Leicester City are up against Southampton in their next fixture, and the last player to have played for both clubs and signed between the two is midfielder Dean Hammond.
Hammond joined Leicester from Southampton in 2013, signed for an undisclosed fee. The now 35 year old, has since playing for Leicester, just had a short and mysterious spell at Sheffield United, where he was released just weeks after signing.
Dean returned to Leicester City to help out and played in the U.23’s in the end of the 2016/17 season, helping the team to a secure a place in the Premier League 2 with a 9th place finish.
He played 46 league games for Leicester, 12 of them in the Premier League and in a way a key player during the season when winning and getting promotion from the League Championship.
He is one of those “silent runners” who you never really see as much, but helped both Southampton to two successive promotions as well as the one promotion with Leicester.
Looking back you will find a number of players who have turned out for both clubs, and some of the names will probably surprise you, what about the two Dennis’s, Rofe and Wise, who had a career in both camps.
The two Peter’s, Shilton and Rodrigues are also to mention. Shilton winning a League runners-up medal during his days at The Dell, in that team together with Rofe and another former Leicester City teammate the one and only Frank Worthington.
Peter Rodrigues was a fine offensive right back once described as the first attacking defender in football, coming up on the right flank and really doing this job with perfection. He played for Leicester in the 1969 FA Cup final, just beaten with 1-0, ending runners-up to Manchester City. Seven years later, in 1976, he returned to Wembley and the FA Cup final with Southampton, captaining ‘Saints’ to a surprising win over favourites Manchester United.
This is our round around in the archive, finding special players, with a life at the club playing Leicester City in the next fixture, coming up on Saturday, the 25th of August.