Thursday, 24 June 2010
54 Les Lawrence
Position : Forward
Played : 1984-5
Appearances : 15
Goals : 4
Les was Halom’s star signing that summer, a 27-year old big centre forward who’d scored 22 goals for Aldershot in the season just finished. Although £15,000 was a lot of money for us it looked like a steal. He’d started his career at Shrewsbury in the mid-70s but made his mark at Torquay. That earned him a move to Port Vale in 1982 but that didn’t work out and they let him go to Aldershot.
Unfortunately Les was a bit disappointing. He certainly had physical presence but wasn’t very skilful and in a struggling side didn’t seem fully committed to the cause. When Burnley came in for him in November with a £20,000 offer we took the opportunity to make a profit on a letdown.
Besides we had an able replacement lined up …..
Les never really became a first team regular at Turf Moor scoring 8 goals in 31 appearances over the next 18 months. At the end of 1985-6 he was released and joined Peterborough. He stayed there for a season scoring 8 in 33. His final season in the league (1987-88) was spent with Cambridge for whom he failed to score in 13 appearances before moving on to Kettering and Aylesbury United (a very modest 4 in 28 there).