LCFC 125 Years Legends Feature - Steve Guppy

As it is 125 years of Leicester City I thought I would do a feature on former Leicester City players every Thursday. The players will range from the 1990’s to the 2000’s. So first up is Steve Guppy.

Steve Guppy signed for Leicester from Port Vale where he spent four years at; also he made 105 appearances for Vale and scored twelve goals as a winger. Guppy first appeared in a Leicester shirt in 1997 and over his Foxes career he was widely known to be one of the best crossers in Europe. Guppy cost Leicester £850,000 in 1997 which turned out to be a real bargain. On the 1st of March 1997 Guppy made his first appearance for Leicester City at the age of 27. That day Leicester ran out 3-1 winners against Wimbledon.

In the 1997-1998 season Steve Guppy became a regular in the Leicester City side as he made 37 appearances and scored two goals that season. One of the goals came in a 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur. Steve Walsh and Emile Heskey also scored that day. Steve Guppy also scored in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Leicester City finished tenth that season and also appeared in the Uefa Cup but lost to Atletico Madrid in the first round. The next season which was 1998-1999 Guppy played 38 times for City and scored four goals for the Foxes. Leicester had an impressive season as they earned a place in the 1999 Worthington Cup final; however they lost to Tottenham 1-0. Guppy’s first goal that season was a stunning  curler against Chelsea; however Leicester could only draw the match 2-2. His second goal came against rivals Nottingham Forest. Steve Guppy scored his third goal in the third round of the Fa Cup against Birmingham City. It also turned out to be a great start to the New Year for Leicester as they ran out 4-2 winners that day. His final goal of the 98/99 season came against Wimbledon.

Guppy then appeared 30 times for Leicester in the Premiership in the season of 1999-2000. Steve also scored twice that year as Leicester won the Worthington Cup against Tranmere at Wembley. Steve Guppy’s first goal that season came at Filbert Street against Southampton. It was his strike that gave City an early lead in that game, Tony Cottee then made it 2-0; and late on Marian Pahars of Southampton scored a consolation goal. Steve also scored the winner in a 2-1 win against Leeds at Filbert Street. Leicester City finished up in an impressive 8th position at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Guppy spent one more season with Leicester as his career at Filbert Street looked set to end in the 2000-2001 season. Guppy made only twenty-eight appearances and scored one goal that season. Also that season Leicester had to suffer the exit of manager Martin O’Neill who decided to move to Celtic, which resulted in the appointment of Peter Taylor the manager who brought Ade Akinbadbuyi to Leicester City. Guppy’s only goal that season came in the final home match against Tottenham. That day Leicester put on an impressive display as they won the game 4-2.

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At the end of the 2000-2001 season Guppy followed Martin O’Neill to Celtic in a £700,000 move. However Guppy spent four years at Celtic but the winger only made thirty-three appearances. In the year 2004 Guppy shocked Leicester fans, as he left Celtic and returned to Leicester to play at the Foxes new ground the Walkers Stadium. Guppy’s second spell was only a brief one as it only lasted fifteen games. Leicester released Guppy at the age of 34. Leeds United then picked him up on a free transfer. After Leeds Guppy had had a stint in America with DC United and Rochester Rhinos. He retired in the year 2008 as he decided to concentrate on the coaching side of Football.

Next week I will feature former Leicester City player Darren Eadie

2 Responses to “LCFC 125 Years Legends Feature - Steve Guppy”

  1. Melbourne Fox Says:

    At least one incorrect statement.

    When Guppy scored v Chelsea (away) it ended 2-2.
    I was in a pub in Sutton and was patronsied by a Chelsea fan when we were 2-0 down, but he had left by the time Guppy slotted in a cracker from the corner of the box. This was with his right foot shortly after being criticised for being almost exclusively left footed.

    Also, you failed to mention that he had one cap for England. It ought to have been more when England were crying out for left sided players and he was consistently at the top of the Premiership “Opta” stats list for accurate crosses.

    To delve back a bit, he was previously with Martin O’Neil at Wycombe, then was bought by Kevin Keegan at Newcastle. Unfortunately Newcastle had decided to abandon the reserves, so he (as with others) had no way to prove they deserved a place in the first team. He had to step back down the leagues to go up again.

  2. gavh Says:

    Yes Melbourne Fox, it did end 2-2. We did lose 4-2 against Chelsea when Guppy was in the squad but he didn’t score the cracker in that match. So I will put it right. Also I was only concentrating on his time with Leicester not England or Wycombe.

    Sorry for the mistake.

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