Leicester City FC

While Leicester City does not have as colorful a history as some of their Midlands rivals, the club can boast of spending only a single season outside the top two divisions of English football. They have won seven Second Division titles and three League Cups, and being responsible for finishing first in the Premier League against all odds in 2016. Leicester is known for their long-standing rivalry with Nottingham Forest, a feature usually referred to as the East Midlands derby. In the club's past, two of England’s most legendary goalkeepers, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, have been protecting the net.

Basic facts

Founded: 1884
Country: England
City: Leicester

Home grounds

Victoria Park (1884-1887)
Belgrave Road (1887-1888)
Victoria Park (1888-1891)
Filbert Street (1891-2002)
Walkers Stadium (2002-2010)
King Power Stadium (2010-)

Main trophies

First Division/Premier League: 1
League Cup: 3

Prominent players

Hugh Adcock, Gordon Banks, Ernie Hine, Peter Shilton, Len Glover, Gary Lineker, Arthur Chandler, Andy King, Jamie Vardy

Club records

Most games played: Graham Cross (599)
Top goalscorer: Arthur Chandler (273)

History

The club was founded in 1884, under the name of Leicester Fosse ("Fosse" was an old Roman thoroughfare in Britain). Leicester switched five different grounds before finally settling on Filbert Street in 1891, a stadium which would be their home for the next 111 years.

Leicester became a member of the Football League in 1894 and after a couple of mediocre seasons in Second Division, they earned promotion to the First Division in 1908; however, their first season in the top flight proved to be a disaster. In addition to being relegated immediately, this season would leave a bad taste in the fans' mouth due to a 12-0 thrashing at the hands of Nottingham Forest, which remains the club's biggest defeat of all time.

The club being reformed as Leicester City

Due to a financial scandal, the club was reformed as Leicester City in 1919. Led by Arthur Chandler, the club's top goalscorer of all time (with 273 goals in 393 appearances), Leicester returned to the First Division in 1925 and finished as runners-up to Sheffield Wednesday by a single point in 1929.

The club would not start capturing the headlines again until Matt Gillies' appointment as coach in 1958. Gillies' keen eye for talent was a crucial part in forming a team that would go on to reach two FA Cup finals (1961, 1963) and a fourth place finish in the First Division (1963). They would only have to wait one more year to claim their first trophy: the 1964 League Cup. After Gillies' resignation in 1968, Leicester would spend only a single year in the top flight before being relegated to the Second Division once again.

After decades of yo-yoing between the top two divisions, Leicester City won two more League Cups in 1997 and 2000; still, this taste of silverware did little to turn the club's luck around. After spending a lot of money on some historically bad transfer signings, Leicester quickly found themselves in the Championship again, where they remained until 2008 until another relegation, this time to League One. This would prove to be their only season in the competition, however; under the new coach, Nigel Pearson, Leicester returned to the Championship the very next year.

Leicester line up
Leicester line up in Premier League 14/15 v. Man U

The unexpected Premier League victory

In 2016 Leicester chocked a whole football world by a remarkable performance in the Premier League. Under the management of Claudio Ranieri, the team hit the big time and won the top league for the first time.

By Martin Wahl

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Logo

Leicester City logoIn the center of the logo the teams mascot ”Filbert Fox” is visible in yellow color. Similar designs of the current version have been used since 1992. Before that the crest was in the shape of a shield instead of a circle and the fox was displayed differently.

Leicester City FC timeline

1884 The club is established as Leicester Fosse.
1884 The club play its first match against Syston Fosse.
1894 Member of the Football League.
1903 The team change to a blue and white kit.
1908 First season in Division 1.
1919 The club is rebranded as Leicester City Football Club.
1964 First League Cup title.
2006 The club move to the King Power Stadium.
2016 First time national league champions.

Trivia

Football clubs also founded in 1884

Derby County FC logoDerby County FC

Football clubs ordered after establishment

Club nicknames:

The Foxes, Ice Kings

League statistics

League record

Titles in total: 1
Premier League titles: 1
First participation: 1894-1895
First title: 2015-2016

All seasons

Season League Position Points Notes
2018-19 Premier League 9 52  
2017-18 Premier League 9 47  
2016-17 Premier League 12 44  
2015-16 Premier League 1 81 1st league title
2014-15 Premier League 14 41  
2013-14 Championship 1 102 Promoted
2012-13 Championship 6 68  
2011-12 Championship 9 66  
2010-11 Championship 10 67  
2009-10 Championship 5 76  
2008-09 League One 1 96  
2007-08 Championship 22 52  
2006-07 Championship 19 53  
2005-06 Championship 16 54  
2004-05 Championship 15 57  
2003-04 Premier League 18 33 Relegated
2002-03 1st Division 2 92 Promoted
2001-02 Premier League 20 28 Relegated
2000-01 Premier League 13 48  
1999-00 Premier League 8 55  
1998-99 Premier League 10 49  
1997-98 Premier League 10 53  
1996-97 Premier League 9 47  
1995-96 1st Division 5 71  
1994-95 Premier League 20 43 Relegated
1993-94 1st Division 4 73 Promoted
1992-93 1st Division 6 76  
1991-92 2nd Division 4 77 Promoted
1990-91 2nd Division 22 50  
1989-90 2nd Division 13 59  
1988-89 2nd Division 15 55  
1987-88 2nd Division 13 59  
1986-87 1st Division 20 42 Relegated
1985-86 1st Division 19 42  
1984-85 1st Division 15 51  
1983-84 1st Division 15 51  
1982-83 2nd Division 3 70 Promoted
1981-82 2nd Division 8 66  
1980-81 1st Division 21 32 Relegated
1979-80 2nd Division 1 55 Promoted
1978-79 2nd Division 17 37  
1977-78 1st Division 22 22 Relegated
1976-77 1st Division 11 42  
1975-76 1st Division 7 45  
1974-75 1st Division 18 36  
1973-74 1st Division 9 42  
1972-73 1st Division 16 37  
1971-72 1st Division 12 39  
1970-71 2nd Division 1 59 Promoted
1969-70 2nd Division 3 51  
1968-69 1st Division 21 30 Relegated
1967-68 1st Division 13 38  
1966-67 1st Division 8 44  
1965-66 1st Division 7 49  
1964-65 1st Division 18 35  
1963-64 1st Division 11 43  
1962-63 1st Division 4 50  
1961-62 1st Division 14 40  
1960-61 1st Division 6 45  
1959-60 1st Division 12 39  
1958-59 1st Division 19 32  
1957-58 1st Division 18 33  
1956-57 2nd Division 1 61 Promoted
1955-56 2nd Division 5 48  
1954-55 1st Division 21 35 Relegated
1953-54 2nd Division 1 56 Promoted
1952-53 2nd Division 5 48  
1951-52 2nd Division 5 47  
1950-51 2nd Division 14 41  
1949-50 2nd Division 15 39  
1948-49 2nd Division 19 36  
1947-48 2nd Division 9 43  
1946-47 2nd Division 9 43  
1939-46 - - - WWII
1938-39 1st Division 22 29 Relegated
1937-38 1st Division 16 39  
1936-37 2nd Division 1 56 Promoted
1935-36 2nd Division 6 48  
1934-35 1st Division 21 33 Relegated
1933-34 1st Division 17 39  
1932-33 1st Division 19 35  
1931-32 1st Division 19 37  
1930-31 1st Division 16 38  
1929-30 1st Division 8 43  
1928-29 1st Division 2 51  
1927-28 1st Division 3 48  
1926-27 1st Division 7 46  
1925-26 1st Division 17 38  
1924-25 2nd Division 1 59 Relegated
1923-24 2nd Division 12 42  
1922-23 2nd Division 3 51  
1921-22 2nd Division 9 45  
1920-21 2nd Division 12 40  
1919-20 2nd Division 14 40  
1915-19 - - - WWI
1914-15 2nd Division 19 24  
1913-14 2nd Division 18 26  
1912-13 2nd Division 15 33  
1911-12 2nd Division 10 37  
1910-11 2nd Division 15 33  
1909-10 2nd Division 5 44  
1908-09 1st Division 20 25 Relegated
1907-08 2nd Division 2 52 Promoted
1906-07 2nd Division 3 48  
1905-06 2nd Division 7 42  
1904-05 2nd Division 14 29  
1903-04 2nd Division 18 22  
1902-03 2nd Division 15 28  
1901-02 2nd Division 14 29  
1900-01 2nd Division 11 32  
1899-00 2nd Division 5 43  
1898-99 2nd Division 3 45  
1897-98 2nd Division 7 33  
1896-97 2nd Division 9 30  
1895-96 2nd Division 8 32  
1894-95 2nd Division 4 38  

Note. The 1939-40 season was abandoned after three rounds and is therefore excluded.

Premier League – facts, stats and history

References:
https://www.lcfc.com/club/history/potted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_City_FC
https://thebeautifulhistory.wordpress.com/clubs/leicester-city/