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Where Are They Now...Lee Makel

Full Name: Lee Makel
Date of Birth: 11th January 1973, Sunderland
Nationality: English
Position: Centre Midfield
Internationals: None
Signed: 1992 (from Newcastle)
Left: 1995 (to Huddersfield Town)
Clubs (Prior to Rovers): Newcastle United

Lee Makel signed for Blackburn Rovers in 1992 and was one of 'King' Kenny Dalglish's first signings.

Touted as the next Paul Gascoigne, Rovers paid Newcastle a fee of 160,000 for Makel's services after only recently breaking into their first team, making 12 appearances and scoring 1 goal.

During the course of Makel's career at Blackburn, he made only 6 appearances for the senior team before leaving the club in 1995.

A move to Huddersfield Town, where Make would play over 60 games for the Terriers before SPL team, Hearts came knocking in 1998. A fee of 75,000 was agreed and Makel was on his way to the Scottish Premier League.

Makel played 50 games for the 'Jambos' which included helping them win the Scottish cup in 1998. During his time there Makel was loaned to Portsmouth but never made an appearance in their first team.

In 2001, former Hearts manager Jim Jefferies, by now manager of Bradford City, signed Makel, although he only made 13 appearances. This return to English football was a brief one however, before moving back to Scotland in the December, this time with Livingston.

Makel played over 80 matches for Livingston and was involved in their promotion into the SPL, a place in the UEFA Cup the following season and the 2003/2004 Scottish League Cup.

2004 saw Plymouth acquire his services although Makel was not a regular in the side and only remained at Home Park for the 1 season before returning to Scotland and Dunfermline Athletic before returning to Livingston in 2006.

The above information is as accurate to my knowledge as possible, up to and including 19th June 2007.
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Date:Tuesday June 19 2007

Time: 10:10PM

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Such a shame as he had bags of talent but it never materialised for him.
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19/06/2007 22:13:00

Another superb read BomBom!
Makel was the great hope wasn't he, but like some many before him (and so many after him) he couldn't deliver for whatever reason. This is something that happens all the time isn't it (but not just to Rovers.) I guess he still playing at Livingston?
Hughes Da Man
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20/06/2007 10:52:00

Yes he is HDM, he seems to have an affinity for Scotland doesnt he? I remember when we signed him, it was like WHO???
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20/06/2007 12:21:00

Not one of King Kenny's best signings!
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20/06/2007 13:29:00

Good stuff, thanks for that.
whatsthebobby moore
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20/06/2007 15:55:00

its a shame it never worked out, had the situation of been different i wonder what could of materialised, so sad really
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22/06/2007 16:58:00

I think he was hyped up too early and suffered because of it.... I met him when I was younger, seemed like a nice man as well.
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23/06/2007 20:26:00


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