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The Internet exploded at around 12:50 p.m. ET on Saturday after Jamie Vardy — yes, Jamie Vardy — broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record for most consecutive games with a goal.
Yes, an Englishman is back atop the charts. An Englishman who was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before heading to Leicester.
He’s perhaps the reminder, as Rio Ferdinand Tweeted below, that the most unlikely of scenarios is still not impossible.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 28, 2015
— Howler Magazine (@whatahowler) November 28, 2015
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 28, 2015
Vardy has already won the POTY award. Imagine English journalists voting for a foreigner now.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) November 28, 2015
I have no professional qualification in lip reading but pretty sure that Vardy was quoting Churchill there.
— Michael Davies (@embassydavies) November 28, 2015
— James Buckley (@James_Buckley) November 28, 2015
Jamie Vardy needs to be the story behind every single sports movie for the next decade
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) November 28, 2015
What a moment, what a natural-born striker. Sign him, Wenger. #vardy
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 28, 2015
Congratulations to Mr Vardy….what a story…always believe kids…it’s never too late.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 28, 2015
Vardy!! This one goes to eleven !!!
— Eric Wynalda (@EricWynalda) November 28, 2015
Best part of Vardy’s goal was his reaction. Reminding everyone he’s come out of nowhere. EPL’s Chris Wondolowski. https://t.co/rcY95ibFs0
— Simon Borg (@SimonBorg) November 28, 2015
Jamie Vardy’s goal against Gateshead on Saturday saw him become the first Fleetwood player to score in four consecutive games this season
— Robert Reid (@RobertReid64) November 28, 2011
He did it. He actually did it.
Jamie Vardy made Premier League history on Saturday, scoring for the 11th consecutive game to become the first player in history to achieve that magnificent feat.
[ MORE: Twitter reacts to Vardy ]
Tied with Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy heading into Leicester’s clash against United on Saturday, it took Vardy just 24 minutes to set the new record as Christian Fuchs played a delicate ball in-behind United’s defense and Vardy did the rest.
Watch the video below to see the King Power Stadium erupt as a truly memorable moment arrived.
Now, the next record for Vardy to break is from the 1931-32 English top-flight season, before the PL was formed. Sheffield United’s Jimmy Dunne scored in 12-straight games way back then.
Anyway, congratulations Mr. Vardy for making PL history.
This was an all-timer.
Bournemouth came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit only to watch Ross Barkley hand Everton a one-goal lead with a score in the final minute of stoppage time.
[ MATCH RECAP: Bournemouth 3-3 Everton ]
But after fans were cleared from the field, Junior Stanislas provided the dramatic answer for Bournemouth to force a 3-3 draw at Dean Court.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew tried hard not to throw shade on his former side, or at least put in a post-match press conference that choked down his passive aggression.
[ MATCH RECAP: Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United ]
And the former Newcastle boss held back, mostly, from further embarrassing his old side, instead heralding the starring role of former Sunderland forward Connor Wickham, who put in a Team of the Week performance despite not scoring himself.
“We caused problems everywhere,” Pardew said. “Connor Wickham gave a centre forward’s performance we always hoped he would. We were irresistible today.”
“We are sixth in the division because we are a good team, it was not about the opposition today. I have a lot of friends and family at Newcastle but I don’t want to say a lot about them because I get criticised whatever I say.”
Newcastle, for its part, was mostly useless after scoring early on a classy chip pass from Daryl Janmaat to Papiss Cisse. Could Steve McClaren be fired after just 14 games in charge? Newcastle’s 19th place status says it wouldn’t be unfair.
And after losing to Sunderland last week, Pardew doubled-down on his status as a Newcastle plague in the Northeast.