In Both Camps; Portsmouth

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David Nugent joined Leicester City from Portsmouth back in 2011 and was one of the signings of Sven Goran Eriksson. Nugent with the unique record of one England cap and one goal. He played 78 league games for Pompey in which he scored 16 goals, and for Leicester he became imporant playing up front with Jamie Vardy and in 2013/14 being the key forward helping Leicester City to a Championship win and promotion to Premier League.

Steve Claridge did, in a relatively short period at Leicester City, become an iconic player scoring two vital goals that had great importance. First the winning goal v. Crystal Palace in the 1995/96 play-off’s and then a few months later scoring the winner at Hillsborough in that 1997 Coca Cola Cup replay final. Claridge who is born in Portsmouth joined Pompey from Wolves in 1998, but before that been on loan at Fratton Park for a short while. He played 104 league games and scored 34 goals until a new move happened in 2001 signing for Millwall.

Malcolm Manley made his professional debut at Leicester City in the late 60’s and was an unused sub in the 1969 FA Cup final. The defender joined Portsmouth in 1973. Manley played 120 league games for Leicester and scored 3 goals, but had his career at Fratton Park cut short with injuries and added up only 11 league games.

Paul Moran spent short periods on loan in both camps, playing 3 league games while at Fratton Park, adding up 11 games and scoring 2 goals for Leicester City while on loan from Spurs back in the 1989/90 season.

Yakubu who joined Leicester on loan from Everton, did also play for Portsmouth and was a real profile at Fratton Park. The Nigerian international was at Fratton Park from 2003 to 2005 and added up 36 goals in 78 league games. His presence at Leicester was also vital with 11 goals in 20 league geams during the 2010/11 campaign.

Former Leicester City manager Martin Allen played for Portsmouth from 1995 to 1997 adding up 45 league games in which he scored 4 goals. He had before that played for West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

John Curtis started his career at Manchester United and then joined Blackburn Rovers before he moved to Leicester City. His stay at Leicester was brief and so was his time with Portsmouth playing at both clubs in the mid 90’s.

Leicester City PL winner Ritchie De Laet spent a period on loan at Portsmouth during his days at Manchester United and before he became a fox. He played 22 league games for Portsmouth in 2011, and added up 115 league games for Leicester.

Derek Dougan had his first years in English football with Portsmouth, but his stay was short before he moved to Blackburn Rovers, and later in his career joining Leicester City. He scored 35 goals in 68 league games at Leicester City.

Kevin Harper joined Leicester City on loan from Portsmouth back in 2004/05, just played 4 league games before he returned to Fratton Park. Harper played for Portsmouth from 2000 to 2005 adding up 115 league games.

Hungarian Marko Futacas joined Leicester from Portsmouth back in 2012, but never managed to establish himself in the first team, just being on the field for 9 league games in total and 1 single goal. His time at Portsmouth was also short playing there for two seasons adding up 25 league games and scoring 5.

Remember Trevor Hebberd, he did also play for Portsmouth, only 4 games and he did the same amount at Leicester City. The best years in his career was with Southampton, Derby and Oxford, he did also play in the NASL with Washington Diplomates.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Alex Cisak
  • Defenders
    • Malcolm Shotton
    • Malcolm Manley
    • John Curtis
    • Ritchie De Laet
    • Joe Mattock
  • Midfield
    • Trevor Hebberd
    • Kevin Harper
    • Paul Moran
    • Mark Blake
    • Steve Agnew
  • Forwards
    • Yakubu
    • Mark Robins
    • Steve Claridge
    • Marko Futacs
    • Derek Dougan
    • David Nugent
    • George Hirst

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