Picture: Peter Eastoe / Gary Lineker
Peter Eastoe is probably not the most famous of those former Everton and Leicester City players around, but he is rare in the sense that he has been Leicester City twice, both times on loan in the mid 80’s. He probably spent his best years in football while at Everton and Queens Park Rangers, also been seen at West Bromwich Albion, Swindon Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Gary Lineker needs no introduction, his time at Leicester City is well documented and his time at Everton was in real phenomenal but very short, only one season, before heading out to Spain and Barcelona. He ended runners-up both in the league and the cup with Everton, losing that FA Cup final to Liverpool who triumphed as double winners that season. Another former player in both camps, Wayne Clarke, took Lineker’s place and ended up as a league winner the next season. Clarke had a short stint at Leicester being part of the package sending Mike Newell the opposite way.
Martin Keown also had his time at Everton and Leicester, really making his full breakthrough as a player and making his England debut while at Goodison Park. Kevin Campbell must also be mentioned being a real hero at Everton, and as we remember a short loan spell with Leicester City, coming in from Arsenal, who he is also represented for a long period of time.
Goalkeeper Martin Hodge had spells at both clubs, representing Leicester City in the 2nd tier in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and before a shot stopper at The Toffee’s. Danny Cadamarteri is also a name recognized from both camps, spending his early and most promising years at Everton, with the forward adding up a few at Leicester City later in life.
Leicester City also had Marcus Bent on loan from Ipswich who did sell him on to Everton where he was a hit for a couple of seasons during the start of this century. A big tall forward at Leicester City but also used as a defender at time, Ian Marshall is probably one of the shrewdest moves made by Martin O’Neill, getting the most out of a player who must be seen more like a warrior than a footballer.
Ian Wilson, who had his best years in football at Leicester City, did move to Everton and kept going in the top flight for a few seasons, before heading out to Turkey and not really becoming the player he might expected to be at Goodison Park. Michael Keane had a season loan spell at Leicester City back in 2012/13, joining from Manchester United. Keane has played at Everton since 2017.
A list of players in both camps,
- Martin Hodge
- Martin Keown
- Michael Keane
- Ian Wilson
- Danny Cadarmateri
- Peter Eastoe
- Gary Lineker
- Mike Newell
- Wayne Clarke
- Marcus Bent
- Kevin Campbell