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This Week In History: Foxes Stun Man City, Foxes Sink Coventry & Vardy's Streak Goes On

Three memorable Leicester City victories occurred during the week between 4-10 November, told in the latest edition of LCFC.com's new This Week In History feature.
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A week which also included debuts for Zeljko 'Spider' Kalac and Pontus Kåmark in 1995 paid witness to the following moments in the Club's 135-year existence...

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Leicester Stun Man City With Three-Goal Victory

Jordan Stewart, Paul Dickov and Marcus Bent found the net in a 3-0 win for Leicester at Manchester City in 2003.

Leicester City made it back-to-back wins for the first and only time of their 2003/04 Premier League campaign with a brilliant 3-0 success at Manchester City on Sunday 9 November, 2003.

Micky Adams' men, who had defeated Blackburn Rovers at home one week earlier, headed to Manchester for their first visit to the Etihad Stadium since it staged the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Inside just 12 minutes, the Foxes were ahead as Academy graduate Jordan Stewart broke free of his man, ran at goal and curled a lovely effort beyond Danish goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard.

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Ian Walker

Ian Walker and Robbie Fowler chat at full-time.

It got better for City, meanwhile, after Paul Dickov won and converted a penalty against his former club, while Marcus Bent added a third for the visitors before the hour-mark.

Aside from a 2-0 win at Portsmouth later in November, Leicester would have to wait until March for another taste of victory, a 1-0 success at Birmingham City, courtesy of Les Ferdinand's goal.

City were eventually relegated to the Championship in 18th place, six points adrift of Everton in 17th. The following season, Adams would go on to depart the Club in October 2004.

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Levein Era Starts With Coventry Victory

Craig Levein's first home match as Foxes manager resulted in a memorable win over the Sky Blues.

Following Micky Adams' surprise resignation, Leicester City turned to Hearts manager Craig Levein to stabilise them in the second tier after a frustrating start to the 2004/05 campaign.

Following a 2-2 draw at Crewe Alexandra in his first outing as manager, Levein's maiden home match ended in a brilliant 3-0 win over rivals Coventry City on Monday 8 November, 2004.

Wonderstrike specialist Lilian Nalis' 27th-minute goal from distance put the Foxes ahead, before Danny Tiatto doubled Leicester's lead in first-half injury time.

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Craig Levein

While Craig Levein's spell got off to an encouraging start, the 2004/05 season was a difficult one for City.

While Rohan Ricketts hit the post for the Sky Blues after the break, Matt Heath nodded a third goal in with 18 minutes to go to put the game beyond Peter Reid's visitors.

Speaking afterwards, Levein said: "The important thing was that we won the match, and I was really pleased with the clean sheet.

"When a new manager arrives there is always a level of expectation and that was certainly apparent. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. People here are ambitious and the supporters are ambitious."

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Vardy Continues Scoring Run vs. Watford

Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot en route to a Premier League record in a 2-1 win over Watford in November 2015.

Jamie Vardy continued his relentless early 2015/16 goalscoring streak with a goal in his ninth successive Premier League game during a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday 7 November, 2015.

While City didn't know it then, Vardy would go on to score another two goals, against Newcastle United and Manchester United, to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's 11-game consecutive scoring feat.

A fraught opening 45 minutes ended goalless against the Hornets, but a mistake from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes allowed a tame effort from N'Golo Kanté to trickle into the net and put Leicester ahead.

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N'Golo Kanté

French midfielder N'Golo Kanté is congratulated by his team-mates.

It was Gomes who gave away the penalty, too, as he tripped Vardy just after the hour-mark before City's No.9 stepped up himself, after being handed the ball by regular spot-kick taker Riyad Mahrez.

While Troy Deeney narrowed the arrears with a penalty of his own late on, the Foxes held on for the three points and returned to third in the Premier League standings after 12 matches.

Of course, Vardy's stunning goalscoring achievements would go on to play a crucial role in City achieving perhaps the most astonishing Premier League title success in history later in 2015/16. 

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