Stocksbridge to name a stand after goalscoring hero Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy in action for Steels

Jamie Vardy in action for Steels

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Stocksbridge Park Steels are to honour Jamie Vardy by naming a stand at Bracken Moor after their former star striker.

Vardy, now a Premier League record holder after scoring in 11 consecutive games for Leicester City, began his career at Steels after being released by Sheffield Wednesday as a youngster.

Jamie Vardy has broken the Premier League scoring record this season

Jamie Vardy has broken the Premier League scoring record this season

He joined FC Halifax Town from Steels, before joining Fleetwood - who received £1m, a non-league record fee, when Leicester signed him.

Steels expect to seal the name deal at their next committee meeting, and chairman Allen Bethell says: "Jamie played with us for a long time. He was in the reserves for three years and when he got called up for the first team, he missed the first training session because he was a bit frightened.

"He turned up for the second one though and 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.

"He brought his young daughter to a match here a couple of years ago and I think he'll come back again soon for a television documentary that's being made about his life and career."

Bethell added: "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 about £100 a week. It's wonderful what he's achieved."

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