Lee Sandford

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Lee Sandford
Lee Sandford.jpg
Sandford pictured in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lee Robert Sandford[1]
Date of birth (1968-04-22) 22 April 1968 (age 46)[1]
Place of birth Lambeth, England[1]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Portsmouth 72 (1)
1989–1996 Stoke City 258 (8)
1996–2002 Sheffield United 151 (4)
1997 Reading (loan) 5 (0)
2001 Stockport County (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2003 Woking 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Robert Sandford (born 22 April 1968) is an English former footballer who made more than 480 first-team appearances as a defender. He played in the Football League for Portsmouth, Stoke City, Sheffield United, Reading and Stockport County.[1]

Career[edit]

Sandford was born in Lambeth but moved to Basingstoke where he trailed for the local team Basingstoke Town. He was spotted by scouts at Portsmouth and signed on as a professional in December 1985. His coach was Alan Ball and once Ball had replaced Bobby Campbell as manager he promoted Sandford to the first team. He made 90 appearances for Pompey in five seasons before new manager John Gregory made it clear he did not want him in the first team. So Sandford received an offer from Stoke City where Ball had gone to and he joined them for a fee of £140,000.

He instantly became a regular at the Victoria Ground but was unable to prevent Stoke suffering relegation in 1989–90.[1] Ball was felling the wrath of the Stoke support as did most of his signings and Ball was sacked in January 1991 as Stoke went on to finish in their lowest ever position in 1990–91. New manager Lou Macari's fitness regime's benefited Sandford greatly and he became a vital member of the team at Stoke.[1] From left-back he would provide great service for the pacey Mark Stein to run on to and provided him with the winning goal in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final. He played in 52 matches in 1992–93 as Stoke won the Second Division title.[1] He remained at Stoke until the 1995–96 season which saw him playing in every match that season.[1] He left Stoke in July 1996 for Sheffield United after making 324 appearances for Stoke scoring 13 goals.[1]

As at Stoke, Sandford became popular with Blades fans, making 142 appearances for the Bramall Lane outfit.[2] He went on loan on two occasions while he was at United; firstly in 1997 Sandford played five matches for Reading and in 2001 he played seven matches for Stockport County.[3] Released from his contract at the end of the 2001–02 season he had trials at Bournemouth[4] and Mansfield Town.[5] Sandford finished his career at non-league Woking before retiring.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from football, Sandford set up his own stock trading coaching business. In 2014 he released his autobiography titled: Goals To Gold.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1985–86 Second Division 7 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 13 1
1986–87 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987–88 First Division 22 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 1
1988–89 First Division 31 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 37 0
1989–90 First Division 13 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
Total 72 1 4 0 11 1 3 0 90 2
Stoke City 1989–90 Second Division 23 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
1990–91 Third Division 32 2 3 1 3 0 2 0 40 3
1991–92 Third Division 38 0 2 0 3 0 10 3 43 2
1992–93 Second Division 42 2 2 1 4 0 4 0 52 3
1993–94 First Division 42 1 4 0 3 0 5 0 54 1
1994–95 First Division 35 1 2 0 3 0 6 0 46 1
1995–96 First Division 46 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 55 0
Total 258 8 16 2 19 0 31 3 324 13
Sheffield United 1996–97 First Division 30 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 36 2
1997–98 First Division 15 0 6 1 0 0 2 0 23 1
1998–99 First Division 35 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
1999–2000 First Division 43 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 48 1
2000–01 First Division 22 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 26 1
2001–02 First Division 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 151 4 16 1 12 0 4 0 183 5
Reading (loan) 1997–98 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career Total 493 13 36 3 42 1 38 3 609 20
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287-55-4. 
  2. ^ Lowe, Simon (6 May 2008). "The Potters tale". Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield United FC 1996–2002". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Phillips predicts bright future". BBC Sport. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Christie set for Stags". BBC Sport. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lee Sandford takes stock and shares his life in autobiography". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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