Lawrie MCMENEMY (1936-)

Lawrie McMenemy
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Lawrie McMenemy, football coach, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at a riverside restaurant in Southampton on the occasion of his 20th wedding anniversary.


Lawrie started his footballing career with Newcastle United before moving to Gateshead in the late 1950s. An injury ended his career in 1961, but he moved into coaching instead, spending three years coaching at the club. He later managed non-league Bishop Auckland taking them to the third round of the FA Cup; then spent two years at Sheffield Wednesday, before he got his big break as manager of Doncaster Rovers, winning the Fourth Division Championship in 1968–69.


After a short spell as manager of Grimsby Town, he become assistant manager at Southampton, and was promoted to manager within 6 months. In 1976 he guided the Saints to an FA Cup Final victory over Manchester United, and two years later the club won promotion to the First Division.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 550
  • Subject No: 546
  • Broadcast date: Wed 29 Oct 1980
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 22 Oct 1980
  • Venue: Southern Television, Southampton
  • Series: 21
  • Edition: 3
  • Code name: Matt

on the guest list...

  • Anne - wife
  • Southampton FC team
  • Ted Bates
  • John Mortimore
  • Lew Chatterley
  • Kevin Keegan
  • Jean Keegan
  • Cathleen - sister
  • Norah - sister
  • Peter - brother
  • Michael - brother
  • Paul - brother
  • Harry - brother
  • Frank – uncle
  • Sean - son
  • Chris – son
  • Alison - daughter
  • Members of Malestrom
  • Jimmy Tarbuck
  • Pauline Tarbuck
  • Billy Currar
  • Arthur Soper
  • Eric Coutts
  • Bobby Stokes
  • Don Revie
  • Mary Smith
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Jimmy Hill
  • Alan Ball

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production team...

  • Researcher: Brian Klein
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Stuart Hall, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 21 subjects: Joe Loss > Julie Goodyear > Lawrie McMenemy > Peter Bowles > Mike Yarwood > John Schlesinger > Andrew Lloyd Webber > Janet Brown > Rodney Bewes > Russell Harty > Joan Wells > Billy Connolly > Bill Owen > Jeffery Archer > Brian Jacks > Melvin Hayes > Fred Housego > Alex Higgins > Tim Brooke-Taylor > Bernard Cribbins > Gemma Craven > Jim Watt > John Thaw > Jonjo O'Neill > Judith Chalmers > Margaret Price