A staple in the Foxes midfield since 2007, Andy King celebrated his 350th appearance with Leicester in the club’s scoreless draw against Middlesbrough.
It was also the Welsh international’s 250th league start in the midlands blue — a club where he’s spent his entire professional career after signing with the Foxes first team from the Leicester youth academy on May 5, 2007.
A lot has changed, indeed.
King is the only player to win the titles of England’s top three divisions — League One, the Championship and the Premier League — with the same club. It’s a feat that is likely to never be equaled unless another underdog is able to match the Foxes triumph of the 2015-16 season.
It’s hard to find loyalty in a player like King during this day and age. Most of the time, making it to 150 caps with one team is a notable accomplishment. There hasn’t been a player that’s embodied the spirit of Leicester like he has since the days of Muzzy Izzet, who played 260 games for the Foxes from 1996-2004.
During King’s 350 appearances, he’s risen to the top of Leicester’s all-time scoring charts for midfielders with 60 goals -- including three double-digit seasons of 11, 11 and 16 respectively from 2008-11. It’s been almost a decade since we watched King score in League One with the likes of Matty Fryatt, Lloyd Dyer and Steve Howard.
It was a busy year for King in 2016. When he was done helping Leicester to an unprecedented title, he went to France as part of Wales’ 23-man roster for Euro 2016. He made three appearances and played 116 minutes in a successful tournament for the Welsh, but couldn’t channel his Leicester magic to will the Welsh to victory.
Congratulations on your impressive achievement, Andy.
King’s appearances tally puts him at 14th on Leicester’s all-time list. Next up is Leicester and England great Gordon Banks at 13th with 356.