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. James Lawrie JAMES LAWRIE :: MIDFIELD/FORWARD
. @jlawrie18
. Born Dundonald
. DoB 18.12.1990
. HEIGHT 6ft
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Talented and versatile midfielder, comfortable anywhere across the middle of the field and up front, who joined the Pitmen in June 2017

Born in Dundonald, County Down, but raised in Middlewich, Cheshire, Lawrie joined Port Vale as a schoolboy and signed first team forms with the Staffordshire club in 2007. He made his first team debut under Dean Glover's guidance against Chester City in January 2009, playing in the same Vale side as future Hednesford team-mates Danny Glover and Luke Rodgers and scoring in that game. Over the next twelve months, Lawrie played over thirty times for Vale, cementing his reputation a one of the club's brightest young talents in years

A trial at Everton failed to earn a move to the big time, returning to a troubled Port Vale side now managed by Micky Adams in 2009-2010. Off the field woes saw Vale place their whole squad on the transfer list, with Lawrie loaned out to Blue Square Premier side Kidderminster Harriers in February 2010 for two months. During the campaign, Lawrie had been called up into the Northern Ireland national team for the first time, earning the first of three caps in June 2009 against Italy

After leaving Vale in the summer of 2010, Lawrie trialled for a number of Football League clubs, with Exeter City, Morecambe and Stevenage all taking a look at the midfielder. he eventually ended up at AFC Telford United, signing a one year deal at the New Bucks Head for the 2010-2011 season

In August 2011, Lawrie made the move to league rivals Altrincham, where his career was to blossom in six years at Moss Lane. Under former Port Vale boss Lee Sinnott, Lawrie cemented his place amongst the best midfielders at step two with consistent, ever-present displays in the Alty side. His first season there saw him end as the club's second top scorer, playing in a more advanced position, reaching double figures again in Blue Square Bet North in 2012-2013

After agreeing a contract extension into the 2013-2014 season, he spent a frustrating spell on the bench as Altrincham chased down Hednesford and Telford at the top of the Skrill North table. It was Lawrie that broke Hednesford hearts in the play-off semi-final second leg, scoring a late winner at Moss Lane to send Alty through to the final, which they won 2-1 over Guiseley

After consolidating their position back in the Vanarama National League in 2014-2015, Alty slipped down the table in 2015-2016 and were relegated back to step two with two games remaining. This was to prove a fatal problem for the club, who struggled to get to grips with the all-powerful, big-spending nature of National League North and dropped straight through step two and into step three, having won only four games all season. Lawrie was a virtual ever-present once again, top scoring for the club with eight goals before being released at the end of the season

A week after his release, he was announced as one of five new faces at Hednesford for the forthcoming 2017-2018 campaign

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TEAM FROM TO FEE PLD SUB GLS
    Port Vale 1.7.2007 1.7.2010 Trainee 8 22 2
    Kidderminster Harriers 15.2.2010 26.4.2010 Loan 9 3 1
    AFC Telford United 10.8.2010 1.12.2011 Free 19 4 4
    Altrincham 31.8.2011 24.5.2017 Free 231 43 51
. . Hednesford Town 2.6.2017 Present Free N/A N/A N/A
    JAMES LAWRIE CAREER TOTAL Nil 267 72 58
                 
    COUNTRY FROM TO DEBUT PLD SUB GLS
    Northern Ireland 4.5.3009 20.7.2010 6.6.2009 0 3 0
. . JAMES LAWRIE INTERNATIONAL CAREER TOTAL 0 3 0

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