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Harold Lee: A Woolwich forward


October 21, 1907
Harold Godfrey Lee (Harold Lee), the Woolwich Arsenal outside right, is one of this season’s debutants, and the Plumstead club is indeed fortunate to possess such a capable and promising young player as understudy to Billy Garbutt. Last year Jim Bellamy was always second choice for the extreme right position, but his migration to Portsmouth, and the unfortunate accident to Garbutt, have given Lee an opportunity which he has not wasted.

He is a player to whom football is second nature, a forward of great versatility, and a youth whose heart is in the game. Woolwich people derive a fund of satisfaction from the knowledge that this player, who is 21 years of age, was born in the area from which his present club draws the major portion of its support.

Erith, in Kent, was his birthplace, and as a boy he played for Erith Albion. But ability such as his could not lie hidden away in the obscurity of a very minor organisation, and soon he became a playing member of the Erith Town club, in the West Kent League. A year in that company sufficed, and then Lee became a professional in the ranks of the semi-professional Cray Wanderers. He was of that club when they won the West Kent League championship, and then followed a season or so with Sittingbourne, when they were the unsuccessful finalists for the Kent Senior Cup, second in the Thames and Medway League, and second in the Kent League.

In the following year Lee gratified a long-standing ambition, and a trial at Plumstead with a team of locals was the one chance he had been waiting for. He gave a display which convinced the Arsenal directors that he was a diamond in the rough, and from that moment he became a unit – and a very important one, too – in the Plumstead playing forces.

That was during season 1905-6.

Last season he played regularly with the reserve eleven, and, who, by the way, not only won the London League and the South Eastern League, but went through the latter competition without a single defeat.

Lee had many opportunities of giving tangible evidence of his versatility, for he played in each of the five forwards positions, and even figured with conspicuous success at centre half.

The astute Plumstead judges believes that Lee is a footballer with a bright future, and he, on his part, has up to the moment given them every justification for their high opinions.

He stands 5ft. 8in., and weighs 11st.
(Source: Athletic News: October 21, 1907)

Harold Lee, Woolwich Arsenal (Athletic News: September 16, 1907).

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