1. Vardy was released by Sheffield United as a youth player
Jamie Vardy played for Sheffield United in his youth and was subsequently released by the club at the age of 16 after which he joined Stocksbridge Park Steels.
2. Vardy plays in the seventh-tier division of English football
Vardy got his first call to the senior team at Stocksbridge Park Steels senior team at the age of 20. The England International was called up for the first time in 2007.
The club played in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division which is the seventh tier of English football.
3. The Stylish Striker earned just £30 a week
Vardy used to earn a mere £30 a week while playing for the Stocksbridge Park Steels, and so to pay the bills he worked as a technician making medical splints. And even though it seems a thing of the distant past, it shows how far he has come.
4. The English International has been a goal-machine since the beginning of the dream
Having started playing the beautiful game in 2007, Jamie Vardy has found the net an astonishing 162 times in 292 appearances, even though most of them were in non-league football, it still shows that Vardy has always been a goal-machine.
5. Jamie Vardy broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s long held record
Jamie Vardy broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for most consecutive goals in the Premier League, the Dutch legend had scored in 10 consecutive matches for Manchester United, Vardy scored in 11 consecutive matches this season.
6. Vardy won Fleetwood Town’s POTY for 2011-12 season
Before making his record-breaking move to the Foxes, Jamie Vardy was awarded Fleetwood Town’s POTY (Player of The Year) after he helped them secure the 2011-12 Conference Premier Title.
7. Vardy also holds the record for the highest Non-League transfer fee
Leicester City paid £1 million for Jamie Vardy in 2012, a record fee for a non-league player which at that time raised many eyebrows, but who would have thought that in a couple of years it would turn out to be one of the most bargain buys in English football.