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Brian Laws: Wembley glory, Hillsborough horror

Born: Wallsend, October 1961

Age: 50


Burnley (1979-83), Huddersfield Town (83-85), Middlesbrough (85-88), Nottingham Forest (88-94), Grimsby Town (94-96), Darlington (96-97), Scunthorpe United (97-98).

Laws (right) helped Middlesbrough win promotion from the old Third Division to the First Division before being sold to Forest for £120,000 in 1988.

He was first-choice right-back under Brian Clough at Forest and helped them win the League Cup in 1989 and again in 1990. He played in the ill-fated 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Hillsborough. In the rescheduled fixture, Laws scored an own goal. Already distraught, he had his hair ruffled antagonistically by John Aldridge as the Liverpool striker celebrated the goal.

Forest were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1992-93 season and Laws left on a free transfer to become player-manager at Grimsby Town in 1994.


League Cup with Nottingham Forest (1988-89, 1989-90)

Clubs as manager

Grimsby Town (1994-96), Scunthorpe United (1997-2004, 2004-06), Sheffield Wednesday (06-09), Burnley (2010), Shamrock Rovers (2012-).

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