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Lee Trundle’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroBritish footballer
Is Athlete 
Football player 
Association football player 
From United Kingdom 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 10 October 1976, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Age:43 years
Star sign Libra
Sports Teams
Chorley F.C.
Neath F.C.
Preston North End F.C.
Leeds United F.C.
Chester F.C.
Rhyl F.C.
Wrexham A.F.C.
Swansea City A.F.C.
Stalybridge Celtic F.C.
Burscough F.C.
Bamber Bridge F.C.

Lee Christopher Trundle (born 10 October 1976) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Cymru South side Ammanford. He also works as the club ambassador and youth team coach for Championship side Swansea City.

Trundle’s career began in the English non-league system, where he played for Burscough, Chorley, Stalybridge Celtic, Southport and Bamber Bridge, before signing for Welsh Premier League side Rhyl. He managed to net 15 goals in 18 matches for Rhyl, and his performances earned him a move to Football League side Wrexham in 2001. Trundle made a name for himself in professional football during a four-year spell for Swansea City, where he scored 78 goals in 146 appearances between 2003 and 2007. In July 2007, he left Swansea and signed with Bristol City, though he only scored 8 times in 3 seasons and was loaned out to both Leeds United and back to Swansea.

In 2010, following his release from Bristol City, Trundle returned to the top tier of Welsh football and signed for Neath. He spent two years with the club, scoring 26 goals in 59 matches, but found himself a free agent once more when Neath were liquidated in 2012. In a surprise move, Trundle rejoined the Football League in the summer of 2012 at the age of 35, signing for League One side Preston North End. However, a lengthy injury saw him lose out on a first team position, and he left Preston in February 2013 through a mutual termination of his contract. Stints with non-league clubs Chester and Marine followed before Trundle retired from football at the age of 36. However, in August 2016, he came out of retirement to sign for Welsh Division Two club Llanelli Town, scoring 86 goals in 59 appearances during back-to-back promotions. In May 2018, Trundle signed for Welsh Division One side Haverfordwest County on a week-by-week basis.

Early life

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Trundle attended St Edmund of Canterbury Catholic High School in Huyton.

Playing career

Early career

Trundle was a late entrant into professional and league football, playing for non-league teams Burscough, Stalybridge Celtic, Southport, Bamber Bridge and Chorley before joining Welsh Premier League club Rhyl in 2000.

Wrexham

Within six months, he had been snapped up by Brian Flynn to play for Wrexham where he played 78 matches (plus a further 24 as substitute) in all competitions and scored 30 goals in a little over two years. A goalscoring account which was started by a bicycle kick to start a second half comeback from 2–0 which culminated in a 3–2 victory for Wrexham against Walsall on 24 February 2001.

Swansea City

In the summer of 2003, Trundle received a free transfer and moved south to link up with Flynn who had now become manager of Swansea City. He instantly became a North Bank favourite with his goalscoring exploits and extraordinary tricks, scoring on his debut at the Vetch against Bury, and netting his first hat-trick for the club in the following match at Cheltenham, becoming the last of the three Swansea players who scored hat-tricks in three consecutive league matches, the only time this has happened for the club. Trundle scored 78 goals in 146 appearances for Swansea, making it by far the most prolific period of his career.

In his time at Swansea, Trundle became a minor celebrity in the match, with his extrovert displays of skill (or “showboating”) bringing him to national attention via the Soccer AM television show on Sky Sports. Tim Lovejoy revealed in his autobiography that Trundle himself regularly contacted the show with footage of himself in action.

In October 2005, he was the subject of a £750,000 transfer bid by Sheffield Wednesday which Swansea rejected. Days later, he signed an image rights contract with his club which offered a portion of revenues from merchandise featuring his image. He was believed to be the first player outside the Premier League to do so.

Bristol City

Despite the best efforts of Swansea City, Trundle agreed to sign for Bristol City on 27 July 2007, although the deal was not officially completed until 30 July due to an administrative error. He was given permission by Swansea and the Welsh FA to play in Bristol City’s pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town before he officially completed the deal, scoring and providing an assist in a 2–2 draw at Ashton Gate. It is believed Bristol City made four offers for the striker. Their final offer of £1,000,000 was accepted after Trundle handed in a transfer request. Trundle scored his first goals, a brace, for Bristol City against Scunthorpe on 25 August 2007.

Leeds United

Trundle joined Leeds United on a one-month loan on 9 January 2009 and was allocated the number 35 shirt. Former Swansea teammate Andy Robinson played a big part in recommending Leeds to Trundle. He made his debut for Leeds as a second-half substitute in the 2–0 loss to Carlisle United at Elland Road. He scored his only goal for the club on his first starting appearance, in a 2–0 win at Brighton on 17 January. Leeds extended Trundle’s stay at Elland Road for a further month, but his loan expired on 10 March 2009 and he returned to Bristol City.

Return to Swansea

On 27 August 2009, Trundle joined his former club Swansea City on loan until 1 January 2010 and this was later extended till the end of the season. Trundle played 20 league games and scored five goals in just two starts. Since Trundle rejoined Swansea, he failed to play a full 90 minutes. Trundle made no secret that he wanted to earn a permanent deal and wanted to end his career at Swansea City. He was not offered a playing contract by the club but was offered a coaching role. Trundle subsequently refused the role.

Neath

In July 2010, Trundle returned to the Welsh Premier League with Neath, making his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2010–11 season in a 2–1 defeat to Bangor City.

Neath were wound up at the end of the 2011–12 season due to ongoing financial problems, leaving Trundle without a club.

Preston North End

On 20 July 2012, Trundle signed a one-year deal with Preston North End. Trundle had impressed on trial at Deepdale after being invited to join up with the club for pre-season training. The 35-year-old featured for North End in their pre-season friendlies against Southport and Chorley and scored a superb solo goal in the draw against Chorley. However, shortly after signing for the Lilywhites, it was announced he had suffered a knee injury which manager Graham Westley believed would keep Trundle out for around 4 months. On 1 December, he appeared on the bench for a Second Round FA Cup tie at home against Gillingham, and he came off the bench in injury time during the 2–0 win for the Lilywhites.

He left Preston on 8 February through a mutual termination of his contract.

Chester

It was announced on 18 February 2013 that the 36-year-old signed for Conference North side Chester until the end of the 2012–2013 season.

Marine

On 28 March 2013, Northern Premier League side Marine confirmed that they had completed the signing of Trundle for an undisclosed fee. On 30 March 2013 he scored on his debut on against Nantwich Town. Trundle left Marine and retired from competitive football at the end of the season.

Llanelli Town

On 21 August 2016, Trundle came out of retirement to sign for Welsh Football League Division Two club Llanelli Town. On 27 August 2016, he scored a hat-trick on his debut in a 3–2 win against Aberdare Town. This was the first of nine hat-tricks across the season in all competitions for the veteran striker, as Llanelli went on to lift both the Division Two title and the Welsh Football League Challenge Cup. Trundle continued his impressive form in his second season at the club, scoring 33 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions as Llanelli won the Division One title by 15 points. However, the team missed out on a ‘double-double’ by losing 2–1 to third-tier Trefelin BGC in the final of the Welsh Football League Challenge Cup. Following Llanelli’s promotion to the Welsh Premier League, Trundle announced on Twitter that he would be leaving the club as his work commitments as club ambassador for Swansea City would prevent him from travelling to away games further afield.

Haverfordwest County

On 29 May 2018, Welsh Division One side Haverfordwest County announced that Trundle had agreed to join them for the 2018–19 season. He made his debut for the club on 18 August 2018, scoring four goals in a 10–1 home win over Pontypridd Town. Trundle left the club in December 2018 due to work commitments, having scored 12 goals before his departure.

Trefelin BGC

In December 2018, Trundle signed for Welsh Division Three side Trefelin BGC. Trundle had previously represented Trefelin’s veterans’ team. He scored on his debut against Trethomas Bluebirds.

Ammanford

In June 2019 he joined Ammanford.

Coaching career

On 25 June 2013, it was confirmed that Trundle was to return to Swansea City, to take on the role as the first official Club Ambassador and a coach for the 9–19-year olds.

Career statistics

Source:

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
1995–96BurscoughNorth West Counties Football League First Division105105
1995–96ChorleyNorthern Premier League Premier Division318318
1996–9735133513
1997–98Stalybridge CelticConference National28102810
1998–99Northern Premier League Premier Division24152415
1998–99SouthportConference National296296
1999–009292
1999–00Bamber Bridge (loan)Northern Premier League Premier Division10111011
WalesLeagueWelsh CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
2000–01RhylLeague of Wales18151815
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
2000–01WrexhamFootball League Second Division148148
2001–02368223810
2002–03Football League Third Division/Football League Two44111020315012
2003–04Swansea City31175510103822
2004–0542225110104923
2005–06Football League One392010614621
2006–0734193110204020
2007–08Bristol CityFootball League Championship3861020416
2008–0919220212
2008–09Leeds United (loan)Football League One101101
2009–10Swansea City (loan)Football League Championship20510215
WalesLeagueWelsh CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
2010–11NeathWelsh Premier League291810203218
2011–1230821329
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
2012–13Preston North EndFootball League One101020
2012–13MarineNorthern Premier League Premier Division
WalesLeagueWelsh CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
2013-14Brunswick UnitedSwansea Senior League00
2016–17Llanelli TownWelsh Football League Division Two234556323153
2017–18Llanelli TownWelsh Football League Division One222314562833
2018–19Haverfordwest CountyWelsh Football League Division One4600111168
TotalEngland50719218790154549203
TotalWales126115610312199148139
Career total6333072417121212516694339

Honours

Club

Wrexham

  • FAW Premier Cup: 2000–01, 2002–03

Swansea City

  • Football League Trophy: 2005–06
  • FAW Premier Cup: 2004–05, 2005–06

Llanelli Town

  • Welsh Football League Division One: 2017–18
  • Welsh Football League Division Two: 2016–17
  • Welsh Football League Challenge Cup: 2016–17

Personal life

Trundle has been an Everton fan since he was a child.

In March 2007, Trundle moved in with pop singer and Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon. The couple split in November 2007.

Trundle also performed ‘Let it Snow’ for Preston’s 2012 Christmas light switch on, before turning on the lights alongside singers, Matt Cardle and Russell Watson.