Lee, David

Birth Date

26th November 1969





Biographical Text

David Lee, who made nearly 200 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, played a handful of times for Exeter City at the end of his professional career.

David joined Chelsea as a trainee in 1986 and turned professional in July 1988. After a goalscoring debut in October 1988 he made 151 league appearances (scoring eleven times) over a ten-year period. He also had loan spells with Reading, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth and Sheffield United. 

Leaving Stamford Bridge in December 1998 David joined Bristol Rovers, his home town club, but made fewer than a dozen league appearances before linking up with Crystal Palace in October 1999 and then Colchester United in January 2000.

Having not made a first-team appearance for either of his two previous clubs, David arrived at Exeter City in February 2000 and immediately made his debut against York City but was sent-off after only thirteen minutes. He then made two Football League Trophy appearances - both against Bristol City - and played in a further three league games up to and including 18 March.

David left the Grecians shortly afterwards and was never to return to the Football League playing first for Parramatta Power in Sydney and then Havant & Waterlooville, Forest Green Rovers. Weston-super-Mare and Mangotsfield United. Moving into coaching David had a development role at Bristol City prior to a six-month stint at Northampton Town in 2011 where he was both assistant manager and caretaker manager. He was later an academy coach at Arsenal before working with AiScout, an “artificial intelligence-based platform (used) to find, analyse, scout and develop amateur players all over the world.”


Exeter City

League 4; Cups 2 (6)



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