9 things Leicester City fans should know about Jamie Vardy
1. Childhood: He had to deal with poverty, and had no University Education:
Jamie Richard Vardy was born in Sheffield on January 11, 1987, to a low-income family. Vardy’s father, Richard Gill, was a crane operator, while his mother, Lisa Vardy, worked as a secretary. Vardy’s family struggled with poverty when he was a child.
Vardy’s problems were compounded by the fact that he was not academically gifted and hence did not anticipate attending university and overcoming poverty through education. He quickly discovered something that piqued his interest: football.
2. He had to survive:
He started doing what he liked, which was playing football. Vardy began his youth career with Sheffield Wednesday when he was 16 years old. Vardy, on the other hand, was dropped by the club because he was not good enough. Vardy became so frustrated as a result of this that he decided to abandon his ambition of becoming a professional player.
Vardy was also forced to leave his parents’ home due to repeated quarrels with them. He quickly joined a football team, Stockbridge Park, from 2003 to 2007, and did odd jobs to make ends meet.
3. He almost gave up on football:
Vardy joined Leicester City for £1.7 million-plus add-ons in May 2012. He made his Leicester debut in the League Cup first round, scoring his first goal for the club. He also scored in his first game in the Football League. However, he lost form in the 2012/13 season, which drew widespread criticism from supporters.
As a result, Vardy considered retiring from football but was persuaded to stay by the team manager and assistant manager. Vardy’s performance increased substantially in his second season with Leicester, as he scored more goals, propelling Leicester City to the top of the Championship League. He led the squad in goals at the end of the season and helped Leicester win the Championship League, ensuring their promotion to the Premier League.
4. He is a Guinness Book of Records Holder:
He was the fifth player in the English Premier League to win Player of the Month for two seasons in a row, earning him a Guinness World Records certificate.
The value of his move increased from £2 million to almost £18 million. He was named to the PFA Team of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year, and the Barclays Premier League Player of the Season at the end of the season.
5. His wedding and family bad-blood:
When Jamie Vardy was working at a nightclub promotional event, he met Rebekah Nicholson. They began dating almost immediately and married in May of 2016.
The wedding was a little controversial because it revealed Jamie and his family’s longstanding animosity. Jamie did not invite his parents to the wedding and did not answer when asked about it. His mother later informed reporters that he had been unable to communicate with his family for several months.
6. He drank his way to breaking records and scoring goals:
Vardy’s former Leicester teammate, Ritchie De Laet, has alleged that his former buddy would drink booze and eat pizza the night before games.
He also related how the English striker drank a bottle of wine the night before ending Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League scoring streak of 11 games.
“He broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring in 11 consecutive games in 2016,” he told Sportwereld, according to the Sun.
“Well, we were in our hotel room the night before the 11th game.” We had our own rite of passage.
“We would get the team coach driver to buy us a bottle of port, and hide it away in our room.
“I drank a small glass of it – and he polished off the rest of the bottle.
“The next day he broke the record. What a guy – he’s truly a top bloke.”
Club chief Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in 2016: “[Vardy] went straight from the bottom to the Championship, which eventually led him to start drinking booze every single day.
We had no idea what to do. I didn’t even know about this until someone told me that he came to train while he was still drunk.”
“After that, he simply quit drinking and started working hard in training. His physicality wasn’t as good as it is now. We know he had explosive acceleration, but we simply had no idea he could be this good.”
7. His children:
Vardy has six children with his wife, four of which are his biological children, one from a previous relationship, and two stepchildren.
8. Vardy writes books for kids:
Jamie and Rebekah Vardy have inked an agreement to launch their first range of children’s illustrated storybooks, with the first title going on sale around the annual occasion of World Book Day 2022.
“It’s been a pleasure working on this new title and format with Jamie and Rebekah Vardy, and our editorial team,” says Matthew Reynolds, managing director, Little Brother Books.
“With our experience of current kids trends and the important message the B.U.G. team are sharing with kids and parents; we are certain this first book will be loved by children but trusted and respected by parents. We can’t wait to see it hitting bookshelves from February 2022.”
The arrangement, which was brokered by London Entertainment in collaboration with Little Brother Books (LBB), a U.K. publisher of children’s and annuals, sees the family-focused couple embark on their first storybook together.
Vardy’s storybooks will be geared at children aged 3 and up and will be filled with illustrated graphics. “Cedric the Little Sloth with a Big Dream” is the title of their debut album. Each book’s principal protagonists are the Be Yourself Guardians (B.U.G. ), with each title featuring a unique tale and unending B.U.G. support.
9. Vardy likes to party:
And the Leicester heroes gathered to Vardy’s house in Melton Mowbray to watch the game unfold, bringing the cry “Jamie Vardy’s having a party” to life.
Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, and captain Wes Morgan were all present as they watched and prayed for Chelsea to win points against their closest rivals.
However, the Vardy celebrations appeared to be ruined as Spurs stormed to a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, ensuring they headed into the half with a comfortable lead.
Fortunately for Ranieri’s men, though, the Blues completed a sensational second-half turnaround thanks to goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard to crown them champions.
The final whistle sparked jubilant scenes in Melton Mowbray, as Vardy and co descended into wild celebrations before drinking the night away.
Leicester players won the internet that night by posting videos of crazy scenes from the party on social media, which reflected the mood of every Foxes fan in the country at that time.
And while the shindig was a fitting way to cap one of the most incredible sporting stories ever, it also marked an inspirational turnaround for Vardy, who fired home 24 goals that season, in his Leicester career.
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