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Lawrie Leslie

Former Millwall goalkeeper passes away aged 84

5 June 2019

Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former Lions goalkeeper Lawrie Leslie, at the age of 84.

The Scotsman, described as a "brave and fearless goalkeeper", represented Millwall between 1966 and 1968, making 74 appearances between the sticks for The Lions, and later returned in a coaching capacity.

Born in Edinburgh in March 1935, Leslie's first professional deal came with Hibernian, before joining Airdrieonians. After five years as a pro in Scotland, intially starting his career as a right-back, the stopper made the move south and joined West Ham United in 1961 for a fee of £14,000.

Leslie signed for Stoke City in 1963, and spent three years in Staffordshire before arriving at The Den. Injuries curtailed his spell at both Millwall and other clubs to an extent during his career, with the goalkeeper combining his playing career with a coaching role at Southend United in 1968.

Returning to The Den in a similar role in 1973, Leslie worked under Benny Fenton and assumed the role of caretaker manager following Fenton's departure a year later, before working with Gordon Jago.

Leslie was also known for his coaching work around local schools in South-East London following his retirement, a fond figure within the community.

The thoughts of everyone at Millwall Football Club are with the family, friends and those associated with Lawrie at this difficult time.


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