Lawerence Gemson
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Lawerence Gemson
  • First Appointed: April 12th, 1915

Managerial History

Apr 12th, 1915 to Apr 20th, 1918

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Apr 17th, 1915 2 - 1 vs. Airdrieonians 1878, League (1st Division)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 13th, 1918 2 - 1 vs. Queen's Park, Ayr Charity Cup

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Biggest Win(s)
Mar 25th, 1916 6 - 0 vs. Third Lanark 1872, League (1st Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Dec 9th, 1916 0 - 5 vs. Celtic, League (1st Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
115 42 24 49 166 172
(36.5%) (20.9%) (42.6%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
57 23 14 20 88 75
(40.4%) (24.6%) (35.1%)


Lawrence Gemson was a born in Preston, Lancashire in 1873 and it isnt difficult to work out that ‘The Invincibles’ of Preston North End winning the inaugeral Football League championship in 1888/89 which they retained the following season and the first ever League and Cup double winners may have been his major influence.
He moved to Glasgow in 1891 and after training became a teacher at St Mary’s Catholic School in Glasgow where he got to know Tom and Willie Maley, Celtic legends. He moved to Ayr and became headmaster of Ayr's St.Margaret's School from 1899 until retirement in 1933.

He went onto the Ayr United Board in 1911 and wiith Herbert Dainty’s departure in 1915 he took up the position of Secretary-manager although he had not previously played nor coached at senior level prior to this. Although his duties were largely secretarial, he guided Ayr United to what remains the club's best ever league season, 1915-16 with a fourth-placed finish in the top flight. This was achieved by utilising his good connections with Celtic and the Maleys.

He resigned from Ayr United due to ill health prompted by work pressure but he rejoined the board in 1922.

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