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Lee Bozier

Lee Bozier 1985 86Goalkeeper, Lee Bozier is in a select group of players to have worked his way through from the St Albans City Youth team to make more than 50 appearances for the First team.

He was from a footballing family with his father, Dennis, having run the highly successful Don Bosco Youth team. Lee’s two brothers, Dean and Simon, both played local football.

A former St Albans City Youth player, Lee played in excess of 80 games for the City Reserves before breaking into the First XI at Clarence Park. He was named as the City Youth Player of the Year for 1985-86.

St Albans City Youth 1985-86

1985 86 Youth

Graham Golds, Matt Hughes (Manager), Peter Sullivan, Ian Thornton, Lee Attfield, Lee Bozier, Chris Murphy, Paul Tate, Marvin Bates, Graham Coleman (Physio).

Mark Barnard, Tony Perks, Keith Furniss, Bobby Storey, Geoff Kirby, David Cutmore.

St Albans City Reserves 1985-86

1985 86 Reserves a copy

Peter Lawrence (Manager), Alex Petrides, Iain Dowie, Steve Shea, Lee Bozier, Paul Turner, Shane Dunnett, Paul Delderfield, Graham Coleman (Physio).

Ray Tucker, Mark Barnard, Graham Golds, Geoff Kirby, Bobby Storey, Graham Harding.

He stepped up from the Reserves to the First team during the 1987-88 season after Mark Pearson, who had been ever-present since the start of the 1983-84 campaign, left the club to join Dunstable Town. Lee’s First team debut came during a 2-0 FA Trophy, 1s tRound Qualifying, defeat at home to fellow Isthmian League Premier Division side Bromley on 3rdOctober.

During the final week of the season he appeared in two cup finals. As custodian for the Reserves, he picked up a winner’s medal following a 3-1 win over Oxford City Reserves in the Wallspan Southern Combination Cup on the plastic pitch at Kenilworth Road on 21stApril. Five days later he was part of a City side that was very much off-colour and went down 3-0 to Bishop’s Stortford in the final of the Herts Charity Cup. City manager John Lacy admitted that Stortford could have won by five or six. By this time, Pearson had returned to the club and held down the no.1 slot for the whole of the 1988-89 season.

At the end of May 1987, Lee was part of a St Albans City squad that took part in a competition involving several countries in Alzey, Germany.

SAC Alzey 30 May 1987 b copy

Syd Wells (Fixture Secretary), Barry Butterfield (Reserve Team Secretary), Beverley Long (Physio), Peter Lawrence (Reserve Team Manager), Les Littlechild (Kit-man), Robert Murphy (Managing Director), Ray Kierstenson (Coach), Ted Goldney (First team Assist’ Manager).

Warren Kelly, Mick O’Shea, Tony Caines, Terry Benning, Geoff Kirby, Alan Paradise, Lee Bozier, Jon Friend, Mark Barnard, John Colfer, John Watt (Captain), Martin Gurney, Paul Lowe.

Lee (six games) and Pearson (three) started the 1989-90 season battling it out for the goalkeeper’s jersey but both left in September when manager Peter Lawrence brought in Paul O’Reilly. During his time away from the Park he had spells with Stevenage Borough and Baldock Town. Whilst with Stevenage he was in the Boro side that defeated Baldock in the final of the Televised Sport Senior Cup Final on 25thApril 1990.

Lee rejoined the Saints for a final stint in February 1992 under John Mitchell. He was called up to the First team for a Billy Minter Invitation Cup tie at home to Stevenage on 11thFebruary – the 94thanniversary of Minter’s birth. That game was the start of a 20-match run in the side that included playing in both Leg’s of City’s League Cup semi-final defeat to Grays Athletic. His 52ndand final game for the Saints came during a 2-2 Isthmian League Premier Division draw with Kingstonian at Clarence Park on 25thApril 1992.

Lee, born on 10th June 1968, worked for the family maintenance business and passed away on 8th January 2021, at the age of 52.

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Lee Bozier's playing record
Season Started. Used Sub. Goals Yellows Reds
Season 1987-88 26 0 0 0 0
Season 1989-90 6 0 0 0 0
Season 1991-92 20 0 0 0 0
Total 52 0 0 0 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards

Lee Bozier's full debut
03.10.1987 at 15:00 FA Trophy / 1st Round Qualifying H Bromley 0 - 2

Latest opening squad appearances (max.10)Lee Bozier started
25.04.1992 at 15:00 Diadora Premier League H Kingstonian 2 - 2
22.04.1992 at 19:30 Diadora Premier League A Chesham United 1 - 3
18.04.1992 at 15:00 Diadora Premier League A Aylesbury United 0 - 2
11.04.1992 at 15:00 Diadora Premier League H Sutton United 1 - 2
06.04.1992 at 19:45 Diadora Premier League A Dagenham 0 - 0
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