Full Name: Thorpe, Lee Anthony
Date Of Birth :
Birthplace : Wolverhampton
LCFC career record :
Apps : 211 ;
Subs : 11 ;
Goals : 67
LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 183 ;
Subs : 9 ;
Goals : 58
LCFC Debut : 09/08/1997, Chester City (a) 0-2, FL Division 3
Last Match : 13/04/2002, Rochdale (h) 1-1, FL Division 3
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Striker Lee Thorpe joined the Imps just prior to the start of the
1997/98 season having spent the previous four seasons with Blackpool,
making just 12 League appearances for the Bloomfield Road outfit.
He went on to become a prolific marksman for City and was the Imps'
top scorer in all competitions in each of his five seasons at Sincil
Bank. His 67 goals from 233 League and cup appearances puts him 10th
in the all-time list of Lincoln's goalscoring greats.
One of 20 players to have netted 50 or more Football League goals for
the Imps, Wolverhampton-born Lee began his career as a trainee with
Blackpool before turning professional there in July 1994.
He scored once in three games during a loan spell with Bangor City in
September 1995 but after failing to establish himself at Blackpool,
he was allowed to leave and on August 4th 1997, he moved to Sincil
Bank on a free transfer.
In addition to netting his fair share of goals, he also collected his
fair share of cards though and was sent off four times during his
Lincoln career. Two of these dismissals came in successive games in
October 2001, leading to a seven match suspension.
Despite this questionable disciplinary record, 'Thorpey' was still
one of the key members of the City squad but the dire financial
situation at the Club, which came to the fore in May 2002, saw him
move to Leyton Orient on a free transfer on the same day that the
Club went into administration.
He went on to make 55 League appearances for the O's, scoring 12
times which included a late equaliser against City at Brisbane Road,
and following a spell on loan with Grimsby Town, he moved to Bristol
Rovers in March 2004 having been placed on the transfer list and told
his contract would not be renewed.
He found the goals hard to come by at Bristol, although one of his
four Rovers goals came against the Imps, and after a short spell with
Swansea City and a loan period with Peterborough United, he moved to
Devon to help Torquay United avoid the drop to the Conference.
He made the move to Torquay permanent in May 2006 but when the Gulls
found themselves relegated out of the Football League 12 months
later, he moved on with Brentford and then Rochdale becoming his next employers.
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