James Peter Lawson (born 21 January 1987) is an English professional footballer who is without a club.
Lawson began his career with Southend United, scoring within 10 minutes on his debut against Oldham Athletic in September 2005. He scored two goals in four starts before suffering a slight injury, and was given his first professional contract until the end of the 2006–07 season. He made 26 league and cup appearances for Southend in the 2005–06 season.
He was unable to establish himself in the first team at the beginning of the 2006–07 season and joined League Two side Grimsby Town in September 2006 on a one-month loan. He made only one appearance as a substitute and was recalled by Southend with manager Steve Tilson explaining, “James was there for two matches and only played about 20 minutes We wanted him to get games and that wasn’t happening, so he has come back to us now.” Lawson was still unable to break into the first team, being behind Freddy Eastwood, Matt Harrold, Lee Bradbury and Gary Hooper for a place in the team, and joined AFC Bournemouth in January 2007 on a month’s loan, where he started two games and came on as substitute in two games. He was then loaned to Dagenham & Redbridge in February 2007 for one-month, where he made three substitute appearances.
Lawson was released by Southend and joined Grays Athletic on a one-year contract in August 2007. He made nine league appearances without scoring for Grays and was transfer listed before joining Isthmian Premier club Chelmsford City on loan in October 2007. The move was made permanent in January 2008. He joined Welling United in June 2009.