Lee was signed from non-league Enfield for £15,000 on transfer
deadline day 1997 after impressing in trials with the Canary Reserves.
He was first spotted by Dave Stringer
playing for Enfield Reserves against Norwich's A team in the Essex
and Herts Border Combination. He made his debut for Norwich against
Bury in November 1997 but broke his ankle just 15 minutes into
his second game (against WBA). He recovered to make another 2
appearances in the 1997/98 season.
Lee won his first England Under 21 cap coming on a late substitute
against France in February 1999. Starting to make an impression
on the game, the inevitable result was transfer speculation. On
12th March 2000, the Sunday People reported that Norwich
"could cash in on Lee Marshall... Wolves, Charlton and Huddersfield
are all looking at a player rated at £500,000". The speculation
arose again in the autumn with the 19th November edition of The
People suggesting that Leicester might make a move for him.
Fulham and Portsmouth were said also to be interested.
Failure to accept Norwich's offer of a new contract saw Lee placed
on the transfer list on the last day of November 2000. The Sunday
tabloids suggested on 28th January 2001 that Leicester were keen
but would face competition from Spanish sides Real Vallecano and
Real Oviedo. On 21st March 2001, Norwich finally cashed in on
Lee rather than lose him to a Bosman style tribunal in the summer.
Leicester City signed Lee for £600,000 with Marshall linking again
with the likes of Darren Eadie and Peter
Taylor who had capped him for the England Under 21s.
In July 2002, Lee almost joined Premiership new boys West Bromwich
Albion as relegated Leicester attempted to cash in on some of
their assets. However he failed to agree terms with Megson's
Baggies. The deal resurfaced in early August and Lee transferred
for £700,000 on 14th August 2002. Whether Lee will stay
with the Baggies following their relegation in April 2003 remains
to be seen. Speculation has already begun on the Planet
Football site that Lee might return to Leicester along with
teammate Andy Johnson
In September 2003, Lee was transfer-listed and made available
for loan - with his name circulated to all Premiership and Division
One sides. Barnsley made an offer on 13th October to loan him
but Lee rejected it preferring not to drop into Division Two.
Out of favour at the Hawthorns, Lee joined Hull City on loan towards
the end of January 2004. What his future holds now West Brom have
been promoted to the Premiership is questionable.
Suffering a broken fibula and tibia whilst with Hull, Lee never
fully recovered and retired through his injuries on 22nd April
Lee lives in Cuffley, Hertfordshire and in September 2005, began
helping out at nearby Minerva League side Broxbourne Borough V&E
with coaching and advising players.