Laurence Angwin

Laurence Angwin (born 7 October 1982) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is infamous for being sacked by Carlton after turning up to training having used recreational drugs.[1]

Laurence Angwin
Personal information
Full name Laurence Angwin
Date of birth (1982-10-07) 7 October 1982
Original team(s) Dandenong Stingrays
Draft 7th overall, 2000 AFL Draft
17th overall, 2003 Rookie Draft
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2004 Carlton 4 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
Sources: AFL Tables,

The grandson of former Hawthorn player Andy Angwin,[2] Angwin was drafted by the Adelaide Football Club at pick 7 in the first round of the 2000 AFL Draft. Angwin lasted only one season with Adelaide without playing a game at senior level. Battling injuries and emotional issues, he was delisted in 2001 and returned to Melbourne.[2]

After playing for the Box Hill Hawks in 2002,[3] Angwin was drafted by Carlton at pick 17 in the 2003 Rookie draft[4] and he made his AFL debut in round 14, 2003. By the end of the 2003 season, Angwin was considered to be a future star at Carlton.[5] However, continuing off-field problems, including charges being laid against him from stealing from teammate Karl Norman, meant he remained a controversial player.[1]

Early in the 2004 season, after Carlton's round 2 win against Geelong, it was claimed that Angwin and Norman arrived at a Carlton training session under the influence of ecstasy.[1] While Norman admitted to taking the drug, Angwin denied it but a subsequent drug test proved positive and Angwin was sacked by Carlton.[6]

Angwin signed with the Wyndhamvale Football Club in the Western Region Football League's division two for the 2009 season. As of 2013, it was reported that Angwin was playing for Ouyen United, along with former AFL players Damian Cupido, Relton Roberts and Kane Munro, in the Mallee Football League.[7]


  1. Carbonell, R. "AFL allegations of recreational drug use", The World Today, 7 April 2004, Accessed 28 January 2010
  2. Ahmed, N. "Angwin's dream chance", The Age, 15 December 2002, p. 57
  3. Murphy, Padraic (16 August 2003). "Angwin faces new burglary charge". The Age.
  4. "2002 AFL Rookie Draft". Footywire. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  5. Blueseum, "Laurence Angwin", Accessed 28 January 2010
  6. Wilson, J. "Agony of the ecstacy", Fox Sports, Accessed 29 January 2010
  7. McArdle, Jordan (10 April 2013). "Former AFL players perform for Mallee". The Wimmera Mail-Times.
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