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James "Jimmy" Lawrence (16 February 1885 - November 1934) was a Scottish football player and later manager. A goalkeeper he played for Newcastle United between 1904 and 1921.

Born in Glasgow, Lawrence's first club was Partick Athletic, from where he moved to Glasgow Perthshire. Although still connected to Glasgow Perthshire, he sporadically played for Edinburgh side Hibernian when their regular custodian Harry Rennie was unavailable.[1] He played with Newcastle for eighteen years after joining the Tyneside club in 1904 and still holds the record for making the most appearances for them, 496 matches in total. He also represented the Scottish national team on one occasion, a 1-1 draw with England at Goodison Park in Liverpool.

Lawrence showed an aptitude for administration when Chairman of The Players' Union in his later days at Newcastle and after his playing retirement Lawrence moved into management.[1] His first appointment was with then Second Division side South Shields(1922-1923) before joining Preston North End. He stayed with the Lilywhites until 1925, when he relocated to Germany to manage a team in Karlsruhe.

Lawrence later returned to Scotland and in 1933 was elected chairman of Stranraer.[1] He died while in office a year later.



As a player

Newcastle United


  1. ^ a b c Lamming, Douglas (1987) (Hardback). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4).  


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