Ex-Aylesbury student Lee retires from football

Richard Lee in action for Brentford. Picture: Steve Reid
Richard Lee in action for Brentford. Picture: Steve Reid

Former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Richard Lee has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper spent most of his career playing for Watford, where he made 110 appearances between 2001 and 2010, before moving to Championship outfit Brentford.

Lee, who’s been troubled by shoulder injuries since making the move to Griffin Park, has featured just once this season.

He said: “I am retiring because I have peaked and don’t have the confidence that I can now surpass that peak. As a result, football to me now equates to frustration and often pain.

“I do feel blessed to have had so many fantastic memories to take away from the game that will live with me forever.”

Lee established himself as Brentford’s number one keeper shortly after joining from Watford but fell down the pecking order during the 2012-13 campaign.He has played 87 games for the London club.

Lee has also appeared on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den, where he was offered £150,000 by Duncan Bannatyne for a stake in his designer hat company, only for the deal to collapse once the cameras were off.

The former Aylesbury student has now become a representative for coffee company Organo Gold.