John Lawless
Personal information
Full nameJohn Phillip Lawless
Date of birth (1982-06-17) 17 June 1982 (age 35)
Place of birthLiverpool, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubAFC Liverpool
Senior career*
2003–2004Aberystwyth Town30(8)
2006Vauxhall Motors
2007–2008Colwyn Bay
2009Caernarfon Town1(0)
2009Witton Albion
2010Leigh Genesis18(8)
2011Vauxhall Motors
2011-AFC Liverpool [1]13(8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Lawless (born 17 June 1982 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English footballer who currently plays for AFC Liverpool. He is a Striker.


A talented footballer as a schoolboy, Lawless won a place at Liverpool FC's academy, where he found himself under the tutelage of Steve Heighway, the club's Academy director and former winger. However, the club released Lawless at the age of 15.[1]

Senior career

He played for Burscough from August 2002 to July 2003. He had a key role in the club’s against-the-odds FA Trophy win in May 2003, helping to create both goals.[2]

In July 2003 he began an enduring association with Welsh football when he signed for Aberystwyth Town.[3]

After one season, he moved to TNS in August 2004.[4] It was an excellent season for the club, winning the Welsh Premier League and then, thanks to a Lawless goal, winning the Welsh Cup as well.[5]

In July 2005 Lawless played in a Champions League qualifier tie against his boyhood heroes, Liverpool FC.[6] Lawless is a lifelong Liverpool fan – he has the club's badge tattooed on his arm – and two months earlier he had travelled to Istanbul for the Champions League final where Liverpool won their fifth European Cup.[7]

TNS terminated his contract in December 2005 after he failed to appear for training for almost a month.[8] He moved to Vauxhall Motors where he played throughout 2006.[9][10]

He made his debut for Colwyn Bay in January 2007.[11] He stayed with the club for a year and a half, moving back to Liverpool to play for Marine in the summer of 2008.[12]

The FC United incident

On 20 December 2008 Marine played an away match against F.C. United of Manchester. It was seen by sections of fans of both teams as a non-league extension of Liverpool F.C. and Manchester United F.C. rivalry. FC United were formed by Manchester United fans disgruntled with the ownership regime, and Marine's patron is Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.

Reports allege taunts of 'murderers' from FC United fans,[13] referring to the Heysel disaster. Lawless and team-mate Shaun Tuck were alleged to have made aeroplane gestures to the crowd as a taunt about the Munich air disaster. The FA looked into the incident and, after viewing video of the whole match, issued the players with a written warning[14] but did not find evidence to warrant any disciplinary action.[15]

Lawless spoke out denying he had made such a gesture, saying it had been a palm extended vertically with all fingers pointing out meaning ‘five’ – a reference to Liverpool’s five European Cup wins.[15] Video footage of the incident shows the gesture to be ambiguous,[16] and Tuck's gesture after scoring a penalty - arm forwards, palm flat, fingers extended - is quite unlike an aeroplane. Lawless added that he had friends who play for FC United, and an FC United spokesperson said, "We have a brilliant relationship with Marine and what happened after the last fixture was over-played."[15]

Lawless' contract with Marine was terminated by agreement of both parties.[17]

2009 onwards

He returned briefly to Welsh football, signing for Caernarfon Town but only played one game and left after 13 days to join Witton Albion by the end of January 2009.[18] He left them in April 2009.[19]

In January 2010 he signed for North West Counties Football League side Formby.[20] Despite only playing for the second half of the season, he was the club's top scorer.[21] In July 2010, Formby manager Mark Maddox moved to Leigh Genesis, and took Lawless[22] and eight other players from the Formby squad with him.[23]

After a dire start to the season[24] that saw the club greet December at the bottom of the table with just 7 points from 17 games, Maddox left Leigh Genesis in December 2010.[25] Lawless was swiftly re-signed by Formby,[26] who were now managed by Gary Martindale, the other forward with whom he created the two goals at Burscough’s 2003 FA Trophy triumph. He only played in two games before Martindale and the entire first team resigned in January 2011.[27] Lawless, with his Leigh Genesis and Formby team mate Adam Farley, was swiftly signed by Burscough.[28]

Later in 2011, Martindale became Assistant Manager at Vauxhall Motors, and soon afterwards Lawless was signed by the club.[29]

In 2011 he joined the Liverpool FC supporter owned club AFC Liverpool.[30]


  1. starting 11 vs TNS. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  2. Burscough claim Trophy. BBC Sport (18 May 2003). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  3. LATEST SUMMER TRANSFERS (A-M). Non-League Daily (29 July 2003). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  4. TNS. The Citizens Choice. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  5. TNS Secure Welsh Cup. Wales Mad (9 May 2005). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  6. Live updates from Liverpool v TNS. BBC Sport (13 July 2005). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  7. Gerrard's total solution after the U-turn. The Independent (10 July 2005). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  8. Football: TNS give winger Lawless the boot;. High Beam Research. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  9. City 0 Vauxhall Motors 0. Worcester News (18 February 2006). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  10. 2006/2007 season Match no.22. Alfreton Town FC (2 December 2006). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  11. First Game Joy. Colwyn Bay FC (27 January 2007). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  12. Lawless Set To Leave. Colwyn Bay FC (1 July 2008). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  13. Munich taunts land player in trouble. Red (16 January 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  14. Football Association warns ’Munich row’ pair. Liverpool Echo (19 January 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 John Lawless: I didn’t mock the victims of Munich. Liverpool Echo (19 January 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  16. John Lawless - The Facts and The Bullshit. Youtube (1 July 2008). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  17. ‘Munich jibe’ row at Marine FC match. Liverpool Echo (16 January 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  18. John Lawless. Welsh Premiership Football League. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  19. Lawless walks out on Finley. Welsh Premier Football (24 April 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  20. Formby FC to sign John Lawless. Formby Times (6 January 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  21. Goodbye JP, Hello John and Adam. Official Formby Football Club Website (8 December 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  22. John Lawless leaves Formby FC for Leigh Genesis. Liverpool Echo (31 July 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  23. Evo-Stik Transfer News. Chorley FC (21 August 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  24. Maddox hits out at ‘joke’ record. The Bolton News (5 October 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  25. Leigh Genesis - Managerial Change. Leigh Genesis (3 December 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  26. Formby FC boss Gary Martindale disappointed to lose John Paul Kissock. Formby Times (8 December 2010). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  27. Caretaker Boss Appointed. Formby FC Official site (19 January 2011). Retrieved on 25 January 2011.
  28. Two Ex Squirrels Join Linnets. Non-League Daily (25 January 2011). Retrieved on 25 January 2011.
  29. UK Player Details: John Lawless. SoccerFacts. Retrieved on 22 January 2012.
  30. Luke's Champions League Experience Boosts Formby. (5 March 2012). Retrieved on 15 March 2012.

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