Owners: – King Power International
Chairman: – Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Manager: – Nigel Pearson
Captain: – Wes Morgan
Rivals: – Nottingham Forest, Derby County
Nicknamed “The Foxes/Blue Army” Leicester City FC was founded in the year 1884 and plays their home matches at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Leicester City along with Manchester City holds the record for the most English second tier league titles won with 7 each.
Leicester has won the League Cup 3 times but has been extremely unlucky in the FA Cup having not won it despite appearing in four Cup finals.
Early history days for Leicester
Leicester was initially known as the “Leicester Fosse” after their formation in 1884. Till their move to the Filbert Stadium in 1891 Leicester didn’t have a permanent ground to play their matches in.
The foxes only joined the FA in 1890 and were accepted to the Midlands league in 1891. Leicester finished runners-up in the 1894 season and were promoted to the Division two of the football league.
After spending over a decade in the 2nd Division of English football the foxes finally won promotion to the 1st Division in the 1907-08 season, however they couldn’t stay for long as they got relegated back the very next season.
The Club was officially named as “Leicester City FC” in 1919. The foxes got promoted back to the 1st Division after winning the Division two title in the 1924-25 season. In 1928/29 season Leicester achieved their highest ever finish till date in English Football’s top flight after finishing 2nd on the table, just 1 point behind eventual champions Sheffield Wednesday.
Leicester were again relegated back to the 2nd division in the 1934/35 season only to get promoted back within a few years in the start of the 1936/37 season, the yo-yoing didn’t stop there though, as they once again got relegated in the 1938-39 season.
Times of Minor Success
Leicester reached one of their four FA Cup finals in the 1949 season only to be beaten in the finals 3-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. The team got promoted back after the 1954 season as Division Two champions but again got relegated after only a year of top flight football.
Leicester wouldn’t give up so easily and got promotion to the first Division again in the 1957 season, and this time they managed to stay there for a total of 12 seasons.
During this time they would go on to win the League Cup in 1964 and become multiple time FA Cup finalists in 1961 and 1963. Leicester would again be relegated in the 1968-69 season but managed to reach the FA Cup Final for the last time till date that season only to lose to Manchester City 1-0.
Leicester City, The Ultimate Yo-Yo Club
Leicester would come back to Division one in 1971 but got relegated a few years later in the 1977-78 season. Leicester would achieve promotion again in 1980 but got relegated back to division two the very next season.
There next taste of Division One football came in 1983, and this team they would go on to play in the top flight till 1987. For the next five to six years Leicester would remain in the second tier of English Football pushing for promotion only once in the 1991-92 season.
Leicester Premier League Era…
After the formation of the Premier League in 1992 Leicester got the first taste of it in the 1994/95 season but got relegated that season itself as they finished second to bottom on the table. Martin O’Neill was appointed manager of the club midway through the 1995-96 season and he got them in the Premier League for the 1996-97 season. For the next four years Leicester would go on to register four consecutive top 10 finishes in the league.
The foxes also won the League Cup in the 1997 and 2000 seasons. Martin O’Neill left the club in the summer of 2000.
Leicester moved to the Walker Stadium at the start of the 2002-03 season but the change of venue proved to be a bad omen for the club as it underwent huge financial troubles and finally went under administration. The club was finally rescued by a firm led by former foxes’ player Gary Linekar. 2001-2002 was the last season that the foxes played at the Filbert Stadium it and was also Leicester’s last season in the top flight after playing in five consecutive seasons.
Through the troubles Leicester were able to achieve promotion for the 2003-04 season but got relegated back the next season. Leicester suffered a real slump in form as they became relegation candidates in the Championship for the next few years. Finally in the 2007-08 season when the club was under the management of Ian Holloway the club got relegated to League One.
Holloway left at the start of the next season and was replaced by Nigel Pearson, under him Leicester won the League One and returned to the Championship in their first attempt and in their first season back in the Championship, and almost won promotion back to the Premier League but lost in the Play-Off finals.
Pearson left the club at the start of the 2010-11 season but after a poor season and a half, Pearson was brought back to the club for 2011-2012 season.
Pearson did his magic and the team performed better finishing 6th in the Championship in the 2012-13 season and finally achieved promotion to the Premier League in the 2013-14 as Championship Champions.
Leicester Premier League Season 2014/2015
Leicester showed promise at the start of the 2014/15 season and were the tipped by the pundits as the club more likely among the newly promoted tams to stay up in the Premier League.
In their first five games of the season Leicester registered 2 wins, 2 draws and one defeat with one of victories being a 5-3 win over Premier League giants Manchester United. But since the win against United, Leicester has been on a downward spiral that currently sees them occupying the 20th spot in the table.
Leicester has 17 points from 22 games so far (As of January 21st, 2014) and are 3 points away from safety. Leicester can easily move out of the relegation zone if they can put on a string of good performances together in the second half of the season.
Leicester giving Manchester United the shock of a life-time:
Most Appearances: – Graham Cross (599)
Top Goalscorer: – Arthur Chandler (273)
More Updates including current squad and other facts in the February Update…
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