England striker Jamie Vardy was unveiled as the greatest player in the history of the Northern Premier League on Saturday night as the competition celebrated its fiftieth birthday!
Vardy came out on top after thousands of votes and nominations from fans, clubs and members of the media for the EVO-STIK League's top 100 players of the last five decades over the course of the historic 50th anniversary 2017-18 season. Now one of the most famous names in English Football, the England striker joined Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007 before making the move to FC Halifax for £15,000 and helping the Shaymen win the NPL Premier League title. Moved to Fleetwood Town and helped them gain promotion before setting a Non-League Record of £1,000,000 in his move to Leicester City. During time with the Foxes, he helped them to one of the biggest upsets in football history when they lifted the Premier League title two years ago as 5000-1 rank outsiders. The 30-year-old, who equalled the Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive games in 2015-16 on the way to the title, currently has 17 caps for England.