David Lee (footballer, born 1967)

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David Lee
Personal information
Full name David Mark Lee
Date of birth (1967-11-05) 5 November 1967
Place of birth Whitefield, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers (Assistant Academy Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Bury 208 (35)
1991–1992 Southampton 20 (0)
1992Bolton Wanderers (loan) 8 (1)
1992–1997 Bolton Wanderers 147 (16)
1997–2000 Wigan Athletic 84 (11)
1999Blackpool (loan) 9 (1)
2000–2001 Carlisle United 13 (0)
2001 Morecambe 12 (0)
Total 501 (64)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Mark Lee (born 5 November 1967 in Whitefield, Lancashire) is an English former professional footballer.

Playing career

Lee, a right-winger, began his career with Bury in 1986. In five years at Gigg Lane, he made just over 200 league appearances and scored 35 goals.

Southampton came in for his services in 1991 with a successful £350,000 bid. Lee's stay on the south coast was short-lived, however; after only twenty appearances he returned to the north-west with Bolton Wanderers in a one-month loan deal. In December 1992, Bolton made the move permanent in a £275,000 deal.[1]

Lee remained at Burnden Park for five years, clocking up 147 appearances and scoring sixteen goals. Whilst at Bolton he played in the 1995 League Cup Final.

In 1997 he joined Wigan Athletic for £250,000, and he maintained his goalscoring touch, netting eleven goals during his three years with the Latics.

Lee joined Blackpool on loan in 1999, before making a permanent move to Carlisle United on a non-contract basis.

A year later, the midfielder joined non-league side Morecambe, with whom he finished his career.


After retiring he turned his hand to coaching and former club Wigan gave him his first opportunity on the ladder by naming him as their youth coach. He stayed in this position until 2008 when accepting the offer to return to Bolton as their Assistant Academy Director.


Bolton Wanderers


  1. Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 540. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
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