The Diary: No Bull, the true story of a no-nonsense player

Nicola Spencer and Lee Bullen who are writing about their favourite places in Sheffield, including Leopold Square.
Nicola Spencer and Lee Bullen who are writing about their favourite places in Sheffield, including Leopold Square.
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No bull – the title was inevitable for a no-nonsense centre half.

Former Sheffield Wednesday skipper Lee Bullen has written the story of his life but it’s not your ordinary footballer’s memoirs because Lee Bullen is no ordinary footballer.

He missed out on his dream of playing professionally as a youngster and went off to work in the Alliance and Leicester Bank.

His travels from his native Scotland took him to Hong Kong, Australia and Greece where he played professional and semi-professional football among other adventures before coming back to England and to fame and half a fortune at Hillsborough.

Lee, aged 42, wrote the 224-page book with the help of Sheffield Telegraph sports columnist and BBC commentator Alan Biggs. When the Diary called, Lee was at Derby with the Owls development squad for a game, so his partner Nicola Spencer – of Spencer’s estate agents on Ecclesall Road where they both work – filled us in on the story of the big man’s book.

“He and Alan Biggs had to spend a lot of time in the pub talking about it I know that much,” laughed Nicola.

“Lee had the disappointment of not making the professional grade as a young footballer but after his travels eventually came back to Sheffield Wednesday where he captained the team that won promotion at Cardiff in 2005 ,” said Nichola.

“I am very proud of him and it’s a very interesting read even for me and I know most of the story.

“His travels and the way his life has turned out are an important part of who he is today. He got into professional footbal late and didn’t make a fortune as a player. A lot of the book is about his philosophy on football and his ambition to become a coach. He was the one who got a degree and worked at the bank before becoming a footballer. Doing it that way round makes a difference to a person’s life.”

“It took him about a year to do it and I think he has quite enjoyed himself.

“Putting his life down on paper has made him realise what a good time he had.”

No Bull, by Lee Bullen with Alan Biggs, is published by Vertical Editions in hardback at £16.99. Available to order online and in bookshops.

Lee will be signing copies of his book in the Owls Megastore for two hours before the Owls game against Ipswich, KO 3pm on October 5.