Born this day, 22nd May 1976 in Smethwick Lee Hughes is the epitomy of the “local boy done good” theory. Started his football life playing for the Bustleholme and Charlemont Boys teams, who certainly in those days were a breeding ground for local boys leading into the professional game. Lee’s career started at local side Kidderminster Harriers were he gained 4 semi professional England caps. Signed for the Albion in May 1997 for a fee of £250,000 making his league debut versus Tranmere Rovers, coming on as a sub. His next game was against Crewe and he scored twice. In all Lee made 237 appearances for the Baggies scoring 98 goals. In August 2001 he left for Coventry City in a £5 million transfer fee. He stayed at Highfield Rd for only 12 months returning to The Hawthorns for a fee of £2.5million. Unfortunately his career halted in 2004 but reserected itself in 2007 when he signed for Oldham playing 55 times before a move in2009 to Notts County, 128 games and 59 goals later he moved to Port Vale then Forest Green Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers and more recently Worcester & Telford. He has just been appointed Joint Manager at Worcester City. Best of luck in this new role Lee.

A fans favourite known as the Ginger Ninja or Balti Kid, Lee remains close to his roots where he lives with his wife and 4 children Mia, Alana, Harley and Freya.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE.