Always sad to hear the passing of one of our players. Condolences to his friends and loved ones.
Stoke has certainly had a rich vein of GKs over the years. Lawrie was an international for Scotland and displaced 2 other internationals Jimmy O'Neil of Ireland and Bobby Irvine of Northern Ireland.
Lawrie had one solid season for Stoke 64-65, before he was displaced himself by John Farmer. John left Wolstanton Grammar School early much to the headmaster's displeasure, who did not approve of a boy leaving school before completing his education to go and play football. But he clearly made the right choice as he soon displaced the international GKs to get into the first team and was soon earning more than the headmaster!
Post by wizardofdribble on Jun 6, 2019 7:55:30 GMT
I am sure Waddo signed Lawrie Leslie when Bobby Irvine’s form took a nosedive, my memories of him are distant, although I well remember those ‘ tree trunk’ thighs, there was also a rumour that his eyesight was suspect on long range shots, however, his bravery when diving & saving at close quarters was exemplary. When he retired from football he worked as a PE instructor in the London area. RIP Lawrie, it was a pleasure to have seen you play at a time when football was a better game.
Just before my time ..but never good to hear of the passing of someone who served our club and entertained people when the world and football was a different place .. and possibly all the better for it
RIP , thoughts to his family , friends and those who saw him play ..