One of the all time icons of this football club is Gary Lineker. Local born and as much as possible letting people know he is from Leicester and a massive supporter of the club, with him scoring 95 goals in 194 league appearances from 1979 to 1985. Gary Lineker played his final game for the club v. Luton in May 1985, the result, 0-4, down at Kenilworth Road on their plastic turf.
This was in deep contrast to the game the week before defeating Sunderland 2-0 and with Gary scoring both goals in what should be his last home game at Filbert Street.
Gary Lineker moved to Everton but as soon as he had left he was back for his next league appearance, making his debut for his new club in a fast return to Filbert Street lining up against Leicester. We all know that iconic evening from a Leicester point of view going of the grass with a 3-1 win. Mark Bright scored two, Alan Smith one, with Derek Mountfield hitting the net for Everton.
What a strange setting, just being signed for a fee of £1million, then to return to your old club for the first game in the next season and getting hammered 3-1 at a ground you have scored goals in buckets, and probably wonder waht in hell is happening.
Gary Lineker was up against his old partner Alan Smith who in a different setting many years later in the 92 Euro’s in Sweden made a substitution which in a way for us Leicester fans is a unique moment when the two switched with Gary going off and Alan coming on for the last cap of Gary and Alan to be.
None of them appeared for England after this game in Sweden on the 17th of June 1992. Alan added up 13 caps and scored 2 goals, Gary with much prouder stats scoring 48 goals in 80 games, also being top scored of the 1986 World Cup tournament.
Football is a funny old game and sometimes in a strange way things add up as it should have been a written story.
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