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Born: Mid­dles­brough, 1978 (Age 38) 1995-2003

A cen­tre-half and oc­ca­sional striker, Lee made his Hartle­pool de­but in Septem­ber 1995, aged 17, and went on to score 20 goals in al­most 300 ap­pear­ances for the club, win­ning pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion Two (now League One) in 2002.


Signed by Sh­effield Wed­nes­day on a free trans­fer in June 2003, Lee won the fans’ player of the year award in his first sea­son and was an in­te­gral part side of the pro­moted to the Cham­pi­onship un­der Paul Stur­rock in 2005. Af­ter five goals in 67 games – sev­eral as cap­tain – Lee fell out of favour at the higher level and made a £50,000 switch to Don­caster in 2006.


A suc­cess­ful first sea­son cul­mi­nated in skip­per Lee scor­ing the win­ner as Donny beat Bris­tol City 3-2 to win the Foot­ball League Tro­phy. How­ever, the 2007-08 cam­paign was wrecked by in­jury and, af­ter brief loan spells at Shrews­bury and Hartle­pool, Lee joined Brad­ford on a free trans­fer in 2008.


Af­ter two goals in 44 games for the League Two Ban­tams, Lee joined Notts County and was part of the side pro­moted to League One in 2009-10. A fur­ther sea­son at Meadow Lane brought his to­tal to 50 ap­pear­ances for the Mag­pies, be­fore a re­turn to his na­tive North East with Dar­ling­ton in 2011. Af­ter two sea­sons with the Quak­ers, Lee re­tired, aged 35.


Af­ter work­ing as a coach at Dar­ling­ton, then as a scout and part-time academy coach at Mid­dles­brough, Lee be­came as­sis­tant man­ager of the Teessiders’ Un­der-21 side. He cur­rently coaches the club’s Un­der-23s.

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