Lawrie McMenemy MBE – Former Football Manager, Author and Motivational Speaker
Lawrie McMenemy started his footballing career with Newcastle United before moving to non-league Gateshead in the late 1950s. An injury ended his career in 1961, but he moved into coaching and spent three years as coach with the club.
In 1964 he was appointed manager of Bishop Auckland and transformed them from a struggling side into Northern League champions and also took them to the third round of the FA Cup.
Lawrie McMenemy moved to Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in 1966, where he spent two years as a coach before he got his big break as manager of Doncaster Rovers F.C. where he remained until May 1971. He became manager of Grimsby Town until July 1973, when he was approached by Southampton to fill the vacant assistant manager post, he later became manager.
In 1976, Lawrie McMenemy guided Southampton, to an FA Cup final victory over Manchester United and in 1978, the Saints won promotion to the First Division.
Lawrie left Southampton in 1986 to join Sunderland A.F.C. as managing director. After 2 years he left the club for a break from football. He returned to the game in 1990 to become assistant manager to England boss Graham Taylor, managing the Under 21 side, and picking out the future talents like Darren Anderton and Steve McManaman.
In 1993 McMenemy returned to Southampton in a new position as Director of Football. In McMenemy’s first season back at Southampton, the Saints finished 10th in the Premiership. After a difference of opinions with the new Southampton chairman, Lawrie resigned and a year later in 1998 was appointed manager for the Northern Ireland team
Since 2000, Lawrie McMenemy has concentrated on his role as FA Special Ambassador, and most recently his position as Chairman of the Special Olympics Great Britain.
The Guinness Book of Soccer Facts ranks Lawrie among the twenty most successful managers in post war English football.
Over the past 40 years Lawrie McMenemy has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including:
• BBC’s Superkids
• BBC’s The Michael Parkinson Show
• BBC’s Wogan
• BBC’s This is Your Life
• BBC’s Call My Bluff
• Sky Sports
• BBC Radio 5 Live
Awards & Qualifications include:
• Hon MA Business Administration, Southampton Institute
• MBA Degree (Honours) form Nottingham Trent University
• Chairman Sports Advisory Panel
• Bells Divisional Manager of the Year four times
• Football Association Coaching Award
As an author, his books include:
• Diary of a Season
• Lawrie McMenemy’s Book of Soccer
• A Lifetime’s Obsession – Autobiography
Lawrie McMenemy is a very experienced public speaker, specialising in:
He has addressed numerous corporate clients including: Yardley, Philips, Woolworths, IBM, The Royal Mail, Schweppes, Tesco, Pearl, Reuters, Hewlett Packard, Sema Group and Lloyds TSB.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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