Leicester will play Bristol City at home in their next fixture on the 23rd of September 2023. Their vice-captain is former Leicester midfielder Matty James, who has been a grand figure for The Robins, helding a 5th place in the league at present.
Nigel Pearson and Andy King are also at Ashton Gate, in a manager role (NP) and a player coach capacity (AK). They will of course be in line for a special return with such a great period of their careers at Leicester.
Looking at other players in both camps, you will find a few. Chris Garland, recently passed away, had a short lived period at Leicester, being at the club for a year and a half, back in the mid seventees. He was a star at Bristol City, signed by Chelsea in 1971 for a fee of £100.000. He rejoined Bristol City from Leicester in 1976. He played a total of 55 league games while at Filbert Street, scoring 15 goals. During his two spells at Ashton Gate added up 207 league games, scoring 43 goals.
Ade Akinbiyi is also a former player in both camps, being a great hero at Bristol City and an underachiever at Leicester. He played for Bristol City from 1998 to 1999, playing 47 league games and scoring 21 goals, later playing at Leicester, adding up 58 league games and 11 goals.
Russell Osman played for both clubs as well as being manager at Bristol City, being at Ashton Gate from 1991 to 1994. Mark Robins is another player going into management with a life in both camps, and his short loan spell at Bristol City was one effective, scoring 4 goals in 6 appearances.
Danny Simpson joined Bristol City after his life at Leicester, being at Huddersfield in between. David Rennie is another defender to mention, adding up a total of 457 league appearances during his career, spending some of his years at Leicester and Bristol City.
Tony Thorpe never played in the Leicester frist team, leaving early and joining Luton. The Melton born player had a respectful 20 year career in league and non-league football, being at Bristol City from 1998 to 2002, scoring 51 goals in 128 league games.
Players in both camps,
- Chris Weale
- Danny Simpson
- Paul Fitzpatrick
- Russell Osman
- David Rennie
- Julian Watts
- Matty James
- Andy King
- Neil Danns
- Chris Garland
- Ade Ainbiyi
- Mark Robins
- Tony Thorpe
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