2021 Inductee: Kevin Lee

Kevin will be inducted into the Southport FC Hall of Fame on 13th November 2021

When Kevin turned up at Haig Avenue in the summer of 2006 after being released by Wigan Athletic, little did anyone know what impact the young trialist would go on to have. Lee he had been a reserve team regular at Wigan Athletic since 2004 where he had caught the eye of Paul Cook, and when Cook got the Southport job in the summer of 2006, he was one of the first he called.
After initially accepting a 6 month contract, Kevin would stay for 6 seasons before a devastating injury ended his playing career altogether.

Kevin witnessed real highs and the lows with the Sandgrounders; from relegation from the Conference in his first season to winning player of the year the next, from narrowly missing out on promotion through the play offs to then lifting the Conference North title in 2009/10, his career was a rollercoaster of emotions.
Kevin however summed up what every Sandgrounder wanted from their players when they stepped onto the pitch; guts, courage, 100% commitment, incredible work rate, desire, hunger and never say die attitude. It’s not difficult to see why he became a fan favourite.

Although initially a centre-half. it was really after his conversion to right back under manager Liam Watson that Kevin got a new lease of life.
A key member of the squad in the title winning campaign after promotion he would play the best football of his career in the Conference and was described as the best right back in the League by his boss.

On October 22nd 2011 in a game versus Tamworth at Haig Avenue, Kevin went into a 50-50 tackle and suffered serious injury. Kevin ruptured his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and lateral ligament, which was to bring a premature end to a flourishing career at the age of 26 when his enforced retirement from the game was announced on Saturday 28th April 2012.

Kevin finished his career at Southport with 219 appearances, a league title, a Liverpool Senior Cup and a supporters player of the year.

Kevin will be inducted into the Southport FC Hall of Fame on 13th November 2021