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Former Claret Alan Lee has this week become a director of Bury Town and is set to implement a five year plan to take the Suffolk club forward, the club for whom Nick Pope made his early appearances in first team football.

alan leeHe’s been at the club since last year when he was appointed as their head of player development but he will now be involved in the day to day running of the club and was tasked with putting together a five year plan to take the club forward.

Chairman Russell Ward said: “Alan has made massive improvements to the club in his short time with us, he has given us access to improved training facilities. He also continues to improve and enlarge our youth section, and next season we will have a total of 36 teams representing Bury Town FC across all age groups, both male and female.

“Alan has drawn up a five year plan for the board to take the club onto the next level and we are starting to put that plan into place. Having someone with Alan’s experience from the professional game on our board further strengthens the club going forward.”

Lee will be better remembered elsewhere rather than at Burnley. He made a total of 481 league appearances in a career that started at Aston Villa with his final appearances coming for Huddersfield. We signed him 21 years ago as a 19-year-old but he made just 15 league appearances for us with only two of those starts and only scored once and that was in the Auto Windscreens game at Wigan.

We sold him to Rotherham and they were the club he played the most games for before he moved on to Cardiff, Ipswich, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Huddersfield before a final return to Ipswich which didn’t see him figure in the first team.

Of his appointment, he said: “I am very pleased to be joining the board of directors at Bury Town and I am looking forward to working with everyone involved from the first team right down through our youth section to grow the club and improve every aspect of the club.”

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