Lee Harwood (footballer)

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Lee Harwood
Personal information
Full name Lee Harwood[1]
Date of birth (1960-10-04) 4 October 1960 (age 53)[1]
Place of birth Perivale, England[1]
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Southampton 0 (0)
1979 Wimbledon (loan) 1 (0)
1979–1980 Leatherhead
1980–1981 Port Vale 19 (1)
Leatherhead
Waterlooville
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Harwood (born 4 October 1960) is an English former footballer who played as a defender for Southampton, Wimbledon, Leatherhead, Port Vale, and Waterlooville.

Playing career[edit]

Harwood started his career at Southampton, turning professional at 18 years old after serving as an apprentice.[2] He was loaned out to Wimbledon in the 1978–79 season, though played just the one Fourth Division game at Plough Lane for Dario Gradi's "Dons". He was released from The Dell by manager Lawrie McMenemy, and spent one season in the Isthmian League with Leatherhead.

Harwood signed with John McGrath's Port Vale in February 1980.[1] He formed an effective partnership with Phil Sproson, and played 15 Fourth Division games towards the end of the 1979–80 season.[1] He scored his first goal in the Football League on 1 April, in a 3–2 defeat to Portsmouth at Vale Park.[1] He played six league and cup games in the 1980–81 season, but damaged a cartilage in August and endured four knee operations but was forced to retire from full-time football in November 1981.[1] He did however return to old club Leatherhead and later played for Southern League side Waterlooville.[1] Another serious knee injury forced early retirement from football 1984.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 130. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 613. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.