Although originally from Norwich, the Gilman family emigrated
to Australia a number of years ago. On their return they approached
Norwich on the subject of giving Lee a trial. Playing in a few
South East Counties league games, he showed what he could do and
was offered a three year trainneship. Lee was described by Keith Webb as an "attacking midfielder who loves to run
at the defence... a sweet right foot..".
Lee was released by the Canaries during the 2000/01 season and
joined local non-league side Diss Town. He proved his value to
the non-leaguers when he scored twice for Robert
Fleck's side in their 4-1 Norfolk Senior Cup victory over
Great Yarmouth in April 2003. His tally for the season was 24
Lee transferred to Wroxham in October 2004
In December 2007, Lee was a target for Dereham but he opted to
remain at Wroxham. He finally left Wroxham in May 2008 to join
Kirkley & Pakefield. he had scored 70 goals in 130 games that
he had started for Wroxham. Kirkley also signed fellow Wroxham
player Justin Fox and former Norwich yougnster Lewis
In September 2008, Lee was involved with an altercation with
the referee following a red card in Kirkley's match at Harwich
& Parkeston. The game was abandoned after 30minutes and Lee
was suspended by the club. A statement issued on the Kirkley website
said: "Kirkley & Pakefield FC would like to apologise
to the referee and his assistants at this afternoon's game at
Harwich & Parkeston for the behaviour of one of our players.
This is conduct that cannot be condoned and the player in question
has been suspended by the club with immediate effect. Kirkley
& Pakefield would like to thank the Harwich & Parkeston
committee and officials for their hospitality.A further statement
will be issued in due course."
Gilman's contract with Kirkley was terminated on 3rd October
2008 and he was told that he would never, ever play
for Kirkley and Pakefield FC again.