Alan Lee (footballer)
Lee playing for Ipswich Town
|Full name||Alan Desmond Lee|
|Date of birth||21 August 1978|
|Place of birth||Galway, Ireland|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|1998–1999||→ Torquay United (loan)||7||(2)|
|1999||→ Port Vale (loan)||11||(2)|
|2009||→ Norwich City (loan)||7||(2)|
|1997–1998||Republic of Ireland U21||5||(0)|
|2003–2006||Republic of Ireland||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Alan Desmond Lee (born 21 August 1978) is an Irish former footballer who played as a striker; he is now working as an academy coach at Ipswich Town. He scored 119 goals in 547 appearances in a 19-year professional career in the Football League, and won 10 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
He started his career with Aston Villa, also playing on loan at Torquay United and Port Vale. Following a season with Burnley, he signed with Rotherham United in 2000. He is considered something of a cult hero at the club, after helping the "Millers" to win promotion out of the Second Division in 2000–01. He was then bought by Cardiff City, and made almost 100 appearances for the Welsh side between 2003 and 2006. Then purchased by Ipswich Town, he made over 100 appearances for the club before earning a big money move to Crystal Palace. After returning from a loan spell at Norwich City, he wrote himself into the club's folklore by scoring in the final game of the 2009–10 season against Sheffield Wednesday, saving the Eagles from relegation and ultimately administration. Following these heroics he moved on to Huddersfield Town, and helped the "Terriers" to win promotion out of League One in 2012. He announced his retirement in 2014, having spent his final season as a player-coach at Ipswich Town.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in Galway, County Galway, Ireland, Lee began his career as a trainee with Aston Villa, before turning professional in August 1995. However, he never made his first team debut at Villa Park. He joined Torquay United on loan in November 1998, and made his debut in the Third Division on 28 November in a 3–1 defeat to Barnet at Underhill; he replaced Tony Bedeau as a substitute at half-time. He made his full debut at Plainmoor on 12 December, in a 2–0 win over Hull City. He scored his first league goal on boxing day, which secured a 1–1 draw with Exeter City at St James Park. He also scored against Southend United and Fulham to take his tally for Wes Saunders's "Gulls" up to three goals in nine appearances.
In March 1999 he joined Brian Horton's Port Vale on a two-month loan. Making 11 appearances, he scored in draws with Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers, helping the "Valiants" to avoid relegation out of the First Division on goal difference.
He left Villa in July 1999 when Burnley manager Stan Ternent signed him for a £200,000 fee. He scored once for Burnley; in a 2–1 Football League Trophy defeat at Wigan Athletic. He played 15 league games as the "Clarets" won promotion out of the Second Division as runners-up in 1999–2000. Though a successful season for the club, Lee never had an extended first team run at Turf Moor, and only had two league starts as Andy Payton and Andy Cooke formed an effective partnership up front.
Lee moved to Rotherham United for £150,000 in November 2000 after a short loan spell. In his first season at the club, 2000–01, he scored 15 goals in 35 games as Ronnie Moore's "Millers" won promotion out of the Second Division as runners-up. He remained a key fixture at Millmoor in the First Division, scoring ten goals in 41 games in 2001–02, and finding the net 16 times in 44 appearances in 2002–03.
He was sold to Cardiff City in August 2003 for a fee of £850,000, just days after impressing Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence in a goalless draw on the opening day of the season. Rotherham's manager Ronnie Moore prophesied that "Alan Lee can and will do better than Cardiff". However Lee found himself struggling with injuries at Ninian Park and largely out of first team contention. He scored three goals in only 24 games in 2003–04, though he managed seven goals in 43 appearances in 2004–05. However, he was restricted to just two goals in 25 Championship games in 2005–06.
In January 2006 joined Ipswich Town for £100,000. He scored his second career hat-trick in a 5–0 win against Luton Town on 29 October 2006. He ended the 2006–07 campaign with 17 goals in 44 games, including a header that relegated Leeds United on the last day of that season. He penned a new deal with the club in August 2007. In January 2008 there was speculation of a move back to Burnley for £900,000 but the Ipswich chairman and Lee himself denied these rumours. He completed his season with a tally of 12 goals, including the winner in Ipswich's 1–0 win against Hull City on the final day of the season.
In August 2008, Lee moved again, leaving Ipswich for Crystal Palace for a fee of around £640,000. In March 2009, he moved out on loan to Norwich City, his spell lasting for the rest of the season. Norwich went close to signing Lee permanently six years previously, but lost out to Cardiff. His performances at Norwich earned him public praise from skipper Gary Doherty.
After returning to Selhurst Park, Lee became a fan's favourite and a cult hero due to the tremendous effort he displayed throughout his second season at Palace, culminating in him scoring a bullet header in Palace's 2–2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the season, saving Palace from relegation.
In August 2010, Lee transferred to Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut for the Terriers in a 3–1 win over Charlton Athletic at the Galpharm Stadium on 28 August 2010. He quickly established a reputation cult hero with the Huddersfield supporters. On 30 October he was sent off in a league match against Walsall at the Galpharm, where Town won 1–0. On 30 January 2011, he scored his first goal for Huddersfield in an FA Cup Fourth Round 2–1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. He added to his tally with a brace against Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy, though he remained goalless throughout 28 league games. He was a late substitute in the club's play-off final defeat to Peterborough United at Old Trafford.
Lee scored his first league goals for the "Terriers" during a 3–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers on 27 August 2011. The first goal came from his first touch of the game 40 seconds after making it onto the pitch as a second-half substitute, before he finished the game with a brace. He finished the 2011–12 campaign with seven goals in 38 games, and was an extra-time substitute in the play-off Final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium, though missed his penalty in the shoot-out.
Lee scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 home defeat by Watford, after replacing newly signed emergency loanee Jermaine Beckford. After a 1–0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell on 10 November, Lee said that "[the fans] are so supportive of me it just melts my heart." At the end of the season, it was announced that he was to be released along with Scott Arfield and Tom Clarke.
Return to Ipswich Town
Lee returned to Ipswich Town in July 2013 as part of the club's academy staff, and later began training with the first team after Mick McCarthy considered handing him a first team contract. He re-signed as a player on non-contract terms on 30 August, allowing him to play in the club's first team whilst retaining his academy coaching position. He made an appearance in the FA Cup, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–2 defeat to Preston North End on 14 January. He remained registered as a player for the 2014–15 season in the event that his services as a player would be required due to an injury crisis. He was forced to retire due to injury in July 2014, having undergone knee surgery over the summer.
Lee is an Irish International having represented the Republic of Ireland at various international levels, he earned 5 caps for the Irish under-21 side. However many feel he was overlooked by the national team during his time at Rotherham when he scored 37 league goals over 3 seasons. He was though utilised for his country whilst with Cardiff making 10 appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 2003 and 2006.
In July 2013, Lee began coaching at the Ipswich Town's academy.
Style of play
The Rotherham United website states that Lee was a "strong and very quick striker... with no mean skill."
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Torquay United (loan)||1998–99||Third Division||7||2||0||0||0||0||2[a]||1[a]||9||3|
|Port Vale (loan)||1998–99||First Division||11||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2|
|Aston Villa||1995–96||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rotherham United||2000–01||Second Division||31||13||3||1||0||0||1[a]||1[a]||35||15|
|Cardiff City||2003–04||First Division||23||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||24||3|
|Norwich City (loan)||2008–09||Championship||7||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||2|
|Huddersfield Town||2010–11||League One||28||0||4||1||0||0||6[a][b]||2[a]||38||3|
- Appearance/s and goal/s in the EFL Trophy.
- Appearance/s in the play-offs.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- with Burnley
- with Rotherham United
- with Huddersfield Town
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