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Jamie Vardy's goal scoring record excites former Stocksbridge chairman
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Jamie Vardy's goal scoring record excites former Stocksbridge chairman

Jamie Vardy's chase for a century of Premier League goals has been slowed down by the current coronavirus pandemic.

But it's just a matter of when not if the Leicester striker will join the exclusive club of elite goal poachers. He's amassed 99 top-flight goals so far. 

The 33-year-old has added 19 this season to lead the Premier League goal-scoring charts with the Foxes.

Lowly Stocksnridge chairman Allen Bethel is looking forward to this feat with admiration and pride. Bethel gave Vardy a chance after he was rejected by Sheffield Wednesday. 

Allen Bethel ran Stocksbridge for 38 years and still cheers every goal by the club’s most famous player, who was on their books from 2003-2010.

Bethel, 78, told Mirror Sport: “I am happy when he scores and my wife Janet shouts even louder than me. I watch everything I can and read as much I can. Jamie has shown a lot of determination.

“He took a lot of hammer with us because he was so bloody quick and people were made to look fools.

“He got kicked a lot but he got up. Eventually he would let defenders come in and would just lift his foot up and catch their ankle - he were dynamic at that.

“He don’t weigh much but he must have strong limbs because he gets a lots of kicks.

“He was always quick over a short distance but had terrific energy so he could go over a long distance too.

“He is no dope and has really thrived since he settled down with his wife.”

The forward quit Stocksbridge in 2010 by handing in a transfer request ahead of a summer move to fellow Northern Premier League side Halifax, who paid £15,000 and improved his £100-a-week wages.

A season later Fleetwood snapped him up for £150,000 to fire them to promotion to League Two.

It earned Vardy a move to Championship Leicester, which resulted in another promotion and an incredible 5,000-1 Premier League title win in 2016.

The turnaround is a far cry from Vardy being shown the door by his boyhood team Wednesday before later even getting an electronic tag after a pub toilet fracas in Sheffield.

The only regret for Bethel is that Vardy no longer represents England since deciding to retire after the 2018 World Cup following seven goals in 26 internationals.

Bethel insisted: “He is good enough to be in the England squad. This is an experienced player who will go 100mph and run all day but still score goals."