Owls fan Jamie Vardy determined to beat record of Blade Jimmy Dunne

Vardy at Stocksbridge
Vardy at Stocksbridge
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Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy admits he has extra motivation to further extend his Premier League scoring record - because the overall holder is a Sheffield United player!

Vardy broke the Premier League record last weekend when he scored for Leicester against Manchester United - his 11th consecutive game on target.

Jamie Vardy on England duty

Jamie Vardy on England duty

The overall top-flight English honour, though, is held by Jimmy Dunne, who scored 18 goals in 12 consecutive games for United between October 24, 1931 and January 1, 1932.

Leicester travel to struggling Swansea this afternoon and Vardy, who was released by Wednesday as a 16-year-old and later joined Stocksbridge Park Steels, told The Guardian: "This is the top-flight all-time record and it's set by a Sheffield United player, so being a Sheffield Wednesday fan I'd love to beat it.

"The records are coming from nowhere. I was told this week that Lionel Messi scored in 21 successive La Liga games. I was like: 'Oh for God’s sake.'

"Someone will be bringing that up soon!"

Vardy began his rise to prominence at Stocksbridge’s Bracken Moor ground, and chairman Allen Bethell has announced plans to name a stand after their former hero.

"The chairman must be crackers," Vardy laughed.

"And, put it this way, I'd have never seen it coming when I was at Stocksbridge!

"My life has changed, but I'm not money-motivated at all. That's the last thing on my mind. I just want to play football and that's how I've always been. To be honest with you, that shows in my performances, that I'm in a happy place, knowing that I'm doing the job that I love."

Bethell remembers: "He was one of the best players I'd seen at his level.

"We got £15,000 plus add-ons from Halifax Town when he left which was a considerable amount for us, and the publicity we've received since from his achievements has been incredible.

"Jamie wouldn't have earned anything at all from football when he was in our reserves, it was just a chance to play with his mates. The most he was paid was £100 a week. It's wonderful what he's achieved."