RICHARD EN­JOYS ‘PAINFUL’ RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Lyons

FORMER Wat­ford and Brent­ford goal­keeper Richard Lee ad­mit­ted he ‘loved the ex­pe­ri­ence’ of go­ing be­tween the sticks for Dun­sta­ble Town in mid­week – even though they lost 4-1 and he felt ‘dread­ful’ the next morn­ing!

The 35-year-old stepped out of re­tire­ment on a one­off ba­sis as the Blues’ Ip­swich loa­nee Nick Hayes, 18, who he men­tors, was un­avail­able due to an Eng­land youth train­ing camp.

Dun­sta­ble led 1-0 in the Evo-Stik South­ern Premier clash at Bishop’s Stort­ford, but, ul­ti­mately, they were well beaten.

Lee, who quit play­ing a cou­ple of years ago, said: “I was rea­son­ably happy with my per­for­mance.

“I loved the ex­pe­ri­ence and it was great to be out there again, but I felt dread­ful the next morn­ing.

“In the first half I came out for a ball and I felt my shoul­ders seize up.

“At half-time I had some painkillers and they loos­ened up a bit in the sec­ond half.

“In the morn­ing I was given a sharp re­minder why I re­tired!” So, You Want To Be­come A Pro­fes­sional Foot­baller?, by Adam Woodage with Rich Lee, pub­lished by AW Pub­lish­ing, is out now (£11.99).

SAVES: Richard Lee

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