Sharpe, Lee

Birth Date

27th May 1971


Halesowen, England



Biographical Text

Lee Sharpe, older brother of John became as much a so called celebrity off the field as he did on it.

An England Under-21, ‘B’ and full international, winning 8 full caps, he was later seen on television and featured in newspapers even after he retired from playing. He began and ended his Football League career in Devon.

Sharpe was a trainee at Torquay United signing his first full contract in May 1988. But after only 14 league appearances and three goals, all made when he was a trainee, he was transferred to Manchester United in June 1988 for a fee of £200,000.

He appeared in 193 league matches for United scoring 21 goals, and was then transferred to Leeds United in August 1996, the Yorkshire club paying their then record fee of £4.5million. However knee injuries restricted him to 31 league appearances and five goals.

He was loaned to Sampdoria at the start of the 1998–99 season. Another loan to Bradford City in March 1999 turned into a permanent deal for £250,000 at the end of the season.

He stayed at Bradford for three seasons, and made 56 league appearances, netting four goals.

Sharpe moved to Portsmouth on loan in January 2001, but again only featured in 17 league matches. He then had a brief trial stay with Grimsby Town.

Exeter City, in what proved to be their relegation season from the Football League gave him a match by match contract in August 2002, it appearing as more of a publicity seeking move by the owners of the club than anything else.

He made his Grecians’ debut in a 1-1 home draw against Scunthorpe United. He scored his only goal in his four-match stay in the following game against Hull City.

When the winger left the Grecians, City Manager John Cornforth said: "He hasn't got a club sorted out yet and I think he wants to concentrate more on his radio and television work. I want to thank Lee for everything he has done. It was just down to my decision as the manager."

Sharpe then had a spell with Icelandic club, Grindavik in 2003. He retired from playing but achieved renewed fame after a number of reality television appearances.

He briefly returned to football in 2004, playing for Garforth Town, but his return was short-lived.

After retirement in 2004, Sharpe became a football pundit for ESPN Star in Singapore in Asia.

In August 2005 Sharpe's autobiography ‘My Idea of Fun’ was published, describing his time as a footballer and his resulting celebrity status. Sharpe is now an after dinner speaker for Manchester United.






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