Lee Molyneux

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Lee Molyneux
Lee Molyneux 12-04-2014 1.jpg
Molyneux training with Accrington Stanley in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lee Robert Molyneux[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Huyton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Winger/Left back
Club information
Current team
Morecambe
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2006 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Everton 0 (0)
2009–2010 Southampton 4 (0)
2010 Port Vale (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle 9 (0)
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley 39 (8)
2013–2015 Crewe Alexandra 7 (0)
2013–2014 Rochdale (loan) 3 (0)
2014 Accrington Stanley (loan) 17 (6)
2014–2015 Accrington Stanley (loan) 10 (1)
2015 Tranmere Rovers 11 (0)
2015– Morecambe 0 (0)
National team
2003–2005 England U16 10 (0)
2005–2006 England U17 6 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 5 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Robert Molyneux (born 24 February 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays for League Two club Morecambe.

Specifically a full back, he began his career with Everton in 2000. Having progressed through the club's youth academy, Molyneux made his debut for the reserve team at the age of 16 and developed a reputation as a set piece specialist.[3] He joined Southampton in 2009, where he made his first team debut and spent time on loan with Port Vale before being released from his contract in the summer of 2010. He then turned out nine times for Plymouth Argyle, before leaving the club in January 2011. After a spell in prison for assault, he returned to the Football League in August 2012 when he signed with Accrington Stanley. After an impressive season with Stanley, he was signed by Crewe Alexandra in July 2013. He joined Rochdale on loan in November 2013, and re-joined Accrington Stanley on loan in January 2014 and October 2014. He signed with Tranmere Rovers in January 2015, and moved on to Morecambe four months later.

He represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels.

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Molyneux was born in Huyton, Merseyside,[4] and joined the Everton academy at the age of 11. He made his debut for the reserve team at 16. He was also capped by England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels, gaining 26 caps altogether. He had a good start to the 2007–08 season, featuring on the bench in five games for Everton's first team, but suffered from a back injury which kept him out for the majority of the season.[5] He had the option to sign a further year at Everton, but with Leighton Baines firmly established in the first team he decided to look for first-team action elsewhere.[6]

Southampton[edit]

He signed for Southampton on a two-and-a-half-year contract on 2 January 2009.[7] He made his "Saints" debut against Barnsley on 10 January.[8] He was sent off for two bookings against Swansea City on 31 January,[9] four games into his professional career. On 25 March 2010, he joined Port Vale on loan until the end of the season,[10][11] having not settled in well at Southampton.[12] However he never made an appearance for Vale, except in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final – a tournament for the club's reserve players – and returned to the south coast in the summer.

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

In June 2010 it was announced that Southampton had agreed to end Molyneux's contract a year early, by mutual consent, with one year left on his contract.[13][14] He signed a five-month contract with Plymouth Argyle on 3 August 2010, having been on trial with the club.[15] Ironically, his first appearance for Argyle was against Southampton four days later, and he was on the winning side at St Mary's.[16] "The whole team grafted, from the front right through to the back. It was organised," he said. "We came with a plan to keep our shape, be solid, and do the simple things right, and everything else looks after itself."[17] On 1 January 2011, Plymouth Argyle announced his contract would not be renewed. Making a total of 12 appearances for the Devon club, he had not featured in the first team since mid-October.[18]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

In August 2012, Molyneux returned to professional football when he joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on non-contract terms following a successful trial.[19] He scored his first senior goal with a 20-yard free kick in the FA Cup on 1 December, in a 3–3 draw with Oxford United at the Crown Ground.[20] He went on to score a hat-trick on 16 March, giving Stanley a 3–2 home victory over Barnet.[21] He ended the 2012–13 campaign with nine goals in 43 games, and after being converted into a winger following the arrival of Laurence Wilson was described by The Times as being "League Two's Gareth Bale".[22][23]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Molyneux signed with League One side Crewe Alexandra on a two-year contract in July 2013.[24] He lost his first team place in October, and the next month he joined Keith Hill's League Two club Rochdale on loan.[25] He made only three substitute appearance for the "Dale" during his time at Spotland. On 23 January 2014, Molyneux re-joined Accrington Stanley on an initial one-month loan.[26] Speaking of his loan move, Molyneux stated that "It feels like coming home".[27] On 24 February 2014, Molyneux signed a loan extension for the maximum of 93 days on an emergency-loan deal.[28] On 8 March, he scored a first-half hat-trick in a 3–1 win over league leaders Chesterfield at the Crown Ground.[29]

He expected to leave Crewe in summer 2014, but remained after manager Steve Davis told him he had a part to play at the club in the 2014–15 season; he began the season in the first-team but again soon fell our of favour.[30] He returned to Accrington on loan in October 2014, saying that "It seems like I have never been away... I know there is a new manager (John Coleman) now but it just has the same feel around the place. It's so familiar and I am buzzing."[31] His contract at Crewe was terminated by mutual consent in January 2015.[32]

"It (Crewe) was the right move at the time but, with hindsight, it hasn’t worked out but that’s football and you learn."

—Molyneux speaking in October 2014.[33]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

In January 2015, Molyneux signed a contract with Micky Adams's League Two side Tranmere Rovers on a contract lasting until the end of the 2014–15 season.[34] He played 11 games as Rovers were relegated out of the Football League.

Morecambe[edit]

In May 2015, Molyneux remained in League Two by signing a two-year contract with Morecambe following manager Jim Bentley's unsuccessful attempt to sign him four months earlier.[35]

International career[edit]

He won 26 caps for England at youth level,[36] including ten for the under-16 side.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2011, Molyneux was sentenced to three years imprisonment for a violent assault committed while binge drinking; he served 17 months.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2015.
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 2007–08[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[39] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Southampton 2008–09[39] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10[40] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Port Vale
(loan)
2009–10[40] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plymouth Argyle 2010–11[41] League One 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Total 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Accrington Stanley 2012–13[42] League Two 39 5 3 1 0 0 1 0 43 9
Total 39 5 3 1 0 0 1 0 43 9
Crewe Alexandra 2013–14[43] League One 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2014–15[44] 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
Rochdale
(loan)
2013–14[43] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Accrington Stanley
(loan)
2013–14[43] League Two 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 6
2014–15[44] 10 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total 27 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 31 7
Tranmere Rovers 2014–15[44] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Morecambe 2015–16[45] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 103 12 9 1 2 0 3 0 117 13

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

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  45. ^ "Games played by Lee Molyneux in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

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