Gloucestershire apologizes to former bowler David ‘Syd’ Lawrence for historic racist abuse

Gloucestershire apologizes to former England fast bowler David ‘Syd’ Lawrence over historical racial abuse he suffered at the club

  • The 57-year-old spoke out about incidents of racial abuse he suffered as a player
  • David ‘Syd’ Lawrence took 477 wickets for Gloucestershire in 170 games
  • He won five Test caps for England before breaking his kneecap in 1992

Gloucestershire has apologized ‘unconditionally’ to former England fast bowler David ‘Syd’ Lawrence after telling Sky Sports’ documentary You Guys Are History about racial abuse he suffered during his time at the club.

The 57-year-old, who won five Test caps for England before breaking his kneecap at Wellington in 1992, played for Gloucestershire throughout the 1980s, before making a brief comeback in the late 1990s.

He told the documentary: ‘I remember my first away game for Gloucestershire. Someone knocks on my door at night and one of my teammates leaves a banana peel there.

Ex-England fast bowler David 'Syd' Lawrence has been apologized to Gloucestershire after speaking out about incidents of racial abuse he suffered as a player

Ex-England fast bowler David ‘Syd’ Lawrence has been apologized to Gloucestershire after speaking out about incidents of racial abuse he suffered as a player

“Then I have to play with that person for the next 13 or 14 years. When that happened to me, I said, ‘I’m going to be harder and harder than ever. No one will ever push me over.”’

Lawrence, who took 477 first-class wickets for the county in 170 games, was approached by club officials after the documentary aired, telling them of another incident when he was racially abused by the mob during an away game, a claim never investigated by Gloucestershire.

A club statement said: “The behavior and attitude that David experienced was just as unacceptable then as it is now. The club wants to offer David an unconditional apology for all the pain he has experienced. The club would also like to apologize to players or staff who have experienced similar prejudice at Gloucestershire.”

Lawrence, pictured here in 1985, took 477 first-class wickets for the county in 170 matches

Lawrence, pictured here in 1985, took 477 first-class wickets for the county in 170 matches

Lawrence, pictured here in 1985, took 477 first-class wickets for the county in 170 matches

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