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Lee Bowyer
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Bowyer in February 2010
Personal information
Full name Lee David Bowyer
Date of birth 3 January 1977 (1977-01-03) (age 33)
Place of birth Canning Town, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 4
Youth career
Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Charlton Athletic 46 (8)
1996–2003 Leeds United 203 (38)
2003 West Ham United 10 (0)
2003–2006 Newcastle United 79 (6)
2006–2009 West Ham United 41 (4)
2009 Birmingham City (loan) 17 (1)
2009– Birmingham City 26 (5)
National team
1996–1998 England U21 13 (0)
2002 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:06, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:23, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Lee David Bowyer (born 3 January 1977) is an English professional footballer born in Canning Town, London, who plays as a midfielder for Birmingham City. He has been capped once by England.

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Club career

Charlton Athletic

Bowyer began his football career as a schoolboy with Charlton Athletic,[1] and turned professional in April 1994.[2] He first drew attention in 1995, when he and teammate Dean Chandler failed a test for cannabis use; Bowyer was suspended while he took part in a rehabilitation course organised by the Football Association (the FA).[3][4] He went on to became a first-team regular, making 58 appearances for Charlton and scoring 14 goals.[2]

Leeds United

In 1996, he was signed by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson for £2.8 million, which was a record for a British teenager.[5] Later the same year, Bowyer was convicted of affray and fined £4,500 following an incident in a McDonald's restaurant in London in which CCTV footage showed chairs being thrown and a staff member of Asian origin was racially abused.[6][7]

Initially, Bowyer was kept out of the Leeds first team by Alf Inge Haaland and David Hopkin; he eventually replaced Hopkin in the 1998-99 season, and from then on was a first-team regular. He was a key player in David O'Leary's Leeds side that qualified for the Champions League in 1999–00, and which reached the semi finals of the UEFA Cup in 1999-00 and the Champions League in 2000-01. In the Champions League run he scored crucial goals against A.C. Milan, Barcelona and Anderlecht. He was voted the Leeds player of the year by supporters in 1998–99[5] and 2000–01.[8]

Following an incident near a Leeds nightclub in January 2000, in which an Asian student suffered severe injuries, Bowyer and teammate Jonathan Woodgate were charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and affray.[9] An initial trial collapsed in April 2001 after an article in a Sunday newspaper,[10] and following a second trial, which ended in December 2001, Bowyer was cleared of both charges while Woodgate was convicted of affray and sentenced to community service.[11] Bowyer was generally recognised as playing some of the finest football of his career during this period[12][13][14][15] and would often go straight from court to play for Leeds.[16] In 2005, the player agreed a £170,000 out-of-court settlement of a civil action for damages brought by the victim and his brother, who had been less seriously hurt in the assault.[17]

After Bowyer's acquittal, Leeds fined him four weeks' wages for a breach of the club's code of conduct. Despite having had the backing of the club during the trial and the club paying his extensive legal fees, Bowyer took exception to the fine and was placed on the transfer list.[18] The dispute was later settled and Bowyer removed from the transfer list,[19] though he returned to it at the end of the season after turning down a new five-year contract. A £9 million fee was agreed for a move to Liverpool, which fell through with manager Gérard Houllier not convinced the player had the "hunger or desire" to play for the club.[20] In January 2003, Bowyer signed for West Ham United.[21] He had made 265 appearances for Leeds in all competitions, scoring 55 goals.[2]

West Ham United

Bowyer playing for West Ham in 2006

Bowyer signed for West Ham United on an initial six-month contract for a nominal transfer fee, which meant that should West Ham be relegated at the end of the 2002–03 season, the club would not be burdened with a large Premiership salary.[22] Claims that Bowyer would have received a £1 million bonus had West Ham stayed up were denied by the club's then manager Glenn Roeder.[23] In the event, Bowyer was hampered by ankle injuries and made only eleven appearances for West Ham.[24] West Ham were relegated and Bowyer was not offered another contract.[24]

Newcastle United

After West Ham were relegated at the end of the 2002–03 season, Bowyer joined Newcastle United on a free transfer in July 2003.[25]

In April 2005, Bowyer was in the media spotlight again after an on-pitch brawl with teammate Kieron Dyer in Newcastle United's Premiership match with Aston Villa. This resulted in a red card, plus an automatic three-game ban, for each player. The Football Association fined Bowyer £30,000 and imposed an additional three-game ban, and the club fined him six weeks' wages; Dyer was not fined as Bowyer was perceived to have thrown the first punch. In addition, Bowyer was charged by Northumbria Police in connection with the brawl with offences under section four of the Public Order Act. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of using threatening behaviour and was fined £600 and ordered to pay £1000 costs.[26][27]

Bowyer made 98 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions, scoring eleven goals.[2]

West Ham United

Bowyer rejoined West Ham United, the club he supported as a boy, in June 2006 for an undisclosed fee.[28] He made 22 appearances in the 2006–07 season,[2] which was disrupted by a dislocated shoulder suffered in West Ham United's 6–0 loss to Reading in January 2007.[29] However, Bowyer made a quick and sooner-than-expected recovery and played in several of West Ham's crucial games towards the end of the season.[citation needed]

He regained a regular place in the Hammers first team at the beginning of the 2007–08 season, scoring his first goals for West Ham against Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough, and then two more in the 5–0 victory over Derby County.[30]

Birmingham City

In January 2009, Bowyer signed for Birmingham City on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[31] He made his debut on 17 January at home to Cardiff City in the Championship, scoring an equalising goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to make the score 1–1.[32] Following the expiry of his contract with West Ham United, Bowyer signed a two-year contract with Birmingham in July 2009.[33] He scored winning goals in consecutive Premier League matches, against Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers, to take Birmingham into a mid-table position at the end of November.[34][35]

International career

During his early career at Leeds, Bowyer was a regular in the England U21 team,[citation needed] making 13 appearances for the national side.[36] Bowyer's form during the 2000–01 season led to calls for inclusion in the England squad; however, the Football Association ruled that he could not be selected until the court case in relation to an assault on an Asian student was completed.[37] The FA eventually cleared Bowyer for selection following the conclusion of the court case and England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson called him into the squad for an international friendly against Portugal in September 2002.[38] Bowyer made his England debut in the game, setting up a goal for Leeds team-mate Alan Smith.[39] It was his only appearance for England.

Career statistics

Club[40]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Charlton Athletic Division One 0 0
1994–95 0 0
1995–96 0 0
Charlton Athletic total 46 8 3 1 7 5 0 0 56 14
1996–97 Leeds United Premier League 32 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 36 6
1997–98 25 3 3 0 3 1 0 0 31 4
1998–99 35 9 4 0 2 0 4 0 45 9
1999–2000 33 5 3 1 1 0 11 5 48 11
2000–01 38 9 1 0 0 0 15 6 54 15
2001–02 25 5 1 0 1 0 3 2 30 7
2002–03 15 3 0 0 1 0 5 0 21 3
Leeds United total 203 38 16 3 8 1 38 13 265 55
2002–03 West Ham United Premier League 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
West Ham United total 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2003–04 Newcastle United Premier League 24 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 25 2
2004–05 27 3 2 1 1 0 9 3 39 7
2005–06 28 1 2 0 1 0 3 1 34 2
Newcastle United total 79 6 4 1 2 0 13 4 98 11
2006–07 West Ham United Premier League 20 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 22 0
2007–08 15 4 2 0 3 0 0 0 20 4
2008–09 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 1
West Ham United total 41 4 2 0 4 1 2 0 49 5
West Ham United overall total 51 4 3 0 4 1 2 0 60 5
2008–09 Birmingham City (loan) Championship 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2009–10 Birmingham City Premier League 25 5 4 0 2 1 0 0 31 5
Birmingham City total 42 6 4 0 2 1 0 0 48 7
Career Total 421 62 30 5 23 8 53 17 527 92

Stats accurate as of 20:57, 5 March 2010.

See also

References

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Simple English

Lee Bowyer
Personal information
Full name Lee David Bowyer
Date of birth 3 January 1977 (1977-01-03) (age 34)
Place of birth    Canning Town, London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 4
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1996
1996-2002
2003
2003-2006
2006-2008
2009-
Charlton Athletic
Leeds United
West Ham United
Newcastle United
West Ham United
Birmingham City
National team
2002 England

Lee Bowyer (born 3 January 1977) is an English football player. He plays for Birmingham City.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1994/95Charlton AthleticFirst Division500000-50
1995/964383165-5214
1996/97Leeds UnitedPremier League3244200-366
1997/982533021-304
1998/99359402040459
1999/0033531101154811
2000/0138910001565415
2001/02255101032307
2002/03153001050213
2002/03West Ham UnitedPremier League1001000-110
2003/04Newcastle UnitedPremier League242000010252
2004/052732110114418
2005/06281201031342
2006/07West Ham UnitedPremier League200000020220
2007/081542030-204
2008/09600011-71
2008/09Birmingham CityLeague Championship1710000-171
2009/10Premier League
CountryEngland 37857265197551847887
Total 37857265197551847887

International career statistics

[2]

England national team
YearAppsGoals
200210
Total10

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