Its the end of a 10 year love affair.
James Lee has left Crumlin United and this time for good. The Regions Cup winner and decorated player joined his local team, Collinstown at the last season, but was tempted back to Pearse Park at Christmas and finished out another season in blue while being heavily involved as United made a late but ultimately unsuccessful title charge.
There is no doubt Martin Loughran, would have kept Lee at Crumlin in some capacity next season, but the Clondlakin man has decided it’s time to leave.
In his decade at the club the former Dublin Bus midfielder won a sensational 15 Intermediate trophies and only failed to win silverware in one of those 10 years.
Lee was also captain for a number of years and sported the arm band in the clubs most recent FAI Intermediate Cup wins and was the man designated to lift an number of Senior Sunday titles and various cups during his Pearse Park innings.
In some of the most talented squads amateur football has seen, squads that boasted players with League of Ireland and across the water experience, Lee was more often than not stand out and was certainly talismanic.
The former Irish amateur International was an old school box to box performer fond of a goal and certainly not shy of a tackle.
Lee also made up one third of the ‘Holy LSL Midfield Trio’ alongside Martin Cramer and Ger ‘Buzzer’ Rowe- a midfield three some argue was the best and most balanced Senior Sunday has seen in recent times.
Speaking on social media Lee confirmed his departure from the ‘close knit’ club.
“10 Seasons 15 Top Intermediate Trophies. One season from 10 we failed to win silverware,my first year as Captain too, but we quickly recovered. Thanks to Crumlin United, Martin Loughran all his different Coaches and assistant managers, the endless amount of players that came and went in my time and all the people within,which makes it the close knit club it is. #MemoriesForever #KeepOnWinning”