Full Name: MARK LEE
Date of Birth: 29/03/1959
Height: 199 cm ( 6-6 1/2 )
Weight: 96 kg ( 15-1 )
Debut: 30/07/1977, Round 18, Essendon
Last Game: 01/04/1991, Round 2, Essendon
Total Games: 233
Total Goals: 94
Honours: Premiership 1980, Captain 1985-86, Best & Fairest 1984, Victorian Representative Team Games 6 Goals 0.
Seasons: 1977-79, 1982, 1988, 1991
Total Games: 36
Total Goals: 31
Honours: Premiership 1977.
Mark “The General” Lee was Richmond’s number one ruckman for over a decade. He was also tried at full-forward on the odd occasion kicking 9 goals against St.Kilda, in Round 17 of 1982, and followed up with 5 goals against Geelong. He possessed a good spring, was very agile for a big man and had a good turn of speed. Another feature of his game was his ability to punch the ball long distances from centre bounces. At times, his game suffered with his inability to take a lot of marks around the ground, although he could get up very high in the process. He was a great protector of his smaller teammates, although he did run foul of the umpires having been reported eight times during his league career. He had a good understanding with Dale Weightman and together they formed one of the best ruckman/rover partnerships in the VFL during the 1980’s. Mark was a prime mover in Richmond’s last Premiership win, where his thumps from the centre bounce were often as good as a kick. He also played in the 1982 Grand Final team and the 1977 Reserves’ Premiership team.
He won the Club Best and Fairest in 1984 and finished second in 1983. He captained the side in 1985 and 1986 and was awarded Life Membership in 1986. He represented Victoria six times and was selected in the 1980, 1983 and 1985 All-Australian sides as testimony of his undoubted ability. He left Richmond midway through 1991 and played with Balranald. In 1992, he undertook his first coaching role and immediately met with success when both he and Jimmy Jess played in Tasmanian Club Burnie’s Premiership side. Mark coached Burnie until the end of 1994 and in 1995, he returned to coach his original club Mildura.
Mildura Juniors 1969-74 ( Honours - Premiership U/15 1974 ) ; Mildura Seniors 1975, Games 11, Goals 9 ; Melbourne High School 1977 ( Honours - Premiership Night Series 1977 ).
Balranald 1991 ; Burnie Captain/Coach 1992-94 ( Honours - Premiership 1992 ) ; Mildura Coach 1995-96.