Lifelong fan-turned backroom staff might be the final cog in the Foxes’ football machine

By Ewan Collins

A Leicester lad is enjoying a dream start to his dream job as Leicester City Football Club continue their winning run since his arrival.

Jack Stephens, 23, was recently appointed as set-piece and training analyst at his boyhood club, following graduation from Bath University.

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Jack Stephens as a boy

Following the Foxes’ recent 4-1 away win over Aston Villa, he said: “I’m over the moon with how the first few months have gone, both for myself and for the club as a whole.

“It’s just great to see the team performing so well.”

This latest victory takes Leicester’s winning streak to eight Premier League games in a row, which started on the weekend of Jack’s arrival; a 2-1 home win over Burnley. 

“It started becoming a bit of a joke amongst mates after about three or four wins on the bounce,” he said.

“You know they’d say things like ‘Stephen’s at the wheel’ after every goal or say it was my fault when a set-piece didn’t result in one.

“I am starting to get superstitious though, which isn’t like me. I’ve got an old [Leicester football] top that I wore for the first couple of games that I now have to wear on every match-day.

“I know it’s ridiculous but I can’t bring myself to not wear it now.”

He added: “All jokes aside though, when you see how much hard work there is behind the scenes, from all the staff and the players, it’s no wonder we’re doing as well as we are.”

Jack also worked for a year at Shrewsbury Town Football Club as an academy video analyst while he was at university. 

“It was hard work when I was at Shrewsbury. I was getting up at six [am] almost every day to get the train, and I wasn’t getting back until 7-or-8ish at night. And it was all unpaid. 

“I loved it there though [Shrewsbury FC], and looking back it’s great to see all my hard work get me where I am now…doing what I love at the team I’ve supported my whole life.”

Leicester welcome visitors Norwich City to the King Power Stadium this Saturday, where the home side will be looking to keep their winning streak alive.

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