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Lawrie McMenemy


Lawrie McMenemy MBE is a former England Assistant Manager, who also had spells in charge of Grimsby, Sunderland and the Northern Ireland national team. Lawrie is perhaps best known for his FA-cup winning Southampton team of 1976 when the South Coast side beat Manchester United 1-0 in the final at Wembley. His experience as a coach at the lowest levels of football – he managed Bishop Auckland in the 60s – means he is in a fantastic position to appreciate the importance of high quality facilities at grassroots level.

Lawrie is a Football Foundation Ambassador. Our Ambassadors support the Foundation's commitment to building better community sports facilities across the county, which support the health of the nation – its people, communities and economy.

A healthy grassroots game is fundamental to a successful national game, and I really do mean that. I’ve managed some of the best players this country has ever produced and they all started out at the grassroots.
Lawrie McMenemy MBE

In the news

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  • Saints legend McMenemy MBE unveils £532,000 changing room pavilion Saints legend McMenemy unveils £532,000 changing room pavilionLawrie McMenemy MBE, Southampton FC's 1976 FA Cup-winning Manager, officially opened South Wonston Parish Council's state-of-the-art £532,000 changing room pavilion recently (Sunday 18 September 2016). The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund contributed £100,000 to the project, with further funding received from South Wonston Parish Council, Hampshire County Council, the Armed Forces Community Covenant and the M&S Community Energy Fund. 19/09/2016
  • D3A 8371 New Football Foundation Ambassador Lawrie McMenemy helps celebrate 15 years of grassroots investmentYesterday, Lawrie McMenemy MBE, former FA Cup-winning Southampton FC Manager and Graham Taylor's Assistant Manager for England, was at The Henry Beaufort School's 3G pitch, which was delivered by the Football Foundation, to watch pupils take part in a football training session. His visit was the first in his new role as a Football Foundation Ambassador and forms part of the Foundation's 15-year Anniversary celebrations. 19/05/2015