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Chelsea FC Profile: Lawrence Abram

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Full Name: Robert Lawrence Abram

Nickname(s): Lol

Born: Tuesday, 14th May 1889
Place of birth: Marshside, Southport, Lancashire, England
Height: 5' 9 1/2"
Died: Sunday, 20th March 1966 (aged 76)
Place of death: Southport, Lancashire, England
Burial: Cremated - Southport Crematorium, PR8 5JQ

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1914 to 1920

Robert Lawrence ‘Lol’ Abram (Referred to as Laurence Robert Abrams during his Chelsea tenure) was born in Marshside, Southport, Lancashire in May 1889 and was educated at Churchtown School with whom he won the Unwin Challenge Shield in 1903 as the Champions of Southport Schools.

He was one of the youngest players ever to turn out in the F.A. Cup when he led Southport Central's attack at Watford in the 4th Qualifying Round on 11 November 1905 aged just 16 years 181 days. He was signed as a professional when only 16 and was considered one of the finest players ever produced by Southport.

He became better known for his work as a left-half having moved to that position whilst at Stockport County.

Abram was one of many players whose career was sadly greatly abridged by World War I. He established himself in the Chelsea first team, shortly after he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Heart of Midlothian (registered with Chelsea on 2nd June 1914) and predominantly played in the Left Half position. He was unlucky to miss an F.A. Cup final appearance for Chelsea in 1915 owing to a twisted knee sustained in the previous round against Everton, after playing in all but 7 of the season's league matches and 5 FA cup ties.

He also played in a `Military International' at Anfield, scoring one of England's goals in a 4-3 win over Scotland.

After returning from the war, during which he guested for three of his former teams, Southport Central, Stockport County and Hearts, he re-registered with Chelsea on 19th May 1919 and went on to play a number of games at outside left in the 1919/20 season, but was unable to hold his place.

He moved on to Cardiff City at the end of the 1919/20 season.

He returned to Haig Avenue in the early days of the Third Division when he captained Southport.

Lol worked as a painter and decorator in Southport for many years after retirement from football. He died in 1966 and was cremated at Southport Crematorium, PR8 5JQ. He is commemorated in the Book of Remembrance, there is no known memorial.

Playing Career:

Southport Central
Colne Town
Stockport County
Heart Of Midlothian
Chelsea (Jun 1914 to Jul 1920) - cost: £1,000
Cardiff City

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 5th September 1914, Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 25 years 3 months 22 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 28th February 1920, Chelsea 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1914 / 15 31500036
1919 / 20 13000013


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1914 / 15 500005
1919 / 20 200002

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Lawrence Abram made 49 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League5th Sep 1914Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea26,000 match drawn
League9th Sep 1914Bradford City22Chelsea14,000 match drawn
League12th Sep 1914Chelsea03Newcastle United14,000 match lost
League19th Sep 1914Middlesbrough30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League26th Sep 1914Chelsea11Sheffield United25,000 match drawn
League3rd Oct 1914Aston Villa21Chelsea20,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League17th Oct 1914Bradford Park Avenue30Chelsea20,000 match lost
League24th Oct 1914Chelsea22Oldham Athletic20,000 match drawn scored 2 goals
League31st Oct 1914Manchester United22Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League7th Nov 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers24,000 match won
League14th Nov 1914Blackburn Rovers32Chelsea21,000 match lost
League21st Nov 1914Chelsea41Notts County16,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League28th Nov 1914Sunderland21Chelsea6,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League5th Dec 1914Chelsea00The Wednesday15,000 match drawn
League12th Dec 1914West Bromwich Albion20Chelsea6,421 match lost
League19th Dec 1914Chelsea20Everton18,000 match won
League25th Dec 1914Chelsea00Manchester City20,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1914Manchester City21Chelsea26,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1914Chelsea14Burnley20,000 match lost
League2nd Jan 1915Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur30,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1915Swindon Town11Chelsea28,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup16th Jan 1915Chelsea52Swindon Town18,610 match won
League23rd Jan 1915Chelsea22Middlesbrough7,500 match drawn
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1915Chelsea10Arsenal40,372 match won
League6th Feb 1915Chelsea31Aston Villa15,000 match won
League13th Feb 1915Liverpool33Chelsea14,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup20th Feb 1915Manchester City01Chelsea39,000 match won
League27th Feb 1915Oldham Athletic00Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League1st Mar 1915Chelsea01Bradford Park Avenue19,000 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Mar 1915Chelsea11Newcastle United58,760 match drawn
League20th Mar 1915Chelsea13Blackburn Rovers22,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1915Burnley20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League14th Apr 1915Bolton Wanderers31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League17th Apr 1915Chelsea41West Bromwich Albion25,000 match won
League26th Apr 1915Everton22Chelsea30,000 match drawn
League28th Apr 1915Notts County20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League30th Aug 1919Everton23Chelsea35,000 match won
League1st Sep 1919Chelsea20Sunderland50,000 match won
League6th Sep 1919Chelsea01Everton60,000 match lost
League10th Sep 1919Sunderland32Chelsea35,000 match lost
League13th Sep 1919Chelsea00Newcastle United12,000 match drawn
League20th Sep 1919Newcastle United30Chelsea40,000 match lost
League4th Oct 1919Burnley23Chelsea25,000 match won scored 2 goals
League11th Oct 1919Chelsea10Liverpool35,000 match won
League18th Oct 1919Liverpool01Chelsea25,000 match won
League25th Oct 1919Bradford Park Avenue10Chelsea18,000 match lost
League1st Nov 1919Chelsea40Bradford Park Avenue36,000 match won
League8th Nov 1919Preston North End31Chelsea20,000 match lost
League28th Feb 1920Chelsea21Blackburn Rovers52,000 match won

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1914 / 15 5

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Lawrence Abram made 5 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly15th Aug 1914Chelsea10Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly17th Aug 1914Chelsea31Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly27th Aug 1914Chelsea22Fulham6,500 match drawn
London Prof. Charity Fund14th Sep 1914Chelsea02Millwall Athletic3,000 match lost
London Challenge Cup21st Sep 1914Queens Park Rangers10Chelsea1,000 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1919 / 20 8

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Lawrence Abram made 8 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly17th Nov 1919Chelsea33Oxford Universityunknown match drawn
Friendly3rd Dec 1919Cambridge University42Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League6th Dec 1919Chelsea20Arsenalunknown match won
Reserve League25th Dec 1919Chelsea30West Ham Unitedunknown match won
Reserve League3rd Jan 1920Chelsea05Arsenalunknown match lost
Reserve League19th Jan 1920Tottenham Hotspur30Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League7th Feb 1920Chelsea01Millwallunknown match lost
Reserve League25th Mar 1920Chelsea11Brentfordunknown match drawn

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Chelsea FC Player Lawrence Abram

Games Won: 15
Win Percentage: 30.61%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 49 appearances, Lawrence Abram played alongside the following 29 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Wally Bettridge (34)
Billy Bridgeman (1)
Harold Brittan (15)
John Brown (1)
Johnny Browning (3)
Jack Cock (3)
Jimmy Croal (38)
George Dale (12)
Bill Dickie (10)
Harry Ford (39)
Charlie Freeman (15)
Harold Halse (37)
Colin Hampton (7)
Jack Harrow (35)
Tommy Logan (31)
Alexander MacFarlane (1)
Owen Marshall (13)
Bobby McNeil (38)
Nils Middelboe (7)
James Molyneux (42)
Buchanan Sharp (1)
Jimmy Sharp (15)
Frederick Taylor (29)
Bob Thomson (29)
Edward Tye (1)
Andy Walker (13)
Bob Whittingham (6)
Harry Wilding (12)
Vivian Woodward (2)