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Leicester City Football Training

Leicester City players meet their new manager who has introduced a brutal new training regime.

News 1978 3 mins

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Admittedly, football pitches of the 1970s were so poor that they were often covered with sand but even so, Jock Wallace's new training programme may have taken things a bit too far. The inspiration to make the Foxes fitter by forcing them to run up mounds of sand may have come from Sidney Lumet's 1965 film 'The Hill', but it's the way in which the noted disciplinarian takes to the role of sergeant major that is most notable.

Under Jock Wallace Leicester City won promotion back to Division One after two seasons in charge. His greatest legacy at Filbert Street was discovering and nurturing Gary Lineker who went on to become one of England's top goal scorers.