Lee Canoville

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Lee Canoville
Personal information
Full name Leroy Paul Canoville
Date of birth (1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 38)[1]
Place of birth Ealing, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1997 Millwall
1997–1998 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Arsenal 0 (0)
2001Northampton Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2005 Torquay United 112 (2)
2005–2007 Boston United 64 (1)
2007Shrewsbury Town (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008 Notts County 35 (0)
2008 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2008–2009 Halesowen Town 1 (0)
2009Gainsborough Trinity (loan)
2009–2012 Boston United 99 (5)
2012–2013 Spalding United
National team
1996–1998 England U16 8 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Boston United (Joint with Jason Lee)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:58, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Leroy Paul "Lee" Canoville (born 14 March 1981 in Ealing, London) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a defender.

Having begun his career with Premier League side Arsenal, he went on to play in the Football League for Northampton Town, Torquay United, Boston United, Shrewsbury Town and Notts County before playing in Non-league for Grays Athletic, Halesowen Town and Gainsborough Trinity. He returned to Boston in 2011 as joint – player manager alongside Jason Lee before departing at the end of the 2011–12 season. He has represented England at Under-16 level.


Canoville joined Arsenal as an apprentice in the summer of 1997 from the FA School at Lilleshall, turning professional in August 2000. He mainly played for the Gunners' youth and reserve sides; his sole first-team appearance was in a 2–1 League Cup defeat at Highbury at the hands of Ipswich Town on 1 November 2000, coming on as a second-half substitute. In further need of first-team experience he joined Northampton Town on a month's loan on 25 January 2001, making his league début in a goalless draw at home to Peterborough United two days later. He played only one further game for Northampton before returning to Highbury, and although attracting interest from Torquay manager Colin Lee, remained there beyond transfer deadline day.

In April 2001 he went to Middlesbrough on trial, but due to an injury crisis at Highbury was recalled by Arsène Wenger. In the summer of 2001 it was clear that he did not fit into Wenger's plans for Arsenal, and was released. In July he was reported to be training at Watford, with a view to impressing enough to earn a contract.

On 14 September 2001, he joined Torquay United on non-contract terms, along with his former Arsenal teammate Greg Lincoln. His début for the Gulls came the following day in the 2–1 home win against Darlington. Within a week he had impressed manager Roy McFarland enough to earn himself a two-year contract. He helped Torquay to promotion in the 2003–04 season, but was released after Torquay's relegation in 2005,[2] joining Boston United that June.[3] He was voted player of the season in his first season at Boston.

He joined Shrewsbury Town on 31 January 2007, on a loan deal until the end of the 2006–07 season, when his Boston contract expired.[4] His first appearance for the Shrews came in the 1–1 draw at Mansfield Town on 3 February 2007; he was substituted when Shrewsbury led 1–0. He was released in May 2007, injuries ruling him out of the playoffs and hastening his departure, with an expected move to Milton Keynes Dons on the cards.[5] He did however, make a cameo appearance in the playoff final against Bristol Rovers in the form of being incorrectly credited as Shrewsbury's goalscorer in the Wembley Stadium scoreboard, when in fact it was midfielder Stewart Drummond

He had a trial with Bournemouth and on 24 July 2007, but signed for Notts County,[6] in League Two and quickly became a regular in their side, but was released at the end of the season along with seven other players.[7] Canoville joined Conference National outfit Grays Athletic on 1 September 2008.[8] However, he failed to make an appearance for Grays Athletic and joined Halesowen Town in October 2008.

In February 2009, Halesowen loaned Canoville to Gainsborough Trinity for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. On 13 July, Canoville re-signed for Boston United.

On 22 March 2011, Canoville along with Jason Lee was named as joint caretaker manager of Boston United. After guiding the Pilgrims to the Conference North Play-offs and narrowly losing to Guiseley on penalties in the semi-final,s the pair were appointed full-time managers ahead of the 2011–12 season. He left the club at the end of the season.[9]

On 24 May 2012 Canoville signed with Spalding United as a player.[10] He left them in November 2013, due to injury.[11] On 29 November 2013 his retirement was announced.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Canoville's brother Dean was a professional with Millwall, and his first cousin once removed is Paul Canoville, formerly a winger with Chelsea.


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 78. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
  2. ^ Gulls quartet told they can leave. BBC News (10 May 2005).
  3. ^ Garner agrees move to Boston. BBC News (7 June 2005).
  4. ^ "Shrews sign defender Canoville". BBC. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2007.
  5. ^ Canoville released by Shrewsbury. BBC News (9 May 2007).
  6. ^ Magpies seal deal for Canoville. BBC News (24 July 2007).
  7. ^ "Eight Magpies allowed to leave". Sky Sports. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Transfer Window Latest". Grays Athletic F.C. 1 September 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Pilgrims announce retained list". NonLeagueDaily.com. 30 April 2012. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  10. ^ Whiteley, Jake. (24 May 2012) Tulips Sign Canoville and Toyne – Spalding United FC. Pitchero.com.
  11. ^ "Captain Canoville leaves Tulips by 'mutual consent'". Spalding United. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Non-league: Top Tulips star calls it a day". Peterborough Today. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

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