Leicester City will play Huddersfield Town in the next game at home at King Power, and this is an important game and one that could set Leicester City back on track towards a good run. We are back with our “In Both Camps” update, and you will find a few players with that possible. Danny Cadamarteri is one, so is Ben Hamer, and of course going a way back in time, Frank Worthington.
Danny Cadamarteri left Leicester City in 2009 after just 9 league appearances, and signed for Huddersfield. Once looked up on as the most talented youngster in England, representing the nation both at U.21 and U.18 level. But he never really fulfilled his potential and faded, and had spells outside the League system before Leicester snapped him up. Huddersfield really became a good place to be for Cadamarteri who had two spells at John Smith, with a period at Dundee United in between.
Danny retired from the game in 2014 then playing for Carlisle United. He is still very much involved in football and is today at Burnley FC, his rise from coaching at Leeds ladies, via the Sheffield Wednesday academy and now with Burnley, has made notice, and it will be interesting to follow the once “most talented player” in England, making his grade in football coaching.
Frank Worthington was the player that probably made the Jimmy Bloomfield era at Leicester City a great memorable one. The “shrewd” move for Worthington, after Liverpool decided to say no after a failed medical, will for always be remembered as fantastic business and one of the best signings ever done by a Leicester City manager. The fee was around £ 90 000, and at the time in 1972, a bit of money. Worthington stepped up from England U.23 level to the full level, just two years after signing, and scored a memorable goal v. Argentina, 2-2 at Wembley.
Worthington was not the only Leicester City player in the team of the night, but also Keith Weller and Peter Shilton featured in the game, and historical with three Leicester City players in the same England team.
Ben Hamer is the most recent player to represent both teams, signing on a free from Leicester this summer. Iwan Roberts was as Worthington signed by Leicester from Huddersfield. Roberts represented both clubs at full international level for Wales. Other players to be in both camps are Ian Banks, who left Leicester for Huddersfield. Alex Bruce had loan spells at both clubs.
Damien Delaney, Danny Ward and Ben Chilwell are other players who have been at both clubs, all on loan spells with The Terriers. Ward and Chilwell made the most out of their loan spells and has since gradually worked their way up in football.
A few might also remember Paul Reid, who actually played 162 league games for Leicester, but by many gone unnoticed as a player while at Filbert Street. Reid spent three years with Huddersfield from 1994 to 1997, playing 77 league games.
A fun fact is about the former Leicestershire cricketer Chris Balderstone who also played professional football for Huddersfield Town and later Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queens of the South. He is one of very few who combined the two sports and won five major titles as a Leicestershire cricketer in the early years of the 70’s. He was also among those players who represented Carlisle United in their only season in the top flight back in 1974-75.