Jack Lee's career took a while to get going. Born near Newcastle in 1903 he found no reward from early spells with Hartlepool and Luton Town, so it seems almost out of the blue that Herbert Chapman's Arsenal picked him up from Horden Athletic in 1926. He played seven times for the Gunners in two years, before a £250 offer took him to Chesterfield. What a bargain that turned out to be!
Jack Lee was a very popular wingman: skilful, hard-working and with an eye for goal that earned him an excellent scoring record for his position. He came to be regarded as a great favourite by the fans, and his transfer caused dismay among supporters, who all felt that he had been freed while he still had much to offer the club, and who cast accusations that the club had freed him to avoid having to pay a benefit that would have been due had he completed one more season with the Spireites.
Jack joined Aldershot in 1933 and continued his fine scoring record from the wing in two seasons at the other Recreation Ground. At the end of his first-class career he returned to the Chesterfield area and worked at Markham Engineering, turning out for the Broad Oaks Works team. Like many of Chesterfield's imports from the north-east he spent the rest of his life in the town, passing away at the age of 83 in 1990.
For Chesterfield: 170 Football League appearances; 49 goals.