Fossils & Foxes – The A’s

In our library of all Leicester City & Fosse players, past and present, with a league game or more to their name, they are all listed in our update Fossils & Foxes. To add more depth to the category we have made this update on all those players alphabetically organized.

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The A’s of the Leicester City first team players are of many kinds. Scottish, English, foreign and locals. In present you have Albrighton and Amartey, but going back 110 years you will find the name Andy Aitken. He added up 64 league games in a two year period from 1909 to 1911. Previous to his life as a fox he played most of his career at Newcastle United were he was a player from 1895 to 1906, turning out in 316 league games and scoring 33 goals. The Scot who joined Leicester City from Middlesbrough for a fee of £300 was among those great names of the early days at Filbert Street.

The next player we would like to talk about among the A’s is of course Hugh Adcock. A player that represented Leicester City at international level playing five time for England and scoring a goal. A local born spending almost his full career with the club and adding up 434 league games over a period 12 years and a player in that 1929 League runners-up team. A great representative and one of the early legendary heroes at Filbert Street.

The next player to mention is the Scot Charlie Adam. His presence was clear and precise in the first years after the post war era. A member of the 1949 FA Cup final team, a winger with great pace and attacking skills, and the scorer of the first post war league goal for the club. He later became a leading youth coaching figure at the club spending the years from 1960 to 1976 in that capacity. This was a period of time when many great talents were nursed forward, so Adam’s capacity and knowledge must have been of great value.

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Going into the late 50’s and early 60’s, Colin Appleton is a name to notice. He captained Leicester City in the 1963 FA Cup final and also being the first to lift a major trophy for the club winning the 1963/64 League Cup final. Appleton had a key role in those first years under Matt Gillies and helped the club establish themselves among the best teams in the country. Appleton later became a known manager in football, being in charge of clubs such as Swansea City, Hull City and Exeter City.

During the mid 70’s under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield a wildly and pacy Brian Alderson joined from Coventry City. He had a couple of good seasons and did play his part in the 1975/76 season which ended in a fine 7th position in the league. Alderson later moved to the NASL and played for a number of years with New England Tea Men and Atlanta Chiefs.

The best of the A’s in the 80’s must be the England U.21 goalkeeper Ian Andrews, who managed to convince Gordon Milne that the days of Mark Wallington were numbered as a first teamer with the young Andrews on the route of becoming the next legendary goalkeeper at the club. But as we all know Andrews moved on and was sold to Celtic and his tally of league games stopped at 126.

In the 90’s Steve Agnew had a short spell at Leicester City, a captain of the side at times, but not lasting long, another “misfit” among the A’s was Ade Akinbiyi. He never convinced anyone about his ability being a £5.5million record signing, splashed out to Wolves by then newly appointed manager Peter Taylor.

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Yuki Abe, Astrit Ajdarevic and Daniel Amartey are three players in recent time that has played for the club, but again not really fulfilling their talent at the club and based on being foreign imports you would probably have hoped they would have been more influencial with the Ghana international Amartey still at the club, not seen much in action for the last four years since joining from FCK of Copenhagen Denmark.

Johnny Anderson might not be as profiled among Leicester City players as other goalkeepers such as Banks, Shilton, Wallington and Schmeichel, but we should not forget the hero of the 50’s, playing 260 league games, representing Scotland and playing a part in the first early stages of the Matt Gillies. He was a none-travelling member of the Scottish squad to the 1954 World Cup’s.

The last player we would mention in our A’s update is Marc Albrighton. A free transfer signing from Aston Villa back in 2014, and what an influence the winger has had at Leicester City, being part of some of the greatest moments in the clubs history and still performing at his very best in the team of today. Marc will for always be the first goalscorer in a CL game, banging in that early one against Brugge away. Marc is a gentle and fine athlete who has done Leicester City ever so proud.

 

 

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