Dennis William Lawrence CM (born 1 August 1974) is a Trinidad and Tobago former footballer. He is currently the manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Prior to coaching, he had a successful playing career in England, Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. He lifted the Caribbean Cup with the Soca Warriors and won several cup competitions with Wrexham before winning a league title with Swansea City. Before moving to Everton, he had coached for three years at Wigan Athletic during which time he became the first Trinidadian to win The FA Cup.
|Full name||Dennis William Lawrence|
|Date of birth||1 August 1974|
|Place of birth||Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
Trinidad and Tobago|
|1992–1993||Barataria Ball Players|
|2008–2009||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||28||(3)|
|2009–2010||San Juan Jabloteh||7||(1)|
|2000–2010||Trinidad and Tobago||89||(5)|
|2017–||Trinidad and Tobago|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:48, 14 April 2009 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2010
Prior to becoming a footballer, Lawrence worked as a supermarket attendant in Port of Spain. He later joined the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and became eligible to play for their football team Defence Force.
Lawrence signed for Wrexham for a fee of £100,000 in 2001, joining from Defence Force of his native Trinidad, becoming the third Trinidadian at Wrexham along with Hector Sam and Carlos Edwards. Before signing for Wrexham, he had trials at Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers.
After some poor performances when he first joined the club, Lawrence went on to become a valued and popular player at the Welsh club, winning the 2003–04 Player of the Season award. He has also become the first Wrexham player to play at a World Cup, starting all three of his country's games.
He signed for Swansea City on 16 August 2006 after Swansea had lost central defender and skipper Garry Monk to injury. He made an impressive Swansea debut in a 2–0 win over Doncaster Rovers winning the Man of the Match award.
On 30 September 2008 it was announced he had joined Crewe Alexandra on a 4-month loan until January. On 30 December 2008 the loan was extended until the end of the 2008–09 campaign, but he returned to the Liberty Stadium at the end of his loan spell on 2 May.
In September 2009 He signed a deal to play for San Juan Jabloteh in his native Trinidad.
Lawrence has been an important player for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, having made his debut on 18 March 2000. He was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award at the 2001 Caribbean Cup, which Trinidad and Tobago won. On 16 November 2005, he (in his 61st cap) scored the goal against Bahrain that awarded Trinidad and Tobago a ticket to the 2006 World Cup. He played every minute of his country's campaign in Germany as the Soca Warriors secured an impressive 0–0 draw against Sweden and gave England a run for their money.
After a failed qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lawrence, who had succeeded Dwight Yorke as national captain, announced his retirement from international football with 89 caps under his belt.
|1.||19 May 2001||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||Martinique||1||1–2||Caribbean Cup|
|2.||25 May 2005||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||Bermuda||1||4–0||Friendly|
|3.||4 June 2005||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||Panama||1||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier|
|4.||16 November 2005||Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain||Bahrain||1||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier|
|5.||3 September 2008||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||Guyana||1||3–0||Friendly|
Lawrence joined Wigan Athletic as a coach in October 2010 after impressing Spanish manager Roberto Martinez on a trial during the 2010/11 pre-season. When Martinez was appointed as manager of Everton, Lawrence was appointed as first-team development coach.
- As of 26 June 2019
|Trinidad and Tobago||30 January 2017||Present||23||4||5||14||18||37||−19||17.39|
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Caribbean Cup
- Winner: 2001
- Caribbean Cup MVP
- Winner: 2001
- FAW Premier Cup
- Winner: 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04
- Football League Trophy
- Winner: 2005
- Player of the season
- Winner: 2003/04
- Football League One
- Winner: 2007/08
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Dennis William Lawrence - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- "Lawrence tastes FA Cup success with Wigan". wired868.com. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Wrexham consider move for Kristian O'Leary". BBC Sport. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- (TTFF), Shaun Fuentes. "Dennis: The high moments speak for themselves".
- "Dennis Lawrence assistant coach at Wigan Athletic". 21 October 2010.
- Clarke, Adam (11 July 2013). "Lawrence joins backroom staff". evertonfc.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- "Lawrence named Soca Warriors boss". FIFA. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.