Experienced attacking midfielder Lee Philpott joined City in the 2000 close season from Lincoln City, part of Brian Little’s squad building efforts in the early years of the 21st century. Philpott was a regular starter during much of his first season, as the Tigers squad coped with financial meltdown and deferment of wages and powered into the play-offs. As the end of the season approached Philpott was used as a substitute, his first team berth handed to Andy Holt. Lee scored his first goal for the Tigers in March 2001 during a night game at home to Halifax.
For the next two seasons Philpott was a more peripheral first team figure, appearing occasionally while struggling with an achilles injury. He scored his second and final goal a year after his first, in another night match against Mansfield, and left City in the 2003 close season.
Born in Barnet, Philpott spent his teenage years at Luton Town but at 16 he joined the apprentice scheme at Peterborough United. He made his Posh debut in April 1988 and made six further appearances in 1988/89. Lee joined Cambridge United in the 1989 close season, it was at the Abbey Stadium that he built his reputation as a dangerous and pacy wideman. In three and a half seasons he made 178 appearances, contributed 23 goals and assisted the Us to two promotions, sealing his status as an Abbey Stadium cult figure. In November 1992 Leicester City paid £350,000 for Philpott as the Foxes, managed by Brian Little, built a new squad following promotion into the second tier. He was a regular choice during 1992/93 but in 1993/94 he was used in a supporting role as Leicester won promotion to the Premier League. He made 23 Premier League appearances for Leicester in 1994/95, but was rarely selected the following season and left Filbert Street in March 1996, joining Blackpool for a £75,000 fee. After two seasons at Bloomfield Road Philpott left the Tangerines in the 1998 close season, spending two seasons at Lincoln City prior to his move to Hull City.
In July 2003 Philpott joined Weymouth, a Southern Premier League side managed by his former Leicester team-mate Steve Claridge. He spent a season with the Terras that culminated in promotion to the Conference South. Still living in York, Philpott joined Harrogate Town in November 2004 as player and assistant manager, a role he retained for three seasons. He spent 2007/08 season at Hinckley United, retiring from playing in the 2008 close season. In 2008 he qualified as a licensed football agent and became director of LPM Football Agents, a firm based at The Deep in Hull.
Date/Place of Birth: 21 February 1970, Barnet
Hull City First Game: 12 August 2000, Blackpool A (League Division 3), 30 years, 173 days old
Hull City Final Game: 22 October 2002, Port Vale A (Associate Members Cup First Round), 32 years, 243 days old
Peterborough United (1986-1989), Cambridge United (1989-1992), Leicester City (1992-1996), Blackpool (1996-1998), Lincoln City (1998-2000), Hull City (2000-2003), Weymouth (2003-2004), Harrogate Town (2004-2007), Hinckley United (2007-2008)
Hull City Record
Career: 60 apps, 2 goalsLee Philpott
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