Wolverhampton born winger George Lawley began his football career in Midlands junior football with Bloxwich All Saints in 1920, Talbot Stead Tube Works in 1921, Darlaston in 1922 and Bloxwich Strollers in 1923 from where he joined Walsall in May 1925, making his Football League debut against Accrington Stanley that August, scoring 3 goals in 27 appearances in his single season at Fellows Park. He moved to non league Burton Town in 1926 but returned to League action with Merthyr Town in 1927, scoring twice in 20 appearances before joining Dundee in January 1928, where he played in the front line with fellow Englishman Fred Whitlow. Such was his success in Scotland that he was signed by First Division Sunderland in May 1929, although he only scored once in 10 appearances during his two seasons on Wearside.
He then joined Swindon Town in March 1931, and scored 3 goals in 29 appearances during 1931-32 before moving into non league football with Worcester City in the summer of 1932. In 1933 he joined Shrewsbury Town and in 1934 he played for both Brierley Hill Alliance and Dudley Town. He subsequently played for both Hednesford Town and Cannock Town in 1935, and for Nuneaton Town and Bournville Athletic in 1936 before retirement.