Lee Martin spent two seasons at Exeter City right at the end of his professional career. He had been at Manchester United early in his career and played his most games for Ipswich Town.
Lee spent a few months as a Wimbledon trainee before joining Manchester United, in a compensation package, as a sixteen-year-old. In a six-year stay at Old Trafford Lee appeared in three first-team games and played on loan for Royal Antwerp, Rangers, Stoke, Plymouth, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest. He left in 2009 to play for Ipswich Town where he made a hundred league appearances and twenty more at Charlton on loan. Lee then signed for Millwall in 2013 and Gillingham in 2016 playing on loan for Northampton along the way.
By the time Lee left Gillingham to sign for Exeter City on 23 July 2018 he had appeared in 243 league games since leaving Manchester United, scoring sixteen times.
Making his debut for Exeter as a substitute against Carlisle on 4 August 2018, Lee appeared in 40 league and cup games during his first season at the club. His only goal of the campaign came against Crewe in December. Lee came close to doubling his aooearance tally by adding thirty-seven appearances in the COVID 10-affected 2019/20 season. This included the play-off semi-final at Colchester but not the home leg or the final. Yet Lee had a more prolific season scoring seven times. Of his 63 league appearances over two seasons, 23 came as substitute.
After being released by Exeter at the end of the 2019/20 season Lee joined recently-relegated Ebbsfleet United of National League South. After a first season interrupted by COVID-19, Lee’s club were beaten play-off finalists in his second season. Lee later signed for Dover Athletic, also of National League South, in July 2022 and spent a season at the Crabble before leaving for Ramsgate for whom he scored the winner against Woking in the first round proper of the FA Cup in November 2023.
League 64 (1 play-off); Cups 13 (77)