 loss to Wales in the Home Internationals. It was to be his fourth and final cap, coming eight years after his previous one.

Wigan Athletic

Lloyd left Forest for Wigan Athletic in March 1981, where he was player-manager taking over from Ian McNeill. In 1981–82. He guided them to promotion from the Fourth Division in only their fourth season as a Football League team, and guided them to survival in the Third Division a year later.

Notts County

Lloyd's success as Wigan attracted the attention of Notts County, who were looking for a new first team manager after Jimmy Sirrel "moved upstairs". However, after Lloyd's only season at Meadow Lane he left the club after relegation ended their three-year stay in the First Division.

Later years

Up until 2000 Larry was a regular and outspoken pundit for Nottingham-based local radio, firstly on GEM AM and latterly on Century 106, covering Forest matches. He now lives in Spain, where he is still involved in football as manager of amateur side Real Marbella.

Career statistics

As a player

Club [3] SeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOther [A] Total
Bristol Rovers 1968–69 Third Division 4317010511
Liverpool 1969–70 First Division 8000001090
1970–71 First Division4007030100600
1971–72 First Division33120304010431
1972–73 First Division4224080121663
1973–74 First Division27130604000401
Coventry City 1974–75 First Division3453110386
1975–76 First Division1100000110
1976–77 First Division50000050
Nottingham Forest 1976–77 Second Division 263500030343
1977–78 First Division2602061341
1978–79 First Division36031619111554
1979–80 First Division42320919020644
1980–81 First Division18020202030270
Wigan Athletic 1980–81 Fourth Division 90000090
1981–82 Fourth Division3620042404
1982–83 Third Division70001080
Career total4431840250551210159928
A.  ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield, Anglo-Scottish Cup, European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

As a manager

Team [4] FromToRecord
Wigan Athletic 3 March 19814 April 1983107472733043.9
Notts County 7 July 198321 October 198466191532028.8


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Nottingham Forest [6]

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