The 'King of the Showboat' back to highlight some bouncebackability in English football

Former Swansea City, Leeds United and Bristol City player Lee Trundle became a cult hero in the 2000's for his impressive array of tricks and goalscoring exploits in the Football League. Now he has signed for Chester FC to help put the gloss on their promotion campaign.

When Sky Sports flagship Saturday morning comedy talk show Soccer AM was in its Tim Lovejoy plomp it attracted a large audience and a definitive cult following among football fans. Indeed its affect transcended into the modern game as football fans adopted the famous wrestling ‘EASY’ chant, danced like chimney sweeps and with a little help from celebrity friends in sport and the like the show even got a word into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Now it seems one player who is synonymous with the show may be about to play a key role in one football teams very own example of bouncebackability.

If you watched Soccer AM through the 2000’s one of the highlights of the show was always the showboat segment. There were always a few regulars who featured week in and week out. Ronaldinho, Tote, Jay-Jay Okocha and many others were frequently featured on the segment but surely nobody made more appearances on the shows Showboat reel than Lee Trundle.

The Liverpudlian was constantly on the show demonstrating a vast array of tricks more suited to the Futsal halls of South America and Iberia than the old turf at Vetch Field. While at Swansea City the forward became a household name (at least in footballing households) for his litany of defender embarrassing tricks and flicks to the point where he would even send in Tim Lovejoy footage of himself pulling out the odd lollipop or two in the Football League.

Don’t do Trundle a disservice however as he had much more than just bags of tricks he could play a bit and all; his goalscoring record speaks for itself. He scored 101 goals for Swansea City in his two stints at the club and was one of the origins of the technical football they play today. He played a major part in their climb up the football ladder; which culminates with a League Cup final this weekend.

After two seasons with Neath in the Welsh Premier where he again banged in the goals he returned to English football when the Glamorgan-based side went bust last summer and impressed Preston North End enough to offer him a contract. That has unfortunately not lasted long and he left by mutual consent earlier in the month.

But this week he has signed for a new team; Chester FC. Which brings us back to bouncebackability.

Chester FC are the phoenix club of the defunct Chester City formed after their predecessors liquidation in 2010. After back-to-back promotions they find themselves fighting for a third on the bounce sitting top of the Conference North by a massive 16 points.

Trundle now arrives to help them over the line and back into the Football Conference; and you never know he might just decide to stick around for another year at this rate.

What are your memories of Lee Trundle?

Here is a video for those who don’t remember the ‘Showboat King’….

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