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Laurie Cunningham

Full name: Laurence Paul Cunningham
Birthdate: 08.03.1956
Birthplace: Archway, London
Position: Left-winger
Joined from: Olympique Marseille
Signed by: Gordon Milne
Nationality: England
First game: Manchester United, 23.11.1985
Last game: Newcastle United, 03.05.1986
Games: 15 (13 starts + 2 subs)
Goals: 0
Player Profile

Cunningham's career was one that saw him excel for Spanish giants Real Madrid, have a loan spell at Manchester United, become one of the first black players to get national recognition for England, play for City on-loan and tragically die too soon in a car crash - just weeks after helping Rayo Vallecano to promotion to the top-flight of Spanish football.

A long-born wing wizard, Cunningham had pace, skill and power in abundance when he made his impact as a teenager at Leyton Orient, the club he started his career with. It led to West Brom splashing out for his services and his impact there was instant - he was instrumental in the Baggies' crushing 5-0 victory over Leicester at Filbert Street in 1977 which effectively prompted Jimmy Bloomfield's resignation.

His successful step-up with West Brom caught the eye of Madrid, and Cunningham was soon on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu. It was far from a daunting experience and Cunningham took to the experience like the proverbial duck to water. He helped Los Blancos to the Spanish double and European Cup semi-final and final appearances all within his first two years at the club.

Numerous injuries started to take their toll on his abilities, although that didn't stop Manchester United making a loan move for the winger in 1983. Moves to Sporting Gijon and Marseille followed before Cunningham's loan stint at Filbert Street. His best form was seemingly behind him but that didn't stop him impressing in the blue shirt. He was a key cog in helping the Foxes avoid relegation from the top flight in 1986. All this despite losing some of his pace, but maintaining his skills and forward-thinking football brain.

He went on to have two spells back in Madrid, this time with Rayo Vallecano, but after helping them promotion to the Spanish League's top-flight in his second stint he was involved in a car crash just weeks later that took his life.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1985-86Division One (old)15---------15-
Total15---------15 -


1 23.11.1985 3 - 0 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
2 30.11.1985 1 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
3 07.12.1985 1 - 1 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
4 14.12.1985 2 - 1 Everton (A) Division One (old)
5 26.12.1985 3 - 1 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
6 08.03.1986 2 - 1 Coventry City (H) Division One (old)
7 12.03.1986 4 - 2 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
8 15.03.1986 2 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
9 22.03.1986 3 - 4 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
10 29.03.1986 0 - 0 Luton Town (H) Division One (old)
11 31.03.1986 0 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
12 14.04.1986 1 - 4 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division One (old)
13 26.04.1986 0 - 4 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
14 30.04.1986 0 - 2 Liverpool (H) Division One (old)
15 03.05.1986 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)


Club Fee Date
IN  Olympique Marseille On loan 22.11.1985
Player 216 of 1145 ordered a-z

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