Goalkeeper Lee Worgan brings an end to a glittering professional career

Monday 09th October 2023

WELLING UNITED goalkeeper player-coach Lee Worgan has tonight announced his retirement , aged 39.

“My time has come.  I have spent the last 30 years playing the game I love, said a statement from the Eastbourne based goalkeeper. 

“The journey started in a park wearing an oversized pair of goalkeeper gloves training with my dad at nine years old and from that moment I dreamt of becoming a professional footballer.

“Since those days I have made appearances in the Championship, League One, League Two, gained six caps for Wales Under 21s, made over 400 appearances in the National League as well as several hundred more in the leagues below.

“During my longer stints clocking up over 250 consecutive appearances for Maidstone United and more than 230 for Tonbridge Angels.

“I have captained promotion winning teams, won a league title, won three play-off finals and have cherished every moment with all of the clubs that together make up my 786 senior appearances.

“A winning penalty save in the play-off final for Maidstone United is a standout moment – a feeling that will stay with me forever.

“I am proud to have played for many clubs; Wimbledon, Aylesbury United, Wycombe Wanderers, Rushden & Diamonds, Cardiff City, Hastings United, Welling United, Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United, Dover Athletic, Chelmsford City, Dorking Wanderers, before finishing my playing career at my home-town club Eastbourne Borough.

“Although I did not know at the time, my last game between the sticks being a home win in front of friends and family at Priory Lane.

“I would like to send my thanks to all the supporters I have played for and against over the seasons.  You really are what make the game so special.

“And last but absolutely no means least, huge love for all my former team-mates, managers and coaches, in particular Nigel Kane, Tommy Warrilow, Jay Saunders and Danny Bloor- each one of you played such a huge role in my career at various stages.

“I have endless admiration and respect for all of you.  I really have made memories, experiences and made friendships that will last a lifetime.

“My parents Nigel and Sharon supported me in ways I will probably never realise, and my wife, children and other family members have been a huge support for me over the years.  I could never have done any of it without them.

“Now it’s time to put down the gloves and dedicate more of me to them.  Did I live my dream? Close enough.”