Irish international Alan Lee joined Norwich on loan from Crystal
Palace on March 19th 2009 until the end of the 2008/9 season.
He made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Birmingham on March 21st
2009 and was unlucky not to score
Alan began his career as a trainee with Aston Villa, turning
professional in August 1995, although was never quite good enough
for the first team at Villa Park. His league debut came after
joining Torquay United on loan in November 1998, scoring 3 times
in 9 games. In March 1999 he joined Port Vale on loan, leaving
Villa in July that year when Burnley signed him for £200,000.
He moved to Rotherham United for £150,000 in September 2000,
scoring 36 times in 114 games for the Millmoor side. In August
2003 he moved to Cardiff City for a fee of £850,000, just
days after impressing Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence in a goalless
draw on the opening day of the season
In January 2006, Lee joined Ipswich Town for £100,000.
He scored his second career hat-trick in a 50 win against
Luton Town on 29 October 2006. He moved to Crystal Palace in August
2008 after 103 games and 31 goals for the Tractor Boys.
Alan made 7 appearances for City scoring 2 goals. Despite City's
relegation to League One, he has expressed an interest to stay
at Carrow Road. Norwich and Palace were said to be in negotiations
but could not find an agreeable price. In the meantime, it was
reported by The Daily Mirror that Barnsley had made a bid
Alan signed a two year contract with Lee Clark's Huddersfield,
for an undisclosed fee, on 25th August 2010
Out of contract, he was released by Huddersfield on 10th May
2013. He had scored 12 goals for Huddersfield in 101 games (46
starts). On his release, the 34 year old said that he would take
his coaching qualifications in the summer but wanted to continue
Alan joined Ipswich's Academy coaching team in the summer of
2013 although Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was considering giving
him a short-term deal as a player after watching him play in an
Under-21 game. On 19th September 2013, he apologised to Ipswich
fans for his controversial spell at bitter rivals Norwich City,
insisting his heart has always been very much in Suffolk. I
know Ive got some making up to do, said the striker.
Ill do everything I can to win them over. I know
I got some criticism for that at the time, but I was lonely in
London (at Crystal Palace), my friend (Bryan Gunn) was manager
of Norwich at the time and it was an opportunity to get back up
here with my family. I apologise, but it was something that was
right for me at that time.