BOLTON'S WORLD CUP MEMORIES: Francis Lee
4:05pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014 in Sport
WESTHOUGHTON-born Francis Lee made his England debut at the age of 24 in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in 1968.
Lee was a vital part of the squad that travelled to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, a tournament in which England crumbled under the weight of a nation’s expectation.
Although England progressed through their group with four points after 1-0 victories over Romania and Czechoslovakia, the 26-year-old failed to stamp his mark on the tournament, scoring only once as England lost 3-2 to West Germany in the quarter-final.
The forward made 27 appearances for England, scoring 10 goals. Two of them came in the preliminary rounds of Euro 1972, and one in the quarter-final in a 3-1 defeat to West Germany – his final appearance for his country.
Lee made his debut for Bolton Wanderers in 1959 at the age of 16 and scored an impressive 92 goals in 132 appearances for the Whites before joining Manchester City in 1967.
During his successful seven years at Maine Road he recorded 112 goals in 248 games, and won the Football League First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup, FA Charity Shield and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
This period saw the Boltonian score 15 penalties in a single season (1971/72), a record that still stands today.
Despite his remarkable spot-kick conversion rate, Lee squandered his only two penalties on the international stage against Wales and Portugal in 1969.
Lee played for Derby County between 1974 and 1976 where he netted 32 times in 80 outings.