After today’s announcement that Tommy Lee has unfortunately been forced into early retirement due to a shoulder injury, we look back at some of the shot-stopper's finest Chesterfield moments.
Lee began his Chesterfield career in 2008 after being released by Macclesfield Town and it didn’t take long for him to become a fan favourite, as in his first season he won the Young Spireites Player of the Season award. He signed a new two-year deal shortly after.
In 2010/2011 he played every minute as Chesterfield won the League Two title. His fine form that season was rewarded with a place in the PFA Team of Year for League Two. He was again handed a two-year extension to his contract.
Lee was injured at the start of the following season and the Spireites’ form suffered dramatically as they slumped to the bottom of the table. He did however, return for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory at Wembley in March 2012.
Town emerged 2-0 winners that day over Swindon Town, thanks to an own goal from Oliver Risser and a 90th minute goal from Craig Westcarr, however the outcome could have been oh so different, but for Lee making a splendid save late on in the game, with the score still at 1-0.
Lee later picked up the Players Player of the Year award at the end of the campaign.
After missing out on The League Two play-offs by just two points in 2013, The Spireites were again promoted as Champions In 2014 with Lee once again playing a crucial part, finding himself in the League 2 PFA Team of the Year, on the same day he kept a clean sheet against Burton Albion to take The Spireites back to League One.
In the 2014/15 campaign Lee was instrumental in the Spireites' 6th placed finish in Sky Bet League One, which saw them reach the play-offs.
Just over a year later January 2, 2016 Lee made his 300th appearance in a Chesterfield shirt, during his 10 seasons with the club, he made a remarkable 373 appearances – his last coming in the 2-2 draw with Carlisle United at the Proact on October 28.
The one-time Manchester United trainee stands at 15th in the club’s all-time appearance list.