Q&A with Former Hull City and Notts County Striker Lawrie Dudfield
V2 Football had the pleasure to talk to Former Hull City and Notts County Striker Lawrie Dudfield
You played for a number of clubs, never really settled at one. You played must of games for Notts County, what do you remember about your time at the club?
Obviously, a very traditional club as it’s the oldest club in the world. Very enjoyable time, however, from a football side of things it wasn’t a great time for the club. We were fighting relegation, especially in my second season there. I have many good memories and had a fantastic time at the club.
Wasn’t that just before Sven-Göran Eriksson got involved in the club?
Yes, it was about a year before actually. The club brought in a lot of big names signing after that and the club went from depths of League Two to having Eriksson and Sol Campbell playing centre half so it was a bit of a change.
You moved from Notts County to Cork City, how different was it playing in Ireland compared to the Football League?
Not being disrespectful but I expected it to be easier as I didn’t know what the standard would be like compared to playing full time in England.
I was amazed by the players there who have gone on to make a career in the Premier League and the Championship such as Keith Fahey from St Pats, Dave Mooney who played for Reading and Leyton Orient, David Meyler who I played with at Cork when he was a young lad before he went to Sunderland plus Seamus Coleman and James McClean as well.
All these players have gone on to have amazing careers and there is a conveyor belt of talents out there which is fantastic.
What about the style of play in Ireland, was it a difficult transition?
No, I didn’t actually. The standard was very high.
Probably the most difficult thing I found was, I was going from pre-season in England to the middle of the season in Ireland so I was fighting to catch up with my fitness straight away.
You spent a bit of time at Hull City as well in the early 2000’s, Scoring goals for them during your 2 years there. What are memories of playing for Hull City?
All fantastic really. I went there as a summer signing from Leicester, my first kind of venture into first team football. I arrived at a club that six month previous had be locked out their own ground. I was really impressed with Adam Pearson and Brian Little, met some fantastic people, proper football people as well.
Big transition at the club, I started there under Brian Little playing at Boothferry Park and I finished there under Peter Taylor at the KC Stadium. We changed managers and grounds midseason.
It was a great time and I think that was the platform for the club to move up the leagues. Once they got that ground, there was no looking back.
You had a brief spell as manager of non-league side Quorn FC. Is Management something you want to get into?
Yes and No. I think what Quorn taught me is that I really enjoy it. However, no disrespect for the level but when you get there, you need the club.
The chairman was brilliant, however, we started getting into conversions about playing his grandson and when things like that start happening, it kind of takes away the realism of it all.
Ultimately I was sacked, I apply for the Kettering job because that was where I started my career in 2013. If the right club comes up, I’ll look into it but I’m not the type of person that will just apply for any job.
(Interviewed conducted by Paul Hampton and Chris Lappin)