Alexander Lawrie was born in Scotland in 1924 and grew up in Aberdeen. He started his soccer career with local club St. Clements. He then joined Scottish League club Dundee Football Club. After a period as a a reserve half-back at Dundee, he was loaned out to Montrose. Alex was transferred from Dundee to Montrose on a temporary basis in September 1947. He spent the 1947-48 season playing for Montrose in the Scottish League Third Division.

After a period with Buckie Thistle Alec moved to Canada and joined East End Canadians in Toronto. While starring in the National Soccer League he was picked on many of the All-Star teams in Canada in the 1950’s.

In 1952 he won the National Soccer League championship with East End Canadians. He was picked to play for the Ontario All-Stars against Quebec All-Stars in the 1952 season.

In 1953 Lawrie was picked to represent Ontario All-Stars against Quebec All-Stars in a charity game for organized by the Kiwanis.

On May 21, 1955 Alex was picked to represent the Ontario All-Stars against English First Division club Huddersfield Town. The tourists won 3-1 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto in front of 5,600 soccer fans.

The half-back joined Toronto Thistles of the Toronto Metro League in 1956. Lawrie helped Toronto Thistles reach the 1956 Dominion Cup finals.

He went on to coach the  St. Andrews Soccer club in Scarborough, Ontario. 

Alex Lawrie passed away from cancer on November 26, 1981 at 58 years of age.