- Richard Lee (footballer)
Football player infobox
playername = Richard Lee
fullname = Richard Anthony Lee
height = height|ft=6|in=0
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1982|10|5|df=y
currentclub = Watford
clubnumber = 16
position = Goalkeeper
years = 2001–
clubs = Watford
→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)
caps(goals) = 82 (0)
pcupdate = 08:15, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Lee came through Watford's academy, and became second choice goalkeeper after
Ray Lewington's appointment as manager at the beginning of the 2002–03 season. He made his debut in February 2003 against Preston North End, after first choice Alec Chamberlainwas rested before an FA Cupquarter final. He went on to make four more appearances that season.
At the beginning of the 2003–04 season it seemed like Lee may become Watford's first-choice goalkeeper, after he started many of the club's pre-season games. However, in a pre-season fixture against Queens Park Rangers he broke his arm, and was out injured for a period of months. By the time of his return, loanee
Lenny Pidgeleyhad established himself in the side, with Chamberlain as his deputy.
For the 2004–05 season Lee became Watford's first-choice goalkeeper, although he was injured for Watford's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd's decision to loan Lee to
Blackburn Roversfor the 2005–06 season was met with questions from many fans. Lee spent the season as third choice goalkeeper behind Brad Friedeland Peter Enckelman. Lee returned to Watford following the conclusion of the loan deal, with both clubs unable to agree upon a transfer fee.
On his return to Watford, Lee spent most of the 2006–07 Premiership season as backup to on loan goalkeeper Ben Foster, though he played in the
FA Cupsemi final against Manchester United as Foster was ineligible to play against his parent club.
At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Lee again found himself as backup as during the close season
Mart Poomhad been signed from Arsenal. Lee was eventually given his chance in the first team and managed to dislodge Poom and establish himself as Watford's first choice keeper. He was also given the responsibility of captaining the side for a time.
31 August 2006, Lee appeared on the BBCprogramme Dragons' Den, where he and a partner managed to sell 50% of the equity in their company "Dr. Cap" to the entrepreneur Duncan Bannatynefor an investment of £150,000.
* [http://www.richardleegk.com/ Richard Lee official site]
* [http://www.watfordfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10400~11673,00.html Richard Lee profile] at watfordfc.co.uk
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