Tynemouth, Northumberland born outside left Jack Lee began his football career Blackhall Wesleyans in 1922 and played for Horden Athletic in 1923 before joining Third Division (North) club Hartlepools United as an amateur, making his Football League debut at Southport in April 1925, playing once more before the season end. After an unsuccessful trial with Luton Town he returned to play for Horden Athletic, from where he was signed by Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal in May 1926.
Lee made his League debut in a 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers in September 1926 and made all 7 of his first team appearances that season, but didn’t make a further appearance in 1927-28 before he joined Chesterfield for £250 in June 1928. At Saltergate he was a regular as Chesterfield set a record of scoring in 47 consecutive League matches between December 1929 and December 1930 in the Third Division north (a record that Arsenal beat in September 2002).
Chesterfield then won the Third Division (North) in 1930-31, with Lee scoring a career best 15 goals in the campaign. But after they were relegated two seasons later Lee left Chesterfield after scoring 57 goals in 187 matches for The Spireites, joining Aldershot. He spent two seasons at Aldershot, scoring a hat-trick in a Third Division Cup win over Luton Town in March 1934, scoring 24 goals in 71 appearances before joining non league Ollerton Colliery in the summer of 1935, subsequently playing in Broad Oaks Works in 1936 before his eventual retirement.
NB in the photograph he stands on the right with fellow Arsenal reserve Charles Barley.