Alan Lee (footballer)

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Alan Lee
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Lee playing for Ipswich Town
Personal information
Full name Alan Desmond Lee[1]
Date of birth (1978-08-21) 21 August 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 29
Youth career
Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1998–1999 Torquay United (loan) 7 (2)
1999 Port Vale (loan) 11 (2)
1999–2000 Burnley 15 (0)
2000–2003 Rotherham United 111 (37)
2003–2006 Cardiff City 86 (10)
2006–2008 Ipswich Town 103 (31)
2008–2010 Crystal Palace 61 (10)
2009 Norwich City (loan) 7 (2)
2010–2013 Huddersfield Town 80 (9)
2013– Ipswich Town 0 (0)
National team
Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2003–2006 Republic of Ireland 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Desmond Lee (born 21 August 1978) is an Irish footballer who plays as a striker, and also works as an academy coach at Ipswich Town. He has also won 10 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He started his career with Aston Villa, also playing on loan at Torquay United and Port Vale. Following a season with Burnley, he signed with Rotherham United in 2000. He is considered something of a cult hero at the club,[3] after helping the "Millers" to win promotion out of the Second Division in 2000–01. He was then bought by Cardiff City, and made almost 100 appearances for the Welsh side between 2003 and 2006. Then purchased by Ipswich Town, he made over 100 appearances for the club before earning a big money move to Crystal Palace. After returning from a loan spell at Norwich City, he wrote himself into the club's folklore by scoring in the final game of the 2009–10 season against Sheffield Wednesday, saving the Eagles from relegation and ultimately administration. Following these heroics he moved on to Huddersfield Town, and helped the "Terriers" to win promotion out of League One in 2012.

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Born in Galway, County Galway, Ireland, Lee began his career as a trainee with Aston Villa, before turning professional in August 1995. However he never made his first team debut at Villa Park. He joined Torquay United on loan in November 1998, and made his debut in the Third Division on 28 November in a 3–1 defeat to Barnet at Underhill; he replaced Tony Bedeau as a substitute at half-time. He made his full debut at Plainmoor on 12 December, in a 2–0 win over Hull City. He scored his first league goal on boxing day, which secured a 1–1 draw with Exeter City at St James Park. He also scored against Southend United and Fulham to take his tally for Wes Saunders's "Gulls" up to three goals in nine appearances.

In March 1999 he joined Brian Horton's Port Vale on a two month loan. Making 11 appearances, he scored in draws with Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers, helping the "Valiants" to avoid relegation out of the First Division on goal difference.

Burnley[edit]

He left Villa in July 1999 when Burnley manager Stan Ternent signed him for a £200,000 fee. He scored once for Burnley, in a 2–1 Football League Trophy defeat at Wigan Athletic.[4] He played 15 league games as the "Clarets" won promotion out of the Second Division as runners-up in 1999–2000. Though a successful season for the club, Lee never had an extended first team run at Turf Moor, and only had two league starts as Andy Payton and Andy Cooke formed an effective partnership up front.

Rotherham United[edit]

Lee moved to Rotherham United for £150,000 in November 2000 after a short loan spell. In his first season at the club, 2000–01, he scored 15 goals in 35 games as Ronnie Moore's "Millers" won promotion out of the Second Division as runners-up. He remained a key fixture at Millmoor in the First Division, scoring ten goals in 41 games in 2001–02, and finding the net 16 times in 44 appearances in 2002–03.

Cardiff City[edit]

He was sold to Cardiff City in August 2003 for a fee of £850,000, just days after impressing Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence in a goalless draw on the opening day of the season. Rotherham's manager Ronnie Moore prophesied that "Alan Lee can and will do better than Cardiff".[5] However Lee found himself struggling with injuries at Ninian Park and largely out of first team contention.[6] He scored three goals in only 24 games in 2003–04, though he managed seven goals in 43 appearances in 2004–05. However he was restricted to just two goals in 25 Championship games in 2005–06.

Ipswich Town[edit]

In January 2006 joined Ipswich Town for £100,000.[7] He scored his second career hat-trick in a 5–0 win against Luton Town on 29 October 2006. He ended the 2006–07 campaign with 17 goals in 44 games, including a header that relegated Leeds United on the last day of that season.[8] He penned a new deal with the club in August 2007.[9] In January 2008 there was speculation of a move back to Burnley for £900,000 but the Ipswich chairman[10] and Lee himself denied these rumours. He completed his season with a tally of 12 goals, including the winner in Ipswich's 1–0 win against Hull City on the final day of the season.

Crystal Palace[edit]

In August 2008, Lee moved again, leaving Ipswich for Crystal Palace for a fee of around £640,000.[11] In March 2009, he moved out on loan to Norwich City,[12] his spell lasting for the rest of the season. Norwich went close to signing Lee permanently six years previously, but lost out to Cardiff.[13] His performances at Norwich earned him public praise from skipper Gary Doherty.[14]

After returning to Selhurst Park, Lee became a fan's favourite and a cult hero due to the tremendous effort he displayed throughout his second season at Palace, culminating in him scoring a bullet header in Palace's 2–2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the season, saving Palace from relegation.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

In August 2010, Lee transferred to Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.[15] He made his debut for the Terriers in a 3–1 win over Charlton Athletic at the Galpharm Stadium on 28 August 2010. He quickly established a reputation cult hero with the Huddersfield supporters.[16] On 30 October he was sent off in a league match against Walsall at the Galpharm, where Town won 1–0. On 30 January 2011, he scored his first goal for Huddersfield in an FA Cup Fourth Round 2–1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. He added to his tally with a brace against Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy, though he remained goalless throughout 28 league games. He was a late substitute in the club's play-off final defeat to Peterborough United at Old Trafford.[17]

Lee scored his first league goals for the "Terriers" during a 3–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers on 27 August 2011. The first goal came from his first touch of the game 40 seconds after making it onto the pitch as a second half substitute, before he finished the game with a brace.[18] He finished the 2011–12 campaign with seven goals in 38 games, and was an extra-time substitute in the play-off Final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium, though missed his penalty in the shoot-out.[19]

Lee scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 home defeat by Watford, after replacing newly signed emergency loanee Jermaine Beckford.[20] After a 1–0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell on 10 November, Lee said that "[the fans] are so supportive of me it just melts my heart."[21]At the end of the season, it was announced that he was to be released along with Scott Arfield and Tom Clarke.

Return to Ipswich Town[edit]

Lee returned to Ipswich Town in July 2013 as part of the club's academy staff, and later began training with the first team after Mick McCarthy considered handing him a first team contract.[22] He re-signed as a player on non-contract terms on 30 August, allowing him to play in the club's first team whilst retaining his academy coaching position.[23] He made an appearance in the FA Cup, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–2 defeat to Preston North End on 14 January.[24] He remained registered as a player for the 2014–15 season in the event that his services as a player would be required due to an injury crisis.[25]

International career[edit]

Lee is an Irish International having represented the Republic of Ireland at various international levels, he earned 5 caps for the Irish under-21 side. However many feel he was overlooked by the national team during his time at Rotherham when he scored 37 league goals over 3 seasons.[26] He was though utilised for his country whilst with Cardiff making 10 appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 2003 and 2006.[27]

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2013, Lee began coaching at the Ipswich Town's academy.[28]

Style of play[edit]

The Rotherham United website states that Lee was a "strong and very quick striker... with no mean skill."[29]

Statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of 15 January 2014.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[30] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1995–96[31] Aston Villa Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97[32] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98[33] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99[34] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99[34] Torquay United (loan) Third Division 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 9 3
1998–99[34] Port Vale (loan) First Division 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–2000[35] Burnley Second Division 15 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 20 1
Total 15 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 20 1
2000–01[36] Rotherham United Second Division 31 13 3 1 0 0 1 1 35 15
2001–02[37] First Division 38 9 1 0 2 1 0 0 41 10
2002–03[38] 41 15 1 0 2 1 0 0 44 16
2003–04[39] 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 111 37 5 1 5 2 1 1 122 41
2003–04[39] Cardiff City First Division 23 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 3
2004–05[40] Championship 38 5 2 1 3 1 0 0 43 7
2005–06[41] 25 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 29 2
Total 86 10 4 1 6 1 0 0 96 12
2005–06[41] Ipswich Town Championship 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4
2006–07[42] 41 16 3 1 0 0 0 0 44 17
2007–08[43] 45 11 1 0 1 1 0 0 47 12
2008–09[44] 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 1
Total 103 31 4 1 2 2 0 0 109 34
2008–09[44] Crystal Palace Championship 16 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
2008–09[44] Norwich City (loan) 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
2009–10[45] Crystal Palace 42 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 48 7
2010–11[46] 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 2
Total 61 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 71 12
2010–11[46] Huddersfield Town League One 28 0 4 1 0 0 6 2 38 3
2011–12[47] 31 7 1 0 2 0 4 0 38 7
2012–13[48] Championship 21 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 25 2
Total 80 8 8 1 3 0 10 2 101 12
2013–14[49] Ipswich Town Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[50] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 481 102 32 5 20 6 14 5 547 119

Honours[edit]

with Burnley
with Rotherham United
with Huddersfield Town

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Alan Lee profile". cpfc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rotherham's cult heroes". Football Focus. BBC Sport. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Wigan Athletic 2 Burnley 1 (Wigan win on Golden Goals Rule)". Cockney Latic. 7 December 1999. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lee hawks wares to Bluebirds". BBC Sport. 10 August 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lee urged to take Cardiff chance". BBC Sport. 19 September 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ipswich sign Cardiff striker Lee". BBC Sport. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Leeds 1-1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Striker Lee pens new Ipswich deal". BBC Sport. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich to get Quinn as Lee stays". BBC Sport. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Palace land Ipswich frontman Lee". BBC Sport. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Norwich sign Palace's Lee on loan". BBC Sport. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Norwich keen on Lee". BBC Sport. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Doherty hails 'hard working' Lee". BBC Sport. 14 April 2009. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Terriers tie up Lee deal". Sky Sports. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Huddersfield Town v Leyton Orient Match Report". htafc.net . 24 September 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Begley, Emlyn (29 May 2011). "Huddersfield 0 - 3 Peterborough". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Huddersfield 3 - 0 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  19. ^ Begley, Emlyn (26 May 2012). "Huddersfield have been promoted after Sheffield United keeper Steve Simonsen missed the decisive penalty in an epic League One play-off final shoot-out.". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Huddersfield 2 - 3 Watford". BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Huddersfield Town fans melt my heart: Alan Lee". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Alan Lee Joins Academy Staff". twtd.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  23. ^ Brammar, Chris (29 August 2013). "Alan Lee signs for Ipswich Town on non-contract terms". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Preston 3 - 2 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Lee Will Be Registered for New Season". twtd.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Moore backs Lee". BBC Sport. 19 November 2002. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  27. ^ "Reid and Carsley back for Irish". BBC Sport. 28 August 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  28. ^ "Alan Lee Joins Academy Staff". twtd.co.uk. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Past Players". themillers.co.uk. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  30. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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  32. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
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  35. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
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  43. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
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  45. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  46. ^ a b "Games played by Alan Lee in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  47. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Alan Lee in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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