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Alex Lawless
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Personal information
Full name Alexander Graham Lawless[1]
Date of birth 26 March 1985 (1985-03-26) (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Llwynypia, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current club York City
Number 12
Youth career
000?–2003 Ton Pentre
2003–2005 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Torquay United 14 (0)
2006–2009 Forest Green Rovers 101 (8)
2009– York City 28 (1)
National team
Wales U19 2 (0)
2006 Wales U21 1 (0)
2007–2008 Wales semi-professional 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:19, 27 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:19, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Alexander Graham "Alex" Lawless (born 26 March 1985) is a Welsh footballer who plays for York City as a midfielder.

Lawless began his career with Ton Pentre before joining the youth system of Fulham, and he was released in 2005. He spent a season in the Football League with Torquay United, before joining Forest Green Rovers in the Conference National. He spent three seasons with them, winning the club's players' player of the season award in the 2007–08 season and playing in the Final of the Conference League Cup. He joined current club York City in 2009.

He has represented Wales at various levels. He gained two caps for the under-19 team, before making one appearance for the under-21 team in 2006. He has made two appearances for the semi-professional team, making his debut against Italy in 2007 and scoring against England C in a 2–1 defeat in 2008.

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Club career

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Early career

Born in Llwynypia, Rhondda Cynon Taf,[4] Lawless began his career with Welsh Premier League team Ton Pentre and signed professional terms with Premier League team Fulham during the 2002–03 season.[5][6] He was released by Fulham in May 2005,[7] and he was offered a trial with League Two team Torquay United in July.[8] Lawless signed for the club on a free transfer and manager Leroy Rosenior said "It's important that the supporters are patient with these youngsters and give them time to learn and develop".[9] He made his debut on 6 August in a 0–0 draw at home to Notts County, although he only lasted 26 minutes before being replaced by substitute Tony Bedeau.[10] His return from an injury after nearly a month out came in a 2–1 victory over Shrewsbury Town in September, which was Torquay's first win of the season.[11][12] He later picked up another injury in November,[13] and he made his return after three months of not playing in a 1–0 victory over Bristol Rovers in December.[14][15] He scored an own goal after 86 minutes against Wycombe Wanderers, which resulted in Torquay drawing 2–2.[16] His final appearance of the 2005–06 season came in a 2–0 defeat to Lincoln City in February 2006.[17] He was released by Torquay after making 16 appearances in all competitions.[18][19]

Forest Green Rovers

Lawless joined Conference National team Forest Green Rovers on non-contract terms on 4 August.[20] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on 12 August.[21] He scored a "spectacular" goal from long-range for Rovers to give them the lead against Morecambe on 24 February 2007, but they went on to lose 3–1.[22] He finished the 2006–07 season with 37 appearances and one goal.[23] He scored the only goal for Forest Green in their 1–0 victory over Crawley Town on 10 February 2008, after scoring in the 73rd minute.[24] After playing for the Wales semi-professional team manager Jim Harvey was worried over Lawless' fitness,[25] although he was able to play in Forest Green's following game against Cambridge United.[26] Lawless made 35 appearances and scored two goals for Forest Green as they earned their highest ever finish of eighth in the Conference in the 2007–08 season.[27] He won the club's players' player of the season award,[4] being described as the team's unsung hero.[28]

Lawless playing for Forest Green Rovers in 2009

On the opening day of the 2008–09 season, he filled in at right back due to an injury to Kris Thomas and scored with a 20 yard strike to give Forest Green a 1–1 draw against Kettering Town.[29][30] He garnered praise from Harvey, who said Lawless had a "super game".[31] A hip injury forced him to miss a game against Northwich Victoria in September.[32] After resuming training,[33] he made his return in a 3–0 defeat to Stevenage Borough.[34] During a game against former club Torquay he suffered an ankle injury which forced him to miss two games.[35] He made his return in a 2–2 draw with Cambridge United.[36] He then picked up a hamstring injury and in his return scored with a "fierce" long-range strike to give Forest Green a 1–0 victory over Mansfield Town on 22 November.[37][38] Following this game, his hamstring tightened and was ruled out for a month due to a back injury.[39][40] After making good progress with the injury,[41] he was expected to play against Kidderminster Harriers on 26 December.[42] He eventually played in the game, which finished as a 1–1 draw.[43]

Lawless scored against Championship team Derby County with a "superb finish past Carroll from a tight angle" after evading the opponent defence in an FA Cup third round tie on 3 January 2009, which put Forest Green 2–0 up, but they went on to lose 4–3.[44][45][46] He was forced to miss Forest Green's FA Trophy tie against Redditch United because of a hamstring injury,[47] as well as the semi-final of the Conference League Cup against Woking.[48] He made his return in a 2–1 defeat to Eastbourne Borough and being substituted as a precaution.[49][50] Lawless scored a goal from the edge of the penalty area to open the scoring in a 2–2 draw with Rushden & Diamonds.[51] After a period out because of suspension,[52] he contributed with an assist and a goal on his return against Northwich in February, after heading from a corner kick for John Hardiker to score and himself finishing with a goal from close range.[53] He was forced to miss games against Cambridge and Kidderminster in April due to a stomach illness,[54][55] and he made his return in the Conference League Cup Final, which was lost 3–0 to AFC Telford United on a penalty shootout, after a 0–0 draw.[56] His season ended prematurely after he suffered a broken leg against York City following a heavy challenge on 21 April 2009,[57][58] with an X-ray confirming his fibula endured a hairline fracture.[59] He completed the season with 37 appearances and six goals and Harvey hoped his budget would allow for Lawless to stay at the club.[60][61]

York City

Lawless signed for fellow Conference team York City on a one-year contract on 17 June, despite there being two Football League clubs looking to sign him.[62][63] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Oxford United on 8 August.[64] After suffering from a virus he was forced to miss a game against Cambridge United in September, and he recovered ahead of York's game against Kidderminster.[65] He scored his first goal for York with the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Gateshead in November.[66] He pulled his hamstring in a 1–0 defeat to Eastbourne on 27 February 2010 and he said he was hoping for a quick recovery.[67]

International career

Lawless earned two caps for the Wales under-19 team and he made his only under-21 appearance in a 1–0 defeat against Northern Ireland on 28 February 2006, eventually being substituted for Marc Williams on 84 minutes.[2][68] He made his debut for the Wales semi-professional team in their 4–2 defeat to Italy on 14 November 2007.[69] He was named in the semi-professional team to play England C in February 2008,[70] and he scored in their 2–1 defeat with a shot from 20 yards.[71] He was named in the team to play Finland in November,[72] although he was forced to miss the game because of an injury.[73]

Style of play

Lawless is able to play as a right midfielder, central midfielder and right back.[74] While being equally comfortable playing at any of these positions,[75] he prefers to play in a midfield role.[76] He has also played in the hole and has given a composed performance as a second striker.[77][78] He has been described as being "comfortable on the ball, a good passer, mobile and with an eye for goal".[79] Stevenage Borough manager Graham Westley described him as a player "who impresses me with his consistency".[80] After signing for York City, manager Martin Foyle said "He is a great all rounder, a technically good footballer and has a very professional attitude towards the game."[74] His partnership with Neil Barrett in the central midfield for York saw praise from teammate Richard Brodie, who said "The midfield two worked really well together and picked up the second balls. Alex Lawless was flawless and he should be playing in the Football League".[81]

Personal life

After joining York City in 2009, Lawless moved into a house with teammates Neil Barrett, James Meredith, Richard Pacquette and Daniel Parslow.[82] He has an interest in art, which he studied at General Certificate of Secondary Education level, saying "I wouldn’t mind trying to make a living from it one day but my main priority is football".[82] He is a Manchester United supporter and attention to his interest in art was first drawn after producing a painting of manager Alex Ferguson.[82]

Career statistics

As of 27 February 2010.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Torquay United 2005–06[19] 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Forest Green Rovers 2006–07[23] 37 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
2007–08[27] 32 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 35 2
2008–09[56][60] 32 5 2 1 0 0 3 0 37 6
Total 101 8 5 1 0 0 3 0 109 9
York City 2009–10[83] 28 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 35 1
Career totals 143 9 11 1 0 0 6 0 160 10

Footnotes

A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Conference League Cup and FA Trophy.

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