David Nish

Iconic Shirt Numbers: The No.3s Who Shone In Leicester

In the latest instalment of a new series on LCFC.com, we remember some of the most iconic players to adorn Leicester City's No.3 shirt.
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Signed for £200 from Leyton Orient by City in 1933, Cardiff-born defender David Jones quickly impressed at Filbert Street, earning a call-up to the Wales national team.

'Dai' became renowned as an excellent full-back over 14 on-and-off years at the Club and was an ever-present for the Foxes during the 1936/37 Second Division championship-winning team.

However, much of his Leicester spell was curtailed by the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, but he was still there to feature in Leicester's first post-war campaign too.

Jones represented many sides in wartime, starring on 54 occasions for City, also featuring for Notts County, West Ham United, Mansfield Town, Cheltenham Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Richie Norman
Richie Norman

Norman was a key figure in City's 'Ice Kings' side.

Twenty-six years after Jones' arrival, another key figure in the Club's history agreed terms at Filbert Street and full-back Richie Norman joined Leicester as a youngster in 1959.

Norman was a skilful and pacy footballer who endeared himself to the Foxes fans for his consistent and assured performances over a total of 365 outings in blue.

The Club paid £650 for his services at around the same time as David Halliday's departure as manager, but his replacement, Matt Gillies, also saw potential in the new signing.

It took Norman some time to wrestle the No.3 shirt away from Willie Cunningham, but his dominance of that role in Leicester's line-up quickly became evident in the 1960s.

From April 1960 to February 1964, the Newcastle native did not miss a single match for the Foxes, while his nine-year spell at the Club included four cup finals and one League Cup triumph.

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David Nish
David Nish

Nish captained the Foxes despite still being in his early 20s.

During Norman's time at Filbert Street, another exciting talent was emerging through the ranks - David Nish - who made his senior debut for Leicester at the age of 19.

Nish starred in a number of different roles for the Foxes, including full-back and creative midfielder, before settling as an enterprising left-back for the majority of his City career.

By the time Leicester headed to Wembley for the 1969 FA Cup Final - where Frank O'Farrell's men were beaten by Manchester City - Nish was the youngest-ever cup final captain at 21.

As well as appearing regularly, making 272 outings, David also became a penalty expert at Filbert Street, netting 14 spot-kicks for the Club, until Norwich City's Kevin Keelan denied him in 1970.

After representing the Club in every single game of City's 1970/71 promotion-winning season, naturally there was interest from afar and Derby County paid a British record fee of £225,000 for him in 1972.

This prompted manager Jimmy Bloomfield to search for a replacement and he moved quickly to procure the services of Dennis Rofe from Leyton Orient on the same day as Nish's departure.

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Dennis Rofe
Dennis Rofe

Rofe added a new dimension to Leicester's starting XI.

Dennis cost half the fee secured for Nish, too, and it would prove to be an excellent piece of business by the Club as their new signing began a successful eight-year spell as a Fox.

A keen tackler and pacy presence on the flanks, Rofe stepped out of Nish's shadow to become a popular member of the squad, earning the nickname 'Sid' for his likeness to comedian Sid James.

When Frank McLintock arrived in 1977, meanwhile, the Scot made Rofe his captain, while he was also a trusted member of Jock Wallace's line-up during his first two years at the Club.

The 1990s, on the other hand, became a decade associated with regular visits to Wembley in the newly-established First Division play-offs - and one man featured in all 12 ties between 1992 and 1996.

Signed a fortnight after Simon Grayson joined, also from Leeds United, in 1992 by Brian Little, Mike Whitlow added an aggressively dedicated edge to Leicester's starting XI over five years.

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Mike Whitlow
Mike Whitlow

Whitlow in action during the 1999 League Cup showpiece.

Frustratingly, on the occasions in which City featured in the new Premier League, under Little in 1994/95 and Martin O'Neill in 1996/97, Whitlow's potential was curtailed by injury problems.

However, many of his 179 outings for the Foxes came in promotion-winning campaigns from the First Division, but his final season at the Club did end with him starring in the won 1997 League Cup Final.

O'Neill eventually turned to Chelsea full-back Frank Sinclair - a winner of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with the Blues - in the summer of 1998 as Whitlow's long-term replacement.

Despite the occasional own goal for the Foxes, Sinclair's composure in possession and experience in big occasions saw him became an established member of O'Neill's iconic side of the late 1990s.

After missing the lost League Cup Final in 1999, the Jamaica international starred for Leicester in a 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers one year later - and remained at the Club for another four years.

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Frank Sinclair
Frank Sinclair

Sinclair brought top-flight know-how to Filbert Street.

As City struggled to adapt to life without O'Neill at the helm, Sinclair remained a vital figure as Micky Adams' men restored their Premier League status as First Division runners-up in 2003.

In 2011, meanwhile, Leicester manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was embarking on a summer spending spree designed to end the Club's lengthy top-flight exile, but few of the Swede's signings paid off.

Alongside the likes of Kasper Schmeichel and David Nugent, however, Paul Konchesky - who arrived from Liverpool - was one of the more successful acquisitions, making a total of 155 outings in five years.

It was under the guidance of Nigel Pearson, back at the Club for a second spell in charge, that Konchesky truly shone in City's colours, eventually helping the Foxes win the Championship title in 2014.

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Paul Konchesky
Paul Konchesky

Konchesky remained a valuable figure for City in the Premier League.

His experience was useful, too, during Leicester's first top-flight season in 10 years as Pearson inspired perhaps the greatest escape from relegation in recent history to finish 14th in the Premier League table.

The current incumbent of the No.3 shirt at King Power Stadium is a source of great pride for the Club - a player who has risen through the Academy to represent England's national team - Ben Chilwell.

Signed as a 12-year-old from Rushden & Diamonds, Chilwell represented the Club through all subsequent age ranks before his debut under Claudio Ranieri in an early League Cup tie away at Hull City in 2015.

With Premier League title-winner Christian Fuchs holding the left-back position for much of Chilwell's early professional years, the youngster enjoyed a productive loan spell at Huddersfield Town in 2015/16.

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Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell

Chilwell played a role in England's memorable UEFA Nations League win in Spain.

Gradually, though, Chilwell's quality became undeniable and his first team appearance tally began to steadily climb, with Craig Shakespeare and especially Claude Puel entrusting him with senior football.

After impressing on occasion during the 2017/18 campaign, it was during 2018/19 that Chilwell fully cemented his place in the side with 36 top-flight outings, including an England debut in Leicester.

With England facing Switzerland at King Power Stadium on 11 September, 2018, Gareth Southgate handed 'Chilly' his bow in front of his home fans on Filbert Way - the first of 11 Three Lions caps.

Now, Chilwell is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the game and, with Brendan Rodgers currently at the helm, he is a regular presence in the side, making 23 appearances for City this season.

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