We want to celebrate one of the biggest stories to come out of Non-League Football in recent years.
Jamie Vardy’s rise from non-league football to a history-making record-holder in the Premier League is just amazing.
Vardy signed for Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2003 when he was 16 after he had been released from Sheffield Wednesday. He could hardly be branded a wonder-kid at that time and it took hard work from him to earn a first-team place in 2007. He stayed at Stocksbridge until 2010 when he signed for FC Halifax Town of the Northern Premier League.
Perhaps this is where his true potential started to be realised, scoring 26 goals in his debut season and winning the award for Players’ Player of the Year.
Vardy had arrived and was being noticed but he wasn’t staying put.
In August 2011 Jamie Vardy signed for Fleetwood Town of the Conference Premier. Another move up was not going to faze Vardy and he proved this by scoring 31 goals in his first Fleetwood season and winning Player of the Year.
Clearly, this man was destined to break records and he was sold to Leicester at the end of the 2012 season for £1million, the highest ever fee paid for a non-league player.
He had repaid every penny of that transfer fee by the time Leicester went on to win the Championship in 2014.
Then came the 2015/16 season and the most incredible Champion’s story in the history of English football and arguably the entire history of the game, certainly in modern times.
In this, the most unbelievable of seasons, Jamie Vardy scored in 11 consecutive Premier League games to set a new record, established himself as an England International player, was named in the PFA Team of the Year, won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year Award and helped relegation favourites Leicester City to be crowned Champions of the English Premier League.
Jamie Vardy we salute you!
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