Lee Williamson

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Lee Williamson
Lee Williamson.jpg
Williamson training for Watford in 2008
Personal information
Full name Lee Trevor Williamson
Date of birth (1982-06-07) 7 June 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Derby, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 17
Youth career
000?–1999 Mansfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Mansfield Town 146 (3)
2004–2005 Northampton Town 38 (0)
2005–2007 Rotherham United 56 (9)
2007–2009 Watford 71 (4)
2009 Preston North End (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2012 Sheffield United 76 (19)
2012–2013 Portsmouth 22 (0)
2013– Blackburn Rovers 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:55, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Trevor Williamson (born 7 June 1982) is a professional footballer who plays as a Midfielder for Blackburn Rovers. Born in Derby he started his career at Mansfield Town before spending time at Northampton Town, Rotherham United, Watford, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth before joining Blackburn. He has been called up for Jamaica but was an unused squad player.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Williamson started his career at Mansfield Town, making 165 appearances in his stay at Field Mill. He then moved to Northampton Town early in the 2004–05 season where he quickly established himself as an automatic choice in the first team where he scored two goals.

Williamson then joined Rotherham United in the summer of 2005, and once again established himself in first team.

Watford[edit]

He completed a move to Watford along with team mate Will Hoskins for a combined fee of £1.2 million on 5 January 2007. On 31 January 2007 he played his first Premier League match for Watford against Manchester United.[1]

Williamson scored three times in his first season at Vicarage Road but was then loaned to Preston North End at the end of March until the end of the 2008–09 season.[2] He scored his only Preston goal on 18 April 2009 against Cardiff City which rounded off a 6–0 win at Deepdale.[3]

Sheffield United[edit]

Williamson signed with Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £500,000, during the 2009 close season.[4] Having suffered a back injury in pre-season[5] Williamson found himself sidelined until the end of October and had to wait until December to score his début goal for the club against Crystal Palace.[6]

He continued to be dogged by injuries during his first season with the Blades and eventually returned for a second operation on his back in the close season. This time, however, Williamson almost died after suffering complications during the operation. He was placed on a life support machine for two days after contracting an infection. Commenting at the time, then Blades Manager Kevin Blackwell said: "He was placed on life support. He's a very lucky lad to be alive."[7]

On 26 July 2012, on Sheffield United's pre-season tour of Malta, manager, Danny Wilson confirmed Williamson would not sign a new deal with the club and had subsequently been told to stay away from training with the squad. Despite this Wilson refused to rule out Williamson signing a new deal.[8]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 16 August 2012, Williamson signed a one-month deal with Portsmouth. In January 2013 he was released by Portsmouth along with 5 other players due to financial reasons.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Williamson signed for Championship side Blackburn Rovers in an 18-month deal on 8 February 2013.[9] He made his debut away at Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup, playing the whole match in gloves alongside Jason Lowe as his new team produced a surprise 1-0 win, courtesy of a late Colin Kazim-Richards goal. On 14 September 2013, Williamson was red-carded in the East Lancashire derby against Burnley after fouling striker Danny Ings in a last man situation during injury time with the scores level at 1-1. This was well received by the fans of Blackburn Rovers as an admirable and selfless piece of good play for the sake of the team, preventing the first local derby defeat for 35 years (11 attempts).[10] Williamson was roundly applauded for 'taking one for the team' on his subsequent return to action and his meteoric rise to 'fans favourite' status has led to his nickname "Willo" now being chanted by the fans on a regular basis.

International career[edit]

On 23 May 2008, Williamson was included in a 28-man squad to play for Jamaica.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 April 2014.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mansfield Town 1999–2000[12] 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2000–01[13] 14 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 20 0
2001–02[14] 46 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 51 3
2002–03[15] 40 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 43 0
2003–04[16] 35 0 3 0 1 0 4 0 43 0
2004–05[17]
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 143 3 9 0 6 0 7 0 165 3
Northampton Town
2004–05[18]
38 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 43 2
Total 38 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 43 2
Rotherham United
2005–06[19]
37 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 4
2006–07[20]
19 5 1 0 1 1 1 0 22 6
Total 56 9 2 0 3 1 1 0 62 10
Watford
2006–07[21]
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2007–08[22]
32 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 35 2
2008–09[23]
34 2 1 0 3 1 0 0 38 3
Total 71 4 2 0 3 1 2 0 78 5
Preston North End (loan)
2008–09[24]
5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Sheffield United 2009–10[25] 20 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 23 4
2010–11[26] 16 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
2011–12[27] 40 13 4 0 2 0 3 0 49 13
Total 76 19 8 1 2 0 3 0 89 20
Portsmouth 2012–13[28] 22 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 0
Total 22 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 0
Blackburn Rovers 2012–13[28] 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14[29] 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
Total 38 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 41 0
Career total 449 36 26 2 15 2 17 1 507 41
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Premier League and the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the play-offs and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Preston seal Williamson loan deal". BBC Sport. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Preston 6–0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Blades complete Williamson deal". BBC Sport. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Williamson injury blow for Blades". BBC Sport. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Blades hot to trot as sickly Palace suffer". The Star (Sheffield). 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Sheffield United's Lee Williamson in operation drama". BBC Sport. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Ultimatum to Williamson". The Star (Sheffield). 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Double Deals Completed - Williamson signs for Blackburn Rovers". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  10. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/09/blackburn-rovers-burnley-championship
  11. ^ "'The Bomber' returns to Reggae Boyz squad". The Jamaica Observer (Kingston). 2008-05-23. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  12. ^ "Mansfield 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  13. ^ "Mansfield 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Mansfield 2001/2002 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  15. ^ "Mansfield 2002/2003 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Mansfield 2003/2004 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  17. ^ "Mansfield 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  18. ^ "Northampton 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  19. ^ "Rotherham 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  20. ^ "Rotherham 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  21. ^ "Watford 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  22. ^ "Watford 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  23. ^ "Watford 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  24. ^ "Preston 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  25. ^ "Sheff Utd 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  26. ^ "Sheff Utd 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  27. ^ "Sheff Utd 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  28. ^ a b "Portsmouth 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  29. ^ "Blackburn 2013-14 player appas". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 

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