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Vardy Closing In On Mortensen's Record

26 November 2015

Striker Aims To Match Blackpool Legend's Long-Standing Achievement

Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy is closing in on a top-flight goalscoring record set by Blackpool favourite Stan Mortensen.

The 28-year-old, who spent time on the Fylde coast with near neighbours Fleetwood Town, could be one Premier League game away from matching an achievement set 55 years ago.

Mortensen scored in 11 successive top-flight games for Blackpool in the 1950-51 season, while Vardy has done it in 10 following a blistering start to his campaign.

To match Mortensen’s tally, Vardy must score against Manchester United live on Sky Sports this weekend. Should he achieve the feat, he would need a further goal against Swansea City to break the long-standing record.

In the season Mortensen set the original top-flight record he ended the campaign on 30 goals for Blackpool, as the team finished third in the division.   

Capped 25 times for England during his playing career, Mortensen was the first player to score a World Cup goal for The Three Lions and remains the only player to score four goals on his international debut. 

Mortensen, who also remains the only player to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup final at Wembley, scored 197 league goals for Blackpool in a 14-year stint at Bloomfield Road.

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