25 Facts About Mark Lawrenson

1. Mark Lawrenson began his television career providing match analysis on HTV West's local football coverage, [13] before working as a pundit for the BBC but then left briefly to become a coach specialising in defensive tactics for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United.

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2. Mark Lawrenson was created on June 2, 1957 in Preston, Lancashire, Britain.

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3. Mark Lawrenson was made aware of the seriousness of the growth when a concerned viewer contacted the editor of Football Focus.

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4. Mark Lawrenson writes a regular Preston North End column for the University of Central Lancashire's Students' Union newspaper, Pluto, and a weekly column for the Liverpool Daily Post newspaper.

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5. Mark Lawrenson was ultimately proved wrong by Sam Allardyce's team and kept his word by shaving off the moustache.

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6. Mark Lawrenson has a column on the BBC website where he gives his views and predictions on the Premier League's weekend fixtures.

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7. Mark Lawrenson is often a co-commentator on BBC Radio Five Live, often working on the feature matches on Sunday afternoons.

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8. Mark Lawrenson appears regularly on Football Focus and Match of the Day.

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9. Mark Lawrenson has since become established as a pundit, both on BBC television and radio, often finding himself sitting alongside his former defensive partner, Alan Hansen, and, since the departure from the BBC of Trevor Brooking, he has assumed the main co-commentator on major national and international matches covered by the television network.

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10. Mark Lawrenson earned a fifth and final title medal when that season ended.

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11. Mark Lawrenson settled in at the Goldstone Ground and made 40 league appearances by the end of his first season of the club.

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12. Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17-year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North End in 1974 who were then managed by World Cup winner Bobby Charlton.

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13. Mark Lawrenson always wanted to be a footballer, although his mother, Theresa, wanted him to become a priest.

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14. Mark Lawrenson approaches matches at the greatest tournament on earth with all the passion of a bankrupt Al Pacino being forced to audition for River City.

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15. In 2018, Mark Lawrenson was given the all-clear after having a cancerous growth removed from his face.

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16. Mark Lawrenson began his television career providing match analysis on HTV West's local football coverage, before working as a pundit for the BBC but then left briefly to become a coach specialising in defensive tactics for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United.

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17. Mark Lawrenson played his last match for the Republic of Ireland against Israel on 10 November 1987.

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18. Mark Lawrenson played his first competitive match on 12 October 1977 against Bulgaria in a 1978 World Cup qualifier.

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19. Mark Lawrenson managed Peterborough United from 6 September 1989 until 9 November 1990.

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20. In 1989, Mark Lawrenson spent one season with the Florida side Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Soccer League.

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21. Mark Lawrenson dislocated his shoulder about three weeks before the 1985 European Cup final, the Heysel Stadium Disaster.

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22. Mark Lawrenson came on for Ray Kennedy in the 64th minute scoring in the 72nd.

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23. Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction ahead of Spurs vs Man City.

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24. Mark Lawrenson has been previewing the Newcastle v Watford game on Saturday.

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25. Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Tottenham v Man City.

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