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
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.
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