Picture: Jeffrey Schlupp / Tommy Wright
Jeffrey Schlupp is one of few players to have been at both clubs. Schlupp went to Brentford on loan back in 2011, scoring impressive 6 goals in 9 league appearances. Since then the PL winner has moved to Crystal Palace.
Former Leicester City manager Ian Holloway spent time at Brentford and played 30 league games for The Bees from 1986 to 1987. Steve Claridge who did make score some “iconic” goals for Leicester also had a short life at Brentford being there as late as for the 2004 and 2005 season. Just 4 games but anyway a player that made his presence where ever he played.
Going further back in time, maybe the most famous former Brentford player might have been Leicester City manager during the 70’s, Jimmy Bloomfield. Bloomfield spent two periods at Griffin Park, playing there from 1952 to 1954 and returning in 1964 and completing a year there leaving again in 1965 for a chance to join West Ham United.
Bloomfield himself sold youngster Pat Kruse to Torquay United who again let Pat leave for Brentford. Kurse only played a handful of games for Leicester City, but became something of a legendary figure for The Bees playing 186 league games from 1977 to 1982.
Another player of the 70’s that not really caught much attention while at Leicester City, making his debut and completing 10 league appearances during that disastrous 1977-78 season under Frank McLintock’s short time at the club. Later sold to Brentford, adding up 54 league games in which he scored 15 goals before vanishing into non-league football in the 80’s with games for Nuneaton and Hinckley among others.
Tommy Wright might be remembered as young and fresh face at Leicester City. Wright played at Leicester in the start of the 2000’s, and had a good loan spell at Brentford during those days, playing 25 league games in which he scored 7 goals. Wright played 21 league games for Leicester in which he scored 2 goals.
Nicky Adams might be remembered for his days at Leicester City, coming in from Bury in the summer of 2008 and adding quality to a side at League One level and being of contribution during that only season in the 3rd tier. While Leicester City moved up the ladder Adams moved on in the lower leagues and spent two seasons with Brentford from 2010 to 2011. The Wales U.21 international never scored a league goal for Leicester or Brentford, completing 30 league appearances as a fox and only 7 while at Griffin Park. At the age of 33 Nicky Adams is still active and playing for Northampton Town.
Carl Cort might be best known for his time at Wimbledon, Newcastle and Wolves, but a player at Leicester City and Brentford as well. He never came on the scoresheet at Leicester playing 14 games in the years of 2007 and 2008. At Griffin Park he had a life from 2009 to 2011 playing 31 league games and scoring on 6 occasions.
Not to forget Les Ferdinand, who had a loan spell at Griffin Park during his days with Queens Park Rangers. 3 league appearances and no goals were the tally of Ferdinand, before he fired off at Loftus Road and later for England and of course at Leicester City during the 2003-04 season.
A list of players in both camps,
- Pat Kruse
- Jeffrey Schlupp
- Nicky Adams
- Carl Cort
- Les Ferdinand
- Dean Smith
- Tommy Wright