As a hammers fan I met him at his home about 5 years ago they say never meet your heroes. Well I was not disappointed, a true gent and so humble. Yesterday I received the sad news that he had passed away RIP Hero
07-11-19 Brian Allan
Lawrie used to coach the West Ham youngster on a Tuesday and Thursday nights at the ground in 1962 . Being a goalkeeper and being coached by my idol was unbelievable. After training he would take me and my friend to a coffee bar in Green Street and buy the coffees. Lovely Man R. I . P
07-11-19 Mal Downing
He was my PE teacher in the 90s, I was a goalkeeper and he was without doubt an incredible person. I’ve heard today he’s passed away, not sure if it’s true but if so RIP Mr Leslie. You were a true legend
24-10-19 Kevin Gunning
As a West Ham fan I remember Lawrie well. I regularly post on West Ham forums and someone asked me who my favourite goalkeepers were. I posted this:-
In 1962 against Arsenal at Upton Park Lawrie suffered a broken finger. He went off and John Lyall went in goal. While he was off Arsenal scored twice. He came back on, strapped up, (No subs in those days), played on the right wing. He crossed superbly, made 2 goals and we drew 3-3.
21-06-19 Alan Graham
Lawrie Leslie touched my hand and said "alright tiger". I bandaged my hand and wouldn't wash it for days. My teacher asked what I had done. I said Lawrie Leslie, Milwall's goalkeeper touched it. He was my hero
18-06-19 Barbara maloney
Your style of goalkeeping was influenced me to play in goal running out to dive head first a the oncoming forward I think that's for me thank you for making me as mad as you p.s. can't be that bad I spent a short time at Gillingham
16-06-19 David McIntosh
Hi Lawrie. I remember you playing for West Ham. You were a fantastic goalkeeper. I played in goal myself and tried moulding myself on you.
21-12-18 John crook
I was a student at Cardinal Pole School 1976 to 1982 and Lawrie Leslie was my football coach. The highlight of the year would be teachers v students match that they always won. Great Coach. Lawrie was always modest and never mentioned his background to his students. A gentleman to the core.
01-11-18 Michael Kenny
Lawrie or Mr. Leslie was my P.E. Teacher at Cardinal Pole R.C. School, in the late 80's. I was never the quickest or most physical boy, but Mr. Leslie taught me to read the game and about positional play. I played to a v.good amateur level and I thank Mr. Leslie for this. A true gent and incredible human being. 'Concentrate on your strengths and not your weaknesses lad' I've carried this advice throughout my life.
Mr Leslie made me a Prefect in my 1st year at Cardinal Pole. He made me football team captain and taught me about defensive football tactics.
A great inspiration to me....
Lovely man if you was in goal and you dropped the ball or let it slip out of your hands he would call you teflon
Mr Leslie was my sports teacher at Cardinal Pole from 1975 to 1978. A true gent. I had ambitions at the time of getting into pro football. He gave me lots of advice and encouragement and actually took time out to speak to you one on one. I will never forget him
I learnt so much about football from Mr. Leslie during my 2 years at Cardinal Pole school. He knew what position best suited everyone, even though at first you were like... "I'm not a defender!". I agree that Mr. Leslie always had time for a one on one. He was also able to teach you to use the skills that you had and sticking to the basics. When I was 12 he taught me about cutting inside and whipping in crosses, a technique I am now teaching my 9 yr old. Mr. Leslie is an inspiration and and a credit to his profession.
When Lawrie played for Stoke City he was very popular with the fans but he seemed to have trouble with long range shots. When he came onto the pitch he would wave to the crowd. The comedians in the crowd would say that he was not waving to them but feeling where the goal posts were. Great memories
As a 10 year old I was devastated when Lawrie Leslie left West Ham for Stoke, and wrote him a letter. I received a hand-written reply which I still have to this day. My first football hero.
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