Football: Ex Owl Lee finally delivers after decade of non league football

Lee Stevenson wrestles with Sheffield United's Harry Maguire during pre-season
Lee Stevenson wrestles with Sheffield United's Harry Maguire during pre-season
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It’s taken him a decade but, at last, former Sheffield Wednesday scholar Lee Stevenson can say he is a Football League goalscorer.

The 29-year-old opened his account with Mansfield Town’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday and he couldn’t have been happier.

He said: “To get my first league goal, I’m buzzing. It has taken me 10 years to get it since leaving Sheffield Wednesday.

“It’s my third start - throughout my career I’m a one in three man - so hopefully I can kick on from here.”

“I feel comfortable. I feel like I can do a job at this level and score goals.”

Stevenson, a former Bradfield School student who came through the Sheffield Boys schoolboy teams, was one of the main reasons Mansfield regained their Football League status last season.

A badly broken leg and knee ligament injuries had threatened to put a full stop on a career that already has received a big blow when he was released by Wednesday - a club he still supports.

He said: “You have your school trials and you get sent to go. Everyone wants to play for Sheffield Boys and then Yorkshire Boys.

“I’m proud of what I’ve done and where I’ve come from. I was told I’d never play football again at 21 after a few bad injuries. To be where I am now is a massive achievement.

“I’m proud of myself.”

Stevenson worked as a postman in Chapeltown before turning professional again at Mansfield. “I was happy doing what I was doing but then one thing led to another.

“The gaffer (Paul Cox) came in for me at Eastwood and it’s gone on from there. He’s played me in a position where he knows I can score goals.

“I’ve had to work a lot harder since I came to Mansfield but hopefully the goals will keep coming.

“I’d love to get double figures.”

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