Picture: Kevin Phillips
Jordan Stewart is a player that had good spells in both camps. Jordan started his professional career at Leicester City adding a total of 110 league games to his name, in which he scored 6 goals. Jordan played mostly in midfield and out on the flank during his six years at Leicester. He left with a few of £125.000 paid by Watford and was with The Hornets from 2005 to 2008. Later in his career he moved around a lot and had spells at Derby County, Sheffield United and Greek club Skoda Xanthi. After short spells at Millwall, Coventry and Notts County he finished of his career in the US, playing for San Jose Earthquakes and Phoenix Rising
Steve Sims was one of the “late” Bloomfield Boys, getting into the first team as a teenager and establishing himself as a “no nonsense” central defender during the 1975/76 season, and also given a chance at England U.21 level. Sadly his time with Leicester became relatively short as he jumped at the chance to join Watford in 1978. Sims became very important in the rise to the top under Graham Taylor. He spent six years with Watford then moved to Notts County, back to Watford and ended his professional career in 1989 with short spells at Aston Villa.
Tom Cleverley, who had a short loan spell at Leicester City during that League 1 season back in 2008-09, also has had spells at Watford and currently at the club. He was first at Vicarage Road on loan during 2009-10 and later signed first on loan and later permanently in 2017.
Trevor Benjamin, who had a very nomadic life in football, played two games for Watford on a short loan spell back in the 2005-06 season. Former Leicester City defender Wayne Brown also had a spell at Watford previous to his time as a fox. Brown played 25 league games for Watford from 2002 to 2004.
David Connolly who became a sort of fans favorite at Leicester started his professional career at Watford, before moving to Feyenoord, Wimbledon and West Ham. Connolly had a short stay at Leicester and was sold to Wigan after a year back in 2005. The Republic of Ireland international was a cash cow for Leicester City, signed from West Ham for £0,5million and a year later moving to Wigan for £2million.
One of the 2015/16 PL heroes, Danny Drinkwater, was also on loan at Watford during his days at Manchester United. “Drinky” played 12 games back in 2010/11 but never scored during his short stint at Vicarage Road.
Kevin Phillips must not be forgotten, starting his professional life in football with Watford and ending it all at Leicester City almost 20 years later. He scored 24 goals in 59 league games at Leicester he added up 12 league games in which he scored two, but both vital goals in that 2003/14 season getting back up to the Premier League.
Collins John had spells at both clubs. The forward played 11 games for Leicester in which he scored 2, at Watford he never hit a goal during his 5 appearances. John is mostly known for his five years with Fulham and has since leaving English football traveled the World and played in Poland, USA, Iran, Belgium, his native country Holland and Azerbaijan.
Chris Powell who has been at Leicester City in both a player and coaching capacity was one that also had a short spell at Watford. The former England international was in his prime playing at Charlton Athletic and West Ham United in the top flight. Iwan Roberts is also a former Hornet and Fox, playing for Watford from 1985 to 1990 and later an important player at Leicester City scoring 41 goals in 100 league games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A list of players in both camps,
- Steve Sims
- Des Lyttle
- Chris Powell
- Jordan Stewart
- Tom Cleverley
- Danny Drinkwater
- Richard Hill
- Trevor Benjamin
- David Connolly
- Kevin Phillips
- Collins John
- Bobby Svarc
- Brian Greenhalgh