Lee Thorpe
Rovers apps (gls)1:35 (4)
Date of birth:14 December 1975
Place of birth:Wolverhampton
Height:6 ft 0 in
Date joined:March 2004
Joined from:Leyton Orient
Date left:February 2005
1 League appearances and goals only.

Lee Thorpe is a forward who spent just under a year at Rovers between March 2004 and February 2005. He joined on a free transfer from Leyton Orient near the end of the 2003-04 season, and played in ten of Rovers' last eleven games of that campaign. He began the following season as a regular in the first team, but in February 2005 he joined Swansea City, initially on loan, but he soon signed an 18-month contract with the Swans.

In all he played 41 games for Rovers, 35 of those in the league, and scored six goals, four of which came in League competition. He was also a teammate of Kevin Austin at three different clubs; Lincoln City, Rovers and Swansea.


Lee began his career as a youth player with Blackpool, and progressed through to there first team where he played twelve league games. While at Blackpool he was sent out on loan to Welsh side Bangor City for whom he played three games in the league, scoring once.

He left Blackpool in the summer of 1997, whereupon he joined Lincoln City, the club for whom he played more games than any other in his career. He made a grand total of 192 league appearances for the Imps, netting 57 times in that spell. After five years at Sincil Bank he was picked up by Leyton Orient in 2002, where he signed a two-year contract. Towards the end of his time at Orient he was informed that his contract would not be renewed and that he could leave the club on a free transfer. He joined Grimsby Town for a month's loan in February 2004, before signing a permanent deal with Rovers in March.

After joining Swansea City from Rovers, he was loaned out to Peterborough United and Torquay United, before signing a one-year deal with Torquay. He then spent a year at Brentford before signing for Rochdale in 2008, and then for Darlington in the 2009 off-season. He was released by Darlington in March 2010, having made just eight league appearances for them, and spent the end of the 2009–10 season with Fleetwood Town, with whom he won promotion from the Conference North to the Conference Premier. He was released by Fleetwood at the end of the 2010–11 season.

He joined AFC Fylde in the summer of 2011, but was released in December that year as part of cost-cutting measures by the Northern Premier League side, leading him to finally retire from playing. He stated that he planned to earn his coaching qualifications so that he could remain in the game.

Career statsEdit

1993–94Blackpool 10
1994–95Blackpool 10
1995–96Blackpool 10
1996–97Blackpool 90
1997–98Lincoln City 4414
1998–99Lincoln City 388
1999–00Lincoln City 4216
2000–01Lincoln City 317
2001–02Lincoln City 3713
2001–02Leyton Orient 00
2002–03Leyton Orient 388
2003–04Leyton Orient 174
2003–04Grimsby Town (loan)60
2003–04Bristol Rovers 101
2004–05Bristol Rovers 253
2004–05Swansea City (loan)21
2004–05Swansea City 153
2005–06Swansea City 30
2005–06Peterborough United (loan)60
2005–06Torquay United (loan)103
2006–07Torquay United 418
2007–08Brentford 194
2007–08Rochdale 81
2008–09Rochdale 285
2009–10Darlington 80
2009–10Fleetwood Town 92
2010–11Fleetwood Town 190
2011–12AFC Fylde ??

Record against RoversEdit

19 September 1998Lincoln CityMemorial Stadium3–0 to RoversKevin Austin also played for Lincoln in this game
15 September 2001Lincoln CitySincil Bank1–0 to Rovers
23 February 2002Lincoln CityMemorial Stadium2–1 to Lincoln
15 March 2003Leyton OrientBrisbane Road2–1 to RoversMatt Lockwood and Ciarán Toner also played for Orient
21 October 2003Leyton OrientMemorial Stadium1–1Subbed off after 51 minutes
23 April 2005Swansea CityMemorial Stadium2–0 to RoversSubbed off at half time.
Kevin Austin also played for Swansea, and Andy Gurney was an unused sub
18 October 2005Peterborough UnitedLondon Road2–1 to Peterborough (aet)FL Trophy first round.
Chris Plummer also played for Peterborough
13 September 2006Torquay UnitedPlainmoor0–0
17 October 2006Torquay UnitedMemorial Stadium1–0 to RoversFootball League Trophy match
1 January 2007Torquay UnitedMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rovers

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