Barry K. Lawrence (born 13 February 1946) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and for Longford in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA).
|Date of birth||13 February 1946|
|Original team(s)||Longford (NTFA)|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb)|
|1969–1976||St Kilda||126 (80)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Barry played as a forward for Longford in Tasmania and signed to play with Hawthorn in 1967 but he decided to stay in Tasmania for two more years. He had development a big reputation a footballer. He decided to join St Kilda, replacing champion Darrel Baldock who had decided to return to Tasmania. The Saints supporters thought he was a ready made replacement for the "Doc" but Barry found the VFL a tough competition to adjust to. His early games as a forward were a struggle for him to adjust to the tempo, and resulted in a lost of confidence, the coach decided to play him out of the back pocket. Here his form returned and he started to play good consistent football.
He played a great game on Peter Hudson in the 1971 Grand Final after Bob Murray was injured and he is famously remembered for touching the ball as Hudson was kicking to break the VFL goalkicking record.
Later he returned to the forward line, using his skills of judgement and strength to good effect.