Jamie Vardy

The Leicester City 100 Club

With his brace against Fulham, Jamie Vardy became only the seventh player to score 100 competitive goals for Leicester City.
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To celebrate the occasion, with the assistance of Club Historian John Hutchinson and the invaluable 'Of Fossils & Foxes' book, LCFC.com looks back at the other six players to reach that landmark.

In 231 appearances for the Foxes, Vardy, 32, has hit the net on 100 occasions, culminating in his second effort against Fulham in the Premier League at King Power Stadium on Saturday...

Arthur Chandler (1923-35)

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Arthur Chandler
Arthur Chandler

Matches: 419
Goals: 273

Leicester City's all-time record goalscorer, Arthur Chandler, born 1895, joined for a then-club record fee of £3,000 in June 1923.

The Club bought him as a 27-year-old who had only registered 18 goals in his entire career up until that point for Queens Park Rangers in the Third Division South.

Nicknamed 'Channy', the Cockney centre forward was acquired by manager Peter Hodge and, despite his modest goalscoring record, he reached a century of goals for the Club in just 140 games.

Chandler's total included a staggering 16 hat-tricks and, even more remarkably, one double hat-trick, scored in October 1928 in a 10-0 victory over Portsmouth.

During that game, shortly after his fifth strike, five swans flew overhead at Filbert Street. When a sixth joined the 'wedge' of swans, the crowd called for another goal - and Chandler duly obliged!

Interestingly, though, not a single goal of Chandler's astronomical tally was scored from the penalty spot.

Both of only two spot-kicks he took for Leicester were saved, by Chelsea's Howard Baker and Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Brown.

In October 1926, with England's international selectors in the crowd, Chandler notched his 100th goal for the Club against Sunderland in the very first minute.

He also added another goal six minutes later, but was later carried off with an injury and his opportunity to play for England ultimately passed him by.

Seven weeks later, Chandler marked his return with a five-goal showing against Aston Villa.

Before the game, he requested that both knees be bandaged, to prevent the opposition from knowing which one was problematic. 

In his earlier life, Arthur was a bookstall assistant at Paddington Station before World War One, where he served the Royal Garrison Artillery in France.

Upon his return to England, he worked as a gardener at a London boarding school.

He was also a keen cricketer and once represented both Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in the same match, fielding for both sides during three spells on the pitch!

Arthur Rowley (1950-58)

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Arthur Rowley
Arthur Rowley

Matches: 321
Goals: 265

Another club-record signing, Arthur Rowley, born in Wolverhampton in 1926, averaged 33 goals per season during his time at Leicester City and remains the Football League's most prolific-ever goalscorer (434).

The son of a Worcester City goalkeeper, he made his debut for the Club alongside his brother Jack five days following his 15th birthday.

It took him only 122 games to record a century of goals for City and, in 1956/57, he broke the Club's goalscoring record for a third time, netting a staggering 44 league goals in 42 games.

He was the league's top scorer in 1953 and 1957 with Leicester.

His 434 career league goals for West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town is a Football League record.

Chandler scored 16 hat-tricks for City, as well as converting a remarkable 41 penalties (out of 49 taken).

He also undertook military service in Germany and Palestine with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. 

His reception at Filbert Street was initially muted, as supporters begrudged the decision to replace the popular Jack Lee, but his talents quickly won over the Club's faithful.

Arthur's first 100 goals for Leicester came in just 122 matches and his 200th strike came at Gigg Lane, where he notched his first. While his brother earned six caps, like Chandler, Rowley never represented his country's senior side.

After earning the nickname 'The Gunner' at Leicester, Arthur would go on the manage Shrewsbury, Sheffield United, Southend United and Oswestry Town.

As Paul Taylor writes in 'Fossils of Foxes', an unremarkable managerial career did nothing to dim his memory at Filbert Way after his 'one-man stampede' in front of goal have the Goalkeepers' Union a 'collective backache'.

Ernie Hine (1926-32)

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Ernie Hine
Ernie Hine

Matches: 259
Goals: 156

A team-mate of Chandler, all of former Yorkshire miner Ernie Hine's league goals for Leicester City came in the old First Division. It took him only 185 games to score 100 Leicester goals.

With a tally of four strikes for England, Ernie was the scorer of most goals for the Three Lions while at the Club, until Jamie Vardy netted his fifth for his country against Spain in November 2016.

Like Chandler, Hine was a key member of the Leicester side that finished second in the league in 1928/29, just a point off the summit at the end of the season.

He was top scorer for the Club in 1930/31 (31 goals) and 1931/32 (22 goals), and is also Barnsley's all-time top goalscorer.

In the 10-0 triumph over Portsmouth of 1928, he celebrated his maiden international call-up with a hat-trick, to compliment Chandler's six goals.

Two years later, meanwhile, the sheer force behind Hine's shots saw him literally break the net on Boxing Day against Sunderland.

Despite being in his prime, in the summer of 1931, Ernie was surprisingly allowed the move on to Huddersfield for £4,000 and his first goal for the Terriers in fact came against City.

His spells with Huddersfield and Manchester United were less fruitful, but a move to Barnsley saw him recapture his deadly touch in front of goal, scoring 131 times for the Yorkshire club.

Derek Hines (1948-61)

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Derek Hines
Derek Hines

Derek Hines is fifth on Leicester City’s all-time record goalscorers list.

Matches: 317
Goals: 117

Derbyshire-born Derek Hines was a strike partner to Arthur Rowley who burst onto the scene for Leicester as a youngster, scoring six goals in his first nine games as a 17-year-old.

After emerging as a teenage prodigy, Hines would become a key man at Filbert Street over his 13 years at the Club. He scored his first 100 City goals in 259 games.

Derek also played and scored in the first-ever international youth side for England in a 4-2 success over Scotland in October 1947.

Rowley's shift to the inside-left position allowed Hines to make the No.9 position his own, working in perfect tandem with another icon of the age at Leicester.

Hines was a key member of the Leicester City side that won the second tier title in 1954 and 1957.

However, the two trips to Wembley Stadium over his time at the Club came at unfortunate moments, with him being a youth prospect in 1949 and a veteran in 1961.

He later returned to Filbert Street as a youth team coach in the 1960s and would go on to run a store and sub-post office in Blackfordby. 

Arthur Lochhead (1925-1934)

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Arthur Lochhead
Arthur Lochhead

Lochhead was a supremely talented star for City.

Matches: 320
Goals: 114

Leicester City paid a club-record fee of £3,300 to sign Arthur Lochhead from Manchester United in 1925.

A playmaker and major goalscorer for City, he played a key role in the sides that finished third and second in the old First Division in 1928 and 1929. His first 100 goals for City were scored in 267 games.

Before his Leicester career was even a possibility, though, and after his return from World War One, he demanded a trial at Scottish side Hearts after watching a reserve team fixture and deeming that they could do better!

He was swiftly recruited at Hearts and, from the position of inside-left, he was soon their top scorer, scoring 19 goals in 22 matches. In 1921, he joined Manchester United, adding another 50 goals to his overall tally.

However, after four years at Old Trafford, Leicester came calling. With 114 goals in nine years at the Club, the board made him manager in 1934 on precisely the ninth anniversary of his debut for Leicester, following the death of Peter Hodge.

Following two full seasons as manager, one of which included relegation to the Second Division, Arthur left the Club.

During his playing career, Arthur and his brother ran a wireless, music and bicycle sales shop on Loseby Lane in Leicester before later managing the Border Hotel at Yetholm near Kelso in Scotland.

Gary Lineker (1975-1985)

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Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

Matches: 216
Goals: 103

Leicester-born striker Gary Lineker started his career with the Foxes before moving on to Everton, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Before reaching stardom, Lineker famously helped his father, Barry, man the 'Lineker's Fruit & Veg' stall at Leicester Market in the city centre.

A popular figure for club and country, Lineker reached 100 goals for City in 214 games and was considered one of the world's best forwards, winning the Golden Boot for England in 1986.

He was part of a prolific attacking trio alongside Alan Smith and Steve Lynex that scored 152 league and cup goals in three seasons.

Gary finished joint top-scorer in the old First Division in 1984/85 with 24 goals and earned the first seven of his 80 England caps while at Leicester.

In 1990, Lineker scored four goals for England as the Three Lions, managed by Sir Bobby Robson, reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

Following his Second Division title with Leicester, Lineker later won the Charity Shield (Everton), Copa del Rey and European Cup Winners' Cup (FC Barcelona) and the FA Cup (Tottenham Hotspur).

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