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14 March 2014

Key Players To Represent Both Clubs

A number of players have represented both Blackpool and Leicester City down the years, with some making bigger impacts than others.

The official website looks back at four key players who achieved big things with The Seasiders and Foxes.

Simon Grayson

Grayson spent five years with Leicester City after joining the club from Leeds United in March 1992.

The right-back made a total of 229 appearances for The Foxes, winning the League Cup in 1997. He was also voted Leicester’s Player of the Year that season. 

Affectionately known as 'Larry', Grayson moved to Blackpool on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers in 2002. He made more than 100 league appearances for The Seasiders, won an LDV trophy and also captained the club.

While playing for Blackpool, Grayson started his coaching career in the 2004-05 season after managing the reserve team and he eventually became manager of the first-team following the departure of Colin Hendry.

During his time in charge he led the club to Championship promotion in 2007, guiding the team through the League One play-offs to beat Yeovil Town 2-0 at Wembley.

Ian Marshall

Marshall joined The Foxes in 1996 for a fee of £800,000 from Oldham Athletic. The centre-forward, who could also play in defence, was part of Leicester’s League Cup winning team in 2000, coming on as a substitute in the final in The Foxes' 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Marshall's stint with Blackpool was brief, turning a 2001 loan spell into a permanent one in January 2002. But he still made a big impression as he captained The Seasiders to success in the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millennium Stadium. He retired from professional football at the end of that season.  

DJ Campbell

Campbell moved to Leicester City from Birmingham City in July 2007, signing for an initial £1.6m following The Blues' relegation from the Premier League.

His time at Leicester was not a huge success and resulted in him being loaned to Blackpool twice, in 2009 and 2010. In his first spell, Campbell scored nine goals as the club secured their Championship status. His second spell was similarly prolific with eight goals in 15 league appearances as Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League.

Ian Holloway signed Campbell on a permanent deal for the club's top-flight season and the striker netted 13 times in the league, but the club were relegated and Campbell was sold to QPR at the end of that campaign.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Signed on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town in 2007, Taylor-Fletcher made over 200 appearances for The Seasiders and helped the team achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2010, scoring in a 3-2 play-off final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley.

Following Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League, Taylor-Fletcher continued to make an impact and scored the club's first ever Premier League goal in a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on the opening day of 2010-11 season.

He scored 36 league goals during his six years at Bloomfield Road, prior to joining Leicester City on a free transfer this season. The versatile forward made his first appearance for The Foxes against Blackpool in September.


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