Alternative History

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.

FAMOUS FANS : – Julian Barnes (Novelist), Gary Lineker (Former footballer now TV sports presenter – Match of the Day), Bill Maynard (Actor – “The Gaffer”, “Oh, No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt” and Greengrass in “Emmerdale”), Mark Morrison (Singer), Willie Thorne (Snooker player), Gary Newbon (Radio [Talksport] and TV [Sky Sports] sports presenter).

Club Records

Formed 1884
Turned Professional 1888
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
Shorts – White with 3 Royal Blue adidas side stripes
Socks – White with 3 Royal Blue adidas hoops on turnover

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


Stadium Details

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 :


By Car

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.

By 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.

By Train

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 –

League Record

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
(North) &(South)
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) 20022003
Premier League  (Tier 1) 2003-2004
The Championship  (Tier 2) 20042008
League One  (Tier 3)
The Championship  (Tier 2) 20092014
Premier League  (Tier 1) 2014