|Full name Laurence William Batty|
1979–1982 S.C. Farense
|Playing position |
Name Laurence Batty
|Date of birth (1964-02-15) 15 February 1964 (age 51)|
Current team Blackburn Rovers F.C.
Place of birth Westminster, England
Woking keeper laurence batty sings the blues
Laurence William Batty (born 15 February 1964), sometimes known as George Batty, is an English retired football goalkeeper who played in the Football League for Fulham. He is best remembered for his nine years in the higher echelons of Non-League football with Woking, making over 420 appearances for the club and winning England Semi-Pro recognition at international level. Later in his career, Batty player-managed Walton & Hersham and became a goalkeeping coach, most recently with Blackburn Rovers.
- Woking keeper laurence batty sings the blues
- SC Farense
- Maidenhead United
- Crystal Palace loan
- Brentford loan and permanent signing
- Chesham United loan
- St Albans City
- Return to Maidenhead United
- Walton Hersham
- International career
- Walton and Hersham
- Coaching career
- Personal life
- As a player
- As an individual
A goalkeeper, Batty began his career in Portugal in the youth system at S.C. Farense. He progressed to the first team squad for the 1982–83 Segunda Divisão season, but he failed to make an appearance and departed the club at the end of the campaign.
Batty returned to England to sign for Isthmian League Division One side Maidenhead United in 1983. He left the club at the end of the 1982–83 season.
Batty moved up to the Football League to sign for Division Two side Fulham in August 1984. He managed just 9 appearances in a seven-year spell, departing Craven Cottage in April 1991.
Crystal Palace (loan)
Batty joined Division Two side Crystal Palace on loan during the 1987–88 season, but failed to make an appearance.
Brentford (loan and permanent signing)
Batty dropped down to Division Three to sign for Brentford on loan in February 1991, with Tony Parks going the other way on loan. Two months later, he signed a contract until the end of the season. He failed to receive a call into the first team squad and instead played for the reserves, making five appearances before departing at the end of the 1990–91 season.
Batty returned to Non-League football to sign for Isthmian League Division One side Woking in the summer of 1991. He was an ever-present in the league in his first season and collected the first silverware of his career with the Division One title, which the Cards won at a canter. Rarely for a goalkeeper, Batty also scored four goals during the season, three penalties and one from open play in a match versus Wivenhoe Town. His performances also won him the club's Player of the Year award. Playing in the Conference for the 1992–93 season, Batty made 39 appearances as the Cards consolidated their position with an eighth-place finish. He continued to be a first team regular over the following three seasons, in which Woking challenged for promotion to the Football League with a third-place and two runners-up finishes in the Conference. Despite frustration in the league, Batty won four cups during those three seasons, collecting two FA Trophies and two Surrey Senior Cups.
Batty made 32 appearances during the 1996–97 season, an eventful campaign in which he missed six weeks with a fractured hand, won his third FA Trophy and helped the Cards take Premiership side Coventry City to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup. After his third FA Trophy win, he said "the first one is the most special but I was delighted to keep a clean sheet for the first time at Wembley". Batty also netted another goal during the season. As a recognition of Batty's continued service, he was awarded a testimonial versus former club Fulham in August 1999. Batty continued to play on until the end of the 1999–00 season, having seen his appearance-count diminish over the previous two seasons with the emergence of young understudy Darryl Flahavan. In the summer of 2000, Batty stalled over signing a new one-year contract and was then released by manager Colin Lippiatt in a summer clearout. Batty made 422 appearances and scored five goals during his nine years with Woking.
Chesham United (loan)
Batty joined high-flying Isthmian League Premier Division side Chesham United on loan in March 2000.
St Albans City
Batty signed at two-year deal at Isthmian League Premier Division side St Albans City in July 2000. He made 12 appearances for the club during the early part of the 2000–01 season, his final outing coming in a 0–0 FA Cup second qualifying round draw with Baldock Town on 30 September. Batty was transfer-listed the following month.
Return to Maidenhead United
Batty returned to Maidenhead United for a spell during the 2000–01 season.
Batty joined Isthmian League Division Two club Molesey towards the end of the 2000–01 season. He was transfer-listed in February 2002.
Walton & Hersham
Batty signed for Isthmian League Division One side Walton & Hersham in March 2002. He departed the club in December 2003 and retired from playing.
Batty's good form while with Woking saw him win caps for England Semi-Pro at international level.
While with Molesey, Batty combined his playing duties with that of the assistant manager's role.
Walton and Hersham
After the sacking of Matt Alexander in December 2002, Batty was named as caretaker manager. He accepted the manager's job on a full-time basis in January 2003, before being sacked in December that year.
Batty has held goalkeeper coaching roles at Woking, Fulham (first team, academy and ladies), Chelsea (youth team and academy) and Brentford. He has a link with manager Paul Lambert, having served as first team goalkeeping coach under Lambert at Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City and most recently Blackburn Rovers. He holds FA Level 3 and UEFA B coaching badges. He co-founded BedHead FC and the Guy Mascolo Football Charity.
Batty is the son of songwriter Steve Wolfe. He moved with his parents to Portugal as a teenager. Batty had a role in the 1992 BBC Screen One episode Born Kicking, playing the part of the goalkeeper.
As a player