Oliver Lee (footballer)
With Birmingham City in 2013 pre-season
|Full name||Oliver Robert Lee|
|Date of birth||11 July 1991|
|Place of birth||Hornchurch, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|–2009||West Ham United|
|2009–2012||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|2011||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||5||(0)|
|2011||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||16||(3)|
|2012||→ Gillingham (loan)||8||(0)|
|2013||→ Birmingham City (loan)||0||(0)|
|2015||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||15||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:42, 10 October 2015 (UTC).
Lee started his career as a youth player with West Ham United, with whom he turned professional in 2009. He made his debut in the Football League during the first of two loan spells at Dagenham & Redbridge in 2011, and also played on loan to League Two club Gillingham in 2012. He never made a senior appearance for West Ham, and moved on to Barnet in July 2012. After nine months and thirteen appearances, he signed for Championship club Birmingham City on loan. Despite not having played first-team football for Birmingham, the loan was converted to a permanent transfer in May 2013. He played 20 matches in 2013–14 but none the following season, and after a spell on loan at League Two Plymouth Argyle in 2015, he was released. In August 2015 Lee signed a short-term contract with League Two club Luton Town.
Lee began his football career as a youth team player with West Ham United, for whom he signed professionally in 2009. He captained the under-18 team, played reserve team football, and was an unused substitute for a League Cup match with West Ham before signing on loan for League One club Dagenham & Redbridge in March 2011. He made his debut in their 2–1 away defeat to Exeter City on 2 April. His loan was extended until the end of the season, during which time he played in five league matches, all defeats, as the club failed to avoid relegation to League Two.
In August 2011, Lee returned to Dagenham on a one-month loan to cover for injuries. The loan was later extended for a further two months. He made sixteen appearances in League Two and one in the Football League Trophy, and scored three goals, all in the league. His first senior goal, in the 73rd minute of a 2–1 defeat at home to Morecambe on 17 September, was a 25-yard (23 m) free kick into the top corner of the net, which manager John Still described as "a bit of a fluke".
After a two-week trial in February 2012, Lee joined League Two Gillingham on loan for a month. He made his debut on 21 February in a goalless draw at home to Rotherham United, and played eight matches in all during his loan spell, which was extended for a second month.
West Ham released Lee when his contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season.
Mark Robson signed Lee for League Two side Barnet on 3 July 2012. He played regularly at the start of the season, but increasingly infrequently after the arrival of Edgar Davids as joint head coach, and not at all after Robson left the club.
Lee joined up with Championship club Birmingham City on trial in February 2013, and signed on loan on 21 March. He made no first-team appearances during his loan spell, but he was an unused substitute on the final day of the season, and captained the under-21 development team. The move was made permanent in May. Lee signed a one-year deal with the option of a further year, and no transfer fee was involved.
He took part in pre-season friendlies with the first team, scoring against Alfreton Town, and made his competitive debut as a late substitute in the League Cup on 6 August, just seconds before Plymouth Argyle's equaliser took the match into extra time. With Tom Adeyemi unavailable and Callum Reilly unfit to start, both because of illness, Lee made his first appearance in the Championship at Leeds United on 20 October. He played the whole match as Birmingham lost 4–0. He and Peter Løvenkrands entered the League Cup fourth-round match against Stoke City as 79th-minute substitutes with Birmingham 3–1 down. Lee's 85th-minute free kick led to Løvenkrands pulling a goal back, and after the same player's equaliser took the match into extra time, Lee himself scored his first competitive goal for Birmingham, from outside the penalty area in the 118th minute to make the score 4–4, and converted his penalty in the shootout, which Birmingham lost. He scored his first league goal for Birmingham, with a volleyed finish after Nikola Žigić headed the ball down, on 15 February 2014 in a 2–1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town, and finished the season with 20 appearances, of which 16 were in Championship matches.
Having failed to set foot on the field for the first team in 2014–15, Lee joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle in January 2015 on a month's loan. He went straight into the starting eleven, and came close to scoring an equaliser from a free kick as Plymouth lost 1–0 at home to Luton Town. He played seven matches during the month, scored once, a stoppage-time header with Argyle already 3–1 down at Hartlepool United, and was sent off in the last of the seven for a foul on Exeter City's Tom Nichols. Despite the consequent three-match suspension, Lee's loan was extended to the end of the season. He made a further eight appearances for Argyle, but was forced to miss the end of the regular season, when Argyle qualified for the play-offs, because of a groin injury.
Birmingham confirmed he would be released when his contract expired at the end of the season.
Lee signed a short-term contract with League Two club Luton Town on 21 August 2015. The deal included performance-based options to lengthen his stay. He signed an extended contract until June 2017 on 22 September 2015.
- As of match played 10 October 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||2009–10||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|West Ham United total||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||2010–11||League One||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|Dagenham & Redbridge total||20||3||—||0||0||1||0||21||3|
|Gillingham (loan)||2011–12||League Two||8||0||—||—||—||8||0|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2012–13||Championship||0||0||—||—||—||0||0|
|Birmingham City total||16||1||2||0||2||1||—||20||2|
|Plymouth Argyle (loan)||2014–15||League Two||15||2||—||—||—||15||2|
|Luton Town||2015–16||League Two||8||1||0||0||1||0||2[a]||0||11||1|
- Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
Lee was born in Hornchurch, east London, the son of former Newcastle and England midfielder Rob Lee. His younger brother, Elliot, plays for West Ham United. Lee attended Brentwood School in Brentwood, Essex, and played for the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) under-16 representative team.
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"Birmingham City 4–4 Stoke City". BBC Sport. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "Birmingham 1–2 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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- "Hartlepool 3–2 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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- Errington, Chris (23 April 2015). "Olly Lee not expected to finish loan spell at Argyle because of injury". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
"Shrewsbury 0–2 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- Tattum, Colin (5 May 2015). "Blues announce squad departures". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Olly Lee: Luton Town sign ex-Birmingham City midfielder". BBC Sport. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
- "Olly Lee signs new Luton contract". Luton Town FC. 22 September 2015.
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- "Games played by Oliver Lee in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- Walker, Michael (28 August 2011). "On the road: Lee set to follow in his father's footsteps as West Ham youngster shines". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Current professional players". Independent Schools Football Association. Retrieved 7 August 2013.