Junior Lewis


Carl Junior Lewis (born 9 October 1973) is a former footballer who was most recently assistant head coach at Barnet. During his playing career he played as a midfielder and, after impressing in his first few appearances for Leicester City, was touted by at least one their fans as a potential future England captain.

Junior Lewis
Personal information
Full name Carl Junior Lewis
Date of birth (1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Wembley, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
–1992 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Fulham 6 (0)
1993–1996 Dover Athletic 84 (0)
1996 Hayes 6
1996–1999 Hendon 100 (50)
1999–2001 Gillingham 59 (8)
2001Leicester City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2004 Leicester City 25 (1)
2002Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 15 (3)
2003Swindon Town (loan) 9 (0)
2003Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2004Hull City (loan) 13 (1)
2004–2005 Hull City 39 (1)
2005–2006 Brentford 14 (0)
2006 Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
2006–2007 Edgware Town 14 (2)
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough 8 (0)
2008 Welwyn Garden City 0 (0)
2011–2014 Hendon 1 (0)
Total 402 (66)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2012

Playing career


Lewis started his career at Fulham as a youngster, making his Football League debut as a substitute against Burnley on 17 October 1992. He went on to make five further league appearances for Fulham starting four matches and playing in one FA Cup game before dropping out of the league in 1993 for spells with Dover Athletic and Hendon. During his first spell with Hendon from 1996 to 1999, he made a total of 146 appearances scoring 68 goals,[1] famously scoring the winner in an FA Cup 1st round replay at Leyton Orient.[2] Lewis returned to league football in 1999 signing for Gillingham.

After a season and a half at Priestfield, Lewis transferred to Leicester City of the Premier League with subsequent spells at Brighton & Hove Albion (on loan), Swindon Town, Hull City, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons and Stevenage Borough.

Coaching career


On 20 June 2008, Lewis was reunited with Peter Taylor, his manager at six previous clubs (Dover, Gillingham, Leicester, Brighton, Hull and Stevenage), joining the backroom staff at Wycombe Wanderers.[3] When Taylor parted company with Wycombe by mutual consent in October 2009, Lewis also left the club[4] with the pair subsequently reunited once again at Bradford City, the eighth club at which Lewis had worked with Taylor either as a player or as part of Taylor's coaching staff.[5]

Between his roles at Wycombe and Bradford, Lewis joined Welwyn Garden City of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.[6]

In 2011 Lewis rejoined Hendon as player-coach, having been unemployed since leaving Bradford City towards the end of 2010–11.[1]

On 19 June 2014, it was announced that Lewis would join the coaching staff at Leeds United, working as assistant coach under the newly appointed head coach Dave Hockaday.[7][8][9] The appointment was met largely with surprise by the fans of Leeds United, as Lewis had previously been with eighth tier Hendon.

On 28 August 2014, Lewis and head coach Hockaday were sacked by owner Massimo Cellino, having been in the job for only 70 days.[10]

He returned to coaching for the 2015–16 season with Canvey Island.[11] In September 2015, he joined Boreham Wood as first team coach.[12]

Lewis was appointed joint assistant manager alongside Darren Currie at Dagenham & Redbridge for the 2017–18 season.[13]

Lewis joined Barnet as first team coach for the 2018–19 season, following manager John Still and assistant Currie to the Bees. Following the resignation of Still and the promotion of Currie to head coach, Lewis took over Currie's former role as assistant head coach.[14]

Lewis, and Currie, left Barnet at the end of the 2019–20 season.[15]

References


  1. "Greensnet – Official Hendon FC: Former Staff – Junior Lewis". www.hendonfc.net. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. "Games played by Junior Lewis in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. "Wycombe bring in Lewis as coach". BBC Sport. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  4. "Wycombe and Taylor part company". BBC Sport. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  5. "Meet Peter Taylor's 'other half'". Telegraph & Argus. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  6. "Former Leicester star Lewis signs for new-look Welwyn Garden City". Welwyn & Hatfield Times. 13 November 2008.
  7. "David Hockaday named as new head coach…". Leeds United. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  8. "Leeds United: I can be a success – Hockaday". Yorkshire Evening Post. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  9. "Leeds United name Dave Hockaday as head coach". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  10. "Club statement: David Hockaday". Leeds United. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  11. "Lewis named as new first team coach – The Bostik Football League". www.isthmian.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  12. New first team coach appointed
  13. Club Statement | Coaching Appointments
  14. Club Statement: Darren Currie