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Lee Trundle
Personal information
Full name Lee Christopher Trundle
Date of birth 10 October 1976 (1976-10-10) (age 33)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Swansea City
(on loan from Bristol City)
Number 19
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1997–1999
1998–2000
1999
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2007
2007–
2009
2009–
Stalybridge Celtic
Southport
Bamber Bridge (loan)
Rhyl
Wrexham
Swansea City
Bristol City
Leeds United (loan)
Swansea City (loan)
013 0(6)
032 0(6)
007 (12)
006 (11)
094 (27)
146 (78)
053 0(7)
010 0(1)
008 0(5)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:00, 26 September 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Lee Christopher Trundle (born 10 October 1976 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English footballer who currently plays for Swansea City, on loan from Bristol City. He is eligible to play for either England or the Republic of Ireland but has not yet made an international appearance.

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Early life

Trundle attended St Edmund Of Canterbury Catholic High School in Huyton

Career

Trundle was a late entrant into professional and league football, playing for non-league teams Burscough, Stalybridge Celtic, Southport, Bamber Bridge and Chorley before joining Welsh Premier League club Rhyl in 2000.

Wrexham

Within six months, he had been snapped up by Brian Flynn to play for Wrexham where he played 78 games (plus a further 24 as substitute) in all competitions and scored 30 goals in a little over two years. A goalscoring account which was started by a bicycle kick to start a second half comeback from 2-0 which culminated in a 3-2 victory for Wrexham against Walsall on 24 February 2001.

Swansea City

In summer 2003, Trundle received a free transfer and moved south to link up with Flynn who had now become manager of Swansea City.[1] He instantly became a North Bank favourite with his goalscoring exploits and extraordinary tricks. In all competitions, to the end of the 2005/06 season, he had played 121 times for Swansea City (with a further 12 substitute appearances), scoring 66 goals.

In his time at Swansea, Trundle became a minor celebrity in the game, with his extrovert displays of skill (or "showboating") bringing him to national attention via the Soccer AM television show on Sky Sports. Tim Lovejoy revealed in his autobiography that Trundle himself regularly contacted the show with footage of himself in action.

In October 2005, he was the subject of a £750,000 transfer bid by Sheffield Wednesday which Swansea rejected. Days later, he signed an image rights contract with his club, offering a portion of revenues from merchandise featuring his image.[2] He was believed to be the first player outside the Premier League to do so.

Bristol City

Despite the best efforts of Swansea City, Lee Trundle agreed to sign for Bristol City on 27 July 2007, although the deal was not officially completed until 30 July due to an administrative error.[3] He was given permission by Swansea and the Welsh FA to play in Bristol City's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town before he officially completed the deal, scoring and providing an assist in a 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate. It is believed Bristol City made four offers for the striker. Their final offer of £1,000,000 was accepted after Trundle handed in a transfer request. Trundle scored his first goals, a brace, for Bristol City against Scunthorpe on 25 August 2007.

Leeds United

Trundle joined Leeds United on a one month loan on 9 January 2009 and was allocated the number 35 shirt. Fromer Swansea teammate Andy Robinson (footballer) played a big part in recommending Leeds to Trundle.[4] He made his debut for Leeds as a second half substitute in the 2–0 loss to Carlisle United at Elland Road. He scored his only goal for the club on his first starting appearance, in a 2-0 win at Brighton on 17 January.[5] Leeds extended Trundle's stay at Elland Road for a further month, but his loan expired on 10 March 2009 and he returned to Bristol City [6]

Return to Swansea

On 27 August 2009, Trundle joined his former club Swansea City on loan until 1 January 2010.[7]

International career

Trundle has revealed he is determined to force his way into the international scene by earning a call up for Republic of Ireland, for whom he qualifies through his grandfather.[8]

Personal life

Trundle has been an avid Everton fan since he was a child.[9] In March 2007, Trundle moved in with but was not engaged to pop singer and Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon.[10] The couple split in November 2007.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Nationwide Division Two & Three round-up". The Daily Telegraph. 20 September 2003. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2421842/Nationwide-Division-Two-and-Three-round-up.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Trundle secures image-rights deal". BBC News. 27 October 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swansea_city/4379806.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Trundle seals £1m Bristol C move". BBC News. 1 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swansea_city/6906383.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ "TRUNDLE JOINS ON LOAN". Leeds United AFC. 9 January 2009. http://www.leedsunited.com/page/LatestNewsDetail/0,,10273~1514256,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Brighton 0-2 Leeds". BBC. 17 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7816001.stm. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "LOAN STRIKER DEPARTS". Leeds United AFC. 11 March 2009. http://www.leedsunited.com/page/LatestNewsDetail/0,,10273~1586477,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Trundle is a swan again". bcfc.co.uk. 2009-08-27. http://www.bcfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10327~1779528,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  8. ^ Dunne, Eoin (18 January 2006). "Trundle dreaming of Ireland's call". The Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/trundle-dreaming-of-irelands-call-118088.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  9. ^ Bailey, Graeme. "Everton join Trundle hunt". Skysports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11671_2356284,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  10. ^ Smart, Gordon (10 March 2007). "Smitten Kitten to wed footie ace". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article21411.ece. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  11. ^ Pink, Stuart (26 June 2008). "Liz McClarnon says being a WAG is lonely". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/celeb_interviews/article1335710.ece. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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