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Lee Bowyer

Lee David Bowyer (born 3 January 1977) is an English professional Association football born in Canning Town, London, who plays as a midfielder for Ipswich Town F.C. of the Football League Championship.

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Lee Bowyer biography


Lee David Bowyer (born 3 January 1977) is an English professional Association football born in Canning Town, London, who plays as a midfielder for Ipswich Town F.C. of the Football League Championship.

Lee Bowyer spent much of Lee Bowyer career at Leeds United and also played for Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and Newcastle United. Bowyer has been capped once by England national football team. Since 2010, Bowyer has held the record for most caution (football) received in the Premier League. Lee Bowyer turned professional in April 1994. Lee Bowyer went on to become a first-team regular, making 58 appearances for Charlton and scoring 14 goals.

Leeds United

In 1996, Lee Bowyer was signed by Leeds United A.F.C. manager Howard Wilkinson for £2.8 million, which was a record for a British teenager. 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 closed-circuit television showed chairs being thrown and a staff member of Asian origin was racially abused.

Initially, Bowyer was kept out of the Leeds first team by Alf-Inge Haaland and David Hopkin; Lee Bowyer eventually replaced Hopkin in the 1998–99 in English football season, and from then on was a first-team regular. Lee Bowyer was a key player in David O'Leary's Leeds side that qualified for the UEFA Champions League in 1999–2000 in English football, and which reached the semi finals of the UEFA Cup in 2000 and the Champions League in 2001. In the Champions League run Lee Bowyer scored crucial goals against A.C. Milan, FC Barcelona and R.S.C. Anderlecht. Lee Bowyer was voted the Leeds player of the year by supporters in both 1998–99
Ten years later following Leeds lost in the semi final Champions League in 2001, Bowyer admits the memory of Leeds' Champions League exit 10 years ago is still a heartbreaker and claims it makes Lee Bowyer feel old as Lee Bowyer harks back to the glory days in Europe.

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.
An initial trial collapsed in April 2001 after an article in a Sunday newspaper, 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 Outside the United States. Bowyer was generally recognised as playing some of the finest football of Lee Bowyer career during this period and would often go straight from court to play for Leeds. In 2005, the player agreed a £170,000 out-of-court settlement of a civil action for damages brought by the victim and Lee Bowyer brother, who had been less seriously hurt in the assault.

After Bowyer's acquittal, Leeds fined Lee Bowyer 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 Lee Bowyer extensive legal fees, Bowyer took exception to the fine and was placed on the transfer list. The dispute was later settled and Bowyer removed from the transfer list, though Lee Bowyer 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 F.C., which fell through with manager Gérard Houllier not convinced the player had the "hunger or desire" to play for the club. In January 2003, Bowyer signed for West Ham United F.C.. Lee Bowyer had made 265 appearances for Leeds in all competitions, scoring 55 goals. The transfer was not popular with a section of West Ham supporters who questioned Bowyer's attitude towards racism. A protest against Lee Bowyer signing was held outside Boleyn Ground before Bowyer's introduction to the crowd. 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. In the event, Bowyer was hampered by ankle injuries and made only eleven appearances for West Ham. West Ham were relegated and Bowyer was not offered another contract.

In April 2005, Bowyer was in the media spotlight again after an on-pitch brawl with teammate Kieron Dyer in Newcastle United's Premier League match with Aston Villa F.C.. 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 Lee Bowyer 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 1986. Lee Bowyer pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of using threatening behaviour and was fined £600 and ordered to pay £1000 costs.

Bowyer made 98 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions, scoring eleven goals. Lee Bowyer made 22 appearances in the 2006–07 season, However, Bowyer made a quick and sooner-than-expected recovery and played in five of West Ham's crucial games towards the end of the season. Lee Bowyer made Lee Bowyer debut on 17 January at home to Cardiff City F.C. in the Championship, scoring an equalising goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to make the score 1–1. Following the expiry of Lee Bowyer contract with West Ham United, Bowyer signed a two-year contract with Birmingham in July 2009. Lee Bowyer scored winning goals in consecutive Premier League matches, against Fulham F.C. and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., to take Birmingham into a mid-table position at the end of November, and was part of the team that went on a run of 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, including a club record 12 unbeaten in the top flight, as they finished in ninth place, the club's best for more than 50 years.

In September 2010 Bowyer was forced to apologise for verbally abusing a West Bromwich Albion supporter. The incident occurred following Bowyer's substitution after Lee Bowyer had committed a rash challenge on Gabriel Tamas. following this with a late equaliser against Manchester United. In January 2011, television replays highlighted incidents, unnoticed by the match referee, in which Bowyer stamped on Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna and appeared to rake Lee Bowyer studs down the same player's Achilles tendon. Suggestions in the media that Bowyer could receive a six-match ban prompted Birmingham manager Alex McLeish to argue that the football authorities were not treating all clubs equally when using television evidence. Bowyer received the standard three-match ban for violent conduct.

From 2010, Bowyer held the record for most caution (football) received in the Premier League; as of the end of that year, Lee Bowyer had 98 yellow cards in the competition as well as five red.

Lee Bowyer made Lee Bowyer first appearance in a major final in February 2011, in the starting eleven as Birmingham defeated favourites Arsenal 2–1 in the 2011 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. At that time, it was reported that Lee Bowyer was not to be offered a contract extension, but after Birmingham's relegation to the Championship, Bowyer left the club when Lee Bowyer contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season.

Ipswich Town

On 10 July 2011, Ipswich Town F.C. signed Bowyer as a free agent. Lee Bowyer scored Lee Bowyer first goal for Ipswich with a late winner against former club West Ham United on 27 September.

International career

During Lee Bowyer early career at Leeds, Bowyer was a regular in the England national under-21 football team team, making 13 appearances for the national side.

Bowyer's form during the 2000–01 season led to calls for inclusion in the England national football team squad; however, the Football Association ruled that Lee Bowyer could not be selected until the court case in relation to an assault on an Asian student was completed. The FA eventually cleared Bowyer for selection following the conclusion of the court case and England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson called Lee Bowyer into the squad for an international friendly against Portugal national football team in September 2002. Bowyer made Lee Bowyer England debut in the game, setting up a goal for Leeds team-mate Alan Smith (footballer born 1980). It was Lee Bowyer only appearance for England.

Honours

Birmingham City
- Football League Cup (1): 2011 Football League Cup Final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Bowyer

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