Sunday, 29 May 2011
414 Lee Thorpe
Position : Forward
Played : 2007-08 to 2008-09
Appearances : 36
Goals : 6
Lee was signed on a free from Brentford as a replacement for Glenn Murray before the transfer deadline closed. The 31-year old was a familiar face around the lower divisions. He made his debut for Blackpool in 1995 but was released after 12 games without scoring. He went to Lincoln and had a good 5 years there scoring 57 goals in 192 appearances. Surprisingly released in 2002 he joined Leyton Orient scoring 12 goals in 55 appearances but it turned sour there and he went on loan to Grimsby in February 2004. He went to Bristol Rovers in March 2005 but scored just 4 in 35 appearances. Just under a year later he went to Swansea and scored 3 in 18 games as Swansea won promotion. The following season he went on loan to Peterborough and Torquay signing permanently for the latter in May 2006. Although he scored 8 in 41 games he sometimes played at centre half at Plainmoor. He left by mutual consent when Torquay were relegated and signed for two years at Brentford. He had played 19 games scoring 4 goals but was out of favour when we came calling.
Lee was a textbook centre forward , good in the air with a decent touch and the ability to play in team-mates. He was also a good defender at corners and set pieces. There wasn't much else to his game as his pace had gone but he was the best option in that position. Lee was in and out of the side in his first season with a set of niggling injuries but he proved his worth with a superb first goal at Brentford (which he rather enjoyed) and then setting up Alfie's winner at home to Bradford three days later. Unfortunately his season ended with an injury in the following game which was then compounded by breaking his arm in an arm-wrestling contest on the coach up to Darlington for the play-off semi-final.
His second season got off to a bad start when he was sent off for a stupid challenge at Rotherham. One of the guys I went to the game with was ranting that he should never play for us again but the fact remained that we needed him and he scored in his next game back , the FLT game against Carlisle. He had his best game away at Notts County in October where he scored both our goals, each an excellent finish with his right foot. Lee disappeared from the side just after Christmas and there were never substantiated rumours that he'd failed a drugs test but he returned to the side in February and played out the rest of the season. However age was catching up with him. He only scored one more goal and was culpable for missing good chances in the draw at Luton which ended our hopes of automatic promotion.
Lee joined Darlington in the summer but struggled with injury only playing 68 games and failing to score. He moved on to Fleetwood in 2010. He played against us in a pre-season friendly but barely touched the ball. He made 19 appearances in the season just gone mainly as substitute but didn't score.