Aaron Lawrence
Personal information
Full name Aaron Lawrence
Date of birth (1970-08-11) 11 August 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth Lucea, Jamaica
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1985–1989 Rusea's High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Violet Kickers
1996 Long Island Rough Riders 10 (0)
1996–2006 Reno (1[1])
National team
1997–2005 Jamaica 72[2] (1)
Teams managed
2006–2009 Reno F.C.
2014– Jamaica U15
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Aaron Lawrence (born 11 August 1970) in Jamaica was a professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, making over 60 appearances for Jamaica.[3] In some sources, his birth date is 10 October 1968.[4][5][6]

Club career

Aaron played almost whole of his career in his homeland, playing initially for Violet Kickers F.C., having a brief spell at Long Island Rough Riders[7] at the United States and then returning to Jamaica to play for Reno F.C.. He was on the verge of joining Birmingham City after obtaining a work permit, but the move fell through after he has broken his leg.[8]

International career

Lawrence had been a member of the Jamaica national football team for a little more than a decade. His role was primarily as backup to team captain Warren Barrett, until one memorable performance in 1998 at the World Cup finals in France. Starting in Jamaica's third and final game against Japan, Lawrence shut out the relentless Japanese attackers until late in the game when one sneaked by him. He nevertheless protected Jamaica's slim lead and led them to their first World Cup Finals win, a 2-1 result.

He attempted to secure an overseas contract with a European Club but it proved futile, but the player had emerged as Jamaica's first-choice keeper[3] and had hoped to lead the Jamaica national team to another World Cup appearance. However, with the emergence of Donovan Ricketts, the under twenty-three goalkeeper at the time, Lawrence never managed to fight his way back to the starter's position.

The 'Wild Boy' was a tall, athletic and fleet-footed professional. Although there was perhaps room for improvement in his positioning and handling of balls crossed into the six-yard box, in his defence he was known for pulling off spectacular and timely saves when it mattered most. His vast experience proved useful time and time again for the Jamaica national team in those tough away games. He scored a penalty for Jamaica against India in a friendly match in August 2002.[9]

Coaching career

Lawrence coached Reno FC and also served as a goalkeeping coach for the national team,[10] as well as the director of the Real Madrid Academy in Jamaica[11] and manager of second tier Sandals Whitehouse.[12] He is currently coach of the Jamaican national Under-15 team[13] and Rusea's High School football team.[14][15]

Personal life

Aaron's son, Ruel, was an attacking midfielder playing for Portmore United.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Jamaica International Matches Details 1998-2010
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Lodes, Kirk J. (2008). The American Soccer Guide. ISBN 9781930852099.
  6. ^ "Aaron Lawrence the Reggae Boyz, Jamaica Football".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited".
  9. ^ Jamaica win India clash
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Aaron lawrence - Coaches Across Continents -".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Lawrence: Rusea's ready to deliver special 2015". 21 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited".
  16. ^ "Jamaica Gleaner Online".