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|Full name||Lee David Cowling|
|Date of birth||22 September 1977|
|Place of birth||Doncaster, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Left Back / Winger|
|1998–1999||→Burton Albion (loan)||14||(1)|
|2000–2002||Kettering Town F.C.||63||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
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.
His father is ex-football player Dave Cowling