Forget Liverpool v Everton, the Vardy derby is the potential cup tie everyone’s talking about
Jamie Vardy’s rise to Premier League football is well documented.
The magic of the FA Cup might seem a bit of a cliche, but the possibility of Jamie Vardy returning to former club Fleetwood Town in the third round does nothing to undermine the wizardry of the tournament.
After the Cod Army were held 1-1 by non-league Hereford FC in the second round, the third-round draw paired 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester with the winner of the replay.
And while Fleetwood must travel to Hereford for that rematch, the League One side remain the favourites to progress against their seventh-tier opponents.
That’s an exciting prospect for fans of Fleetwood, Leicester and Vardy himself – the now-England striker spent the 2011/12 season at Fleetwood, scoring 31 times to become the National League’s top scorer and help the Cod Army win promotion back to the Football League.
Jamie Vardy could be set for a return to Fleetwood Town.#LCFC face a trip to either Fleetwood or Hereford in the FA Cup third round.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) December 4, 2017
(PS. Good draw, that.)
Fleetwood then sold Vardy to Leicester in the summer of 2012 – he now has six England goals and a Premier League winners’ medal to his name.
Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester! Hope it’s Fleetwood for @vardy7 !!! And a weekend in Blackpool !!— 100% LCFC (@100Lcfc) December 4, 2017
If it's Fleetwood v Leicester then Jamie Vardy will be returning to Highbury what a story that will be.— Richard Scott (@richscottmedia) December 4, 2017
However, while the potential for a Vardy derby is no doubt romantic, Hereford have a huge part to play before that game can be written into the diary.
Fleetwood or HEREFORD v Leicester City— The Non-League Paper (@NonLeaguePaper) December 4, 2017
So the winners of the replay vs Fleetwood will entertain Premier League Leicester City on 5th/6th/7th/8th January. What do you think Bulls fans?— Hereford FC (@HerefordFC) December 4, 2017
Is Jamie Vardy having a derby?