LEICESTER LEGENDS

IN CONVERSATION

Three Leicester all-time greats are coming to town to talk about their action-packed football careers. . .

Super strikers Alan Smith and Steve Claridge are joined by “Mr Leicester City” himself Alan Birchenall as they discuss the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club.

There will be a chance to pose questions to the stars during the evening.

VIP tickets are also available. These afford the opportunity for a meet and greet with the stars with a photo opportunity before the show. Due to limited availability, ticket purchasers should check this out at the box office when booking.

Plucked from non-league in 1982, Alan scored 13 goals in his first season with Leicester. He partnered Gary Lineker up front, winning The Foxes promotion to the First Division.

Signed by Jock Wallace, who left the club a month after signing the striker, replacement manager Gordon Milne plucked Alan from the reserves to set up a forward line-up that, with winger Stevie Lynex, score a total of 156 league and cup goals between them in the space of three seasons.

Enjoying five seasons as a Blue Army favourite, Alan joined Arsenal where he won two Golden Boots and was capped 13 times for England. Today he is a regular presenter on Sky TV.

ALAN SMITH

217 appearances, 84 goals

Synonymous with The Foxes as the club ambassador, the attacking midfielder enjoyed six successful years playing for Leicester.

Part of Chelsea’s triumphant team of 1970, he was one of the first footballer to fetch £100k in the transfer market when he moved to Crystal Palace. Leicester paid The Eagles £80,000 for Alan in 1971 and he went on to become a fans favourite at Filbert Street.

Alan’s 90-minute last-home-game-of-the-season run with fundraisers around the City pitch, at Filbert Street and King Power Stadium, has become a club tradition stemming back 39 years.

A cardiac arrest in 2017, which saw Alan revived with a defibrillator, was suffered while presenting an award on behalf of the club.

ALAN BIRCHENALL MBE

163 appearanced, 12 goals

Super striker Steve’s long and diverse career saw him star for The Foxes from 1996 to 1998 where he earned a reputation as the scorer of important goals.

Signed from Birmingham for £1.2m, he notched the winning goal in the 1996 play-off final, earning City a return to the Premier League. The following year his extra-time goal in the League Cup Final replay against Middlesbrough saw City lift the trophy.

His undying love of football shone through after his professional career ended. He both played and coached in non-league – occasionally for no payment – with his final game coming in a 2017 FA Cup match aged 51.

STEVE CLARIDGE

63 appearances, 17 goals

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