While flitting through Twitter this afternoon I came across a Tweet from @RossCoStats which stopped me in my tracks. I was aware that Ross County were undefeated since midfielder Paul Lawson’s return from injury/Derek Adam’s “naughty step.” What I was not aware of was that- and read this slowly and carefully- Ross County F.C. have not lost in Paul Lawson’s last 43 appearances. As an historian I well know the difference between a “causal” and a “coincidental” relationship, but a sample size of 43 matches is a pretty good one- “statistically” significant as they say.
So, in addition to his ability to link the Ross County back line with the midfield, to clean up messes in front of the back line, and to distribute the ball with uncanny accuracy, Paul Lawson apparently also possesses talismanic qualities. Who knew?
Full Disclosure: I’m a bit of a Paul Lawson fanboy. Every week I wear these for my men’s 40+ indoor soccer league match-