Matt Elliott (League Cup: 2000)

The Transfer Record: Matt Elliott

On 16 January, 1997, Leicester City broke their club transfer record by paying £1.6M to Oxford United for central defender Matt Elliott.
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Prior to arriving at Filbert Street, Matt had moved from Charlton Athletic to Torquay United, playing for them twice at Wembley, in the Sherpa Van Trophy final of 1989 and in the Fourth Division Play-Off final victory over Blackpool in 1991.

The following year he was once again at Wembley playing for the Scunthorpe United team  defeated by Blackpool in a Fourth Division Play-Off final.

In November 1993 he moved to second-tier Oxford United. They were relegated at the end of the season, but gained automatic promotion back to what is now the Championship in 1996.

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Matt Elliott
Matt Elliott

He joined from Oxford United in 1997 after four years there.

Eight months later, despite interest from Graham Sounness’s Southampton, he signed for Leicester City, who were in their first season back in the Premier League.  

Matt went on to make nearly 300 appearances for Leicester City.

He helped his new team finished ninth in the Premier League in his first season, although he was ineligible for the 1997 League Cup winning side as he was cup-tied.

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Matt Elliott, who joined the Foxes on 16 January, 1997 went on to become Club captain and a League Cup winner at Filbert Street.

Three more consecutive top 10 Premier League finishes followed, as did two more League Cup Finals and two UEFA Cup campaigns. Matt’s two goals at in the 2000 League Cup Final at Wembley, when he captained his side to victory, were unforgettable.

He only missed four games until Martin O’Neill left in June 2000. In addition, within a year of arriving at Filbert Street , he became a Scotland international (qualifying through his maternal grandmother), going on to win 18 caps and selection for the Scotland squad for the 1998 World Cup Finals in France.

Matt stayed at Leicester through the turbulent times which saw the Club suffer relegation, move to a new stadium and go into administration, but he captained them straight back into the Premier League at the first time of asking in 2003.

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Matt Elliott
Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott was capped 18 times for Scotland.

He went on loan to Ipswich Town in March 2004 before injuries forced his retirement in January 2005.

He subsequently either coached or managed at Hednesford Town, Oadby Town, Stafford Rangers and Army United in Thailand. He is now a familiar figure at King Power Stadium as a matchday host and working with LCFC Radio.

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