Dennis Lawrence’s player profile, written by Lisa Higgins.
Nationality: Trinidad & Tobago
Date of Birth: 01/08/1974
Height: 6′ 7′ (200cm)
Weight: 11st 11lbs (75.0kg)
Previous Clubs: Wrexham
Dennis Lawrence was born on the 1st August 1971 in Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago. Dennis`s first experience as a player came at school level with Malick Senior Comprehensive.
His professional career started in the Professional Football League, in the capital Port of Spain. He was extremely successful with the club earning 6 titles including one in his first season with the club (statistics are hard to come by.) Before his move to Wales Dennis made his international Debut, on March 18th 2000 vs. the Netherlands Antilles in a world cup 2002 qualifying match.
In 2001, Wrexham came calling for the 6 ft 7 inch Defender`s signature; Bryan Flynn signed him for a fee of £100,000. He was a firm favourite at the Racecourse securing over 200 appearances and netting 15 times for the Dragons. In that time he made himself a firm fans favourite.
In 2006 a move to south Wales beckoned, Swansea were facing important injury concerns with Garry Monk out for the season. He surprisingly signed for the Swansea for a fee around £75,000 on the 16th August 2006. Pre joining Swansea City, Dennis had played in the world cup with T&T and even scored the goal against Bahrain that secured their place in the finals in Germany. He massively impressed in the world cup especially in gaining a much valued point vs. Sweden (despite being down to 10 men.). He has proved a very good acquisition for the Swans and has firmly secured himself a starting place under Kenny Jackett and Roberto Martinez.
6 League titles.
LDV Vans Trophy winner’s medal with Wrexham in 2004/2005
Wrexham Player of the Year in 2003/2004
Copa Caribe MVP in 2001
What do the fans think of Dennis?
“When he’s switched on he’s an excellent defender (see his performances for T&T in the World Cup), but just seems too laid back.”
“Lawrence’ performances have been quite inconsistent. I think he looks more comfortable with izzy in the centre with him and he has been good cover while monk has been out. Chipped in with the goal scoring and is a big threat with corners.”
“Pros solid and calm defender, talks to everyone on the pitch, bags of experience. Cons falls asleep in the game and makes howling mistakes.”
“A centre back with good heading and tackling ability. Can also join the attack and shoot and also gives height advantage in the opposition penalty area at set pieces.”