Lawrie Crown

Lawrie Crown played for Redcar, Newcastle, Coventry and Bury
Lawrie Crown in 1927

Lawrie Crown, “a tower of strength” for Redcar’s final Northern League season and one of their few bright lights, clearly possessed quality far above anyone else in the league. He joined the likes of William Harrison and Mickey Parsons in the list of Redcar representatives in the North vs South game alongside future Corinthian, Northern Nomads and England Amateur goalkeeper and one-time Coatham resident HP Bell. Crown also played against Bell in a Corinthian v Northern League XI match and captained the North Riding team. He was the first Redcar player to do so since William Harrison. 

This was enough to convince Football League Division Two side South Shields to offer him his first professional contract after briefly signing amateur forms with Middlesbrough. The speedy wing back played 90 games at Horsley Hill, both on the left and right, despite a nasty knee injury truncating his time with The Mariners. His standout performances caught the attention of Newcastle United, and he signed for the Magpies in 1926 for £2,750. To put that sum into perspective, just 12 years previously it would have been the highest transfer fee in the world. 

Bury came calling the following season. A slightly smaller fee of £750 was enough to capture Crown’s signature, who was nearly 30 by this point but still described as “one of the most stylish backs in the game” after a stellar New Year’s Eve performance against Arsenal in Division One. He joined Coventry City in 1928, then members of the Football League Division Three South. Crown spent three seasons at Highfield Road, totalling 117 appearances in which he was made club captain. He retired in 1931 after a successful professional career, returning to the Wearside shipyards he had started at. 

Lawrie Crown played in Redcar's 1921/22 season.
Crown (back row, second from left) in Redcar’s 1921/22 season

See also

Redcar AFC

HP Bell

William Harrison

David Parsons