Monday, 2 May 2011
368 Lee Cartwright
Position : Winger
Played : 2005-06
Appearances : 27
Goals : 1
Lee was signed on a free from Stockport. The 32-year old came from Rawtenstall where my mate's younger brother cut his hair. He was best known for his 13 year stint at Preston where he made 397 appearances across three divisions and scored 22 goals. In January 2004 he moved to Stockport on a free but his impact there was limited by injury. He scored once in 34 games.
A Preston-supporting friend warned me that Lee's game had been entirely reliant on pace and if that had gone he wouldn't be much good. Lee was still pretty fast but didn't make the impact expected. Like Graham Atkinson before him he was much better in away games where he had more space and won the game for us at Bristol Rovers with runs down the right which resulted in a penalty and then the assist for Blair Sturrock's winner. At home he was less effective and when he did get past his man the final ball was often very poor. Steve Parkin wasn't very happy with his contribution and he was in and out of the side. The problem was we didn't have anyone else who could play there and we saw some strange lopsided formations when he wasn't playing.
Lee was dropped again after a poor performance at home to Bury in February but we only won one of the next 7 games so he was restored for the home game against Peterborough which we won 2-1 effectively making us safe. Lee didn't play all that well but at least the side had a recognisable shape again.
Lee was released at the end of the season and joined Scarborough becoming their last ever Player of the Year. When they were liquidated he joined Hyde United for a year before retiring. He now works in a children's home for youngsters with behavioural problems.