Former Foxes star Appleton hails City's champion effort

Appleton leads Leicester out as skipper at Filbert Street in 1962
Appleton leads Leicester out as skipper at Filbert Street in 1962

Former Leicester City skipper Colin Appleton has hailed the current Foxes' Premier League title win as a fantastic team effort.

The former Scarborough FC boss and manager, who was captain of the Leicester team which narrowly missed out on the double of the Division One title and the FA Cup in 1962-63, said: "Claudio Ranieri has done a great job at Leicester, he had a very good record before he came to City and he seemed to get them working together very well as a team.

"When Vardy was banned late on in the title run-in the team still held together and maintained their good attitude and worked hard for the wins, it showed it was not just about one player."

Appleton, 80, who lives in Seamer, added: "Vardy's form also shows that clubs do not have to spend a lot of money or go around the world looking for players, there are some good players to be discovered in this country.

"The Leicester players fought very hard for each other and I am delighted for their achievement. It must have been a brilliant feeling to have gone through the city centre to celebrate their success during the parade, I know it was exciting for us at Scarborough FC when we took the FA Trophy through town and went to the Royal Hotel.

"I only hope they can build on this success and do well again next season, although it will be hard for them to do so when they are competing in the Peremier League and Champions League."

Apleton, who also led the Foxes to a League Cup final win in 1964, added: "I hope that City can keep the bigger clubs from taking their star players such as Vardy, although I have noticed that the owners have stated that they will reject offers for the likes of Vardy, which is good to hear."