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Joey Barton will take his first steps as a manager with League One side Fleetwood Town after it was announced he will take charge of the team before the start of next season. Barton is currently serving an 18-game ban from football for betting offences and has been working as a radio pundit during his time out of the game. The 35-year-old has agreed a three-year contract which will begin on June 2, when his ban ends. The former Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Marseille and Burnley midfielder has been given the opportunity to launch his managerial career by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, who will be keen for one of the game’s most controversial characters to raise the club’s profile. Fleetwood are one of the of the most ambitious clubs in the lower leagues, having enjoyed a meteoric rise through non-league football, but have failed to get out of League One. "I'm very excited by the challenge," said Barton, who, although is renowned for his combustible personality has always held coaching ambitions and has earned praise for his leadership skills as a senior player at both Newcastle and Burnley. ✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd. Full details: https://t.co/ZPz5vAaCODpic.twitter.com/cQ3BbjqrR7— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018 "It's a club I've known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. "My first job in management was always going to be a big decision and I'm delighted. I'm joining a club with big ambitions." John Sheridan, who replaced Uwe Rosler as Fleetwood manager in February, will leave at the end of the season. It is understood there are to be no changes to the backroom staff at Fleetwood, who are 14th in League One, but have ambitions of reaching the Championship. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about,” said Pilley. “Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.” Barton could go head-to-head with his former Newcastle United teammate and close friend Kevin Nolan next season. Nolan is currently in charge of League Two promotion chasers Notts County, who are currently fifth in the table.
Joey Barton appointed Fleetwood Town head coach for next season
Joey Barton will take his first steps as a manager with League One side Fleetwood Town after it was announced he will take charge of the team before the start of next season. Barton is currently serving an 18-game ban from football for betting offences and has been working as a radio pundit during his time out of the game. The 35-year-old has agreed a three-year contract which will begin on June 2, when his ban ends. The former Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Marseille and Burnley midfielder has been given the opportunity to launch his managerial career by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, who will be keen for one of the game’s most controversial characters to raise the club’s profile. Fleetwood are one of the of the most ambitious clubs in the lower leagues, having enjoyed a meteoric rise through non-league football, but have failed to get out of League One. "I'm very excited by the challenge," said Barton, who, although is renowned for his combustible personality has always held coaching ambitions and has earned praise for his leadership skills as a senior player at both Newcastle and Burnley. ✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd. Full details: https://t.co/ZPz5vAaCODpic.twitter.com/cQ3BbjqrR7— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018 "It's a club I've known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. "My first job in management was always going to be a big decision and I'm delighted. I'm joining a club with big ambitions." John Sheridan, who replaced Uwe Rosler as Fleetwood manager in February, will leave at the end of the season. It is understood there are to be no changes to the backroom staff at Fleetwood, who are 14th in League One, but have ambitions of reaching the Championship. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about,” said Pilley. “Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.” Barton could go head-to-head with his former Newcastle United teammate and close friend Kevin Nolan next season. Nolan is currently in charge of League Two promotion chasers Notts County, who are currently fifth in the table.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - February 6, 2018 General view of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FILE PHOTO: FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - February 6, 2018 General view of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony in action. REUTERS/David Klein
FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City
Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony in action. REUTERS/David Klein
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - January 27, 2018 Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony looks dejected REUTERS/David Klein
FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - January 27, 2018 Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony looks dejected REUTERS/David Klein
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - January 27, 2018 Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony looks dejected REUTERS/David Klein
FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Notts County vs Swansea City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - January 27, 2018 Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony looks dejected REUTERS/David Klein
Notts County's Liam Walker's deflected free-kick in the 88th minute gave Gibraltar a 1-0 win over Latvia, its second-ever win and its first as a FIFA nation.
Gibraltar Earns Its First Official Win as a FIFA Nation
Notts County's Liam Walker's deflected free-kick in the 88th minute gave Gibraltar a 1-0 win over Latvia, its second-ever win and its first as a FIFA nation.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates with teammates after he scored his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates with teammates after he scored his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County players applaud the fans after the match Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County players applaud the fans after the match Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan looks dejected after the match Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan looks dejected after the match Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester celebrates after the final whistle Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester celebrates after the final whistle Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Shola Ameobi and team mates look dejected after conceding their third goal scored by Chesterfield's Kristian Dennis Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Shola Ameobi and team mates look dejected after conceding their third goal scored by Chesterfield's Kristian Dennis Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Kristian Dennis scores his sides third goal from a penalty Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Kristian Dennis scores his sides third goal from a penalty Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Aaron Ramsdale celebrates after they are awarded a penalty Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Aaron Ramsdale celebrates after they are awarded a penalty Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones (R) scores his sides first goal direct from a free kick Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones (R) scores his sides first goal direct from a free kick Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones (not pictured) scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones (not pictured) scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones celebrates after he scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones celebrates after he scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones comes on as a substitute to replace Carl Dickinson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Dan Jones comes on as a substitute to replace Carl Dickinson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Sid Nelson receives medical attention after sustaining an injury Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Sid Nelson receives medical attention after sustaining an injury Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Jon Stead is shown a yellow card by referee Seb Stockbridge Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Jon Stead is shown a yellow card by referee Seb Stockbridge Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield and Notts County players clash Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield and Notts County players clash Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Robbie Weir (L) in action with Notts County's Lewis Alessandra Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Robbie Weir (L) in action with Notts County's Lewis Alessandra Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield manager Jack Lester Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Matt Tootle (L) in action with Chesterfield's Zavon Hines Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Matt Tootle (L) in action with Chesterfield's Zavon Hines Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines scores his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines scores his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines scores his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Zavon Hines scores his sides second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County Manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Sid Nelson celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Sid Nelson celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Adam Collin Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Notts County's Adam Collin Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County - Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Britain - March 25, 2018 Chesterfield's Sid Nelson scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
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League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
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League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
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League Two - Chesterfield vs Notts County
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Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
One-time reject Wes Morgan chasing another fairy tale as Leicester City target FA Cup glory
Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
One-time reject Wes Morgan chasing another fairy tale as Leicester City target FA Cup glory
Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
One-time reject Wes Morgan chasing another fairy tale as Leicester City target FA Cup glory
Wes Morgan can still remember the acute feeling of desolation when he was rejected by Notts County at the age of 15. His dreams of becoming a professional footballer apparently in ruins, he went back to college to continue a business studies degree, and to contemplate an uncertain future. But as Leicester City’s captain prepares to face Chelsea in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Morgan’s career is testament to the powers of perseverance. He played a leading role in Claudio Ranieri’s fairy tale by winning the Premier League title, has played in a Champions League quarter-final - after they did what Manchester United could not, and beat Sevilla in the round of 16 - and is now closing in on 700 career appearances. “I often speak to young kids trying to make their way into the professional game and tell my story. I think it’s a story that inspires people and tells you never to give up,” he says. “Young lads can be low on confidence, unsure on how things are going to work out but you have to keep going to follow your dreams. “I never thought I’d be in the Premier League when I was released by Notts County. They only offered two YTS contracts and I was the odd one out. I thought that was it, done and dusted for me, and semi-pro would be the best I could get. Morgan played an integral part in the least likely Premier League title win of all time Credit: afp “I was playing for a load of teams with my mates on Saturdays and Sundays, a young lad playing in an adult’s league. Fortunately I got the opportunity to have trials at Nottingham Forest and that’s where it all began. “Now I’m sitting here as a Premier League winner and that’s a magnificent achievement, considering where I came from. I don’t think I’ll truly digest it all until I’ve finished my career.” Morgan’s story is indeed remarkable, and a stirring rags-to-riches tale that has been less documented than more eminent team-mates such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. He moved to Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 for just £1m after a contract wrangle, with Nigel Pearson’s team stuck in the Championship swamp. The next six years have been what the centre-half describes as “a rollercoaster” and he can never have envisaged what has unfolded. Promotion to the top-flight in 2014 was followed by that stirring Great Escape, when they won seven of their last nine league games to light the blue touch-paper for their incredible title win. Even now, Morgan struggles to escape the memories of May 2016, when he lifted the trophy on an evening which will leave an indelible mark in Premier League history. Morgan's career is testament to the powers of perseverance Credit: John Robertson “I was out shopping in Birmingham a few weeks ago and there was a Leicester fan talking to me about how we won the league, the trophy bus parade going past her house and everything else. It feels surreal, even though it seems so long ago,” he says, sitting in a study room at the club’s training ground. “The Champions League was also an unbelievable time. To reach the quarter-finals was an achievement I don’t think we got enough credit for. We were newcomers and we did it our way. We took Atletico Madrid to the wire. “I’ve had amazing times since I came to Leicester, beyond my wildest dreams if I’m being honest. But football is always moving and you can’t stand still or be dwelling on the past. “The time to really look back and remember the special moments is when there are no interruptions.” Morgan has a special reason to ensure Claude Puel’s Leicester can complete a miserable week for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, whose European excursions were ended by Barcelona on Wednesday. The FA Cup is one competition in which Morgan has endured frustration, never progressing beyond the quarter-finals. “I would say it’s the last box to be ticked for me. Everyone knows the history and prestige of the competition, being an FA Cup winner would be second to winning the league,” he says. My favourite ever Premier League match “I’m not getting any younger so there’s not too many years left for me to do something in this competition. I’m 34 now, I’ve got a year left [on my contract] and I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains. This could be my last big chance.” There will also be an element of revenge for Morgan at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, as it was against Chelsea that his FA Cup dream ended in 2012. Fernando Torres ended a 24-game goal drought with two goals as a Chelsea team including the likes of Petr Cech, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge coasted to a 5-2 victory. “That was a real down-point, especially at that stage in my career. But this is definitely the biggest tie of the round and a huge chance for us to reach a semi-final at Wembley. “Chelsea have not done as well as they expected this season, they are now out of the Champions League, so they will probably see the FA Cup as something to make their season positive, rather like ourselves. There’s a lot to play for. “I’ve not experienced a semi-final before but we’ve got a good chance of it happening. This would definitely keep the fairy tale going...”
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - February 6, 2018 General view of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Swansea City vs Notts County - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - February 6, 2018 General view of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

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