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When Leicester City and Newcastle United are in action Ayoze Perez could be involved, indeed a player who have been in both places, playing for Leicester City this evening and before seen scoring goals for Newcastle United.

Looking fra back the name Jackie Sinclair comes to mind, a Scottish forward that scored goals for the two clubs in the late 60’s. Signed by Leicester City from Dunfirmline Athletic and his importance was early to see, scoring 50 goals in 103 league appearances while at Filbert Street. He later won the Fairs Cup with Newcastle United, but sold on to Sheffield Wednesday after a just a year at St. James Park.

Keith Robson might be most known for his time at West Ham United, but the flair winger started his career at Newcastle United, playing 14 league games and scoring 3 goals before moving to Upton Park in 1974. After spells at Cardiff City and Norwich City he made a move to Leicester City late in his career. He only appeared in 9 games at Leicester City, before moving abroad and after that into non-league action.

Les Ferdnand and Steve Howey both moved to Leicester City in front of that 2003-04 Premier League return under the management of Micky Adams. Both players were former England internationals and while Les Ferdinand contributed well with his presence, Steve Howey never managed to become a player with influence.

Danny Simpson made his breakthrough in the Premier League with Newcastle United and later became champions with Leicester City. A great defender at full back often playing with lack of support and had to rely on his own pace and tackling ability.

Nikos Dabizas had a type of cult status at Newcastle United and played his best football while at St. James Park. He also contributed well at Leicester City, but the club was in decline when the Greece international arrived and appeared.

Paul Kitson started his career with Leicester City in early 90’s and seen as a potential “super star” he was let go early on for £1.3million, signing for Derby County. The England U.21 international build on his great start at Leicester City and was sold on to Newcastle United, but his potential was not really boosted while at St. James Park, and the move never really materialized in the manner that was expected. He later moved to West Ham and Brighton.

David Kelly moved from Leicester City to Newcastle United, and the forward scored goals in both camps. Kelly started out at Walsall and had nomadic life in football, playing also at places such as Wolverhampton, Motherwell, Sunderland, Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United.

Keith Gillespie started out at Manchester United, but made a move early on to Newcastle United, where he spent three years before moving to Blackburn Rovers. A talented winger who also had a spell at Leicester City, playing from 2003 to 2005 before moving on to Sheffield United. Gillespie played 86 times for his country Northern Ireland.

An early 60’s favorite at Filbert Street, Welsh international Ken Leek also had a spell at St. James Park, moving from Leicester City to Newcastle in 1961. Leek later played for Birmingham City, Northampton Town and Bradford City.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
  •  Defenders
    • Neil Simpson
    • Nolberto Solano
    • Patrick Van Aanholt
    • Nikos Dabizas
    • Steve Howey
  • Midfield
    • Paul Moran
    • Keith Gillespie
    • Keith Robson
    • Billy Wright
    • Franz Carr
  • Forwards
    • Jack Sinclair
    • David Kelly
    • Paul Kitson
    • Les Ferdinand
    • Ken Leek
    • Ayoze Perez

Leicester 5, Newcastle 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

James Maddison missed the game, not being ready after that ankle knock v. Spurs, but this ment that Dennis Praet would get his debut from start in front of a packed King Power Stadium. A wet and rainy day, but it all became “sunny” for those supporting the blue of Leicester.

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As expected Leicester City would come straight out of the blocks and take command, so they did and Ayoze Perez could have scored just a few minutes into the game, but his finish from a nice Harvey Barnes pass was not just good enough.

Leicester City continued to put pressure on Newcastle, who is a weaker team and really didn’t look comfortable as the Belgian duo Praet and Tielemans looked like a perfect fit in the middle in front of Wilfred Ndidi. The really fitted well in.

Then after 16 minutes a fantastic run from Ricardo Pereira, taking the ball on his own half, just pushing forward with pace that no one could follow, curling the ball on the floor perfectly down in the left corner and Leicester City were 1-0 up. Just a phenomenal solo from the Portuguese, what a strike.

Leicester City continued to put pressure on Newcastle and going into the final minutes of that first half Newcastle midfielder Isac Hayden made too much out of his tackle on Dennis Praet and was given a straight red, no doubts about that one. Thankfully Praet could continue and play on.

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Coming out in the second half with one man more, made this an impossible task for the Magpies, but great credit to their fans who just kept on going supporting their team, they deserve so much more, what an example to follow from most fans around in football.

The fans of Newcastle United knew it would be difficult and Leicester City just ran their team of the field. The way Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell just kept coming forward shows what this team is all about.

With a defender like Caglar Soyuncu with so much pace and tackling ability one against one, you can just let your full back go high and support the other players offensively and we all got to see that when Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes gave Jamie Vardy a great chance to score, and the talisman of Leicester City just placed it perfectly down at the nearest post, Leicester City were 2-0 up after 54 minutes.

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Brendan Rodgers did not want anyone to just be satisfied with a win, but to go for as many goals as possible, and Leicester City just kept pushing on. Dennis Praet combined perfectly out to the right, with his pass being deflected by Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and the third goal was a fact after 57 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers made a change early on in the 2nd half replacing Marc Albrighton with Harvey Barnes and what a perfect change. Feel a bit sorry for Marc as he is such a gifted player and what a perfect pass he made to Jamie Vardy on his 2nd for the day and the 4th one was a fact, this time with a perfect header.

To see such a performance from a team not really the finished article yet, with a group of very young players just terrorizing opponents with offensive play close to “tiki-taka” and without one of their absolute best players, it was just fantastic to see defensive midfielder coming up in to the penalty box and finish it all of with a “Harry Kane” in the 90th minute, putting straight Leicester City’s biggest ever win in the Premier League.

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Brendan Rodgers managed to compose the team in the perfect way getting a great response from Dennis Praet who had a great game, and really contributed well in this fantastic win, showing this team is going places, and next Saturday hopefully a “surprise” will be in place at Anfield, as the Leicester City manager is back at his former club for the first time since getting the sack in October 2015.

Leicester City are two points in front of what they had in that 2015/16 season at the same time, they are 3rd and hopefully they will continue to show hunger and self confidence will be boosted both after watching Liverpool’s “lucky” win at Bramall Lane and also of course after a great result this evening.

  • Positives:
    • Ability to score five goals, and just push on with one man more
    • Jamie Vardy scoring two, fantastic goals
    • Pereira of course, what a goal
    • Dennis Praet just showing us all that he is a quality act
    • Caglar’s defensive and no fuzzing style, what a defender he can become
    • The way Leicester play at the moment is just very impressive
  • Negatives:
    • Not much, maybe the weather
    • Maybe, too see the two former foxes, Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew in the dug out with Steve Bruce, both being back at King Power getting hammered
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 8, Chilwell 7, Evans 7, Soyuncu 8, Nididi 8,  Praet 8, Tielemans 7, Barnes 7, Vardy 9, Perez 7, Subs: Albrighton, Choudhury, Gray

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 69 / 31
  • Corners: 9 / 0
  • Shots on target: 3 / 0
  • Fouls: 11 / 9
  • Offsides: 0 / 1


In both camps, Luton Town

Leicester City goes to Kenilworth Road and visits Luton Town for the Carabao Cup 3rd round. Of course it will be a special moment for newly signed James Justin who just arrived this summer from The Hatters.

Alan Sheehan is currently with The Hatters and he started his career with Leicester City, moving down the tiers to find first team football. Been with Luton Town since 2016 after playing at Leeds United, Notts County, Bradford City and a number of other clubs. The now 33 year is back in the Championship were it all started for him.

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Looking back you start to think and the first player to come to mind is Rodney Fern who left Leicester City for Luton Town for a minor fee back in 1972. Fern was something of a cult hero at Filbert Street playing 152 league games and scoring 32 goals. He spent three years of his career at Luton, but did struggle with injuries and played only 39 games in which he scored only five goals. Fern later played for a number of seasons at Chesterfield and Rotherham.

Next in line down memory lane is no other than Alan Birchenall, mainly seen as a dressing room mood lifter late in his career, moving to Luton Town from Blackburn Rovers in 1979. He only played 10 games and moved to Hereford United were “Birch” ended his professional career at the age of 35.

Leicester City manager David Pleat broke the club transfer record for a buy when he paid Luton Town £350.000 for Mike Newell’s services back in 1986. The tall forward made an impact at Leicester as he had done at Luton, being sold on to Everton for a fee of £1.1million, which was quite a lot of money back in 1989. Newell later won the Premier League while on the books at Blackburn Rovers.

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David Oldfield had two spells at Luton Town, making his breakthrough at the club in the mid 80’s, moving to Leicester City were he became a key player over a number of seasons adding up 221 league appearances and scoring 24 goals from 1990 to 1995. He then rejoined Luton and later had spells at Stoke, Peterborough and Oxford before moving down in non-league football keeping it going into his 40’s.

Rob Johnson, the full back, started his career at Kenilworth Road and later moved to Leicester City, did have a first team career but it was cut short at Leicester, playing only 25 league games from 1989 to 1991.

Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick spent time on loan at Leicester City and also at Luton Town, coming from Tottenham Hotspur on both occasions, just playing a handful of games for both clubs.

Midfielder David Bell came to Leicester City from Luton Town on loan back in 07/08, played 6 league games for Leicester during his short spell. He was seen as a bright talent at Luton Town, playing 75 league games and scoring 7 goals.

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Steve Claridge, the journey man did also spend a short while at Luton Town, playing 16 league games and scoring two goals. this was from 1992 to 1993, a few years before his real breakthrough at Cambridge United and later Leicester City.

Paul Dickov might not be known for his short loan spell from Arsenal to Luton Town back in 1993-94, adding up 15 games in which he scored only once. Another probably not as known fox was Max Dougan who joined Luton Town from Leicester City back 1966, playing at Kenilworth Road until 1970, in total 118 league appearances at Luton Town, with just a handful of starts at Leicester City.

One real hero at Luton Town was former England international Ricky Hill. He was a key player during the clubs best years in the top flight. Hill played 436 league games and scored 54 goals during his prime. He later joined Leicester City and played 26 league games in two years from 1990 to 1991.

Conrad Logan also had a loan spell at Luton Town, playing 22 league games from 2008-09, spending a number of years on loan at several club while on the books at Leicester City. Conrad was with Leicester City for 10 years, and in all played only 23 league games during those years, being at the club until the start of that memorable Premier League win season.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Conrad Logan
    • Ben Alnwick
    • Simon Royce
  •  Defenders
    • Rob Johnson
    • Curtis Davies
    • Max Dougan
    • James Justin
    • Des Linton
    • Julian Watts
    • Harry Worley
  • Midfield
    • Ricky Hill
    • Alan Birchenall
    • David Bell
    • David Oldfield
    • Scott Oakes
    • Garry Parker
    • Frank Soo
    • Alan Sheehan
  • Forwards
    • Rodney Fern
    • Mike Newell
    • Steve Claridge
    • Paul Dickov
    • Marc North

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