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Jack Lee

Full name: John Lee
Birthdate: 04.11.1920
Birthplace: Sileby, Leicestershire
Position: Centre-forward
Joined from: Quorn Methodists
Signed by: Tom Bromilow
Nationality: England
First game: Luton Town, 05.10.1946
Last game: Southampton, 29.04.1950
Games: 137
Goals: 84
Wartime Games: 26 Goals: 13
Player Profile

The homegrown talent was City’s leading scorer of the 1940’s as he played through regional wartime football and a return to regular league action, netting almost 100 goals in over 160 appearances in all competitions.

The Sileby-born forward caught the attention of City when he scored twice in Quarn Methodists’ victory over a City Colts side in the 1940 County Cup final and he didn't disappoint upon joining the club, scoring in both his debut during wartime football and on the return to post-war action.

Lee’s goals weren't just numerous - they were crucial. He bagged the goal at Cardiff that helped Leicester avoid relegation to the third tier in 1949 and was also a key figure as City reached Wembley that year in the cup but fell to an agonising defeat in the final.

He also had to come through a number of injury setbacks to enjoy his successful nine-year spell at Filbert Street and there was uproar when a transfer was agreed to near rivals Derby County. With the Rams he secured selection for England and scored in a 4-1 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Ultimately, and frustratingly, injuries caught up with him during his time with the Rams and he wasn't able to replicate the regularity of his goals for County. He did go on to have a brief stint at Coventry City before those injuries forced him to retire from the game.

Post football, Lee went on to be a groundsman and he was also a county cricketer for Leicestershire, taking a wicket with the first ball he bowled. However, that was to be his only senior outing.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1946-47Division Two (old)24181-------2518
1946_708_
1947-48Division Two (old)221332------2515
1947_708_
1948-49Division Two (old)382198------4729
1948_708_
1949-50Division Two (old)39221-------4022
1949_708_
Total123741410------137 84
_708_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 05.10.1946 2 - 1 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old) 2
2 12.10.1946 4 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old) 1
3 19.10.1946 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Division Two (old)
4 26.10.1946 0 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
5 02.11.1946 2 - 0 Southampton (H) Division Two (old)
6 09.11.1946 3 - 2 Newport County (A) Division Two (old) 2
7 16.11.1946 6 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old) 2
8 07.12.1946 4 - 3 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old) 3
9 14.12.1946 2 - 4 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 2
10 21.12.1946 2 - 4 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old) 1
11 25.12.1946 2 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue (A) Division Two (old)
12 26.12.1946 2 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue (H) Division Two (old)
13 28.12.1946 0 - 1 Manchester City (A) Division Two (old)
14 04.01.1947 4 - 0 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old) 2
15 11.01.1947 2 - 1 West Ham United (A) FA Cup 3
16 18.01.1947 3 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
17 04.04.1947 0 - 1 Millwall (A) Division Two (old)
18 19.04.1947 1 - 1 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
19 26.04.1947 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
20 03.05.1947 2 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
21 10.05.1947 1 - 2 Coventry City (A) Division Two (old) 1
22 17.05.1947 0 - 2 Chesterfield (A) Division Two (old)
23 24.05.1947 1 - 4 Burnley (H) Division Two (old) 1
24 26.05.1947 1 - 1 Southampton (A) Division Two (old) 1
25 07.06.1947 2 - 0 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
26 23.08.1947 1 - 3 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
27 25.08.1947 2 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old) 2
28 30.08.1947 0 - 2 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
29 03.09.1947 0 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
30 06.09.1947 1 - 0 Coventry City (A) Division Two (old)
31 20.09.1947 0 - 1 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
32 27.09.1947 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
33 11.10.1947 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old) 2
34 18.10.1947 2 - 0 Bradford Park Avenue (A) Division Two (old)
35 25.10.1947 2 - 1 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old) 2
36 01.11.1947 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
37 08.11.1947 0 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division Two (old)
38 15.11.1947 4 - 0 Millwall (A) Division Two (old) 2
39 22.11.1947 1 - 2 Chesterfield (H) Division Two (old)
40 29.11.1947 1 - 1 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
41 20.12.1947 2 - 0 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old) 1
42 03.01.1948 1 - 3 Fulham (A) Division Two (old) 1
43 10.01.1948 1 - 0 Bury (H) FA Cup 3 1
44 17.01.1948 2 - 2 Coventry City (H) Division Two (old) 2
45 24.01.1948 2 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) FA Cup 4
46 31.01.1948 0 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
47 07.02.1948 2 - 5 Tottenham Hotspur (A) FA Cup 5 1
48 14.02.1948 3 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old) 1
49 28.02.1948 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
50 06.03.1948 2 - 0 Bradford Park Avenue (H) Division Two (old)
51 21.08.1948 6 - 2 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old) 2
52 26.08.1948 1 - 4 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
53 28.08.1948 2 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division Two (old)
54 30.08.1948 2 - 3 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old) 2
55 04.09.1948 2 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old)
56 06.09.1948 0 - 0 Brentford (H) Division Two (old)
57 25.09.1948 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old)
58 02.10.1948 3 - 2 Bury (H) Division Two (old) 1
59 09.10.1948 1 - 1 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
60 16.10.1948 2 - 2 Bradford Park Avenue (H) Division Two (old) 1
61 23.10.1948 0 - 6 Southampton (A) Division Two (old)
62 30.10.1948 1 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old) 1
63 06.11.1948 0 - 1 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
64 13.11.1948 4 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old) 1
65 20.11.1948 0 - 1 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
66 04.12.1948 0 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
67 11.12.1948 2 - 2 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old) 1
68 18.12.1948 1 - 3 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
69 25.12.1948 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division Two (old)
70 27.12.1948 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division Two (old)
71 01.01.1949 3 - 1 Coventry City (H) Division Two (old) 1
72 08.01.1949 1 - 1 Birmingham City (A) FA Cup 3
73 15.01.1949 1 - 1 Birmingham City (H) FA Cup 3 rep
74 17.01.1949 2 - 1 Birmingham City (A) FA Cup 3 rep 2
75 22.01.1949 5 - 3 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old) 3
76 29.01.1949 2 - 0 Preston North End (H) FA Cup 4 1
77 05.02.1949 1 - 1 Chesterfield (A) Division Two (old) 1
78 12.02.1949 5 - 5 Luton Town (A) FA Cup 5 4
79 19.02.1949 5 - 3 Luton Town (H) FA Cup 5 rep 2
80 26.02.1949 2 - 0 Brentford (A) FA Cup 6 1
81 05.03.1949 1 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
82 12.03.1949 3 - 3 Bradford Park Avenue (A) Division Two (old) 1
83 19.03.1949 1 - 3 Southampton (H) Division Two (old) 1
84 26.03.1949 3 - 1 Portsmouth (N) FA Cup sf
85 02.04.1949 1 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
86 06.04.1949 1 - 3 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
87 09.04.1949 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
88 11.04.1949 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old) 1
89 15.04.1949 1 - 4 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
90 16.04.1949 0 - 3 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
91 18.04.1949 1 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old) 1
92 21.04.1949 3 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 1
93 23.04.1949 1 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
94 30.04.1949 1 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (N) FA Cup f
95 04.05.1949 2 - 1 Bury (A) Division Two (old) 1
96 05.05.1949 0 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
97 07.05.1949 1 - 1 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old) 1
98 20.08.1949 1 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
99 24.08.1949 2 - 2 Bradford Park Avenue (A) Division Two (old)
100 27.08.1949 1 - 2 Hull City (H) Division Two (old) 1
101 29.08.1949 4 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue (H) Division Two (old) 3
102 03.09.1949 1 - 0 Brentford (A) Division Two (old)
103 10.09.1949 3 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
104 12.09.1949 0 - 1 Chesterfield (A) Division Two (old)
105 17.09.1949 4 - 2 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old) 1
106 19.09.1949 0 - 1 Chesterfield (H) Division Two (old)
107 24.09.1949 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division Two (old)
108 01.10.1949 0 - 3 Bury (A) Division Two (old)
109 15.10.1949 2 - 2 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
110 22.10.1949 2 - 2 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old) 1
111 29.10.1949 1 - 1 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
112 05.11.1949 1 - 2 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
113 12.11.1949 3 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old) 2
114 19.11.1949 1 - 2 Preston North End (A) Division Two (old) 1
115 26.11.1949 0 - 0 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old)
116 03.12.1949 1 - 1 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
117 10.12.1949 2 - 2 Southampton (H) Division Two (old) 1
118 17.12.1949 2 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old) 2
119 24.12.1949 0 - 4 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
120 26.12.1949 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Division Two (old)
121 27.12.1949 2 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division Two (old)
122 31.12.1949 1 - 1 Brentford (H) Division Two (old)
123 07.01.1950 1 - 3 Sheffield United (A) FA Cup 3
124 04.02.1950 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division Two (old)
125 11.02.1950 0 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
126 18.02.1950 0 - 2 Bury (H) Division Two (old)
127 25.02.1950 3 - 2 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
128 04.03.1950 2 - 2 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
129 11.03.1950 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old) 2
130 18.03.1950 2 - 2 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old) 1
131 25.03.1950 1 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
132 01.04.1950 0 - 0 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
133 08.04.1950 1 - 1 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old) 1
134 10.04.1950 1 - 2 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old) 1
135 15.04.1950 0 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
136 22.04.1950 1 - 0 Preston North End (H) Division Two (old)
137 29.04.1950 3 - 5 Southampton (A) Division Two (old) 2

Wartime

Seasons LeagueWar CupTotal
Year Apps GlsApps Gls Apps Gls
1940-41971061913
1941-425---5-
1945-462---2-
Total1671062613

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Quorn Methodists Unknown December 1940
OUT  Derby County £16,000 June 1950
Player 595 of 1145 ordered a-z

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