Lenny Pidgeley, signed from Bradford City, had a season as City’s second-choice goalkeeper. Departing the club he moved to Newport County and was part of the team which returned to the Football League.
Lenny started his career as a Chelsea trainee and represented England at under-16, under-18 and under-19 level. After a long loan at Watford during 2003/04, he made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in May 2005 and - either side of a brief loan to Millwall - made another Premier League appearance exactly a year later. Released by Chelsea, Lenny joined Millwall permanently for whom he was first-choice during 2006/07. Steadily featuring less often, and after being loaned to Woking, Lenny agreed terms with Carlisle United in July 2009 but failed to establish himself as first-choice. After a single season Lenny moved to Bradford City for whom he played around twenty league games in 2010/11.
Not retained at Valley Parade, Lenny signed for Exeter City in June 2011. With the Grecians in League One, and Artur Krysiak as first-choice, Lenny had to wait until the Football League Trophy game against Plymouth Argyle on 30 August for his debut retaining his place for the league game against Hartlepool United four days later. Playing three more games in quick succession Lenny’s appearances then became more sporadic and he only played a further seven times making his final appearance for the Grecians against Carlisle United on 28 April 2012.
Released in May 2012 Lenny moved to Newport County where, at the end of his first season, he appeared in the Conference play-off final victory over Wrexham. Without ever being out-and-out first-choice after the club’s return to the Football League, Lenny moved to Mansfield on loan in February 2015 and - leaving Newport in May 2015 - later appeared for Leatherhead, Forest Green Rovers, Hastings United, Margate and Farnborough before retiring in 2018. Away from football Lenny was now working as a landscaper.
League 10; Cups 2 (12)