Lee Cowling

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Lee Cowling
Personal information
Full name Lee David Cowling
Date of birth (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left Back / Winger
Youth career
1993–1994 Manchester United
1994–1998 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Nottingham Forest 1 (0)
1998–1999 Burton Albion (loan) 14 (1)
1999–2000 Mansfield Town 17 (0)
2000–2002 Kettering Town F.C. 63 (6)
2002–???? King's Lynn 48 (3)
National team
England U18 6 (0)
England U17 3
England U16 6
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lee Cowling (born 22 September 1977, in Doncaster, England) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a defender for Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Doncaster, Cowling started his career as a trainee at Manchester United, after they spotted him playing junior league football in Doncaster, beating Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal to his signature. After a backroom shuffle, Lee left and joined Nottingham Forest. Lee was consistently rated as one of the leading players of his generation, playing for Nottingham Forest, under Brian Clough, Frank Clark, Stuart Pearce, and Ron Atkinson. He was a regular in their youth team as well as the England schoolboy setup alongside players such as Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville and David Beckham.

After a brief stint at Mansfield Town, the club at which his father Dave Cowling started his career, a reoccurring knee injury forced him to retire in his early twenties. He later signed for non-league Kettering in 2000, where he made 63 appearances in two seasons with the club.

Coaching career[edit]

Lee is a UEFA A qualified coach who also holds The FA Youth Coaches Award and the Futsal Coaching qualification.

Lee worked as an Academy coach at Middlesbrough FC, and helped to develop two leading College football development centres, winning championships and cups consistently. He is responsible for helping a large number of college football players to move back into the professional game.

Private Life[edit]

His father is ex-football player Dave Cowling

External links[edit]

1. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=1708 2. http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/soccerplanet/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=3082