Richard Lee (footballer)

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Richard Lee
Personal information
Full name Richard Anthony Lee
Date of birth (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 1
Youth career
Bedgrove Dynamos
1994–2002 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Watford 92 (0)
2005–2006 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 0 (0)
2010– Brentford 66 (0)
2015 Fulham (loan) 0 (0)
National team
England U18
England U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:38, 26 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Anthony Lee (born 5 October 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Brentford. He is a product of the Watford academy and made 110 appearances for the club in an eight-year spell.[1] He represented England at U18 and U20 level.

Club career[edit]

Watford[edit]

2002-2004[edit]

Born in Oxford, Lee joined the academy at Watford at the age of 11 from Bedgrove Dynamos and progressed through the ranks to become a reserve team regular during the 2001–02 season,[2][3] learning from player-goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock.[4] Lee was awarded the number 37 shirt and recieved his maiden first team call up for a Division One match versus Barnsley on 23 March 2002.[4] He remained an unused substitute during the 2–0 defeat.[4] Incoming manager Ray Lewington promoted Lee to second-choice goalkeeper ahead of Espen Baardsen for the 2002–03 season and he made his senior debut in a 1–0 defeat to Preston North End on 4 March 2003.[5] He made three further appearances (keeping a clean sheet in each match) before the Hornets closed out a forgettable mid-table season.[5] Lee began the 2003-04 season as second-choice behind Alec Chamberlain, but a broken arm and the form of incoming loanee Lenny Pidgeley saw Lee fail to make a single appearance during the season.[6][7]

2004-2007[edit]

After signing a new three-year contract in the summer of 2004, Lee went on to establish himself as Watford's first choice goalkeeper during the 2004–05 Championship season, making 38 appearances before a ruptured biceps and a torn cartilage ended his season.[8][9] He spent the entire 2005–06 season away on loan and in his absence, Watford were victorious in the 2006 Championship playoff Final and sealed a place in the Premier League. Behind Ben Foster and Alec Chamberlain in the pecking order, Lee made just 14 appearances during the 2006–07 season,[10] as the Hornets were relegated straight back to the Championship after finishing bottom.[11] In January 2007, Lee signed a one-year extension to his contract which would keep him at Vicarage Road until the end of the 2008–09 season.[2]

2007-2010[edit]

Lee was undisputed first choice back in the Championship and made 41 appearances during the 2007–08 season,[12] though Watford fell to Hull City in the playoff semi-finals. In Jay DeMerit's absence, manager Aidy Boothroyd also made Lee captain for a period.[13] Save for a run of 11 matches from September through to November 2008, Lee spent the 2008–09 season battling with Mart Poom for the position of second-choice goalkeeper behind Scott Loach.[14] He signed a new one-year contract extension in May 2009, but spent the entire 2009–10 season behind Scott Loach, making just two League Cup appearances in August 2009.[15] Lee turned down the offer of a new contract and departed Watford on 31 May 2010,[16] having made 110 appearances in eight years as a first team player with the club.[1]

Blackburn Rovers (loan)[edit]

Out of favour with Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd, Lee joined Premier League side Blackburn Rovers on loan for the rest of the 2005–06 season on 25 August 2005.[17] Awarded the number 30 shirt, he was only called into the first team squad once, when he was unused substitute for a 4-1 victory over Charlton Athletic on 5 November 2005.[18]

Brentford[edit]

2010-2012[edit]

On 31 May 2010, Lee signed for League One side Brentford on a two-year contract.[19] He had a difficult first half of the 2010–11 season, having been dropped by manager Andy Scott after a poor performance during pre-season.[20] He spent the early months of the season behind Simon Moore and loanees Alex McCarthy and Ben Hamer in the pecking order and appeared only in cup matches.[21] After starting his first league game of the season against Bournemouth on 2 November 2010, he went on to cement his place in the side. Brentford's League Cup and Football League Trophy runs were the highlights of his season, helping the Bees to win four penalty shootouts to send them to the fourth round of the League Cup and the final of the Football League Trophy.[22] He would miss the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium and the rest of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in March 2011.[23] He made 33 appearances during the 2010–11 season and won the club's Player of the Year award.[21][22] Under new manager Uwe Rösler, Lee was first choice goalkeeper during the 2011–12 season, making 42 appearances.[24] He signed a contract extension in October 2011, which would keep him at Griffin Park until the end of the 2012–13 season.[25]

2012-2015[edit]

Despite Brentford's strong form, Lee began the 2012–13 season out injured and due to the form of Simon Moore,[26] he made just six appearances.[27] He signed a new one-year contract extension in December 2012 and underwent a shoulder operation in March 2013,[26] which would keep him out of first team action for six months.[28] He made just five appearances during Brentford's promotion-winning 2013–14 season and spent much of the season as backup to new signing David Button.[29] though he won a promotion medal by virtue of being a substitute on the final day of the season versus Stevenage.[30] He signed a new one-year contract extension in February 2014,[31] but after just one appearance in the first month of the 2014–15 season,[32] he made the decision in September 2014 to retire in May 2015.[22] Lee's persistent shoulder injury could be traced back to the ruptured biceps he suffered in 2005 and he had earlier admitted in 2011 that playing through injuries had caused lasting damage.[23][33] Lee spent the 2014–15 season as third-choice goalkeeper behind David Button and Jack Bonham and after falling to fourth-choice behind Development Squad goalkeeper Mark Smith, he departed on loan in late March 2015.[34]

Fulham (loan)[edit]

On 26 March 2015, Lee joined Brentford's West London Championship rivals Fulham on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[34] The move provoked a Twitter spat between the two clubs and Lee moved to tell a Brentford fan blog that he made the move in a search for first team football in the final months of his career.[35][36] Lee failed to win a call into a Fulham squad before the end of the season.[37]

International career[edit]

Lee was capped by England at U18 and U20 level.[3] He recieved calls into U21 squads, but did not make an appearance.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, Lee gained part one of his UEFA 'B' coaching license.[38] Together with amateur footballer Rob Lovesey, in April 2011 Lee co-founded Sporting Connect, a football social network. Through the network, Lee is involved in youth coaching.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2015.[1]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2001–02[39] Division One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03[5] 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2003–04[7] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05[8] Championship 33 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
2005–06[40] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[10] Premier League 10 0 2 0 2 0 14 0
2007–08[12] Championship 35 0 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 41 0
2008–09[14] 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10[15] 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 92 0 12 0 4 0 2 0 110 0
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2005–06[40] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brentford 2010–11[21] League One 22 0 3 0 2 0 6[b] 0 33 0
2011–12[24] 37 0 0 0 2 0 3[b] 0 42 0
2012–13[27] 3 0 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 6 0
2013–14[29] 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2014–15[32] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 66 0 4 0 7 0 10 0 87 0
Fulham (loan) 2014–15[32] Championship 0 0 0 0
Career total 158 0 16 0 11 0 12 0 197 0
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

Personal life[edit]

Lee grew up in Aylesbury and is a Manchester United supporter.[41] In January 2012, Lee published Graduation: Life Lessons of a Professional Footballer, a book detailing his experiences with Brentford during the 2010–11 season.[42] The same year, Lee enrolled on a two-year PFA degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University, from which he graduated with honours in July 2014.[43] Throughout 2013, Lee contributed to the Footballers' Football Column in the Daily Mail.[44][45][46][47][48][49][50]

Business interests[edit]

On 31 August 2006, Lee appeared on the BBC programme Dragons' Den, where he and a partner managed to sell 50% of the equity in their company Dr. Cap to the entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne for an investment of £150,000.[51] The investment deal later collapsed.[52] As of May 2015, Dr Cap is still trading.[53] Since June 2009, Lee has been a director of GK Icon, a goalkeeper training franchise.[54] In December 2014, Lee set up dickieleecoffee.com, through which he distributes Organo Gold coffee products.[55]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ "The Footballers' Football Column - Richard Lee: I should've been a striker... you can be dreadful but bang in the winner and be hailed a hero, says the goalkeeper who is allergic to goalkeeping gloves". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  49. ^ "The Footballers' Football Column - Richard Lee: Uwe Rosler and Brendan Rodgers show how fickle football is - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
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  53. ^ "Dr Cap - New Era Caps, Headwear, Baseball Caps and Official Stockist of New Era Hats". drcap.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  54. ^ "GKicon". gkicon.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  55. ^ "Richard Lee's Coffee Shop". dickieleecoffee.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

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