Returning for a third spell at the Bucks, hugely popular defender Lee Vaughan became the club’s first new signing of the summer when he put pen to paper in June 2020.
A trainee at both Birmingham City and Portsmouth, Lee joined Walsall from Chelmsley Town in 2005. During his time with the Saddlers, he spent a short spell on loan at the New Buck’s Head under Bernard McNally, as well as Willenhall Town, under Rob Smith and Larry Chambers. When Smith and Chambers took the helm at Telford they made the right-back one of their 2006 summer signings and Lee went on to become one of the most well-liked players since the club’s rebirth.
In May 2010, following Smith and Chambers departure, Lee signed for Kidderminster Harriers; he made over 150 appearances for the Aggborough side and was voted into the Conference ‘Team of the Season’ for 2012-13. He declined a new deal in 2014 to sign for Cheltenham Town.
Cheltenham were relegated to the Conference at the end of Lee’s first season; unable to command a regular first-team place in his second season he joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, a move that subsequently became permanent. Lee’s performances in the 2016/17 season earned him a second selection to the National League’s ‘Team of the Season’, despite his season being curtailed by a leg fracture.
Lee left Rovers to become a Harrier for a second time in summer 2017; he left Kidderminster to join Solihull Moors in 2019, making 35 appearances for the promotion chasing side. When he was released at the end of the 2019/20 season, his former Bucks team-mate Gavin Cowan brought Vaughan’s career full circle by signing him to a one-year deal with Telford.