King joins Wales’ top-flight winners

Andy King

Andy King has played in 26 of Leicester’s Premier League games in 2015-16

Leicester midfielder Andy King has become the fourth Welshman to earn a Premier League winner’s medal.

The Foxes won the title as Chelsea ended Tottenham Hotspur’s challenge in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs was the last Welshman to win the Premier League, in 2012-2013.

The Premier League was launched in 1992 and prior to that close to 30 Welshmen helped clubs win the old First Division.

Ex-Wales striker Mark Hughes and defender Clayton Blackmore were also Premier League winners at Old Trafford.

Their top-flight-winning predecessors included the late former Wales manager Gary Speed (Leeds) and two fellow former Wales bosses John Toshack (Liverpool) and Terry Yorath (Leeds)

Everton pair Neville Southall and Kevin Ratcliffe, Liverpool’s Ian Rush, Cliff Jones (Tottenham), Jack Kelsey (Arsenal) and Billy Meredith (Man United) also triumphed in the top flight of English football.

On Twitter, King said: “From League 1 to Premier League Champions!! Unbelievable feeling.”

He added: “I thought I’d seen everything with this club, but I never thought I’d see this. It’s difficult to put into words.

“The players deserve it, the gaffer and the staff deserve it, and the fans deserve it. It’s been an unbelievable season.

“The story of where this team has come from to get to this point has been all over the world recently and I think the lads deserve great credit for the way they’ve taken it in their stride, stayed focused and kept delivering results – especially with a great side like Spurs chasing us so hard.

“We’ve been so consistent and just determined not to let the opportunity pass us by. We deserve this.”


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