Kerr leaves Whitley

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Whitley Bay striker turned midfielder Lee Kerr is leaving the club to join FA Vase holders Spennymoor Town after ten years at Hillheads.

Kerr joined Whitley as a 16-year-old and scored 186 goals in a total of 453 appearances, making him the third top scorer in the club’s history.

Among his many successes at the club, he has three FA Vase winners’ medals, a Northern League championship medal and two Northumberland Senior Cup winners’ medals.

He scored in each of Whitley’s three consecutive Wembley victories, an amazing record matched only by team mate Paul Chow, and in the 2009 final he was named man of the match.

Lee set a unique record during 2004-05, becoming the only player ever to score in the FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup in the same season.

As a teenager he had trials for Newcastle United as well as a number of Premiership and Championship sides.

He was later sought after by a number of higher-ranked clubs but displayed tremendous loyalty and chose to stay at Whitley Bay.

He has scored numerous memorable goals over the years, with free kicks a speciality. One of the most outstanding was a stoppage time winner at Poole Town in the 2011 FA Vase semi-final.

In recent seasons, Lee’s role changed to that of a midfielder but he still scored vital goals and on what turned out to be his final appearance for the club at Marske, he signed off with a vintage top quality strike.

Lee said that leaving was a tough decision.

He said: “I have loved every second of representing Whitley Bay.”

Thanking management, team mates and supporters, he went on to wish Whitley the best of luck in the future.

Lee will be remembered as one of the greatest players ever to wear at Whitley Bay shirt.

By a strange twist of fate, Lee could be returning to Hillheads as early as the first Saturday of August when Whitley are due to face Spennymoor in the Cleator Cup match.

This is a game normally played between the league champions and League Cup winners but with champions Darlington having been promoted, it has been decided that third-placed Whitley Bay will play Spennymoor, who won League Cup and were league runners-up.