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CLUB HISTORY
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CLUB HISTORY

 

KEY FACTS

Name

Leicester City Football Club, 1917 ->

Previous Name

Leicester Fosse Football Club, < - 1917

Year Formed

1884

Turned Professional

1994

League

Premier

Most League Appearances

Adam Black, 1920-1935, 528

Most Appearances All Competitions

Graham Cross, 1960-1976, 599

Most League Goals in season

Arthur Rowley, 1956 - 1957, 44

Most League Goals in total

Arthur Chandler, 1923 - 1935, 259

Most Capped Player

Andy King, Wales, 39

Ground

King Power Stadium

Previous Ground

Filbert Street

HONOURS

EFL Cup

Winners, 1964, 1997, 2000, R-up, 1965, 1999

FA Cup

R-up, 1948, 1961, 1963, 1969

Football League, L 1

Winners, 2016, R-up, 1929

Football League, L 2

Winners, 2014, 1980. 1971, 1957, 1954, 1937, 1925

Football League, L 3

Winners, 2009

LEICESTER FOSSE

Leicester Fosse was established in 1884, founded by a group of old boys of the Wyggeston School. The club joined the football league in 1890, and most of their existence playing at level 2. Leicester Fosse as a club, experienced only one season in the top flight, playing in 1st division in the season 1908-09.

Fosse never really managed to establish a top club culture, and in 1919, when the League resumed after World War I, the club had to withdraw because of financial difficulties. The club was reformed and since then known as Leicester City FC.

LEICESTER CITY

City as they now where known started their life as a club at level 2, and there was a progress under the new name. After a five year period City managed to get up into the top flight, and one of the best periods in the history of the club was to appear.

A group of players under the management of Peter Hodge, took City in 1924-25 up as winners of the 2nd divison. Players like Adam Black, Arthur Chandler, Hugh Adcock, Ernie Hine, Len Berry and Johnny Duncan started to progress and a number of them got the chance to also shine at international level.

The biggest highlight of this period was the league runners-up position gained in the 1928-29 season. They fought until the very end of the season and was close to winning the title, but it was never to be. A few years after when this team aged, it was again a new relegation from the top flight, coming in 1934-35.

The next years before and after the World War II, never really materialised in anything else than a life between level 1 and 2, mostly playing at level 2. Then in 1949 it was time for great moment, going all the way to the FA Cup final, as a team from level 2, facing the Mighty Wolves, and it ended in a defeat.

During the 50's it was more or less the same story jumping up and down between level 1 and 2, but a few great thing occured with Arthur Rowley breaking the season goalscoring record hitting 44 goals in 42 league games, which is fantastic and a record that still stands. Players such as Frank McLintock, John Sjoberg and Gordon Banks among others are progressing young players.

Matt Gillies takes over as manager in 1959, stearing City to a secure place in the his first season in charge, first as caretaker and later doing the job in full and things evolves heavilly from the previous years of relegation battles and promotions from the 2nd tier.

During the 60's City are a club to be counted in England. First reaching the FA Cup final in 1961, with a team build on younger stars such as Banks and McLintock, blending in with more experienced players such as Howard Riley, Colin Appleton and Ken Keyworth among those.

Another FA Cup final is reached in 1963, but again losing out to Manchester United. This season City are close to a double act, but it ends in a FA Cup defeat and later in the league finishing 4th after being in the title race until the very end.

In the next two following seasons, the league form is not as it was, but they are steady in midtable. The fairly new League Cup competition makes it possible to win silverware also here, and City does that in 1964 winning their first and only major trophy until a new League Cup adventure happens in 1997. City also reaches the final a year later, in 1965.

Matt Gillies great time as manager comes to an end in 1968 after an illness and a number of bad results, but new manager Frank O'Farrell manages to set the team on track, at least in the FA Cup, reaching a new final in 1969, this time against Man City, but also for the fourth time losing the final. This is the last FA Cup final Leicester City have played in to date.

The league form is not as it should be and O'Farrell must see that his "new team" is relegated.

City were close to getting straight back up in the 1969 - 1970 season, but they have to wait another season, then they manage to win the 2nd division and a new life in the top flight is secured. Players such as Peter Shilton, Steve Whitworth and Graham Cross are vital in the build up, of course also David Nish should be mentioned.

Frank O'Farrell decides to leave the club and a new manager is appointed. Jimmy Bloomfield makes a step up from his job at Leyton Orient and starts to rebuild an "iron defensive, hard battling" team into a more entertaining outfit, with offensive full backs and players such as Alan Birchenall, Keith Weller, Jon Sammels and Frank Worthington are all brought in.

Despite a bit of up's and down's and a number of seasons in a bit of a relegation battle, Bloomifeld steadies the ship and in his last two seasons manages to lead City into midtable positions. The teams under Bloomfield never won any trophies but went close in 1974, reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup losing to Liverpool, who later won the final against Newcastle.

Surprisingly Jimmy Bloomfield resigns from his post as manager, this was in 1978, after a bit of "tug of war" with other members of the club, and the former legend and player Frank McLintock gets the job. McLintock who had just retired from his playing career at Queens Park Rangers, came in without any manager experience, and it all went totally wrong for him.

City are relegated and as the 70's are slowly reaching it's end, City are again back at level 2. But the season after, the 1979/80 season, City comes back up, with a young and adspiring team put together by former Rangers manager Jock Wallace. The only player left from the Bloomfield days is goalkeeper Mark Wallington, but new faces such as Gary Lineker, Ian Wilson and John O'Neill are progressing.

To be continued ...

A fantastic 2015-16 season is crowned with the Premier League title under the management of Claudio Ranieri. A win that came out of thin air and with a formula based on counter attacking football to the extreme with players adapting to the style like no one has done before.


City breaks new records as they appear in the Champions League, all four home games are won, no team has done that before and no goals conceded either. City are as this is written in the quarter finals of the 2016 - 2017 tournemant and will face Atletico Madrid.
 

TEAM GROUPS

1965 - Back Row, Left to Right: King, Cross, Norman, Banks, ?, Stringfellow, Sjoberg, ?, Appleton,
Front Row, Left to Right: ?, Gibson, ?, ?, ?, ?

1971 - Back Row, Left to Right: Whitworth, Stringfellow, Partridge, Fern, Shilton, Woollett, Sjoberg, Cross, Manley
Front Row, Left to Right: Kellard, Farrington, Carlin, Nish, Glover, Brown

 

 

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