Where are they now: Leicester’s XI relegated to League One in 2008

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Ten years ago, things were very different in English football. Manchester United won their 10th Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester City finished ninth with Sven Goran Eriksson in charge and Leicester City were on the verge of relegation to League One.

Ian Holloway was the Foxes’ third permanent manager of the season, but he couldn’t prevent the club from slipping down to the third tier for the first time in their existence.

The club’s fate was sealed on the final day of the 2007-08 season thanks to a 0-0 draw away at Stoke – who incidentally secured their promotion to the Premier League in the same match.

We’ve taken a look back at the side that took to the field that day, and found out what they’re up to now.

Paul Henderson

Arriving in England in 2004 from native Australia, an impressive debut season with Bradford City saw Henderson sign for Leicester the following summer – “a club on the up”, according to the goalkeeper.

Three years later, Henderson made 17 appearances as the Foxes were relegated to League One. In 2009 he returned to his homeland, where he still plays in the second tier for Sydney Olympic.

Richard Stearman

Still only 20, this would prove to be academy graduate Stearman’s last season with Leicester, bowing out with the Player of the Year award before leaving for Wolves.

The versatile defender remains in the Championship, lining up for Sheffield United this season.

Gareth McAuley

It could have all been different had McAuley’s 61st minute header found the net instead of thumping the woodwork.

Not for the player, mind, who has enjoyed an Indian summer in the Premier League with West Brom and continues to add to his 76 caps for Northern Ireland at the age of 38.

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Bruno N’Gotty

This would prove to be the Frenchman’s final Leicester appearance, as an injury when on loan at Hereford United the following season forced retirement upon him.

Playing for clubs such as PSG, AC Milan and Marseille in his career, much was hoped for the Frenchman, who made his international debut in the same match as Zinedine Zidane, but he earned just six caps for his national side.

He now coaches FC Cruseilles in the French eighth tier.

Joe Mattock

Another academy graduate, Mattock was a big fans’ favourite but went on to anger supporters in 2009 when he claimed to be “ecstatic” upon hearing of West Brom’s interest in him, handing in a transfer request and forcing the move.

He now lines up in League One with Rotherham United.

David Bell (Ashley Chambers, 90)

On loan from League One side Luton, the 23-year-old never made his move permanent following the Foxes’ relegation.

Last season Bell played for Corby Town, who he went on to manage for a couple of months before being sacked in September following a poor start to the season.

Chambers still holds the record as Leicester’s youngest ever player, making his first team debut five months before his 16th birthday. He is now at Nuneaton in the sixth tier.

Harry Worley (Matty Fryatt, 85)

Chelsea paid £150,000 for a 16-year-old Worley, and he nearly made his debut as a substitute in the 2007 Community Shield against Manchester United.

He hung up his boots last year after a short spell with the Class of 92’s Salford City, and now works for Chelsea once more as a scout in the north-west.

Fryatt, who has not played since 2015 due to an Achilles problem, holds the record for the fastest goal ever scored by a Leicester player, scoring after nine seconds in a loss to Preston in 2006.

Matt Oakley

After a distinguished playing career, Oakley now divides his time between coaching Exeter City and collecting South American red-bellied piranha. Honest.

Barry Hayles

Believe it or not, 45-year-old Hayles still plays to this day, lining up most recently for Windsor FC in the ninth tier of English football.

Such is his love for the game that, when with Truro City, the former Jamaican international would make a 550-mile round trip for home games, and stay over in a caravan owned by the chairman.

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Steve Howard

A Football League legend, Howard was a roofer prior to his professional days, and is now a successful property developer with a portfolio of over 400 houses.

Iain Hume

This match would be just months before Hume’s life-changing clash with Chris Morgan in the South Yorkshire derby which left him with a fractured skull.

Hume was voted “Hero of the League” in the Indian Super League’s 2014 inaugural season, and now finds himself back with Kerala Blasters, where he lines up alongside Wes Brown, Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Rachubka.


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