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 Chris LAWLER 1965-1972 
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Name: Christopher “Chris” Lawler
Nickname: "The Ghost"

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Club: Liverpool FC
Position: SB, CB
Nationality: :ENG: England
Age: 22-29 years (20/10/1943)

Foot: R
Side: R

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Attack: 73
Defence: 76
Balance: 78
Stamina: 88
Top Speed: 83
Acceleration: 80
Response: 80
Agility: 84
Dribble Accuracy: 75
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 75
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Acc.: 82
Long Pass Speed: 83
Shot Accuracy: 68
Shot Power: 75
Shot Technique: 69
Free Kick Accuracy: 71
Curling: 75
Header: 75
Jump: 85
Technique: 75
Aggression: 75
Mentality: 82
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 78
Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot frequency: 5
Consistency: 6

SPECIAL ABILITIES:
Positioning
Marking
Sliding
Covering

CARDS:
P16 - Extra Attacker
S07 - Man Marking
S08 - Slide Tackle
S09 - Covering

Growth Type: Standard/Lasting
Attack/Defence Awareness: Defence-Minded

INFO:

Chris Lawler (born 20 October 1943 in Liverpool) was a footballer who enjoyed much of Liverpool's success of the 1960s and 1970s.

Life and playing career
A right-sided defender, Lawler joined his local club when he turned 17 in October 1960 and made his debut at the age of 19 in a 2-2 league draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on the 20 March 1963. For two seasons his progression into first team regular was gradual playing just 6 matches in each of the seasons, but by 1965 he was the first choice right back, he also scored the first of his many goals, for a right-back, during this season in the 5-1 thrashing of Burnley at Turf Moor on the 5 December 1964, Lawler's timing and anticipation of turning up in the right place at the right time to score vital goals earned him the nickname "˜The Ghost". The 1964/65 season culminated in him being selected in the team which beat Leeds United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, earning the trophy for the club for the first time in its history.

His name was pretty much first on manager Bill Shankly's team-sheet thereafter, missing just three games in the next seven seasons. During this period, he helped the Reds win the League championship in 1966 again beating Leeds into second spot by 6 clear points, 3 wins in the old 2 points for a win system. Unfortunately this was followed by the taste of disappointment as Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Borussia Dortmund in the Cup Winners Cup at Hampden Park, Glasgow, the Reds first ever appearance in a European final

Lawler survived Shankly's massive cull of 1970 which saw a large proportion of the 1960s older stars shipped out and replaced with younger talent. Only Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan and Tommy Smith similarly survived this fate.

He, again, tasted disappointment of defeat when he played in the 1971 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, but that was all put behind him when Liverpool earned a League title and UEFA Cup double in 1973, The Reds beat Arsenal by 3 points in the league and fought off a fightback by Borussia Mönchengladbach after The Reds had won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield 'Gladbach fell just short winning the 2nd leg 2-0 thus Liverpool gaining a 3-2 aggregate victory

It was during this period he won his four England caps, it was a goal-scoring debut too, it came in the 5-0 thumping of Malta in a UEFA European Football Championship quailifier at Wembley on the 12 May 1971.

He was only on the bench after a spell out injured as Liverpool reached the FA Cup final again in 1974, but gained another winner's medal after Liverpool swept aside Newcastle United 3-0 on the 4 May.

Shankly's sudden departure in the summer of 1974 also heralded pretty much the end of Lawler's distinguished Liverpool career. New manager Bob Paisley purchased specialist right back Phil Neal from Northampton Town at the end of the year and Lawler featured only sporadically, making his final Liverpool appearance came against Hibernian in a UEFA Cup tie on the 17 September 1975, he joined Portsmouth in October '75, who were managed by former Liverpool team-mate Ian St John. Lawler later joined Stockport County in 1978, he also played for Welsh League side Bangor City. In 1976, he played the summer on loan to the Miami Toros of the North American Soccer League.

Chris is still held in high regard amongst the Kopites who voted him in at No.51 in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop poll on http://www.liverpool.tv the Official Liverpool Football Club web-site.

Career details
Liverpool F.C (1960 - 1975) - 549 appearances, 61 goals

2 Football League (level 1) championship medals (1966 and 1973)
2 FA Cup winners medals (1965 and 1974)
2 Charity Shield (1965 (shared) and 1966)
UEFA Cup winners medal 1973
F.A Cup runners-up medal (1971)
European Cup Winners' Cup runners-up medal (1966)
Charity shield runners-up medal (1971)
England (1971) 4 caps, 1 goal


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