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6 minutes ago, Cardiff_Fox said:

On for a 35 goal season 

If he does that then we easily make CL ........

 

id give you decent odds that he doesn’t btw ........

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11 hours ago, st albans fox said:

If he does that then we easily make CL ........

 

id give you decent odds that he doesn’t btw ........

I’d be happy to put a $20 donated to either FT or the foxes foundation - your choice on Vardy scoring 35 league and cup goals this season.

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thank you jamie you have been our best player for a long time now and even better than gary lineker and he was amazing you are such a legend for leicester and always will be their should be a statue of you somewhere 

 

Just had to write that in a Leicester accent with zero punctuation. 

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4 hours ago, Aus Fox said:

I’d be happy to put a $20 donated to either FT or the foxes foundation - your choice on Vardy scoring 35 league and cup goals this season.

Excellent but does that mean I have to if he doesn’t ??? 

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I wanted to call my daughter Jamie (she was born 2016), my Mrs thought it was great until she realized i wanted to name her after a footballer.

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The Guardian have listed each PL club's player of the decade.I don't think many will argue with their choice IN JV:

From a goalscoring debut against Torquay United to match-winning performances in the Premier League and Champions League, Vardy has done it all with Leicester, mostly with a lovable snarl. The striker could have followed Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté out the door after spearheading the title triumph in 2016 but he stayed and is now leading another charge for glory. Leicester fans love him, England fans miss him, and Premier League defenders will have a party when Vardy retires.

One of our all time greats...

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Somehow the naming of the new baby has made the national news

 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/rebekah-and-jamie-vardy-reveal-name-of-baby-daughter-11907457

 

From the article 

 

The mother-of-five, 37, told Hello! magazine that her footballer husband, 33, was "brilliant" during the birth, as well as "supportive and encouraging".

She added: "He even tried to crack a joke about the epidural needle to take my mind off it and the painful contractions.

 

No doubt the rib tickling joke,   cracked as the dr approached with the large needle, was that old chestnut - just a little pr1ck my dear 

 

All entirely newsworthy of course and perhaps indicating a long and successful career  in comedy for Jamie once he hangs up his boots ! 

 

 

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Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy Is Rewriting His Own Legacy As He Continues To Lead The Way

Stephen Tudor
I am a freelance writer on Premier League soccer

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Living up to his terrace chant Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been having a party in the Premier League now for five and a half seasons.

In that time he has twice broken the fabled 20-goal barrier and with 17 on the board already this season he is surely on course to do so again. Overall his strike-rate equates to better than one every other league game, a ratio helped by a rich and sustained run of form in 2015/16 that saw the Foxes front-man break a top flight record, scoring in 11 consecutive matches.

That was the same season of course when his bounty of goals heavily contributed to Leicester lifting the title against all the odds and that summer Vardy traveled with England to the 2016 Euro Championships as the Premier League’s Player of the Season and the FWA Footballer of the Year.

Unsurprisingly, in France he scored. He usually does.

Remarkably, just six years prior to representing his country in a major tournament Vardy was signing for non-league Halifax Town for the grand sum of £15,000 ($19,400) and it is his stratospheric rise from ‘nowhere’ that has come to define the center-forward’s story, accompanying every dipping thunderbolt and electric burst of pace. This will presumably always be the case, even much past retirement.

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For proof of this we need only look to Ian Wright, another great servant of English football whose route to stardom was down a less-trodden path. Now 56, having long hung up his boots we think of the former Arsenal legend and the first thought is of his abundance of goals and bustling endeavor. That is followed very soon after by the reminder that Wright did not come through an academy but instead fell through the cracks and rebuilt his reputation playing part-time. He was 21 when he signed his first professional contract with Crystal Palace.

 

Vardy’s redemption came even later. After being released by Sheffield Wednesday as a callow teen he was 23 years of age when he joined the Shaymen in the sixth tier of the footballing pyramid and to place that in context 11 of Gareth Southgate’s last England squad are younger, with many having already accrued club honors.

The intervening years, from experiencing bitter early rejection to making it as a pro saw an ordinary life lived as Vardy turned out each Saturday for Stocksbridge Park Steels, on pitches of questionable quality; dusting himself down from challenges that typically lead to straight red cards in the higher echelons but in the unforgiving environs of non-league bring only a mild rebuke from the referee. For this he took home £30 ($38) a week. On weekdays he worked 12 hour shifts in a carbon fiber splint factory. For five months he dropped out of the game completely, gaining weight.

The quantum leap from that juncture to becoming a household name – a much-feared, highly-respected title-winning international no less – took only a few short years and it can be very reasonably argued that the lifting of the Premier League title in 2016 was as much a rags to riches fairy tale for the player as it was for his team. His is a journey that makes a complete mockery of convention. It is as staggering and perplexing as it is inspirational.

All of which goes a long way to explaining why the Jamie Vardy story will forever be synonymous with perseverance, an iron-clad self-belief and the maximization of talent and these commendable traits burn bright from the player in every movement he makes. He does not sprint but darts; hungry; intense. A half-chance is an opportunity to make up for lost time. An elite defender seeking any advantage that goes to the very edge of sportsmanship is bettered and dismissed because they pale to the Daves and Liams who once threatened to break his legs.  

The past informs the present and ultimately that’s what makes watching Jamie Vardy so utterly fascinating. His lethal instincts aside, which are phenomenal, he plays Sunday League football to a Premier League standard.


Yet this season the forward is rewriting his own legacy; making it less about where he came from and more that he is now pushing back the boundaries of what can be achieved at a certain vintage. It is an altogether different kind of redrafting of conventional wisdom.

Vardy turned 33 in January and should he score another three goals he will join the Premier League’s Century Club, becoming the oldest player to ever do so. Even more meaningfully his 17 goals to this point has him leading the chase to win this season’s Golden Boot award, a coveted achievement he fell just one shy of four years ago. Again, he would be the oldest player to do this.

The 27 previous winners – legends nearly all – had an average age of 26.8 and only three of them have out-scored their peers across a season when past thirty. This is hardly surprising when it’s considered what is needed to secure the feat with razor-sharp anticipation and consistently explosive actions as vital as possessing a rare eye for goal. It requires a player to be at his absolute peak.

And it could be said that at an age when most players are on the downward slope of their careers Jamie Vardy is at his peak. At his home he has installed a Cryotherapy chamber and keeps to a diet stricter than many of his team-mates. His pre-season statistics show he is getting even faster, sprinting at 9.3 meters a second. His recovery rate is actually improving.  

Where once he was known for dissolving Skittles into vodka and indeed ‘having a party’, now he is enlightening the younger members of Leicester City’s squad in how to be a model professional.

“He gets paid every month at the bank by the club to score goals and create them. Naturally that is his bread and butter.”

That’s what Brendan Rodgers had to say recently on his arch-finisher and if that sounds uncharacteristically detached from a man fond of waxing lyrical about his better performers it is entirely apt for a striker as clinical and driven as Vardy.

While others marvel at his journey the Sheffield-born star concentrates only on the present. Breaking records, topping charts and scoring goals with an extraordinary drive that scoffs at the norm.

He defies the sands of time and forever leads the way.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephentudor/2020/02/08/leicester-citys-jamie-vardy-is-rewriting-his-own-legacy-as-he-continues-to-lead-the-way/

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We'll never see the likes of him again. Kids watching now will be telling their grand children they saw him play. Immortal. 

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