18 September 2006

Lawrie Cumming

Name: Lawrence Stanley Slater Cumming
Born: 10 April 1905, Londonderry
Died: 1980
Height: 5.11 ft
Weight: 12.04 st
Position: Inside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1929).

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
St George’s Church
-
-
-
-
-
-
Dunoon United
-
-
-
-
-
-
Alloa Athletic
-
Aug-26
-
-
-
-
Huddersfield Town
27/28-29/30
Mar-28
-
19/ 6
2/2
-
Oldham Athletic
29/30
Oct-29
£900
25/11
1/0
-
Southampton
30/31
Jun-30
£500
20/ 4
1/0
-
Alloa Athletic
31/32-32/33
c/s-31
-
-
-
-
Queen of the South
33/34-36/37
Aug-33
-
96/47
-
-
St Mirren
37/38
-
-
-
-
-
Hamilton Academical
38/39
Jul-38
-
4/ 1
-
-
TOTALS
£-
164/69
4/2
-


Biography:
Lawrie Cumming was an experienced inside-forward who earned his first two Ireland caps while with Huddersfield and his final cap whilst a Oldham player. All of his international appearances were at inside-left, though at club level he was capable of switching between the number eight and ten shirts.

Oldham signed Cumming in October 1929 fo a reported £900 fee. His form at Boundary Park was described as "quite outstanding". His "neat and clever footwork" and knack of scoring "spectacular goals, often from long range" helped push the Latics towards promotion from Division Two. Sadly he was sidelined by injury towards the season's end and Oldham faded, eventually finishing third.

Transferred to Southampton for £500 in June 1930, Cumming's Saints debut saw a 5-0 defeat by Preston on the opening day of the season. Though this was followed by a spell of four goals in nine games, including a brace in an away win over Plymouth. As winter set in and the pitches grew heavier his form dried up, and he never once found the net again in the Football League. Placed on the transfer at his own request, Cumming returned to Scotland with Alloa in 1931.

Signed by Queen of the South in September 1933, Cumming played a big part in their first season in the Scottish top-flight, scoring 24 times as the club finished in an impressive fourth place. In 1936, when Queens embarked on their first foreign tour, he scored nine times in eleven matches against opponents in France, Luxembourg and Algeria.

After leaving football, Cumming worked in advertising with a Scottish newspaper and as a journalist he was a founder member of the Scottish Football Writers' Association in 1965.

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Ireland Cap Details:
02-02-1929 Wales... A D 2-2 BC
23-02-1929 Scotland H L 3-7 BC
19-10-1929 England. A L 0-3 BC

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 2.

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