Lee Peltier

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Lee Peltier
Lee Peltier Cardiff City.jpg
Peltier playing for Cardiff City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lee Anthony Peltier
Date of birth (1986-12-11) 11 December 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 2[1]
Youth career
1997–2004 Liverpool [2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Liverpool 0 (0)
2007 Hull City (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 19 (0)
2008–2009 Yeovil Town 50 (1)
2009–2011 Huddersfield Town 80 (1)
2011–2012 Leicester City 40 (2)
2012–2014 Leeds United 63 (1)
2014 Nottingham Forest (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Huddersfield Town 11 (0)
2015– Cardiff City 9 (0)
National team
2004 England U18 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:18, 23 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:37, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Lee Anthony Peltier (born 11 December 1986) is a footballer who plays for Cardiff City as a defender. While capable of playing anywhere across the defensive line and in midfield, he primarily features at right back or centre back. He started his career with Liverpool before moving on to spells with Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City and Leeds United, before returning to Huddersfield. He is also a former England under-18 international.

Club career[edit]


Born in Liverpool, Peltier was a regular member of Liverpool's reserve team squad and was highly rated by the Melwood staff, he joined Liverpool in 1997 and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2004.[2] In August 2006 he was named in the first-team squad for the first time, as an unused substitute for a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa. Two months later he made his debut in a League Cup tie against Reading on 25 October 2006.

He made his Champions League debut for Liverpool against Galatasaray on 5 December 2006. He played the full ninety minutes at right back, Liverpool lost 3–2.

On 16 March 2007, Peltier was subject to an emergency loan cover agreement, and transferred to Championship side Hull City until the end of the season.[3]

Yeovil Town[edit]

Peltier was signed on loan by League One club Yeovil Town on 29 July.[4] Peltier made his debut for Yeovil in a 1–0 away defeat at Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the season. Peltier was a regular at right back for Yeovil throughout the 2007–08 season making 37 appearances for Yeovil during his first season at the club with 34 of them coming in the league.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

On 30 June 2009, he joined fellow League One side Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, taking up the number 2 shirt vacated by Andy Holdsworth. He made his debut in the 2–2 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall on 8 August 2009. Peltier was switched from right back to left back for Huddersfield's game against Millwall due to the usual left back Dean Heffernan being out with a dead leg. He was Town's first choice left back keeping the position for the remainder of the regular season.[5] Peltier helped Town to reach the play-offs in League One playing at left back for the fist leg at home to Millwall, but was forced to return to his usual position of right back for the second leg at the New Den due to an injury to Tom Clarke in the first leg of the play-off semi final.[6]

Peltier was voted the Players Player of the Season, in his first Season at Huddersfield Town,[7] after making a total of 50 appearances in all competitions as Huddersfield finished 6th in the regular season before losing 2–0 to Millwall in the Play-Off semi-final second leg on 18 May 2010.[8] In July 2010, Peltier was linked with a £3 million pound move to QPR managed by Neil Warnock, however in August 2010 signed a new contract at Huddersfield Town to extend his contract until 2014.[9]

2010–11 season[edit]

On 16 November 2010, he scored his first ever goal for Huddersfield in their FA Cup first round replay against Cambridge United at the Galpharm Stadium, where Town came from 1–0 down to win 2–1. His first league goal for Town came in their 3–1 win against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk on 22 April 2011.

On 18 May 2011, Peltier scored his third goal for Town in their victory over Bournemouth in the League One play-off semi-final. In his last game for the club, Peltier failed to gain promotion at Huddersfield after losing 3–0 to Peterborough United in the 2010–11 League One Playoff final.[10]

Leicester City[edit]

Peltier playing for Leicester City in 2011

On 22 June 2011 Peltier signed for Championship side Leicester City, becoming Sven-Göran Eriksson's first signing of the summer after agreeing a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium.[11] The fee was reported to be around £750,000 as part of a package worth over £1 million.[12][13] On 6 August 2011, Peltier scored the winning goal during his league début, against Coventry City, in the opening game of Leicester's 2011–12 season. Over the total of the season Peltier made 40 league appearances, and was the club's first choice right back, ahead of John Pantsil.

In July 2012, After the club signed Belgium right back Ritchie De Laet, Leicester City announced that Lee Peltier was not part of their long term planning,[14] and this triggered transfer interest from his former club Huddersfield Town and Leeds United. Both clubs allegedly bid around £600,000 but the bids were rejected by Leicester City who had set an asking price of £850,000.[15] Leeds agreed a fee with Leicester for the purchase of Peltier on 3 August.[16]

Leeds United[edit]

Peltier joined Leeds United on 4 August, and signed a three-year contract with the club. He became the club's 10th signing of the summer.[17] Peltier made his competitive début for Leeds playing at centre half in the first game of the season against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup on 11 August.[18] Peltier was announced as the new Leeds United captain on 18 August, replacing the departed captain Robert Snodgrass. Peltier made his league debut for Leeds in their 1–0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[19] Peltier picked up an injury and was ruled out of the match against Charlton Athletic on 23 October.[20]

During the season, Peltier had a spell in the side playing out of position at left back. His poor performances there lead to many fans seeing him as the weak link in the side. However he was then moved to the centre of the defence, putting in a string of good performances, including an heroic performance in a 2–1 win at home to Tottenham. In contrast, his performances at centre back led to the praise of many fans. Following the arrival of Brian McDermott as manager and an injury to Sam Byram, the United captain started the last two games of the season, at home to Brighton and away to Brighton in his usual position of right back.

After much speculation regarding the captain's armband, despite captaining Leeds during 2013–14 pre-season and for the opening two games of the season, Peltier was replaced as captain by team-mate Rodolph Austin who returned to the side against Leicester City on 11 August 2013.[21]

Peltier scored is first ever Leeds goal in the 1-1 draw against Blackpool on 26 December 2013 with a looping header.[22]

On 24 March, Leeds announced that Peltier had signed for Nottingham Forest on loan, however Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi announced the same day that the deal hadn't been completed,[23] With confusion over which club Peltier was contracted to,.[24] On 27 March 2014, Peltier moved on loan to Nottingham Forest, only hours after their sacking of Billy Davies as manager.[25] Peltier was favoured in a central midfield position for Forest under caretaker manager Gary Brazil. With Forest appointing Stuart Pearce as the new manager, Peltier revealed upon his return to Leeds that he wasn't sure what his future would hold.[26]

Return to Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 23 June 2014, Peltier left Leeds United, with the club terminating his contract. On the same day, Peltier rejoined former club Huddersfield Town on a three year deal. He will take the number 37 shirt which he wore during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest at the end of the previous season. On 7 August, he was named as the new captain, replacing Peter Clarke, who left at the end of the previous season. He made his second début for the Terriers in their 4-0 defeat by A.F.C. Bournemouth on 9 August. On 16 October, he was relieved of his duties as captain, whereby new signing Mark Hudson.

Cardiff City[edit]

On 24 January 2015 it was confirmed that Peltier had signed for Cardiff City penning a deal until the summer of 2018.[27]

International career[edit]

Peltier is a former youth international player having represented his native England at international level, he has been capped at under-18 level three times during his time as a player at hometown club Liverpool but has not yet been capped at a higher level than under-18s to date.[28]

In 2012, Peltier was approached by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association to represent the Benna Boys at international level.[29]



Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 February 2014[30]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-offs Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2006–07 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 0
2006–07 Hull City (loan) Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
2007–08 Yeovil Town League One 34 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 38 0 9 0
2008–09 35 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 39 1 13 0
2009–10 Huddersfield Town 42 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 50 0 5 0
2010–11 38 1 5 1 2 0 5 0 3 1 53 3 12 2
2011–12 Leicester City Championship 40 2 5 0 2 0 47 2 2 0
2012–13 Leeds United 41 0 3 0 4 0 48 0 1 0
2013–14 Leeds United 22 1 1 0 1 0 24 1 1 0
2013–14 Nottingham Forest Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Career Total 281 5 20 1 19 0 8 0 5 1 1 0 315 7 43 2


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robert Snodgrass
Leeds United Captain
Succeeded by
Rodolph Austin
Preceded by
Peter Clarke
Huddersfield Town Captain
Succeeded by
Mark Hudson