176. Lee SMITH
appearances 22+18 (league 11+15)
goals 12 (league 5)

debut Southend Manor, Essex Thames-side Trophy First Round 23.10.97
first goal Leyton Orient, Essex Senior Cup Second Round 26.11.97
last appearance UXBRIDGE, Ryman League Division One 1.5.99

Progressed from Bob Fowler’s youth team and was a prolific scorer for the reserves, making fine progress through the season and turning up in the first team squad on a frequent basis towards the end of the season. Made his name by lobbing Les Cleevely with a spectacular injury-time equaliser at Sutton United in a Guardian Insurance Cup replay in February 1998. Was handed his big chance the following season as a result of the exodus at the end of January, and made a good claim for a regular place with some important goals, including a late winner against Canvey Island. Was very fond of his white boots with bladed soles - not much use on the Sungate pitch at the best of times, and spent most of his time slipping over. Left the following pre-season to join Hertford Town and later turned up playing against Boro in the Essex Senior League for Enfield Town, scoring twice in a 4-1 win at Rush Green in November 2004 and again in a League Cup tie at Rush Green the following February.

Season Appearances Goals
All comps League only All comps League only
1997-98 4+5 0+3 5
1998-99 18+13 11+12 7 5

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