In Both Camps, Foxes in the Toon Army, Sinclair from the 60’s, Slimani, Kelly, Kitson and a few others

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A number of former foxes also have a previous life at St James Park. Going back to the early days the first to notice is former Leicester City forward Jackie Sinclair. Sinclair sadly passed away in 2010, only 67 years of age. Sinclair left Leicester City for a fee of £ 67 500 back in 1968 and joined  Newcastle United.

Sinclair had a great spell with Leicester, partnering Derek Dougan and also getting his first and only cap for Scotland, playing in a 1966 friendly v. Portugal. Sinclair Played 103 league games and scored 50 goals with Leicester in spell lasting from 1965 to 1968.

His stay at Newcastle didn’t last long as he was traded with Tony Ford and moved down to Yorkshire and Sheffield Wednesday just a year after his move from Leicester City. But despite his short stay he was part of the Magpies team that won the 1969 European Fairs Cup.

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Sinclair also played a long period of his career in his native Scotland joining Leicester City from Dunfirmline Athletic, which he also after his time with The Owls, moved back to. He ended his career in the mid 70’s with Stenhousemuir and also had a shot loan spell at Chesterfield as part of his relatively successful career.

Another fox to make his trade in the North was David Kelly. He left Leicester City to join Newcastle United for a fee of £ 250 000 back in 1991, helping the black and white avoiding relegation and scoring vital goals as he also did with Leicester City. Kelly scored fairly at both clubs netting 22 goals in 66 league games for Leicester and 35 in 70 for Newcastle. Kelly played internationally for Ireland, but would say he was as English as anyone born in Birmingham.

Kelly as many probably remember is more famous for his 2000 Worthington Cup Wembley final goal for Tranmere Rovers against Leicester City, but luckily, Matt Elliott managed to hit the net twice to see Leicester City as winners.

Paul Kitson who started out at Leicester City and moved on to Derby County, being a big money move of £ 1.3 million, once a club record for The Rams, that move was involving two players going the opposite way, Ian Ormondroyd and Phil Gee.

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Kitson had a short spell at Newcastle United, moving on to West Ham, before sliding down the League tiers ending up at Aldershot Town with one single game, being his last stop in League football. Kitson was a great talent, represented England at U.21 level while at Leicester City, but a stock of injuries limited his progress at top level.

Other Foxes to mention with a life in The Toon Army are Steve Howey, once an England international while at St James Park, at Leicester his leggs were probably gone as he missed most games in his only season at the club 2003/04 and moved to Bolton Wanderers.

Franz Carr had a spell at Newcastle United as well as Leicester City, Playing at Filbert Street from 1994 to 1995, the England U.21 international had a short spell at St James Park as well a few years earlier turning out there from 1991 to 1993.

Danny Simpson still at Leicester City but no longer part of the future plan also had a relatively good spell at Newcastle United before his move to Queens Park Rangers and later moving to the King Power, where we all know what happened, first a struggling season then a great one and a bit of both and now totally frozen out, sadly that is the life of a footballer sometimes.

Islam Slimani joined Newcastle on loan last January but his move up North never really end up as a success. Slimani was mostly injured during the spell and only featured in four games and never scored.

This is our update on former players in both camps, following up with a grand match preview.

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