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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
    Season 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

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

    LeagueWar CupTotal
    Season 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
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