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The ugly part of football : Meet the Man Utd player who played in the UCL but is now a plumber

Lee Roch is one of the few names in world of football that doesn't get talked about often, because his career didn't last long. 

Roche was born on 28 October 1980 and was one of the most sorted after right back in England when he began his career, because he could also play on the right of midfield.

Roche started his career in Manchester United's famous academy, but despite spending so many years at the club, he managed to make only one substitute appearance in the league against Newcastle United.

Coach Sir Alex Ferguson also gave him chance to play in a League Cup game against Arsenal and a Champions League tie against Deportivo la Coruna.

As a young man he struggled to get regular opportunities at Manchester United and was subsequently loaned out to Wrexham for the 2000–01 season, where he went on to be a key member of the squad featuring in 41 of the 46 league games.

Despite his impressive display while on loan, Roche's contract was not renewsed by Manchester United and was allowed to walk away as a free agent from the club in 2003. 

Next stop for Roche was then championship Burnley who took advantage of this situation with then manager Stan Ternent and offered him a a two-year deal. He initially struggled to adapt to the philosophy of the, but when he finally found his feat, he was in deed on stoppable.

He netted an outstanding 25-yard volley against Crystal Palace on his debut and snatched the right back position from Dean West . 

Roche's trouble began shortly after establishing himself in the team as the coach who believed in him most left the club after failing to agree new contract. Burnley next coach Steve Cotterill did not rate Roche as highly as Ternent had done, and to play him out of position. 

Roche was frustrated under the new manager and he was allowed to leave at the end of his two year contract and he reunited with his former club Wrexham in the summer of 2005.

At Wrexham, Roche scored on his second debut for the club against Boston United and he happened to be his only goal for the club, before he was asked to leave in 2006–07 season Roche after a disappointing season in which they almost got relegated to the Football Conference.

He joined Droylsden in 2007, staying with the club until February 2011, however due to a sequence of injuries, disappointments and falling out of love with the game, Roche retired from football at age 27. 

Life has not been easy for Roche as he now works as a plumber, cavity wall remover and also coaches the Bury F.C. under-11 side.

“It can get pretty tiresome so I don’t go shouting about that I played for United. I do think young players today should be made to train as something, so they know about the real world.

“Most of them probably don’t have a plan to fall back on if they don’t make it as a professional." He said in his last interview

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