Alexander Lawrie was born in Scotland in 1924 and grew up in Aberdeen. He started his soccer career with 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 was picked to play for the Ontario All-Stars against Quebec All-Stars. In 1953 Lawrie was picked to represent Ontario All-Stars against Quebec All-Stars in a charity game for organized by the Kiwanis. In 1952 he won the National Soccer League championship with East End Canadians.

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

After being a junior soccer coach in Canada Lawrie returned to Scotland, where he was a milk roundman for 26 years and managed the Bankhead Inn pub for 20 years. He also trained the Aberdeen Police team and took the Scottish Police team on a tour of Canada.

Alex passed away at the age of 68 on Saturday August 13, 1988, in Aberdeen, Scotland.