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PLAYED FOR BOTH: LEICESTER CITY

29 March 2018

Frank Worthington, Dean Hammond and Junior Lewis during their Albion days.

Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League fixture against Leicester City at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, here are three players who have played for both clubs over the years.



Frank Worthington

The striker began his career with Huddersfield Town in 1966 but moved to Leicester City after six seasons, having made over 170 appearances for the Terriers.

Worthington enjoyed his best goalscoring spell with the Foxes, as he fired over 70 goals for his new club during the five years he spent at Filbert Street.

His form in the 1970s attracted interest from England’s national team, and Worthington went on to make eight appearances for his country, scoring twice against Argentina and Bulgaria.

Worthington played for eight other clubs before arriving at the Goldstone Ground from Southampton for the 1984/85 season, as he joined Chris Cattlin’s team in Division Two.

His first Albion goal came in a 2-1 victory against Notts County, and the Seagulls never lost a game when Worthington scored - winning on six occasions and drawing once.

Dean Hammond

The central midfielder broke through the club’s youth system and made his league debut in 2002 against Gillingham, before scoring his first Albion goal against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Hammond went out on loan to gain experience, moving to both Aldershot Town and Leyton Orient, before returning to the south coast and working his way back into the team.

He eventually cemented his place in Albion’s midfield and scored his first league goal against Wigan Athletic, as he continued to get to grips with football in England’s second tier.

Hammond went on to score 21 goals in 132 league appearances for the Seagulls, but Colchester came in for the midfielder and his ten-year spell on the south coast came to an end.

There was a return four years later when Hammond joined Albion on a season-long loan from Southampton, but the Seagulls were defeated in the Championship play-offs after the midfielder made 37 league appearances, scoring twice.

Hammond then switched to Leicester in 2013 and the Foxes won promotion to the Premier League in his first season, which set him up for his first taste of top-flight action.

His Premier League debut came on the opening day of the season against Everton, but Hammond went on to make just 11 more appearances in the top tier, before switching to Sheffield United in 2015.




Junior Lewis

The midfielder began his career at Fulham and went on to play for a handful of non-league clubs before arriving at Leicester City in 2001, following a five-game spell on loan with the Foxes.

Lewis made 25 appearances for the club but struggled to nail down a permanent place in the starting line-up, which prompted a number of loan moves during his time at the Walkers Stadium, as it was known then.

Albion secured the services of Lewis on loan in 2002, and the midfielder made his debut as a second-half substitute against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, replacing Charlie Oatway.

Lewis came into the starting line-up for the next game, as Reading visited the Withdean Stadium, and he fired the third and final goal in a 3-1 victory for Albion over the Royals.

A winning goal at home to Huddersfield Town followed, and Lewis also found the back of the net against Bristol City, as the Seagulls claimed an important 2-1 victory en route to winning the Division Two title.


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