Tom Lawrence

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Tom Lawrence
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Lawrence playing for Cardiff City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Thomas Morris Lawrence [1]
Date of birth (1994-01-13) 13 January 1994 (age 30)
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [2]
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Rangers
Number 11
Youth career
Everton
2002–2013 Manchester United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013–2014 Manchester United 1 (0)
2013–2014Carlisle United (loan) 9 (3)
2014Yeovil Town (loan) 19 (2)
2014–2017 Leicester City 3 (0)
2014Rotherham United (loan) 6 (1)
2015–2016Blackburn Rovers (loan) 21 (2)
2016Cardiff City (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2017Ipswich Town (loan) 34 (9)
2017–2022 Derby County 170 (36)
2022– Rangers 18 (2)
International career
2010–2013 Wales U17 4 (0)
2012–2013 Wales U19 5 (0)
2013–2014 Wales U21 8 (3)
2015– Wales 23 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:44, 18 February 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:59, 27 March 2021 (UTC)

Thomas Morris Lawrence (born 13 January 1994) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a forward for Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the Wales national team.

Contents

Born in Wrexham, he joined Manchester United at the age of eight and made his way up through the age groups, but he was unable to make it as a first-team regular and spent time on loan at Carlisle United and Yeovil Town before joining Leicester City in September 2014. After three years with Leicester, during which time he was loaned out to Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town, he left for Derby County in August 2017. He has represented Wales at senior international level, having also played for the national under-17, under-19 and under-21 sides.

Club career

Manchester United

Youth team

Born in Wrexham, Lawrence grew up in Penyffordd, Flintshire, and joined Manchester United from Everton at the age of eight. Tosh Farrell, an Everton coach at the time later commented that Lawrence was a "big Man U fan so we had no chance [of keeping him] when they wanted him!" [3] After progressing up through the age grades, he made his first appearance for the under-18s at the age of 15 in a friendly against Maltese side Hibernians in October 2009, coming on as a substitute to score the third goal in a 3–1 win. In July 2010, he appeared for the under-17s in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, scoring against County Down in the quarter-finals of the Slemish Trophy repechage competition. Off the back of that, he became a regular fixture in the under-18s team for the 2010–11 season, scoring five goals in 22 appearances in the Premier Academy League, as well as making three substitute appearances in the club's successful FA Youth Cup run. Towards the end of the season, he also got his first experience of the reserve team, being named as an unused substitute for the final game of the Premier Reserve League season, a 2–2 draw with Liverpool.

Another appearance at the Milk Cup followed in 2011, with Lawrence scoring the only goal in Manchester United's semi-final victory over Senegalese side Étoile Lusitana; [4] however, the team went on to lose the final 5–1 to Qatari youth academy ASPIRE. Lawrence began the 2011–12 season in good form, scoring four goals in his first four matches before suffering an injury in the fifth, a 3–1 home defeat to Manchester City. On his return two months later, he scored the opener in Manchester United's 4–0 FA Youth Cup win over Torquay United, only to suffer another injury to his groin and miss another five months of the season. [5] [6] [7] Nevertheless, he returned strongly, scoring three goals in the final three games of the season, including a brace against Stoke City on the final day. [8] After going unused in a Manchester Senior Cup game against Bury earlier in the season, Lawrence finally made his first appearance for the reserves in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup against Accrington Stanley; after coming on as a 23rd-minute substitute for Luke Giverin, Lawrence opened the scoring shortly before half-time and Manchester United went on to win 4–0. [9]

After signing his first professional contract in July 2012, [10] Lawrence made the step up to the reserves on a permanent basis for the 2012–13 season; however, he found the transition difficult, as competing with the likes of Federico Macheda, Ángelo Henríquez and Joshua King meant he often found himself on the bench, rarely making it onto the pitch with any significant time left in games. Despite a lack of playing time, Lawrence managed to score four goals in 20 appearances during the season, including one goal in a 3–1 win against Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup, and his assist led to Larnell Cole's 88th-minute winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the Under-21 Premier League. [11] Will Keane's return to fitness meant Lawrence's opportunities continued to be limited going into the 2013–14 season, although he did manage to appear in seven of the team's first eight matches of the season.

Carlisle United loan

On 28 November 2013, Lawrence joined fellow Manchester United player Ben Amos at League One club Carlisle United on a month-long loan, due to last until 4 January 2014. [12] [13] Lawrence made his debut the following weekend, coming on as a 59th-minute substitute for Paul Thirlwell in a 3–1 defeat away to Swindon Town. [14]

Yeovil Town loan

On 31 January 2014, Lawrence joined Football League Championship side Yeovil Town on a three-month loan. [15] He made 17 starts and two substitute appearances for Yeovil, scoring twice, as the club were relegated to League One. On 30 April, he was recalled by Manchester United. [16]

Return to Manchester United

On 6 May 2014, Lawrence was given his United debut by interim player-manager Ryan Giggs, starting in a 3–1 home Premier League win against Hull City. He was substituted in the 70th minute for Giggs himself. [17]

Leicester City

Lawrence was sold to recently promoted Leicester City on 2 September 2014 for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract. [18]

Before making an appearance for Leicester, he was loaned to Championship club Rotherham United on 27 November, on a month-long deal. [19] He scored one goal in six appearances for Rotherham before returning to Leicester. He made his Leicester debut on 3 January 2015 in an FA Cup third round tie against Newcastle United, which Leicester won 1–0. [20]

Blackburn Rovers (loan)

On 21 August 2015, Lawrence joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan until 3 January 2016. [21]

On 5 January, his loan deal was extended until 31 January. He returned to Leicester when loan came to an end on 31 January 2016.

Cardiff City (loan)

On 1 February 2016, Lawrence joined Championship side Cardiff City on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season. [22]

Ipswich Town (loan)

On 30 August 2016, Lawrence joined Championship side Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season. [23] Lawrence scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 2–1 win at Sheffield Wednesday on 5 November 2016. [24]

Derby County

After three seasons with Leicester City, Lawrence left the club for Derby County on 15 August 2017, signing a "long-term" contract with the club. [25] On 13 July 2021, Lawrence was named captain of Derby County. [26] He left the club during the 2022 close season, following their relegation to EFL League One. [27]

Rangers

Lawrence signed for Scottish Premiership club Rangers on 8 July 2022. [27] He made his debut for the club in a Scottish Premiership side Livingston, starting the match, in a 2-1 win on 30 July. [28] He scored his first goal for Rangers in a Scottish Premiership win at home to St Johnstone on 13 August. [29]

International career

Lawrence playing for Wales in 2015 Tom Lawrence (2).jpg
Lawrence playing for Wales in 2015

Lawrence's first experience of representative football came in 2003–04, when he played for the Flintshire Schools team while still a year young, and again in 2004–05. Both years, the team won the Tom Yeoman Shield North league titles, and in 2005, they were beaten to the national title by Swansea Schools. [30] That year, Lawrence was named as the Flintshire Schools FA's joint player of the year, along with George Baxter of Mynydd Isa CP. [31]

After progressing through the Wales under-17 and under-19 teams, Lawrence made his debut for the under-21s in a 3–0 home friendly victory over Iceland in February 2013, playing for 64 minutes before being substituted. [32] He scored his first goal for the under-21s a month later, scoring the only goal in a European Championship qualifying win over Moldova at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. [33] This was followed up by a brace of penalties in another qualifying win in October 2013, this time against Lithuania. [34]

22 May 2014, Lawrence was named in the Wales senior squad for the friendly match against the Netherlands on 4 June 2014. [35] Lawrence was named in the Wales squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Cyprus and Israel to be played on 3 and 6 September 2015. [36] On 13 October, he came on as a substitute for David Edwards in Wales' final Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra. [37]

During Wales' 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign, Lawrence made a second half appearance against Serbia on 12 November 2016, replacing Hal Robson-Kanu on 68 minutes. [38]

Lawrence scored the decisive goal in a 1–0 win over Georgia in Tbilisi on 6 October 2017, to put Wales in touching distance of World Cup qualification. [39]

Personal life

Lawrence was arrested alongside Derby teammate Mason Bennett in September 2019 on suspicion of drink-driving. [40] Club captain Richard Keogh was injured in the crash, and ruled out for the rest of the 2019–20 season. [41] Derby manager Phillip Cocu said that Keogh felt responsible for the situation, [42] and after Lawrence and Bennett both returned to Derby's team, Cocu said they were "not off the hook". [43] Lawrence and Bennett were then both fined six weeks' wages by Derby, and ordered to serve 80 hours of community service and rehabilitation. Keogh was sacked by the club. [44] On 15 October 2019 Lawrence and Bennett pleaded guilty to drink driving at Derby Magistrates Court. [45]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 18 February 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Manchester United 2012–13 [46] Premier League 0000000000
2013–14 [47] Premier League10000010
Total1000000010
Carlisle United (loan) 2013–14 [47] League One 9320113
Yeovil Town (loan) 2013–14 [47] Championship 192192
Leicester City 2014–15 [48] Premier League30100040
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15 [48] Championship6161
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2015–16 [49] Championship2122000232
Cardiff City (loan) 2015–16 [49] Championship140140
Ipswich Town (loan) 2016–17 [50] Championship34922003611
Derby County 2017–18 [51] Championship39610202 [lower-alpha 1] 0446
2018–19 [52] Championship33621103 [lower-alpha 1] 0397
2019–20 [53] Championship371030004010
2020–21 [54] Championship2330000233
2021–22 [55] Championship381110003911
Total1703671305018537
Rangers 2022–23 Scottish Premiership 5200004 [lower-alpha 2] 193
2023–24 Scottish Premiership13010103 [lower-alpha 3] 0180
Total182101071273
Career total295561534012132659

International

As of match played 14 August 2022 [56]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Wales 201520
201630
201772
201861
201920
202020
202110
Total233
Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lawrence goal. [56]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No.DateVenueCapOpponentScoreResultCompetitionRef
16 October 2017 Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia9Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 1–01–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [57]
214 November 2017 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales12Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1–01–1 Friendly [58]
36 September 2018 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales15Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1–04–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B [59]

Honours

Individual

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