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Brian Lee receives LMA Service to Football award

17 May 2016

Former Chairboys manager and chairman Brian Lee was recognised with a Service to Football award at the League Managers Association dinner on Sunday night.

Lee was the club's first ever official manager, taking up the role in 1968. Until then, the team for each match was selected by a committee, with no sole person in charge.

Brian oversaw a successful period in the club's non-league era, winning four Isthmian League titles in five seasons and helping the club make headlines for its FA Cup adventure in 1975 when they held top-flight Middlesbrough to a 0-0 draw in a third round tie at Loakes Park.

He left his post as manager in 1976 but went on to become chairman of the club and oversaw the conversion to a Limited by Guarantee company in the summer of 1986. He stepped aside two years later to allow local businessman Ivor Beeks to become chairman while Lee took on the full-time role of managing the construction and move to Adams Park in the summer of 1990.

In more recent times he has enjoyed roles as chairman of the Football Conference Trust and president of the Football Conference, and was recognised for his services to football with an MBE in the New Year's Honours List this year.

Current Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth and chairman Andrew Howard attended the LMA awards dinner in London, one year after Ainsworth had won the League 2 Manager of the Year prize at the same event.

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