King in exclusive company, Wallington, Whithworth, Woollett, Walsh,
Cross and Stringfellow
DATE: 02.10.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
Andy King has been
around for 10 years in the first team at Leicester City. Few or none
in the past 20 years has been given a testimonial and we have to go
further back to find the real legends
In the late 60's and early 70's a few players
managed the same.
Mike Stringfellow was given his testimonial after a long and
very special period with Leicester. He described the introduction of
subs has his blessing in disguise.
Stringfellow struggled with a number of injuries and to get games as
a sub, he managed to lengthen his career. Joining from Mansfield in
the January 1962 and playing until the end of the 1974-75 season. A
City career in which he played 315 league games and scored 82 goals.
is another player who made his debut in the early 60's, spending
most of his career at Leicester City. He appeared in 498 league
games and scored 29 goals from either a midfield or central defence
Cross is to date the player with most appearances, counting all
competitions, with an impressive tally of 599 games. Cross left City
in 1976, spending the rest of his career at Brighton, Preston and
Whitworth, the former City right back, who also played for
England. Made his debut in 1970 and played his last game in 1979. He
had been part of the first team squad from 1969 and was given a
testimonial, just before he left for Sunderland.
Whitworth was one of the finest right back's tcf have ever seen play
for Leicester City. An attacking defender coming up to overlap and
curl the balls into the penalty area. A great player, one of my real
heroes of all time.
Whitworth made a total of 353 league games for City. He never scored
in the league, but is famous for his goal against Liverpool in the
1971 Charity Shield, when Leicester was invited, as winners of
division 2, to play in the absence of double winner Arsenal.
is another long servant to remember. Woollet made his debut in 1967
and played until 1978. He made 260 league appearances over a period
of 11 years. No goals, but one FA Cup final appearance in 1969.
People are often speaking of Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton when
they remember great goalkeepers at Leicester City, But their
Mark Wallington might be "bigger and better" in Leicester City
City's first team goalkeeper from 1974 to 1984, Wallington played
412 league appearances. He arrived from Walsall in 1972, and left
for Derby in 1985. He seldom or never missed a single game and was
more or less ever present in every season.
Wallington represented England at U.23 level but was never given the
chance in the first team. During the time Wallington was it his
best, Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton were the goalkeepers to compete
with and not easy at all.
A fun fact is that Wallington succeeded Shilton at Leicester and 13
years later, Shilton took over from Wallington at Derby.
Steve Walsh is as always one to mention. The former captain and
central defender played for the club for 15 years from 1986 to 2000.
He also played a great number of games, 360 league appearances in
total, scoring 53 goals.
Paul Ramsey, John Sjoberg and John O'Neill are other players in
modern time to have appeared for City in 10 years or more.
Andy King is really climbing in the table of most league appearances
and seasons for the club. At the moment 12th in the records of most
games played in total and soon he will pass Stringfellow and Sep
Smith, players who are both great legends.
We have put together a number of you tube video clips at "city-extra"
of those great men of "many games".
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