|In Roman times, Leicester was a famous place; more famous then than it will ever be today. They even had a Roman Road lead to it (it was one which didn’t lead to Rome), called the Fosse Way. So that is why the first team that was formed in the town was known as Leicester Fosse. Formed by some Sunday School students and kids from Wyggeston School who used to play football in the road, their nimble skills were honed by avoiding horses and carts as they travelled to London. At their first meeting they collected 9d (4p) to buy a football and the same amount in membership fees. To this day, Leicester still have the cheapest season tickets in the country as they have not converted to decimalisation like the rest of the UK did in 1971.
The club took on the nickname of “The Foxes”, because the glove puppet Basil Brush was operated by a man who was a big Leicester City fan. He tried to take over at Filbert Street once, but they didn’t want him pulling the strings at the club. The nickname also links to the proliferation of hound and hare activity in the area. They plumped for the nickname above rather than be named after a bunch of hunts.
Harry Webb was the club’s first professional, who signed for 2 shillings and 6d (13p), much the same as they had to shell out for Stan Collymore. There were early investigations during their existence when they lost 0-12 to Nottingham Forest in 1909. The poor performance was not anything to do with the quality of their play, but they had been out celebrating a former colleague – “Legless” Turner’s wedding the night before and all were stoned drunk (allegedly). The same happened a week later, when they were out celebrating the fact that there was a “y” in the day. Stan Collymore realised that this was the club for him !! Ten years later they changed their name to Leicester City to escape the shame of the drunken slur. Funnily enough, no questions were asked when they beat Portsmouth 10-0 in 1928 !! That was a bit rum, I must say. It was that season that a ground capacity record of 47,298 was set in a match against Tottenham Hotspur.
The club entered the league in 1894 and have never been out of the top two divisions. However, they have also failed to win the top title, despite racking up six Second Division championships. The closest they came to the top prize was in 1928-29, when they finished second. They also had the unenviable record of failing to gain promotion through four successive play-off finals from 1987, adding to the theory that Wembley is their unlucky ground, where they had also lost four FA Cup finals (one to Spurs in 1961). This can be confirmed by their success in the League Cup competition, where they won the first two away from Wembley (once when the final was a two-legged affair) and then in a replay in 1997. It was only in 2000, after losing at Wembley again in 1999 to Tottenham Hotspur, that they beat their hoodoo. The final being played in Cardiff in 2001 should have been good news for the Foxes, but they got knocked out at home to Crystal Palace.
After the war, they enjoyed some small success under the guiding hand of Adam Black, who of course was the captain.
The club’s first experience in Europe came when Spurs won the Double and took part in the European Cup, leaving Leicester to take part in the secondary competition of the European Cup Winners Cup, but this only lasted two rounds. Much the same has happened on the other occasions that club has qualified to go abroad to play.
The Seventies were a time for Leicester to become the footballing capital of the world. Keith Weller sported white tights and gloves, while Peter Shilton took over from the legendary Gordon Banks in goal at Leicester and introduced the white goalkeeper’s shirt. This was highly unpopular for two reasons; firstly, it allowed forwards to see exactly where the goalkeeper was, thus making it easier to put the ball wide of him and secondly, because the laundry women at the club found it almost impossible to rid it of those difficult stains !! Keeper Mark Wallington played every game during his two spells for the club between 1975-1981 and 1982-1983. Nobody had told him he could miss a game if he was injured. Indeed, so keen was he to preserve his record that during one FA Cup game against Shrewsbury Town, he started in goal, was replaced by Alan Young, who in turn was covered by Steve Lynex. His durability meant he was back before the next game to maintain his proud run of starts for the club. It was during this time that Leicester introduced a strange inflatable bubble that kept people off the pitch, in scenes reminiscent of the cult 1960’s TV programme “The Prisoner”.
Scoring has been a notable feature of the side over the years. Arthur Chandler scored in 16 consecutive games, while Arthur Rowley scored 44 goals in one season !! Arthur Sixpence once turned very sharply to score a goal and coined the phrase “To turn on a sixpence”.
Nowadays, Leicester are up there with the big boys in the Premier League. Transfers of £100,000 are commonplace as they cement their place among the elite. The new stand fits in superbly with the low rise, shanty style hotch-potch of the older stands and many a grateful young Leicester urchin can run happily home with a new football after another clearance goes over the old stand.
Just when it all was falling into place, with the new Walkers Crisp stadium giving a new flavour to the football experience, the team were relegated to the Championship and then, under the new chairmanship of Milan Mandaric, he has lead them out of that league … straight into League One !! Third tier football for the first time in the club’s history came after appointing six new managers in the space of just over a year, leaving the players unsure of who is giving them instructions.
More changes of manager and management of the club led to new energy being pumped into the Foxes by King Power the new owners, whose hope that returning boss Nigel Pearson might be able to get them back up to the top flight came true in 2014. That hope came true, but the reality of pitching up in the Premier League with a mainly Championship squad was a little too much, with Leicester sat near the bottom of the table for a large portion of the campaign.
After another change of manager, the fairytale came true under their Godfather – Raineri – who took them to the title against all odds. It was an astonishing achievement and one that showed it was a one off when they struggled to avoid the drop the following season, leading to Ranieri’s axing in public to be replaced, dramatically, but his number 2 Craig Shakespeare.
He didn’t last as long as one of his namesake’s plays and Brendan Rodgers came in with money to back him after the tragic death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash after taking off from the club’s pitch soon after a match.
When attending games, be careful where you park in the local car parks, as they may be pot-holed with people looking for 15th century monarchs buried underneath them.
FAMOUS PLAYERS : – Mark Wallington, Frank Worthington, Berty Belvoir, Denis Rofe, Don Revie, Cliff Richard, Mike Strongfellow, John Sjoberg, Gordon Banks, Peter Whaddon, Steve “Unlucky” Chalmers, Arthur Rowley.
|Became a Limited Company||1897|
|Former names||Leicester Fosse = 1884-1919|
|Previous grounds||Victoria Park 1884-87
Belgrave Road 1887-88
Victoria Park 1888-91
|Nickname||“The FILBERTS” or “The FOXES”|
|Club Colours||HOME : Shirts – Royal Blue with 3 White adidas stripes on shoulder and cuffs
Shorts – Royal Blue with 3 White adidas side stripes
Socks – Blue 3 White adidas hoops on turnoverAWAY : Shirts – Maroon with 3 White adidas stripes on shoulder and cuffs
Shorts – Maroon with 3 White adidas side stripes
Socks – Maroon with 3 White adidas hoops on turnover
THIRD : Shirts – White with 3 Royal Blue adidas stripes on shoulder and cuffs
|Record Premier League Win||9-0 v Southampton Away 25.10.2019|
|Record Premier League Defeat||2-6 v Manchester United Home 16.01.1999|
|Record Football League Win||10-0 v Portsmouth Div. 1 20.10.1928|
|Record Football League Defeat||0-12 v Nottingham Forest Div.1 21.04.1909|
|Record Cup Win||13-0 v Notts Olympic FAC 13.10.1894|
|Record Fee Paid||£40 million to AS Monaco (France) for Youri TIELEMANS (8th July 2019)|
|Record Fee Received||£11 million from Liverpool for Emile HESKEY (March 2000)|
|Record Appearances||599 – Graham CROSS (1961-1975)|
|Record League Appearances||528 – Adam BLACK (1920-1935)|
|Record Premier League Appearances||225 – Jamie VARDY (2012-) (as of 26.12.2020)|
|Record Premier League goal-scorer||115 – Jamie VARDY (2012-) (as of 26.12.2020)|
|Record goal-scorer in a Premier League season||24 – Jamie VARDY (2015-2016)|
|Record goal-scorer in a season||44 – Arthur ROWLEY Div.2 1956-1957|
|Record all-time goal-scorer||273 – Arthur CHANDLER (1923-1935)|
|Record all-time League goal-scorer||259 – Arthur CHANDLER (1923-1935)|
|Most goals in a match||6 – John DUNCAN v Port Vale (Division 2) 25.12.1924
6 – Arthur ROWLEY v Portsmouth (Division 1) 20.10.1928
|Record Attendance (all-time)||47,298 v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup R5 18.02.1928|
|Record Premier League Attendance||32,242 v Sunderland 08.08.2015|
|Record total of goals in a Premier League season||68 – 2015-2016, 38 games|
|Record Premier League points total||81 – 2015-2016, 38 games|
|Record total of goals in a League season||109 – Division 2 1956-1957|
|Record League points total||3 points for a win : 102 – Championship 2013-2014 (46 games)2 points for a win : 61 – Division 2 1956-1957|
|Most Capped player while at club||Kaspar SCHMEICHEL 60 (Denmark) (to December 2020)|
|Youngest Player||Ashley CHAMBERS 15 years and 203 days v Blackpool 15.09.2005|
|Oldest Player||Mark SCHWARZER 43 years and 21 days v Hull City (Premier League) 27.10.2015|
King Power Stadium, Filbert Street, Leicester LE2 7FL
Telephone : 0334 815 5000
0334 815 5000 Option 1 (Ticket Office)
Capacity : 22,215
Pitch size : 105m x 68m (115 yards x 75 yards)
Official website : www.lcfc.co.uk
Take A46/A607 to City Centre or take M1 to junction 22 for City Centre.
It is recommended that you use the city’s three Park & Ride car parks, which are open from 07.00 to 19.00 Monday to Saturday. Park and get a £3 ticket for the bus.
Buses from the City Centre run to Aylestone Road, a five minute walk from the ground.
Routes 88, 88A, 88E, 86, 87, 47A go to Aylestone Road.
Route 20 goes to the rugby ground.
The train station in Leicester is 1.2 miles from the ground, which equates to a 20 minute walk.
Leave the station and cross London Road (A46) and follow Tigers Way. With Waterloo Way (A594) on your left you will reach Nelson Mandela Park on your right. Walk across the park to the right and when you reach the public toilets, cross Welford Road in front of the rugby ground and onto Aylestone Road. Turn left there and continue until you reach Nandos and the Odeon complex on your left. Turn right here onto Raw Dykes Road that will lead you to the King Power Stadium.
|Premier League Champions (Tier 1)||2015-16|
|Division One – Runners Up (Tier 1)||1928- 29|
|Division Two Champions (Tier 2)||1924-1925, 1936-1937, 1953-1954, 1956-1957, 1970-1971, 1979-1980|
|Championship Champions (Tier 2)||2013-2014|
|Division Two Runners Up (Tier 2)||1907- 1908|
|Division One Runners Up (Tier 2)
|League One Champions (Tier 3)||2008-2009|
|FA Cup Finalists||1949, 1961, 1963, 1969|
|League Cup Winners||1964, 1997, 2000|
|League Cup Finalists||1965, 1999|
|FA Charity Shield Winners||1971|
|FA Community Shield Runners-up||2016|
|Ernest MARSTON||1884 – 1892|
|George JOHNSON||1892 – 1894|
|J. LEE||1894 – 1895|
|Henry JACKSON||1895 – 1897|
|William CLARK||1897 – 1898|
|George JOHNSON||1898 – 1912|
|Jack BARTLETT||1912 – 1914|
|Louis FORD||1914 – 1915|
|Henry LINNEY||1915 – 1919|
|Peter HODGE||6th September 1919 – May 1926|
|Willie ORR||July 1926 – January 1932|
|Board||January 1932 – March 1932|
|Peter HODGE||March 1932 – 1st August 1934|
|Board||1st August 1934 – 17th October 1934
|Arthur LOCKHEAD||17th October 1934 – 2nd September 1936|
|Board||2nd September 1936 – October 1936|
|Frank WOMACK||October 1936 – May 1939|
|Tom BROMILOW||August 1939 – May 1945|
|Tom MATHER||August 1945 – March 1946|
|John DUNCAN||March 1946 – 11th October 1949|
|Board||11th October 1949 – December 1949|
|Norman BULLOCK||December 1949 – February 1955|
|Board||February 1955 – May 1955|
|David HALLIDAY||June 1955 – November 1958|
|Matt GILLIES||8th November 1958 – 30th November 1968|
|Frank O’FARRELL||December 1968 – 6 June 1971|
|Jimmy BLOOMFIELD||23rd June 1971 – 23rd May 1977|
|Frank McLINTOCK||9th June 1977 – 5th April 1978|
|Ian MacFARLANE||5th April 1978 – 24th May 1978|
|Jock WALLACE||24th May 1978 – 12th July 1982|
|Gordon MILNE||2nd August 1982 – 3rd June 1986|
|Gordon MILNE/Bryan HAMILTON||June 1986 – May 1987|
|Bryan HAMILTON||May 1987 – 11th December 1987|
|David PLEAT||24th December 1987 – 29th January 1991|
|Gordon LEE||30th January 1991 – 29th May 1991|
|Brian LITTLE||30th May 1991 – 22nd November 1994|
|Kevin MacDONALD/Tony McANDREW||22nd November 1994 – 14th December 1994|
|Mark McGHEE||14th December 1994 – 7th December 1995|
|David NISH/Chris TURNER/Garry PARKER/Steve WALSH||7th December 1995 – 21st December 1995|
|Martin O’NEILL||21st December 1995 – 1st June 2000|
|Peter TAYLOR||12th June 2000 – 30th September 2001|
|Garry PARKER||30th September 2001 – 10th October 2001|
|Dave BASSETT||10th October 2001 – 6th April 2002|
|Micky ADAMS||7th April 2002 – 11th October 2004|
|Dave BASSETT/Howard WILKINSON||11th October 2004 – 30th October 2004|
|Craig LEVEIN||1st November 2004 – 25th January 2006|
|Rob KELLY||13th February 2006 – 1th1 April 2007|
|Nigel WORTHINGTON (caretaker)||11 April 2007 – 7th May 2007|
|Martin ALLEN||25th May 2007 – 29th August 2007|
|Jon RUDKIN/Steve BEAGLEHOLE/Mike STOWELL||30th August 2007 – 13th September 2007|
|Gary MEGSON||13th September 2007 – 24th October 2007|
|Gerry TAGGART & Frank BURROWS||24th October 2007 – 22nd November 2007|
|Ian HOLLOWAY||22nd November 2007 – 23rd May 2008|
|Nigel PEARSON||22nd June 2008 – 29th June 2010|
|Paulo SOUSA||7th July 2008 – 1st October 2010|
|Chris POWELL/Mike STOWELL||1st October 2008 – 4th October 2008|
|Sven-Goran ERIKSSON||4th October 2008 – 24th October 2011|
|Jon RUDKIN/Steve BEAGLEHOLE/Mike STOWELL||24th October 2011 – 15th November 2011|
|Nigel PEARSON||16th November 2011 – 30th June 2015|
|Claudio RANIERI||13th July 2015 – 23rd February 2017|
|Craig SHAKESPEARE||23rd February 2017 – 17th October 2017|
|Michael APPLETON||17th October 2017 – 25th October 2017|
|Claude PUEL||25th October 2017- 24th February 2019|
|Mike STOWELL/Adam SADLER||24th February 2019 – 26th February 2019|
|Brendan RODGERS||26th February 2019 –|
The Football League structure has historically been as follows …
|1888-1892||1892-1920||1920-1921||1921-1958||1958-1992||1992-2004||2004 to date|
|First tier||Football League||Division One||Division One||Division One||Division One||Premiership||Premier League|
|Second tier||Division Two||Division Two||Division Two||Division Two||Division One||Championship|
|Third tier||Division Three||Division Three
|Division Three||Division Two|
|Fourth tier||Division Four||Division Three||League Two|
|Elected to Division Two (Tier 2)||1894|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1894-1908|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1908-1909|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1909-1925|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1925-1935|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1935-1937|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1937-1939|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1946-1954|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1954-1955|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1955-1957|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1957-1969|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1969-1971|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1971-1978|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1978-1980|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1980-1981|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1981-1983|
|Division One (Tier 1)||1983-1987|
|Division Two (Tier 2)||1987-1992|
|Division One (Tier 2)||1992-1994|
|Premier League (Tier 1)||1994-1995|
|Division One (Tier 2)||1995-1996|
|Premier League (Tier 1)||1996-2002|
|Division One (Tier 2)||2002–2003|
|Premier League (Tier 1)||2003-2004|
|The Championship (Tier 2)||2004–2008|
|League One (Tier 3)
|The Championship (Tier 2)||2009–2014|
|Premier League (Tier 1)||2014–|