Born in Edinburgh in 1971, Lee Bullen enjoyed a much travelled 22 year playing career, which saw him play for 15 clubs in Scotland, England, Australia, Greece and Hong Kong. A hugely versatile and always fully committed professional, Lee started his career as a forward but his powerful build and adaptability allowed him to play in a variety of positions, even turning out in goal for Sheffield Wednesday on one famous occasion!
(Lee Bullen is pictured above in action at Hillsborough in our 2012 Sheffield Wednesday match)
Lee started his career at the age of 17 at Dunfermline Athletic, but finding it difficult to break into the 1st team he joined Penicuik Athletic before moving to Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir then Whitburn. In 1993 Lee made the decision to try his luck overseas, making the move Down Under to play for Australian clubs CYC Stanmore and Wollongong Wolves.
Bullen continued his globe trotting, moving to Hong Kong sides Kui Tan, Golden and finally South China. During his time in Hong Kong Lee also had the honour of playing for a League Select team against an England team preparing for Euro '96. The proud Scot's team, which also included Mike Duxbury, Dave Watson and Carlton Fairweather, performed admirably, only losing 1-0 to a very strong England side, featuring the likes of David Seaman, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand, who scored the only goal. Looking for a new challenge Bullen completed his spell overseas in Greek football, where he played 2 seasons for Kalamata.
Then, in 2000, at the age of 29 and after 7 years overseas, Bullen made the move back home, and it was to the club where it all started for him as well, Dunfermline Athletic. This time round Bullen enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the club and became a firm favourite with the Pars fans. In total he made 130 league appearances and scored an impressive 30 league goals from Midfield in the 4 seasons he spent at East End Park. The highlight came in his final season when he led the club to 4th place in the League and an appearance in the Scottish Cup Final. Unfortunately Bullen's last appearance for the club was to end in a 3-1 defeat to a very strong Celtic side, managed by Martin O'Neill and featuring the likes of Henrik Larsson, Stiliyan Petrov and Chris Sutton.
In the summer of 2004 Lee made the move Down South to join Sheffield Wednesday, who were languishing in Division 1 at the time. However on his arrival the club enjoyed instant success and due to his fully committed performances, increasingly at Centre Half, Lee soon gained the honour of Captaining the side and became a huge favourite with the Wednesday fans at the same time. Fellow Scot Paul Sturrock had taken over as Manager after a poor a start to the 2004-05 season and guided the Owls into the play-offs and on to a 4-2 victory over Hartlepool United in the Final, allowing the 34 year old Bullen to enjoy a career highlight of lifting a trophy at Wembley!
The club remained in the Championship for the remaining 3 years that Bullen spent at the club, and his versatility was highlighted by the fact that he received a Good Sport Award for playing in every position for the club, even keeping a clean sheet when he was called upon to play between the sticks away at Millwall in the 2005-06 season after an injury to 1st choice David Lucas! His experience and presence on the pitch was hugely important to the team during this period and this was highlighted by the guard of honour Lee received on his final appearance at Hillsborough in May 2008 (a game he unfortunately couldn't play in after getting injured in a vital relegation battle the week before). In total Lee made 147 appearances and scored 9 goals for Wednesday in his 4 year spell at the club and established himself as a true cult hero amongst Owls fans (the depth of feeling is evident in this excellent profile on OwlsAlive.com).
After leaving Hillsborough Lee finished his playing days back in Scotland at Falkirk, making 41 league appearances for the Bairns in 2 seasons, before hanging up his boots in 2010 at the ripe old age of 39.
He then spent 18 months as the Assistant Manager at Falkirk, before having a 6 month spell as a Scout for Watford FC. Now back living in Sheffield he is currently a Director of Property Sales Agents, Spencers Agents Ltd and was also appointed the Senior Professional Development Coach at his beloved Sheffield Wednesday in May 2012. Lee also holds a BA Hons, Sports Media and Broadcasting degree from Staffordshire University, which he studied for between 2006-08.
Lee made his debut Football Aid appearance in 2012, pulling on his boots to play for the Sheffield Wednesday Home team on a rainy night at Hillsborough, and although his team finished up on the wrong end of a 8-3 defeat his impact was certainly felt on the night, Away team Centre Half and Football Aid regular Bob Thorpe commenting: "Although it was a little one sided in the first half, and we were leading 5-1, Lee Bullen came on for the Home side and made a big difference, even though we won 8-3. Lee was superb, chatting to all the players after the game and having photos etc, and nothing was too much trouble". Having enjoyed his experience so much Lee was more than happy to sign up as Club Ambassador for the Owls and we look forward to having his tremendous presence at many more Hillsborough games in the future.