Friday, 6 August 2010

111 Lee Warren

Position : Midfield (also played in defence)

Played : 1987-88

Appearances : 31

Goals : 1

In October 1987 with things not going particularly well Eddie Gray returned to Leeds and bought another defender for a small fee. Lee made his League debut with Dale (away at Cardiff I think) in defence but soon got moved into midfield to replace the departed Ronnie Coyle.

It was very much a like for like swap with Lee protecting the back four but struggling to do anything creative. A Sunday newspaper report that Wimbledon were looking at him which described him as a “hot property” met with widespread derision. I recall that his parents used to travel on the Supporters Coach to away games and his dad had the most preposterous jet black wig you’ve ever seen. He scored one, good goal in our penultimate home game (Wrexham possibly ?).

When Eddie Gray left for Hull he immediately came back for Lee for £40,000 IIRC which was a decent profit. Gray only lasted a season at Boothferry Park. Though not a regular under Gray’s immediate successors (at one point being loaned out to Lincoln) Lee stayed on and played for six seasons at Hull scoring once in 153 appearances. In 1994 he moved on to Doncaster where he reverted back to defence and stayed with them to the bitter end of the Ken Richardson era in 1997-98 by which time he was virtually the only senior pro left at the club. He continued with them for another two seasons in the Conference then moved on to Barrow where he became Assistant-Manager in 2003. Two years later he resigned saying he wanted to prolong his playing career and moved to Goole then shortly afterwards Brigg Town. As of last season he was still playing for Bottesford Town near Scunthorpe.

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