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Lee Bowyer

PLAYER PROFILE
Position:
midfielder
Squad number:
11
Nationality:
English
D.O.B:
03/01/1977
Birthplace:
London
Height:
5ft 9in (1.75m)
Weight:
10st 6lb (66kg)

Transfer history:
Newcastle to West Ham, Jun 2006, undisclosed
West Ham to Newcastle United, Jun 2003, free
Leeds to West Ham United, Jan 2003, £100,000
Charlton Athletic to Leeds United, Jul 1996, £2.8m

Lee Bowyer was one of England's best goal scoring midfielders at the peak of a career which has been mired in seemingly endless controversy. He joined Charlton in 1994 but only a year later he was suspended and ordered to undergo rehabilitation after a Football Association drugs test found marijuana in his blood. In July 1996 he became Britain's most expensive teenage footballer when he joined Leeds for £2.7 million. But Bowyer was in trouble again in December of that year, after admitting affray for which he was fined £4,500.In March 2000, Bowyer was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and affray following an attack on an Asian student. Despite this, Bowyer continued to play and score in Leeds United's run to the semi-final of the Champions League. Eventually, after a retrial Bowyer was cleared of all charges in December, 2001. In 2003, Bowyer moved to West Ham and then on to Newcastle. In July 2006, Bowyer admitted an offence of using threatening behaviour in relation to an on-pitch altercation with Kieron Dyer in April 2005.

In his words:
"I'm no racist. I have never been and never will be. I thought it was best for me to keep quiet about what happened in the past, because there were legal implications and there was no reason for me to come and say anything. If people were inferring that I was a racist, well, that's their opinion. But it was ludicrous really. I was brought up in a mixed community in London and all my friends and schoolboy pals were of different nationalities. All this has been going on for a long time and I want to put the record straight. I have always supported 'Kick Racism out of Football'".
- Saturday August 23, 2003

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CLUB DETAILS
Ground: Boleyn Ground
Capacity: 35,647
Pitch: 112x72yds
Established: 1895
Nickname: Hammers/Irons
Manager:
Alan Curbishley
Web:
www.whufc.com
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