Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson to speak at Suffolk FA Awards Night

Mark Lawrenson is guest speaker at the Suffolk FA Awards Night next week

Mark Lawrenson is guest speaker at the Suffolk FA Awards Night next week - Credit: Archant

BBC Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has stepped in to be the guest speaker at the Suffolk FA Awards Night.

The ex-Liverpool and Republic of Ireland centre half is to replace former Ipswich Town midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who has had to withdraw.

The Awards Night, which is being sponsored by McDonalds, Ransomes Jacobsen and The KBB Centre, is taking place at Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich on the evening of Friday, June 23rd.

Lawrenson, who played 241 times for Liverpool between 1981 and 1988 and made 39 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, said: “I am looking forward to attending the Suffolk FA Awards Night.

“When I played for Liverpool we had some great games against Ipswich Town, and I am relishing sharing memories of these with the audience and other tales from my time as a player, manager and pundit.”

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Bullard said: “I am so sorry to have to withdraw from the event as I have to go away for a TV show as part of an ongoing commitment. “I am aware I have some good friends and great fans in that part of the world, so I am so sorry my other obligations have had to take priority on this occasion. I hope you have a great night.”

Suffolk FA Director Roger Peck, who is one of the organisers of the event, said: “While obviously disappointed that Jimmy Bullard has had to withdraw, we are delighted that Mark Lawrenson is able to join us.

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“Not only did he have a highly successful playing career but is one of the best-known football pundits on our television screens, and is a renowned after-dinner speaker.”

The Awards Night includes a two-course meal and various awards plus Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs, the two local footballers seriously injured in a car accident in Newmarket last July, will be attending and any profits from the evening will be presented to them.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can do so by contacting Suffolk FA on 01449 616606 by no later than Friday, June 16th.

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