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Five LCFC Opening Day Debuts To Remember

With Leicester City's 2018/19 Premier League fixtures due out this week, LCFC.com looks back at some of the most significant opening day debuts over the years...
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City will find out who they face on Thursday, as they prepare for a fifth consecutive campaign in England's top tier. 

Since 2008, the Club have enjoyed six successful opening day outings across the last decade, including a 4-2 victory over Sunderland in 2015 before winning the Premier League title.

Since Leicester was founded in 1884, some of the most famous players to ever pull on the Foxes shirt have made their bows on the first day...

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Arthur Chandler
Arthur Chandler

Arthur Chandler was part of the Leicester side which finished as runners-up in the First Division in 1928–29.

Arthur Chandler
Hull City 2-2 Leicester City
Saturday 25 August, 1923

Before Arthur Chandler went on to become Leicester City’s all-time top goal-scorer with 273 in just 419 appearances at Filbert Street, he made his first outing for the Club away at Hull City in 1923.

Chandler joined from Queens Park Rangers shortly before the trip to East Yorkshire and went on to score his maiden goals for the Club with a brace two days later in a 5–0 victory over Stoke City.

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Arthur Rowley
Arthur Rowley

Arthur Rowley went on to score 265 goals for the Club.

Arthur Rowley
Bury 2-3 Leicester City
Saturday 19 August, 1950

Another luminary of City’s rich history is Arthur Rowley. Nicknamed 'The Gunner', Rowley scored on his debut for the Foxes in a 3-2 success over Bury on the opening day of the 1950/51 Division Two season.

Rowley, a left-sided forward, eventually netted a total of 265 goals for Leicester in his eight seasons in the East Midlands. Over the course of his 19-year career in the game, he scored 434 league goals.

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Les Ferdinand vs. Southampton
Les Ferdinand vs. Southampton

Les Ferdinand scores on his Leicester City debut against Southampton in 2003.

Les Ferdinand
Leicester City 2-2 Southampton
Saturday 16 August, 2003

After promotion to the Premier League in 2003, City started the first match of the following campaign with a 2-2 draw against Southampton, the second goal being scored by debutant Les Ferdinand.

In 29 appearances, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker found the net 12 times but it wasn’t enough to stop the Club from suffering relegation. Ferdinand left the next summer to join Bolton Wanderers.

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Kasper Schmeichel Makes Foxes Debut Against Coventry

City shot stopper Kasper Schmeichel made his Foxes debut against Coventry City, back in 2011 in a 1-0 victory over the Sky Blues.

Kasper Schmeichel
Coventry City 0-1 Leicester City
Saturday 6 August, 2011

Sven-Göran Eriksson’s summer building six years ago saw Kasper Schmeichel join the Club from Leeds United, with the Foxes starting 2011/12 as favourites to win the Championship.

The Danish goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in Warwickshire before proving a pivotal figure behind both of City's Championship and Premier League title successes in 2014 and 2016.

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N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kanté helped the Foxes win the Premier League during 2015/16.

N'Golo Kanté
Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland
Saturday 8 August, 2015

It was a brief introduction for N'Golo Kanté against Sunderland in 2015, an eight-minute cameo from the bench, but it wouldn’t be long until Leicester would come to rely on the slight French midfielder.

Kanté appeared 37 times as the Club lifted the Premier League trophy for the first and only time in their 133-year history. He scored once, against Watford in November 2015, before joining Chelsea in 2016.

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