colin lee - fact file

1977 - 1980            forward

FULL NAME :   COLIN LEE

Born on 12th June 1956 in Torquay, Devon.

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Made an instant impact on his debut for Spurs, hitting four goals against Bristol Rovers, but struggled to maintain such a level of goal-scoring, although Colin Lee proved to be a good value for money buy for the club in times when they needed players dedicated to the cause.

Born in Torquay and brought up in Buckfastleigh, Devon, Lee attended Buckfast Primary school and went on to study at Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay.  As a schoolboy, Colin played for Torquay Boys on right wing.  He was spotted playing for the district side against Plymouth Boys at Home Park by Terry Griffin (Bristol City scout) and was recommended to City, where he became an apprentice at Bristol City and signed professional in July 1974.

The club moved him to full back and then went on to loan him out to Hereford United for two months to get first team experience in 1974-75.  Not retained by the Ashton Gate club, Lee moved to Torquay United in January 1977 on loan and within a month he had signed permanently.

The Gulls moved Colin back up front, where he had made his name and he went on to scored 10 goals in 21 games up to the end of the 1976-77 season.

Lee was spotted as a potential goal-scorer for the Second Division campaign, he signed for Spurs in October 1977 for 60,000, making an immediate impact with four goals in his debut in the 9-0 demolition of Bristol Rovers at White Hart Lane.  The agile striker took up good positions and was provided with chances by the likes of Peter Taylor and Glenn Hoddle, having a strike rate of about one goal every three games, being a part of the side that won promotion back to the First Division in his first season.  A good creator of chances too, he was always battling with Chris Jones and John Duncan for a centre-forward's role, Colin left to get more games, joining Chelsea for 200,000 in January 1980. 

Had a good spell with the Pensioners and scored less regularly, but was still a major factor in the club's rise back from the old Second Division and scored in the 1985 Full Members Cup final in a 5-4 win over Manchester City.

Left Stamford Bridge in 1987 to play for Brentford, but at the end of the 1988-89 season, he stopped playing to concentrate on his job as youth development officer at Griffin Park, which he had been doing alongside his playing role.

Went on to management after he finished in the game, Colin went into the coaching side of the game.  He was a youth coach and then first team manager (March 1990 - November 1990) at Watford; youth team coach and assistant manager at Reading (1991 - 1994); assistant manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers (1994 - November 1998); scout for Leeds United (until March 2001), ; consultant and then caretaker manager at Torquay United (March 2001 - December 2000), saving the club from relegation from the Football League on the last day of the season, but turned down the job as full-time manager in July 2000 and was working as a scout for Leeds again in November 2001.

Got a position as first team coach at Wigan Athletic in December 2001 and then was appointed manager at Walsall in January 2002, where he stayed until sacked in March 2004.  Had to wait until March 2005 for his next crack at management at Millwall, before being made Director of Football in December 2006 and leaving in January 2006.

In January 2007, he went back home to Torquay United as a coach, before returning to the manager's office and then Director of Football.  Was made redundant, but was brought back by new owners in 2007 and took up the role of Chief Executive.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Bristol City July 1974 ?? November 1974 0 0
Hereford United 1974-75 ?? ??  9 0
Torquay United January 1977 Loan ??  ?? ??
Torquay United February 1977 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR October 1977 60,000 22nd October 1977 v Bristol Rovers (Second Division) (home) won 9-0   scored four 65 + 6 as a sub 21
Chelsea January 1980 200,000 ??  ?? ??
Brentford July 1987 17,500 ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Bristol City
0 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
Hereford United (loan)
9 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
Torquay United
35 League appearances; 14 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
57 + 5 as a sub League appearances; 18 goals
6 + 1 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 3 goals
2 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals
Chelsea

185 League appearances; 36 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Brentford

24 League appearances; 1 goal
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals

Honours
Full Members Cup winners medal 1984-1985  (Chelsea)

Milestones
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1977

Was looking for a house in Goffs Oak/Ware, Herts., after moving up from Teignmouth.

Drove a Hillman Hunter.

Enjoyed pop music and rifle shooting. 

Helped in the kitchens at the Waterman's Arms in Buckfastleigh as a boy and took an interest in cooking.  When in Bristol, he attended college to study cookery two afternoons a week and his wife was an assistant cook at a Bristol Police Station.  Had an idea to open his own restaurant one day.

 

 

What they said about Colin Lee
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What Colin Lee said about ...
his debut after Jermain Defoe's five goals against Wigan Athletic in November 2009 ...  January 2010 (Hotspur Magazine)

"The game itself will always remain with long in the memory.  It was a fantastic day, something you can't even dream of, especially on a debut.  It's a topic that always seems to crop up every time I bump into Spurs fans and certainly over the the last few weeks everyone has wanted to discuss it, as you can imagine."
 

the debut against Bristol Rovers ...  November 2011 (Hotspur Magazine)

"It was obviously a massive day for me, having been transferred from the old Fourth Division and Torquay United to a club like Tottenham Hotspur, with aspirations of making a swift return to the top flight.  I've still got the match ball from the Rovers match, which I'd like to find and put in a display as it brings back so many wonderful memories. I loved my time at Tottenham and I'm very honoured that I go to have the opportunity to represent such a massive football club during my playing career. 
To be part of a 9-0 win and score four goals on your debut is something you couldn't even dream of. It was a fantastic feeling for myself and a great day for the club. I've still got a video of the match at home and it still gets the occasional airing. I can certainly picture all the goals very clearly."
 

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