Position : Management
Chris' retirement from playing at the end of the 2017-18 season prompted his addition to the senior coaching staff at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.
He had signed off his on-field career in style with the closing goal in the 5-0 home victory over Squires Gate which secured long-awaited title success for the Linnets.
In all, Chris made 143 appearances in Linnets colours (11 of these in 2017-18) with seven goals.
Chris enjoyed three on-field spells with Runcorn Linnets. His second had ended with a move to Northwich Vics in early September 2017 but he returned the following month, his final debut coming in the Buildbase FA Vase draw at Team Northumbria on October 21st.
A very experienced centre half, Chris' first stint at the Millbank Linnets Stadium saw him named 2011-12 Player of the Season in the annual Supporters Club poll.
In April of that season, he had made himself a hero of the Yellow and Green faithful with a headed winner in the Easter Monday victory over Runcorn Town who he subsequently joined.
Lawty's goal at The Millbank in March 2016 saw him become the first player to score for both clubs in the Runcorn derby, although this time in a losing cause as Linnets again claimed the 2-1 win.
Chris had originally joined Runcorn Linnets in November 2010, having been with Trafford FC, and was half of a formidable central defensive partnership with Rob Bodie. He left soon after Joey Dunn's arrival as Linnets manager to join fellow former Millbank favourite Rob Whyte at Runcorn Town.
His two spells at Pavilions were separated by a stint at Atherton Collieries while he also served Barnton as assistant manager. Chris appeared 41 times for Runcorn Town in 2015-16, scoring six goals and claiming three man-of-the-match awards.
Although initially expected to accompany former Town manager Simon Burton to new club City of Liverpool, Chris was at Prescot Cables in pre-season before getting the 'come back' call from new Linnets boss Michael Ellison, a former team-mate at the MLS.
He returned to the Linnets fold after a three-and-a-half year absence on the eve of the 2016-17 season to play in the campaign-opening FA Cup tie at Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
Already one of the few players to have played for both clubs in the Linnets/Town derby, Lawty's involvement in the fixture took a new turn on Boxing Day 2016 when he ended up in goal after Tom Hunt had been red carded for handling outside his area. The stand-in 'keeper defied Town with a confident performance before finally conceding late on in a memorable 1-1 draw.
Runcorn Linnets would like to thank Howard Grave who has kindly sponsored Chris Lawton.
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