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Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy sets English Premier League scoring record – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 30th, 2015 by Ian

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy sets English Premier League scoring record
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Just four years ago Jamie Vardy was an unknown English striker playing in the fifth-tier of his country’s soccer setup for a non-professional team named Fleetwood Town. Today, he’s an English international who has just set a new scoring Premier League scoring record. The 28-year-old’s name was written into the record books on Saturday, November 28th when he scored a goal in his 11th consecutive match. The historic goal came in his club’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at home at King Power Stadium in Leicester when Vardy found the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Vardy is the only player in the Premier League era to achieve the feat. However, Stan Mortensen of Blackpool scored in 11 straight contests in the old First Division back in the 1950-51 season. Vardy signed a pro deal with Leicester City in 2012 when the club was playing in the second-tier English Championship League. The club was promoted in 2014 and just fought off relegation last season, by going on a late season tear. Leicester has started this season where they left off last year and entered the game against Manchester United as the Premier League leaders.

Vardy managed to score five times last season, which was his first in the Premier League, and he had already banged in 14 in his first 14 matches this term to lead the league. His goal against Manchester United broke the old mark of 10 consecutive outings with a goal which was set by Man United’s Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2003. Van Nistelrooy was quick to congratulate the new record holder who hails from the city of Sheffield as he praised his achievement via a Twitter message. The goal gives Vardy 77 in 167 matches since 2011.

Vardy’s fine play this season hasn’t gone unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson as Leicester’s star was called up to make his international debut against Ireland back in June. He’s now made four appearances for his country. Vardy’s record-setting streak began about three months ago when he scored on a penalty kick against newly-promoted Bournemouth in a 1-1 road draw. Just three of his 14 goals this season have come from the penalty spot though. If Vardy should happen to score in his next match against Swansea City and extend his streak to 12 he will tie a record set by in the 1931-32 season. That was when Jimmy Dunne of Sheffield United scored in a dozen straight contests in the First Division.

 
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