Andy King (footballer, born 1988)
King playing for Leicester City in 2013
|Full name||Andrew Philip King|
|Date of birth||29 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Barnstaple, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 25 May 2015 (UTC).
He has made over 250 league appearances for Leicester, where he has spent his entire career, in the top three divisions of English football. He is Leicester's all-time highest scoring midfielder during their 130-year history.
Born in England, King is a Wales international, qualifying through his grandfather. He made his international debut in 2009 and has since earned over 25 caps, scoring twice.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Leicester City
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and career
King was born in Barnstaple, Devon on holiday and was raised in Maidenhead, Berkshire. He attended Furze Platt Senior School and joined Chelsea when he was nine years old. After being released in 2004 when he was 15 years old, he joined the Leicester City youth academy.
Academy and early career
He was given a squad number for the 2006–07 season. During that season, King scored eight goals in 21 appearances for the Leicester academy side, which saw them win the FA Premier League Group B.
King was offered his first professional contract with Leicester on 5 May 2007. He also went on trial with Conference National team York City in August, and after playing in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield he turned down a possible loan move to the club on the advice of his agent. King made his first team debut in a 0–0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 October 2007, before scoring his first senior goal with a 35 yard shot described as a "rocket" in a 2–1 defeat to Southampton on 1 December. He made 11 league appearances as Leicester were relegated to League One at the end of the 2007–08 season.
King's impressive start the following season earned him a new three-year contract on 21 August 2008. He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 League Cup defeat to Fulham on 27 August, scoring from 18 yards. He went on to score nine league goals to help Leicester secure their promotion as League One champions. His performances earned him the club's young player of the season award on 28 April 2009. He was also nominated for players' player of the season and player of the season awards, but lost out to teammates Matty Fryatt and Steve Howard. King dedicated his award to team captain Stephen Clemence, who missed the entire season through injury.
During pre-season, King believed the Leicester squad was good enough to challenge for promotion. He scored his first goal of the season in a 1–0 win over Plymouth Argyle at the Walkers Stadium on 21 November 2009. Following a fine start to the 2009–10 season, King said on 23 November there is a firm belief that the team can win promotion to the Premier League. He drew praise from then-manager Nigel Pearson after scoring his fourth goal of the season in a 2–1 FA Cup win over Swansea City on 2 January 2010. His overall performance earned him the players' player of the year award on 28 April 2010 which he shared with teammate Jack Hobbs.
King had his best season yet in terms of goalscoring in 2010–11, as he ended up the club's top scorer, netting 15 times in the league and 16 times in all competitions from midfield. He earned himself a four-year contract on 15 April 2011, keeping him at the club until 2015. Three days later, King's form that season was acknowledged by his fellow professionals as he was named in the Championship's PFA Team of the Year with teammate Kyle Naughton. He then took the club's players' player of the season award for the second season in a row.
King began the 2011–12 season with a goal drought, scoring just one goal in his first 14 games of the season, but got back on track, netting a brace against West Ham United on 29 October 2011, the first game following Sven-Göran Eriksson's sacking as manager, before adding his fourth of the season at home to Blackpool a month later. However, the latter part of his season was disrupted due to injury. King finished the season scoring 4 times in 32 games across all competitions, King's lowest goal and appearance tally since becoming a first team regular in the 2008/09 season.
King regained his form at the beginning of the following season though, scoring a goal in both the opening 2012–13 Championship fixtures against Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic respectively. King's central midfield partner often changed between Matty James & Danny Drinkwater with former forming a formidable partnership with King in the latter part of the season as Leicester attempted to get their promotion push back on track. King scored his 50th goal for Leicester on the final day of the 2012/13 season away at Nottingham Forest, a game that city won 3–2, a result that clinched 6th place and the final play-off position. King's performance's in the play-off semi final against Watford, particularly the second leg had heroic tendencies but unfortunately it wasn't enough as Leicester lost 3–2 on aggregate thanks to a 97th minute Troy Deeney strike, despite winning the first leg 1–0 at the King Power Stadium. King scored 7 times during the 2012/13 season in 48 games.
King started the 2013–14 Championship season, how he finished the last. Scoring twice in the first 8 games, both fantastic strikes against Birmingham City and Blackpool FC, the former voted the Foxes goal of the month for August and the latter a show in for September's award. King's first goal of the season also marked his 250th Leicester appearance. Due to the fantastic and consistent run of form from Midfield pairing Danny Drinkwater & Matty James, King found opportunities limited to substitute appearances. King scored his 54th goal for the Foxes in their 2–2 draw against Wigan Athletic on April 1, 2014, making him the clubs highest scoring midfielder in their 130 year history as Leicester made their way to the 2013-14 Football League Championship and promotion to the Premier League.
King made his Premier League debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2–2, opening day draw with Everton, putting in an impressive display, finishing the match with a 95.6% pass completion record. King signed a new four-year contract with the club on his 26th birthday, 29 October 2014, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2018, stating that he would love it if he spent his entire career with the Foxes. On 4 April 2015, King scored his 50th league goal for Leicester, a late winner in the 2-1, Premier League victory over West Ham United.
King qualified to play for Wales through a Welsh grandfather and is a former Wales under-19 and under-21 international, receiving his first call-up on 10 October 2007. He scored his first goal in a 5–1 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying win over Luxembourg under-21 on 31 March 2009. He was in the squad that narrowly lost out to England in the play-offs for a spot at the 2009 European Championships.
On 22 May 2009, King received his first call up to the senior Wales squad when he was named in manager John Toshack's squad for a friendly match against Estonia. Despite naming King in the squad, Toshack admitted King was not yet ready for international football. He made his debut as a second half substitute, replacing Ched Evans in the 89th minute as Wales beat Estonia 1–0.
King's first international goal came on 11 August 2010 in a 5–1 friendly victory over Luxembourg. He was given a straight red card in the 47th minute on 13 October for Wales, in a home Euro 2016 qualifying match against Cyprus, for a foul on Constantinos Makrides. However Wales won 2–1, the same score at the time of the red card. Manager Chris Coleman blamed the attitude of himself and his staff for aggressively prepping the team prior to King's red card.
- As of match played 24 May 2015.
|Season||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
- As of match played 12 June 2015.
- Championship PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11
- Leicester City Young Player of the Year: 2008–09
- Leicester City Player's Player of the Year: 2009–10 (joint winner), 2010–11
- Leicester City All-Time Highest Scoring Midfielder: 56 Goals
- Most Wales international caps won while at Leicester: 28 Caps
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- "Games played by Andy King in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Fulham 3–2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Archived from the original on 31 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
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- "Steve Howard wins Leicester City player-of-the-year award". Leicester Mercury. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "King ponders Premier League place". BBC Sport. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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- "King confident on promotion goal". BBC Sport. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Leicester's Nigel Pearson hails midfielder Andy King". BBC Sport. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Hobbs Lands Awards Double". Leicester City F.C. 27 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- "Goal Scorers – 2010/11". The Football League. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "King Commits To Foxes Until 2015". Leicester City F.C. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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- "Richie Wellens and Andy King top polls in Leicester City awards". Leicester Mercury. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- "West Ham Utd vs Leicester City". Leicester City F.C. 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Leicester City v Blackpool". Leicester City F.C. 29 November 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Leicester City v Peterborough". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
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- "Andy King statistics 2014/15". whoscored.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "Andy King Signs New Leicester City Deal". Leicester City. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "Report: Leicester City 2 West Ham 1". Leicester City. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "King Earns Welsh Recognition". Leicester City F.C. 10 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
- "Wales U21 5–1 Luxembourg U21". BBC Sport. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
- "King of Wales". Leicester City F.C. 22 May 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- "Wales v Estonia – Nationwide International Match". The Football Association of Wales. 22 May 2009. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- "Uncapped trio not ready – Toshack". BBC Sport. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- "Wales 1–0 Estonia". BBC Sport. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
- "Wales 2–1 Cyprus". BBC Sport. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Wales: Sent-off Andy King not to blame, says Chris Coleman". BBC Sport. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Games played by Andy King in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- "King, Andy". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "A. King". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Andy King Signs New Leicester City Deal". Leicester City. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- List of Leicester City F.C. records and statistics#Internationals
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andy King.|
- Andy King profile at Leicester City F.C.
- Andy King career statistics at Soccerbase
- Andy King at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile and stats at FoxesHistory
|Awards and achievements|
|Leicester City top goalscorer
|Leicester City Young Player of the Season
|Leicester City Players' Player of the Season
2009–10 (shared), 2010–11