In Both Camps; Newcastle United

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When Leicester City and Newcastle United are in action on Boxing Day, Ayoze Perez could be involved, as well as Chris Wood, indeed two players who have been in both places.

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
    • Danny Simpson
    • Nolberto Solano
    • Patrick Van Aanholt
    • Nikos Dabizas
    • Steve Howey
  • Midfield
    • Paul Moran
    • Keith Gillespie
    • Keith Robson
    • Franz Carr
  • Forwards
    • Jack Sinclair
    • David Kelly
    • Paul Kitson
    • Les Ferdinand
    • Ken Leek
    • Ayoze Perez
    • Chris Wood

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