Lee Beevers

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Lee Beevers
Lee Beevers 1.jpg
Beevers playing for Mansfield Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lee Jonathan Beevers[1]
Date of birth (1983-12-04) 4 December 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
Number 18
Youth career
2000–2001 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2003 Boston United (loan) 1 (0)
2003–2005 Boston United 71 (3)
2004–2009 Lincoln City 166 (9)
2009–2011 Colchester United 23 (0)
2011–2012 Walsall 35 (0)
2012– Mansfield Town 71 (2)
National team
2005 Wales U-21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:33, 23 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Jonathan Beevers (born 4 December 1983) is a footballer who plays for Mansfield Town as a full-back, wing-back, or midfielder. He previously had spells with Walsall, Ipswich Town, Boston United, Lincoln City and Colchester United.

Career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Beevers was spotted by Ipswich Town scout Sonny Sweeney while playing in his hometown of Doncaster and began commuting to Ipswich at weekends to represent the club's School of Excellence, joining the club on a full-time basis as a scholar in July 2000 and signing his first professional contract in March 2001.[2] On 22 January 2003, Beevers and fellow young professional Steve Burton were told by Ipswich's manager Joe Royle that their contracts would not be renewed at the end of the season and that they were free to seek new clubs.[3] The following week, Beevers joined Boston United on trial[4] appearing for the club's reserve team in a 3–0 victory over Lincoln City's reserve team on 29 January 2003.[5] In February 2003 he joined Colchester United on trial[6] but he did not earn a contract from the club and returned to Portman Road.[7] On 26 March 2003 Beevers and fellow Ipswich Town youngster Robert Dickinson joined Boston United on loan until the end of the season.[8] Having been an unused substitute for the 2–1 home victory over Macclesfield Town on 26 April 2003, he made his Football League debut as an 82nd minute substitute for Peter Costello in the 2–1 victory at Cambridge United on 3 May 2003.[9]

Boston United[edit]

On 9 June 2003, Beevers agreed a one-year contract to join Boston United on a full-time basis.[10] His performances at Boston earned him numerous awards whilst at the club, and also got the attention of the Welsh national team, where he has represented his country at Under-21 level.

Beevers can play anywhere along the defensive line, however, his most adept position is right-back. Beevers has also demonstrated that he is capable of playing as a right-sided wing-back and in front of the defensive line as both a defensive midfielder and a central midfielder too.

His solid performances at Lincoln have earned him a lot of respect amongst the fans, as his performances at Boston did for their fans. In the 2005–06 season, he played a very vital role in the team, however, due to the teams tactical system back then, he sometimes got scrutinised for mistakes and was often the scapegoat when things weren't going too well. Thus far in the 2006–07 season, he has adapted very well to the new tactical system employed by new Head Coach Peter Jackson, and his form in various positions on the pitch has meant that he has been an ever present in the squad.

Colchester United[edit]

On 24 June 2009 he agreed to join Football League One outfit Colchester United on a two-year contract.[11]

Despite starting the first few games relatively brightly for Colchester United under then manager Paul Lambert, Beevers sustained an injury to his shoulder during a competitive match against Milton Keynes Dons. This resulted in him missing three months of the season, over which period he was plagued by other smaller injuries postponing his return to action. Due to his long absence and lack of fitness, he failed to make an impact in the 2009–10 season and didn't manage to break back into the starting line-up, only making a handful of substitution appearances.

Beevers started pre season in a new holding midfield role where he impressed enough to earn himself a sub appearance at Exeter. Despite making a handful of appearances, mainly from the bench, in 2010–11, he was released from his contract on 10 May 2011 and the U's continued shaping their squad for the new season.

Walsall F.C.[edit]

Beevers signed a one-year contract with Walsall on 14 July 2011.[12]

Mansfield Town F.C.[edit]

After one season with Walsall, Beevers signed for Mansfield Town on a one-year contract.[13] After making over 40 appearances and helping the club to the 2012–13 Conference National title, it was announced that Mansfield would be renewing Beevers' contract.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Ipswich Town Division One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Boston United (loan) Division Three 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ipswich Town Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Boston United Division Three 40 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 41 2
2004–05 League Two 31 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 37 2
Boston United Total 71 3 5 0 2 1 0 0 78 4
2004–05 Lincoln City League Two 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 33 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 37 2
2006–07 44 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 46 6
2007–08 37 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
2008–09 44 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 47 2
Lincoln City Total 166 9 5 0 4 2 0 0 175 11
2009–10 Colchester United League One 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2010–11 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Colchester United Total 23 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
2011–12 Walsall League One 25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Walsall Total 25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2012–13 Mansfield Town Conference National 36 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 41 1
Mansfield Town Total 36 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 41 1
Career total 336 13 20 0 8 3 0 0 364 16

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English National Football Archive". English National Football Archive. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lee Beevers". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 11 February 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Burton and Beevers free to go". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 22 January 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lee joins Boston town party". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 27 January 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Craig Singleton (29 January 2003). "Lincoln City 0–3 Pilgrims". Boston United F.C. – The Original Website. Archived from the original on 28 October 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "U's take Beevers on trial". Colchester United F.C. Official Website. 17 February 2003. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Johnson returns as U's let triallist Beevers go". Colchester United F.C. Official Website. 17 November 2004. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Two join Boston on loan". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 26 March 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Boston future for duo?". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 9 May 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Beevers for Boston". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website. 9 June 2003. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "U's flash – Beevers joins the U's". Colchester United F.C. Official Website. 24 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Walsall sign ex-Colchester United defender Lee Beevers". BBC Sport. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Andy Owens and Lee Beevers join Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cox announces retained list". Mansfield Town Official Website. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lee Beevers Career Stats". Soccerbase. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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