Kieran Lee

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Kieran Lee
Personal information
Full name Kieran Christopher Lee[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-22) 22 June 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Stalybridge, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Full back, Centre midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2006 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Manchester United 1 (0)
2008 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2012 Oldham Athletic 117 (5)
2012– Sheffield Wednesday 59 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:32, 7 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Kieran Christopher Lee (born 22 June 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a centre midfielder or full-back for Sheffield Wednesday,[2] having signed on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic in May 2012. He began his career with Manchester United, but left for Oldham on a free in May 2008. He played on loan at Queens Park Rangers during the 2007–08 season.

Career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

A central midfielder earlier in his career, he was deployed more often by Manchester United as a full back, either on the left or on the right. He signed for the club on a youth contract in July 2004, after impressing in the club's Under-17 team for the past two years. He continued to progress up the youth system, playing 25 times for the Under-18s in 2004–05, and making another 23 appearances in 2005–06. He also played in 16 matches for the Reserves that season, in various competitions.

His performances that season earned him a two-year professional contract with the club and, just three days after signing it, he was given his first taste of first team football, coming on as a second half substitute for Wes Brown in Roy Keane's testimonial against Celtic at Old Trafford. In addition to this, he also made appearances in first team friendlies prior to the 2006–07 season, first coming on as a substitute for Phil Bardsley away to Preston North End, and then playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 victory over Macclesfield Town.

Lee's Reserve team performances were rewarded in the 2006–07 season by him being given the captain's armband. In between his 25 appearances for the Reserves that season, Lee also made his first team debut. He was named as a substitute in the League Cup Third Round tie against Crewe Alexandra and, with the score at 1–1, he came on for David Gray in the 77th minute. The match went to extra time and, with less than two minutes remaining, Lee made a charging run up from right back to latch onto an Alan Smith through-ball. He composed himself, and slid the ball coolly past Crewe's former Manchester United goalkeeper, Ben Williams.[3]

This appearance was followed up by another in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, this time against Southend United. Lee came on for John O'Shea in the 75th minute, but was unable to rescue the team from a 1–0 loss. Towards the end of the season, United suffered a dearth of defenders, with Mikaël Silvestre, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidić all out through injury at one time or another, so Lee was called into the squad for the matches against Milan and Everton, although he did not play in either game. He finally made his Premier League debut against Chelsea on 9 May 2007. Since the title race had been sewn up the game before, United manager Alex Ferguson was able to select a team of fringe players for the game, including Lee. At the end of the season, in recognition of his fine performances over the preceding 12 months, Lee was awarded the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.[4]

On 12 December 2007, Lee was again named as a substitute for the Champions League game against Roma, but did not get to play. It was announced on 28 December 2007 that Lee would be joining Queens Park Rangers on loan from 2 January 2008. He would then be eligible to play for QPR against Chelsea in the FA Cup on 5 January.[5]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

After spending four months on loan at QPR, making seven appearances, Lee became Oldham Athletic's first signing of summer 2008. Moving on a free transfer, Lee signed a two-year contract with the Latics, beginning on 1 July 2008.[6] His first game with Oldham came in the League Cup second round in a 3–0 loss to Burnley.[7] On 26 December, he made his league debut for Oldham in a 3–0 win versus Crewe Alexandra, assisting in the final goal by Lee Hughes.[8]

His first goal for Oldham was a 95th minute equaliser against Swindon Town on 22 August 2009,[9] and after struggling to make an impression in the previous season, he appeared far more regularly from then on, becoming the regular choice at right back as the season progressed. He maintained this progress under new manager Paul Dickov, and for the rest of his career at Boundary Park he made the right back position his own. He signed a new one-year contract with Oldham Athletic on 4 March 2011.[10] and on 27 April 2011 he picked up 4 'Player of the Year' awards for Oldham including Players' player of the year and Fans' player of the year, as well as the honours from Boundary Blues and Oldham Athletic Supporters Association.

Kieran Lee scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season against Chesterfield with a 25-yard strike to the bottom left hand corner in a 5–2 win for the Latics.[11] He also dominated the end-of-season awards presentation in May 2012, again winning the Latics' 4 'Player of the Year' awards.[12]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On 28 May 2012, Lee signed a three-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday, after rejecting the offer of a new contract with the Latics.[13] Lee made his league debut for the Owls in a 1–2 defeat against Bolton Wanderers on 22 September 2012. Lee would then had to have waited a whole month before any more league action, until the 22 December at home against Charlton Athletic where the Owls landed a 2–0 victory over the Addicks in which Lee made a substitute appearance in the 74th minute.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[14] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2006–07 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2007–08 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Oldham Athletic 2008–09 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
2009–10 24 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 26 1
2010–11 43 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 45 2
2011–12 43 2 4 0 1 0 5 0 53 2
Total 117 5 6 0 3 0 8 0 134 5
Sheffield Wednesday 2012–13 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
2013–14 26 1 3 0 0 0 29 1
2014–15 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 60 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 66 2
Career Total 185 7 12 0 6 1 0 0 8 0 211 8
Correct as of match played 6th December 2014[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Owls win fight for defender Kieran Lee". Sheffield Telegraph. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Crewe 1–2 Man Utd (aet)". BBC Sport. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "And the award goes to...". Inside United (Manchester: Future Publishing) (180): 34–38. July 2007. 
  5. ^ "QPR swoop for Man Utd starlet Lee". BBC Sport. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Oldham swoop for Fleming and Lee". BBC Sport. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Burnley 3–0 Oldham". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Crewe 0–3 Oldham". BBC Sport. 26 December 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Oldham 2–2 Swindon". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 August 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Lee handed fresh Oldham contract". BBC News. 4 March 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10337~58288,00.html
  12. ^ http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/page/NewsUpdate/0,,10337~2756327,00.html
  13. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday bring in full-back Lee". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 May 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield and Football League Trophy
  15. ^ "Kieran Lee". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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