From: Youth team
Record: Played: 0 Scored: 0
To: Yeovil - free transfer - August 2000
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: In need of steroids
The departure of Lee Johnson from Watford, although sad for anyone leaving
their first place of professional work, cannot really be mourned as
anything other than an inevitability. The diminutive midfielder was
unfortunate in that, for many, his adoption onto professional forms was
nothing more than nepotism, as Lee's father Gary directed the Youth Academy
at the same time. Personally, I thought that, while Lee was worthy of
professional forms, the exclusion of Stuart Maynard, also a central
midfielder and youth team captain for 1998-99, suggested that the cries of
nepotism from the dark were in a way justified.
With no further increase to his 5' 6" frame, Lee was unable to assert
himself in the reserves during the terrible season of 1999-2000, when the reserves failed to win even a tiny proportion of the games they
might have expected to. And the rest, as they say,
was inevitable. With the Hornets showing more ambition in the transfer
market after the inception of a new board during last term, it was clear
that the time allowed to develop was up, and the P45 was issued.
Always a lovely chap, Lee is wished well by all who met him. Possibly the
only person I would wish to have taken steroids from an early age!