Richard Lee swapped defending Brentford’s goal to talking up their promotion chances as he turned Sky Sports pundit for the League One play-off final at Wembley on Sunday.
Former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil and Watford stopper Lee, who is studying for a career in the media, came across well on camera but had to watch at his side lost out on promotion to the Championship to Yeovil 2-1.
It was a bittersweet experience for the former Bedgrove Dynamos youth player who had to hide his disappointment at seeing the Bees miss out on a fairytale ending to their season.
Lee has made just six appearances this season due to injury and could only sit on the sidelines and watch the agony of Brentford’s season-long promotion chase falter not once but twice.
Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, for whom Lee is an occasional Footballers’ Football columnist, Lee described how it felt watching the team throw away a golden chance to go up automatically recently. In the penultimate game of the season Brentford had a penalty against promotion rivals Doncaster only for it to be saved. Donny then went straight up the other end to score themselves and seal it at the death.
Lee said: “Football can be a cruel game. I’m sure I’ve said this before but that weekend topped all other experiences. A truly heartbreaking day for all associated with our phenomenal club.
“Ten months of intense competition and it all boiled down to one kick of a football, two inches lower and Brentford would be a Championship club now. It really was as simple as that. Two inches were the difference between Doncaster finishing top or third. A 46-game season came down to one moment. One gut-wrenching moment.
“We were all aware that our match against Doncaster was arguably the biggest game in Europe at the weekend - with what was at stake and the encounter was an intriguing one. The best home record against the best away record, two hugely contrasting styles of football came face to face in what ultimately will be a game that people speak about for years to come.”