Belfast Telegraph

Pool mourn legend Tommy Lawrence


By Robert Jones

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died at the age of 77, the club have announced.

The Scot made 390 appearances for the Reds between 1962 and 1971, helping Bill Shankly's side win two league titles and an FA Cup.

Lawrence, affectionately nicknamed 'The Flying Pig' due to his ability to make spectacular saves despite his stocky build, then played for Tranmere, and he was capped three times by Scotland.

Having signed professional forms with Liverpool in October 1957, a few months after his 17th birthday, Lawrence made his debut five years later in a 1-0 loss at West Brom.

He played every game when Liverpool won the league in 1965-66, reclaiming the trophy he helped them secure two years earlier. In the season between those successes, he was part of the club's first ever FA Cup win.

Liverpool said in a statement on their website: "Liverpool Football Club are deeply saddened by the passing of former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence. The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Tommy's family and friends at this sad time."

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