Matt Elliott

Top Premier League Goalscorers: Matt Elliott

Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott is the Football Club's sixth all-time top Premier League goalscorer with an impressive tally of 22 top-flight efforts.
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Centre-back Elliott was signed by Martin O'Neill in early 1997 for a Club record fee reported to be in the region of £1.6M as the Foxes looked to preserve their Premier League status.

Despite being cup-tied for City's 1997 League Cup triumph over Middlesbrough, the Scotland international netted a brace three years later as Leicester defeated Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

As well as becoming a mainstay in O'Neill's side in the late 1990s, Elliott also starred for the Club across two campaigns in Europe and helped City win promotion back to the top tier in 2003.

Despite predominately being a defender during his seven years as a Fox, Elliott was a useful option up front too, shown by his impressive record in front of goal...

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Matt Elliott vs. Newcastle
Matt Elliott vs. Newcastle

Elliott opened his account for the Club with a headed effort at Newcastle.

Newcastle United 4 Leicester City 3
St. James' Park
Sunday 2 February, 1997

After proving his ability to find the net in the lower leagues with Oxford United, it look Elliott just four games in blue to open his account for Leicester. A typical header equalised Robbie Elliott's opener for Newcastle at St. James' Park in February 1997, kick-starting a glut of goals in the North East. Steve Claridge and Emile Heskey put the Foxes 3-1 up in the second half, but a stunning 13-minute hat-trick from Alan Shearer sealed the points for the Magpies.

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Matt Elliott vs. Wimbledon
Matt Elliott vs. Wimbledon

An encouraging start to life at the Club continued in London.

Wimbledon 1 Leicester City 3
Selhurst Park
Saturday 1 March, 1997

Just a month later, Elliott's eye for goal was on show again, with a brace of close-range finishes in an impressive 3-1 success at Wimbledon. The first was a powerful half-volley, while the second was a more routine finish, but it nonetheless gave City a two-goal advantage in the capital. Mark Robins extended that lead and, while Dean Holdsworth narrowed it, the Foxes held out to register their ninth win of the season.

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Matt Elliott vs. Sheff Weds
Matt Elliott vs. Sheff Weds

The pre-season ambition to remain in the Premier League was achieved in May 1997.

Leicester City 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Filbert Street
Wednesday 7 May, 1997

Elliott picked a good moment to score his maiden goal at Filbert Street, too, as his goal sealed the Foxes' top-flight status. Despite winning the League Cup, Leicester's Premier League status was still in doubt until the latter weeks of the season - that was until Elliott's smart turn and finish, in front of the Doubler Decker Stand, secured win no.12 for O'Neill's men.

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Matt Elliott vs. Liverpool
Matt Elliott vs. Liverpool

Elliott keeps a watchful eye on Michael Owen after netting City's opener.

Liverpool 1 Leicester City 2
Anfield
Wednesday 13 August, 1997

Buoyed by their impressive ninth-placed standing last time around, Leicester made a brilliant start to the 1997/98 campaign. Following an opening day victory over Aston Villa at Filbert Street, the Foxes left Anfield with a 2-1 success against Liverpool, with Elliott's close-range strike opening the scoring inside 60 seconds. Paul Ince levelled on 85 minutes, but Graham Fenton snatched all three points late on.

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Matt Elliott vs. Arsenal
Matt Elliott vs. Arsenal

One of the greatest-ever nights at Filbert Street ended with Elliott playing a key role in City's comeback.

Leicester City 3 Arsenal 3
Filbert Street
Wednesday 27 August, 1997

City were still unbeaten, following a goalless draw against Manchester United, by the time Arsenal visited Leicester in late August. A dramatic night was to follow as Dennis Bergkamp netted a hat-trick and the Foxes often trailed in a helter-skelter affair. Elliott and Steve Walsh, either side of Bergkamp's 90th-minute third, sent Filbert Street into raptures as City secured a point with seconds to spare.

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Matt Elliott vs. Wimbledon
Matt Elliott vs. Wimbledon

Sullivan can't keep Elliott's header out in front of the Carling Stand.

Leicester City 1 Wimbledon 1
Filbert Street
Sunday 27 September, 1998

City had suffered three defeats in four when Wimbledon headed to Filbert Street in September 1998. They trailed the Dons, too, through Robbie Earle's 74th minute, but there was Elliott to send a thunderous header beyond Neil Sullivan to salvage a point, sparking a five-game unbeaten run for the Foxes in the Premier League.

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Matt Elliott vs. Nottingham Forest
Matt Elliott vs. Nottingham Forest

Elliott's spot-kick puts the Foxes ahead against Forest.

Leicester City 3 Nottingham Forest 1
Filbert Street
Saturday 12 December, 1998

It's easy to forget that Elliott was also an assured penalty taker for Leicester. Pierre van Hooijdonk, who would later be sent off, put Nottingham Forest ahead in Leicester, before Emile Heskey and then Elliott, from the spot, turned the game on its head, and Steve Guppy made sure with 15 minutes still to play.

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Matt Elliott vs. Everton
Matt Elliott vs. Everton

A double at Everton helped Leicester register a useful point in the Premier League.

Everton 2 Leicester City 2
Goodison Park
Monday 3 January, 2000

Three days into a new millennium, Elliott was playing in a more advanced role for the Foxes at Everton, who led through Don Hutchison at Goodison Park. Elliott, though, linked up with Tony Cottee twice to put City 2-1 ahead before the break, but a 56th-minute penalty from David Unsworth sealed a share of the spoils for the Toffees.

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Matt Elliott vs. Bradford
Matt Elliott vs. Bradford

Another brace of goals booked victory over Bradford.

Leicester City 3 Bradford City 0
Filbert Street
Saturday 6 May, 2000

With Paul Jewell's Bradford desperately battling to avoid relegation, it took until the 59th minute for Leicester to open the scoring through Elliott's first of two goals at Filbert Street, three months after his Wembley heroics against Tranmere. Tony Cottee added a touch of gloss to the scoreline later on, but Bradford were in fact able to stay up, three points ahead of Wimbledon.

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Matt Elliott vs. Charlton
Matt Elliott vs. Charlton

A near-post header against the Addicks.

Leicester City 3 Charlton Athletic 1
Filbert Street
Saturday 16 December, 2000

Elliott's final Premier League goal for the Foxes, meanwhile, came as Peter Taylor's men continued to surprise English football by holding a place in the upper echelons of the top-flight table. Despite Jonatan Johansson's opener for Charlton, goals from Ade Akinbiyi and Arnar Gunnlaugsson, either side of Elliott's header, registered a comfortable success for City.

Elliott's 22 Premier League goals in full

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