A member of Crawford & Company’s UK administration team has added to his list of international sporting honors, helping Great Britain’s Amputee Football (soccer) team to a convincing win in a recent game.
Lee Dobson scored one goal and provided two assists in the 5-0 win against Ireland in a recent Takeda Cup game.
Lee, who spends his working days at Crawford’s administration team, leads a whole different life on a football field as an international sports star. Lee has played football for the Manchester Amputees Football Club (MAFC) since 2003 and has represented both the combined Great Britain and England teams on numerous occasions, including at World and European championships in Brazil, Russia, Turkey and Argentina.06
Lee recalls: “My international career started in a friendly match against Ghana when I scored a goal that earned me a place in the 2005 England squad. I traveled to Rio for the World Championships in which our team finished third, and I turned out to be England’s top scorer with four goals. The following year we traveled to Volgograd in Russia for European Championships where we lost in the final to the home nation, but I managed to equal my record of being our top scorer with four goals.”
He added that: “After that, my participation in football had become more infrequent due to my back and calf injuries. Becoming a father to two beautiful little girls filled my days with other responsibilities too. But over the last year I really put my mind to improving my fitness. I’m glad I’m not only looking like the 19-year-old kid that burst on to the scene in 2005, but can also help the national team score winning goals”.
Debbie Warren, head of Internal Operations, noted that: “Those that know Lee understand how talented and dedicated he is. We always make sure to show our support at Lee’s games and encourage others to come to Great Britain’s friendly matches.”
At the club level of competition, the Manchester Amputees are currently the double Greater Manchester Ability Counts League Champions and also the treble Cheshire I-count league champions.
In March this year, Lee’s team won the regional event of the FA Peoples Cup; they then played in the finals event in May at the Manchester goals soccer centre where they won the Disability category. MAFC was also the 1st National Amputee Football league champion in 2013. Starting next season the team will be known as the Manchester City FC Amputees. To find out more, visit http://www.theeafa.co.uk.