Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker with fans at Filbert Street, Leicester, November 1986

Gary Lineker with fans at Filbert Street, Leicester, November 1986

Born in Leicester on 30th November 1960, Gary Lineker is regarded as one of the best strikers ever to have played football for England. He started out playing in the youth team for Leicester City when he was fourteen years old and was selected for the senior squad by the time he was eighteen years old. By the early 1980s Gary had scored over 100 goals for Leicester City in approximately 200 matches and he was considered one of the most talented young players in England. His success helped Leicester City to win promotion and he was the club’s top scorer for over four years.

His goal scoring success brought him fame and admirers throughout the world.  In 1985 Gary Lineker went on to play for Everton and by the summer of 1986 he had moved to Barcelona. He moved back to England in 1989 to play for Tottenham Hotspur. During his football career he played eighty times for England, scoring forty eight goals, and was truly proud of the fact that he never received a single caution from a referee and never once received a yellow or red card.

He was honoured as a Freeman of the City of Leicester in 1995 and also fronted a consortium that bought Leicester City Football Club out of its administration in the 2002-03 campaign.

After his retirement from football Gary Lineker went on to develop a successful media career, initially on BBC Radio 5 Live and then replacing Des Lynam as the BBC's anchor-man for football coverage, including Match of the Day. He has also fronted the adverts for Leicester-based Walkers Crisps since 1995. Gary Lineker is a man whose heart still belongs to Leicester and of whom the people of Leicester are extremely proud.