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Lawrie Leslie

Personal information
Full nameLawrence Grant Leslie
Date of birth17 March 1935(age 81)
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Lawrence "Lawrie" Grant Leslie (born 17 March 1935) is a retired Scottish association football player who played as a goalkeeper.

Leslie began playing football with Hawkhill Amateurs. In the early 1950s, he turned semi-pro and joined Newtongrange Star. He played for his regimental side at Oswestry after joining the Artillery in 1956.

After the war, Lawrie signed pro forms with Hibernian following a trial that war-time compatriot and Hibs player Jock Buchan had suggested he apply for. He was in the Hibs side that reached the 1958 Scottish Cup Final, which they lost 1 0 to Clyde. He moved to Airdrie in November 1959 for £4,475 and became captain. He won five caps for the Scottish national team while with Airdrie, all during the 1960 61 season.

Leslie was due to play for Scotland in the infamous 9 - 3 defeat by England at Wembley. He was injured one week beforehand and Frank Haffey was selected instead.

Leslie moved to West Ham United in 1961 for £14,000 and won 'Hammer of the Year' in 1962. He went on to make 61 league and cup appearances for the east London club. He joined Stoke City in October 1963 and later played for Millwall and Southend United. After his retirement from playing, Leslie coached at Southend and later became Millwall's trainer. He has since been involved in coaching schools football.

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