Jason Lee (footballer)
Lee in 2010
|Full name||Jason Benedict Lee|
|Date of birth||9 May 1971|
|Place of birth||Forest Gate, London, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|1991||→ Stockport County (loan)||2||(0)|
|1997||→ Charlton Athletic (loan)||8||(3)|
|1997||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||7||(2)|
|2000||→ Peterborough United (loan)||13||(5)|
|2011–2012||Boston United (Joint with Lee Canoville)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lee plays as a forward and has previously played in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest. He also played for Charlton Athletic, Stockport County, Lincoln City, Southend United, Grimsby Town, Watford, Chesterfield, Peterborough United, Falkirk, Boston United, Northampton Town, Notts County, Mansfield Town, Kettering Town, Corby Town, Ilkeston Town and Arnold Town. In 2011, he returned to Boston United as player/manager but was dismissed in December 2012.
He moved to Nottingham Forest in 1994. Initially, Lee failed to crack his way into Forest's first team. However, the departure of Stan Collymore to Liverpool saw him feature for the first team. In the 1995–96 season he scored eight league goals in 28 games.
Following two loan spells, back at his first club Charlton and at Grimsby Town, Lee was transferred to Watford in 1997 for £200,000 – the same fee paid by Forest three years earlier – and played in their 1997–98 Second Division championship-winning side, scoring ten goals. However, Lee's refusal to uproot his family from Nottingham caused tension with manager Graham Taylor, who sold him to Chesterfield early in the 1998–99 season for £250,000.
Since then, he has played for Peterborough United (2000–2003), Falkirk (2003–2004), Boston United (2004–2006). In January 2006, Lee joined Northampton Town on a free transfer. He was part of the Northampton side that won promotion from League Two, appearing 11 times for the Cobblers and scoring one goal against Notts County. However, he was released at the end of the season and subsequently joined Aldershot Town. His stay at the Shots was a brief one, and in June 2006 he moved to Notts County, and was team captain for the 2007–08 season. It was announced on BBC East Midlands Today, during a feature presented by the player, that he would not be retained by the club for the 2008–09 campaign.
Following his release from the Magpies, signed for Mansfield Town on 1 August 2008.
Lee signed for Kettering Town on 13 January 2009, for the remainder of the 2008–09 season from Mansfield Town. Lee scored once in six league games for Kettering, his strike coming in a 2–1 loss to Stevenage on 27 January 2009.
After a long and wide-ranging career Lee announced his retirement from football in November 2010 following the death of his mother.
Lee came out of retirement in March 2011 when he joined Arnold Town, debuting in the club's Northern Counties East League 1–0 defeat at Hallam on 8 March 2011. The same week he was announced as the Matchday VIP Host for former club Lincoln City, a role which would limit his availability for Arnold. His second, and final, league appearance for the club saw him sent-off for two yellow cards, the second for the use of the elbow, in the 4–2 defeat to Pickering Town on 19 March 2011.
On 22 March 2011, Lee, along with Lee Canoville was confirmed as caretaker coach of Boston United following the resignation of joint first team managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst. Lee re-registered himself as a player towards the end of the 10–11 season. He made three appearances, including the final of the Lincolnshire Senior Shield and one Conference North playoff-game. Jason Lee was sacked as manager in December 2012 after a run of poor results in the 2012/13 season leaving the Pilgrims in 10th place.
In 2013 Lee became the Equalities Education Executive for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).
Lee was frequently mocked by comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel in the 1990s football comedy TV show Fantasy Football League. In a series of sketches and references, Lee was lampooned for his perceived poor footballing ability and his distinctive hairstyle, described as resembling a "pineapple."
When asked what he made of Baddiel blackfacing to make fun of him on the show, Lee said: "I'd ask them if they realised the significance of what they were doing. It was, looking back, a form of bullying. I work in equalities now, and it can affect different people in different ways. I don't think people appreciate the possible harm it can cause. Not everyone has the make-up to deal with that, and they shouldn't have to."
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
- "Northampton recruit striker Lee". BBC Sport. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
- "Northampton 2–0 Notts County". BBC Sport. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Lee heads Notts County exit list". BBC Sport. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- "Lee leaves Stags to join Kettereing". This is Nottingham. Local World. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
- "Stevenage 2–1 Kettering". BBC Sport. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Farnborough vs Corby Town match report". Northants Evening Telegraph. Local World. 20 March 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- "Ilkeston Town 2–1 AFC Telford". Ilkeston Town FC. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Lee coup for Eagles". NonLeagueDaily.com. Baltic Publications. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- "Eagles beaten at Hallam". Official Website. Arnold Town FC. 11 March 2011. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2011 – via Pitchero.
- "Ex-Imp Lee joins match day team". Official Website. Lincoln City FC. 10 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- "Eagles beaten". Official Website. Arnold Town FC. 19 March 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2011 – via Pitchero.
- "Jason Lee sacked as Boston United manager" BBC Sport, 6 December 2012
- "Jason Lee - Equalities Education Executive". Professional Footballers Association. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
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