Fowler playing for Fleetwood Town in 2012
|Full name||Lee Anthony Fowler|
|Date of birth||10 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2003||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||16||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Scarborough (loan)||25||(3)|
|2007||→ Newport County (loan)||13||(0)|
|2008–2009||Forest Green Rovers||40||(1)|
|2010||Forest Green Rovers||11||(0)|
|2013||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2013||→ Burton Albion (loan)||3||(0)|
|2014||The New Saints||3||(0)|
|2015||→ Crawley Town (loan)||18||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ Tamworth (loan)||5||(0)|
|2016||AFC Telford United||3||(0)|
|2018||Nuneaton Borough (assistant)|
|2019||Bradford (Park Avenue) (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:24, 9 January 2012 (UTC)
Lee Anthony Fowler (born 10 June 1983) is a Welsh retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He earned 12 Wales Under-21 caps. Since his retirement from playing he has moved into football management and is currently manager of Radcliffe.
Fowler's career has taken in stints at an array of clubs within the English game; considered a journeyman, he has notably played in the Football League for Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and latterly Crawley Town.
Fowler joined the ranks at English Premier League side Coventry City in the 1999–2000 season. The club at the time were managed by Gordon Strachan, and Fowler was amongst the Sky Blues squad for the club's final two appearances in the top flight of English football. At the end of the 2000–01 season, City were relegated along with Manchester City and Bradford City. However Fowler would not make a single appearance for the club in the top flight, and did not make his professional debut until the following season when Strachan's replacement as manager, Roland Nilsson gave him his first opportunity bringing him on as a substitute to replace Barry Quinn in the 68th minute of a league defeat at home to Burnley on 17 November 2001. Fowler would go on to make 13 appearances for Coventry during the 2001–02 season. During the 2002–03 season, City had replaced Nilsson with Gary McAllister and this saw Fowler only feature three times in the entire season. He went on to score his first senior goal in football, coming in an FA Cup tie with Cardiff City on 15 January 2003.
During the summer of 2003, Fowler was placed on the loan list and joined Huddersfield Town for an initial three-month period. He made his Town debut on the opening day of the 2003–04 League Two campaign against Cambridge United. Fowler went on to make 19 appearances in all competitions during his loan spell in West Yorkshire, and on 13 November 2003 he was released from his Coventry contract thus allowing him to join with Huddersfield on a permanent basis. Fowler would go on to make a further 19 appearances for Town following his switch, scoring no goals, but collecting a tally of 8 yellow cards, and 2 red cards during his season. Huddersfield qualified for the play-offs, but Fowler was uninvolved for the semi final legs over Lincoln City, however Town progressed and Fowler came on as an 85th-minute substitute for Jonathan Worthington in the final at the Millennium Stadium against Mansfield Town. However the game has gone to extra time and then penalties meaning Fowler would have a full 35 minutes on the field, including scoring the winning penalty that earned his club promotion to League One. The following season Fowler played a cameo role in the club's 2004–05 season, and finished the campaign having featured 23 times in all competitions, scoring one with a further 4 yellow cards and 1 red card to add to his disciplinary tally. In June 2005 he joined Grimsby Town on trial along with a handful of other players hoping to earn a contract at Blundell Park. However, despite playing in 4 pre-season friendlies, as well as joining the Grimsby squad in a pre-season Army training camp, Fowler was snubbed a full-time contract with boss Russell Slade signing Ciaran Toner, Paul Bolland and Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala to play in Fowler's central midfield role. He returned to Huddersfield and predictably started the 2005–06 season out of favour. In November 2005, after not making a single appearance so far that season, Fowler joined Scarborough on loan.
He joined debt riddled Conference National side Scarborough on loan in November 2005, sealing Fowler's first taste of Non-League football. Fowler was brought to the club by Neil Redfearn, and would only play for The Seadogs for one season, making 25 appearances and scoring 3 goals. Following the crippling debt at the McCain Stadium, Scarborough found it near impossible to stay in the Conference and were relegated to the Conference North division. The money troubles and demotion meant that the club culled all but a few of its playing staff for the following season. Fowler was one of the players who left Scarborough at the end of their final season inside the top 5 leagues in English football. Under a year after Fowler left, the club eventually went bust and became defunct.
In the summer of 2006, Fowler was signed by Nigel Clough for Burton Albion. Fowler would go on to make 23 appearances for The Brewers, scoring once during the 2006–2007 season. He subsequently signed with Welsh outfit Newport County on a loan deal until the end of the season. At the end of the campaign, Fowler was released.
Following a fruitful short loan spell in the previous season, Fowler signed a one-year deal with Newport County playing in the Conference South division. Fowler made 34 appearances for County, scoring 4 goals. At the end of the 2007–2008 season, he left the club.
Forest Green Rovers
Fowler moved back up a league and returned to the Conference National to sign with Jim Harvey and his Forest Green Rovers side. Fowler played out the entire 2008–09 season with the club, making a total of 46 appearances in all competition, scoring a single goal, coming in a league encounter with Weymouth. On 2 June 2009, Fowler turned down the chance of renewing his contract with Forest Green and signed for Kettering Town on a two-year contract.
Fowler signed for Kettering and made his debut for the play-off pushing side against his former club Forest Green on the opening day of the 2009–10 campaign. Following the departure of his manager Mark Cooper, who had moved to join Peterborough United, Fowler became increasingly unsettled at the club, and publicly expressed his desire to leave the club, commenting he did not want to play for the club. Fowler was criticised by Kettering's chairman, Imraan Ladak, for his bad attitude and alleged desire to leave the club. However, after featuring in his last game in the league on 24 November 2009, Fowler was brought on as a substitute in the club's crucial FA Cup second round replay against Leeds United at Elland Road. With the game at 1–1, and player-manager Lee Harper in goal, assistant manager John Deehan brought on Fowler in extra time to replace Patrick Noubissie in the 106th minute of play. Kettering went on to concede 4 goals in the next 14 minutes to lose the game 5–1. Deehan was sacked after the match by Ladak for using Fowler, claiming that he did not think his side would have conceded had Fowler not been in the team, and also that he was only on the bench to make up the numbers, and not to be brought on to the field. Fowler had his contract with Kettering terminated by mutual consent on 27 December 2009.
A few days later Fowler signed for fellow Conference side Oxford United, however in March 2010, after making just one substitute appearance for United, Fowler was released.
Return to Forest Green Rovers
In June 2010 Fowler re-joined Forest Green alongside his brother, Mike. He made just nine league appearances before picking up a knee injury. He was then released on 16 December 2010 when he was not offered a contract by the club.
Despite agreeing a longer contract in the summer and playing in the majority of the team's games, he handed in a transfer request in December saying he was "not happy" at the club having felt "derailed" since manager Dean Saunders and his assistant Brian Carey had left to go to Doncaster.
After managing him at Wrexham and trying to get Fowler to Doncaster in the past, Dean Saunders signed him on 4 January 2013 for an undisclosed fee till the end of the season. He made his first appearance the following day against Colchester coming on as sub in a 1–0 win which took the club to joint top of the League 1 table on points.
On 26 February 2013, Fowler returned to Forest Green Rovers for a month loan deal, marking his third spell at the Nailsworth club. He made his third debut for the club later that day in a 2–0 defeat against Woking, coming on as a half time substitute for Eddie Oshodi.
The New Saints
After leaving TNS, Fowler joined fellow League of Wales side Cefn Druids for the coming season, their first season in the Welsh top flight for 4 years. Fowler played for the Druids for just a month failing to make an appearance before leaving the Rock, his only involvement was as an unused substitute in a 5–0 league defeat to Aberystwyth.
In August 2014 Fowler joined Conference Premier club Nuneaton Town, his fourth club in the calendar year.
Crawley Town (Loan)
During the January transfer window he joined up with his old Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders, signing a loan deal with Crawley Town for the remainder of the season.
Wrexham (Second spell)
In May 2015 Fowler announced on social media that he had re-joined his old club Wrexham, becoming the 5th summer signing of new manager Gary Mills. He signed a deal with his old club a few days later after passing a medical. Fowler was released by Wrexham at the end of the season.
Holywell Town F.C
On Thursday 15 February 2018, Holywell Town F.C announced new signing Lee Fowler on social media and on the club's website. Fowler's move to this Cymru Alliance club created the hashtag '#WelcomeFowls' and his move to the club also created many positive and delighted views on his move to the club from Holywell Town F.C supporters and football fans on social media.
The Holywell Town F.C website posted an article on Lee Fowler's move to the club in the evening of Thursday 15 February 2018. The article was titled 'Lee Fowler puts pen to paper for the Wellmen.' (Wellmen is the club's nickname and is commonly used to describe Holywell Town F.C). The article states that the club is pleased to announce the signing of Lee Fowler and that the ex-Wrexham midfielder is looking forward to his time at the club.
Furthermore, the article says that manager of Holywell Town F.C, John Haseldin, persuaded Fowler to sign for the club for the rest of the 2017–18 Cymru Alliance season. According to the midfielder, he is "good mates" with manager John Haseldin. Lee Fowler states in this article that his fitness has improved since last season.
Fowler won 12 caps for the Wales under-21s. He was also called up to the senior squad for a friendly against Argentina in February 2002, however he stayed on the bench and was ultimately never capped by Wales.
In June 2018 Fowler was named as the Assistant Manager to Nicky Eaden at Nuneaton Borough F.C.. The pair had worked together before, when Fowler was a player under Eaden at Kettering. When Eaden left the club in November 2018, Fowler was promoted to manager, but he left by mutual consent only two weeks later on 6 December 2018.
On the 20th of December 2018 Fowler was named as Manager at Ilkeston Town F.C. He led the team to the Midland Football League Premier Division title with an 8-1 win over Loughborough University F.C. on the last day of the season, beating Walsall Wood F.C. to the title on goal difference. He left the club at the end of the season.
Bradford (Park Avenue)
On 9 August 2019 it was confirmed, that Marcus Law had been appointed interim manager of Bradford (Park Avenue) A.F.C. with Fowler as his interim assistant manager. The duo was replaced on 30 September 2019.
In October 2010, Fowler revealed he was suffering from alcoholism and was receiving treatment along with support from his employers, Forest Green. His brother Mike Fowler was also a footballer but was forced into early retirement due to injury after spells with Salisbury City, Newport County and Forest Green Rovers.
Fowler is the father to two children, the youngest of which was born in February 2018.
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