Under the guidance of former Leicester City manager Martin O’Neill, the Club lifted two League Cups, in 1997 and 2000, as well as enjoying memorable forays in the UEFA Cup with the quartet in attendance proving to be key lynchpins to the side at the turn of the millennium.
With all proceeds going to the LCFC Foxes Foundation, an auction of signed photographs helped raise £9,000 which will benefit Leicester-based charities, particularly those who make a difference to children, young people, health, education and human services.
Having amassed over 700 appearances in a Foxes shirt between them, few are better placed than Walsh, Elliott, Guppy and Taggart to provide an insight into a fabled time at Leicester City. Later taking questions from the floor, it proved to be a night to remember for all involved on Thursday 6 April.
The event came 20 years after Walsh hoisted aloft the League Cup at Hillsborough following Steve Claridge’s dramatic winner against Middlesbrough back in 1997. Elliott, too, went on to lift the same trophy just three years later at Wembley after scoring a brace during a 2-1 success over Tranmere.
As well as their success in cup competitions, the four Foxes legends also reminisced about the halcyon times at the old Filbert Street, a ground renowned for its electric atmosphere – especially under the floodlights. During O’Neill’s time in charge, Leicester finished in the top half of the Premier League table every season for four years in a row.
With the current crop of City players facing Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals this month, a heated UEFA Cup First Round defeat by Los Rojiblancos in the autumn of 1997 inevitably turned into a key talking point, too, on the first floor at King Power Stadium.
The 350 fans fortunate enough to be there also had the unique opportunity to have their photos taken with the Premier League trophy following City’s remarkable transformation from relegation contenders to title-winning heroes in more recent times at the Club.
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