In Both Camps, Foxes among Toffeemen, West Ham, Arsenal and Barcelona

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Going through the arcives in search of former Leicester City players with a life at Goodison Park, you will find a few and interesting to see that some are legends at totally other places.

Martin Keown spent relatively little time at both Leicester and Everton, but as we all know an Arsenal legend, playing most of his career with The Gunners. Keown had to spells with Arsenal, but his days at Everton was also important, first and for most since he made his England debut while at Goodison Park.

Keown played for Everton from 1989 to 1993, before returning to Arsenal and after 11 more years as a Gunner, he made a move to the East Midlands. Working under Micky Adams in a player coach capacity, but things never worked out as well as everyone would have hoped and he finally ended his playing career with Reading that season.

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Gary Lineker is of course a name to remember, and after a great run at a young age with Leicester City, scoring regularly and breaking into the England squad, Everton were the chosen team as the current league leader won the battle for his signature in the summer of 1985. His first league game with Everton is a memorable one, maybe not for Lineker himself but all Leicester City fans loves this one, because he returned just weeks after his transfer between the clubs and Leiceter wins the game 3-1, Lineker is goalless and his successor Mark Bright scores twice in the memorable match.

Lineker was a record signing when joining Everton, but when a new move happens the next summer after a great World Cup and also a good season at Goodison, Gary joins Barcelona and his successor is Tony Cottee, with another big transfer fee paid, making him a new record signing.

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As Leicester City fans loved Gary Lineker we are all also very much big fans of Tony Cottee, who in his 30’s is picked up by Martin O’Neill from a Malaysian adventure at Selangor. Cottee had not lost his scoring abilities and his swansong years is spent at Filbert Street settling in and making a great partnership with Emile Heskey, and really making the most out of the MON period also picking up a EFL Cup winners medal in 2000 in that memorable Wembley experience v. Tranmere Rovers.

Tony Cottee is in real a West Ham legend, since his best years in football must be described as the once experienced during his time with The Hammers. Martin Keown mostly known for his days with Arsenal and Gary Lineker spending his best years in Spain with Barcelona.

Other players in the list of former Foxes and Toffeemen are Ian Wilson, Danny Cadamarteri, Marcus Bent, Kevin Ball, Ian Marshall and Kevin Campbell. Wilson had a long and great career at Leicester, but a short one at Everton, the other players mentioned might have had better and more exciting times with Everton.

Especially Kevin Campbell was important at Everton, being a steady choice up front, reliable and playing six seasons at Goodison Park. Campbell is of course also known for his time at Arsenal and did well on his early career loan spell at Leicester.

Kevin Ball was a “Svennis” signing, but never played a full league game at Leicester, with his time at Everton as the most memorable. The defender is an England one cap wonder and also had spells at Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers during his 16 years in the professional game.

Not to forget Michael Keane, loaned from Manchester United, and playing most certainly the game on Saturday.


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