Some of the Leicester City Academy and its graduates’ highlight achievements through the eras…
1967 – Peter Shilton displaces England No. 1 Gordon Banks, a World Cup winner the previous year, as Leicester City’s number one goalkeeper. Shilton went on to play 339 times for the Foxes and remains England’s most capped player with 125 appearances.
June 1986 – Gary Lineker wins the Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup with six goals in the tournament. He went on to score 48 goals in 80 appearances for his country, including a record 10 at World Cup Finals.
Emile Heskey winning one of his 62 England caps, with highlights included reaching the Finals of two World Cups and two European Championships and scoring the crowing goal in England’s famous 5-1 win over Germany in Munich in September 2001.
11 May 2002 – Matthew Piper scores the last competitive goal at Filbert Street – the Club’s home for 111 years – in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
20 Sept 2005 – Ashley Chambers replaces Momo Sylla in a league game against Blackpool, becoming Leicester City’s youngest ever player aged 15 years 203 days.
20 May 2007 – Leicester City’s Under-18 squad, including Max Gradel, Andy King and Joe Mattock, are crowned Premier Academy League Champions after a penalty shoot out win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
9 Aug 2011 – Jeffrey Schlupp scores a hat-trick on his first team debut in a 4-1 Carling Cup win at Rotherham United, becoming the first City player to score a debut treble since Bill Leitch in 1945.
Max Gradel won 19 caps for the Ivory Coast before the end of 2012, including playing a starring role for Les Elephants in the Final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
21 Apr 2012 – City’s Under-18s finish top of Group B in the Premier Academy League, qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs.
28 Apr 2012 – Harry Panayiotou, still a first-year scholar, celebrates after scoring on his first team debut at Leeds United’s Elland Road – a last-minute winner in a 2-1 victory on the final day of the season.
May 2012 – City’s young pros compete in the prestigious Hong Kong Soccer 7s tournament, beating Chelsea in the Shield Final to bring home silverware from their first appearance at the competition.
May 2013 - Competing in the Hong Kong Soccer 7s for the second consecutive year, Leicester City's young professionals improved on the previous season's shield victory by taking the overall title with a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the tournament final.
August 2015 – Having impressed for the Development Squad in pre season, Joe Dodoo caught the eye of manager Claudio Ranieri, who handed the winger his first team debut in a League Cup tie at Bury. Dodoo stole the headlines as he became only the third player in the Club’s history to net a hat-trick on his debut. Four days later, he made his Barclays Premier League debut at Bournemouth – it proved to be a memorable week for the Academy graduate!