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A cursory internet search for Lawrence Vigouroux returns mostly articles about an incident in 2015 during his initial loan spell at Town, where he paid a £50 internal fine in penny pieces. Manager Mark Cooper failed to see the funny side and sent him back to Liverpool until he apologised. One wonders whether Vigouroux would have survived trying the same with Paolo Di Canio or Lou Macari, but in truth it was something of nothing and shouldn’t overshadow his later contribution to Town.
Born in Camden to a Jamaican mother and Chilean father, Vigouroux was brought to Town with the hefty task of replacing Wes Foderingham- and he made a solid attempt at filling his enormous shoes. Aside from his brief fine related exile, Vigouroux was Town’s first choice goalkeeper throughout the season until picking up a season-ending injury in March, and did enough to convince Town to push to sign him on a permanent basis multiple times before finally getting their man in the summer of 2016/17 for a fee suggested to be as much as £400,000 - which, if true, would be a huge sum by contemporary Town standards.
The 2016/17 season was a poor one for Town, seeing the side relegated to League Two. As is traditional for a bad season, Town’s goalkeeper won the Player of the Year award, but Vigouroux probably deserved it for some excellent performances across 43 of Town’s 46 league games. He did develop an unfortunate habit of getting wound up against Oxford though, and was sent off home and away against Town’s rivals - although his second red card was rescinded for a case of mistaken identity. In total, he kept 12 clean sheets during the season and was one of Town’s best performers - albeit in a shallow field.
After Town’s relegation, Vigouroux was expected to leave the club but - perhaps due to a lack of options - stayed and started Town’s League Two campaign as the number one keeper. After a decent start to the season, he was involved in a confrontation with match officials after Town’s defeat at Coventry, which led to the FA giving him a four match ban. A combination of his suspension and growing issues between Vigouroux and manager David Flicroft meant that he wouldn’t play again for Town that season after Boxing Day, with the player stunningly loaned to chairman Lee Power’s Waterford in the League of Ireland, whilst Town played Reice Charles-Cook and Stuart Moore in his place. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the disputes, it’s hard to come to the conclusion that either side did well out of it.
Back at the County Ground under the management of Phil Brown in the summer of 2018, Vigouroux was restored to the first choice goalkeeper position in competition with Luke McCormick, and made 31 appearances as Town finished another disappointing season outside the playoffs. At the end of the 2018/19 season, Vigouroux was released by Town, having proved a capable goalkeeper but seemingly stagnating short of where he potentially could have done. He went on to play in Chile before returning to England to play for Leyton Orient.
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