1960–61 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1960–61 season
Chairman Thomas Bloor
Manager Matt Gillies
First Division 6th
FA Cup Runners-up
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Walsh (22)
All: Walsh (29)
Average home league attendance 24,056

The 1960–61 season was Leicester City's 56th season in the Football League and their 18th (non-consecutive) season in the first tier of English football.

Season summary[edit]

Leicester finished in their highest league position since finishing league runners-up 34 years previously. The club also reached the FA Cup final for the second time, eventually losing to Tottenham Hotspur who completed the first double of the 20th century. Though most of the talk about the Leicester cup final side was about the lack of Ken Leek, who had been controversially dropped for his off-the-field antics despite scoring in every round of the club's run to the final.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 3 3 65 28 16 1 4 50 27 115 55 2.091 + 60 66
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 4 2 45 17 8 8 5 33 30 78 47 1.660 + 31 58
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 17 2 2 61 32 8 5 8 42 43 103 75 1.373 + 28 57
4 Burnley 42 11 4 6 58 40 11 3 7 44 37 102 77 1.325 + 25 51
5 Everton 42 13 4 4 47 23 9 2 10 40 46 87 69 1.261 + 18 50
6 Leicester City 42 12 4 5 54 31 6 5 10 33 39 87 70 1.243 + 3 45
7 Manchester United 42 14 5 2 58 20 4 4 13 30 56 88 76 1.158 + 12 45
8 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 3 6 48 34 3 10 8 29 42 77 76 1.013 + 1 43
9 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 48 28 4 6 11 30 49 78 77 1.013 + 1 43
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 3 8 43 32 8 2 11 24 39 67 71 0.944 – 4 41
11 Arsenal 42 12 3 6 44 35 3 8 10 33 50 77 85 0.906 – 8 41
12 Chelsea 42 10 5 6 61 48 5 2 14 37 52 98 100 0.980 – 2 37
13 Manchester City 42 10 5 6 41 30 3 6 12 38 60 79 90 0.878 – 11 37
14 Nottingham Forest 42 8 7 6 34 33 6 2 13 28 45 62 78 0.795 – 16 37
15 Cardiff City 42 11 5 5 34 26 2 6 13 26 59 60 85 0.706 – 25 37
16 West Ham United 42 12 4 5 53 31 1 6 14 24 57 77 88 0.875 – 11 36
17 Fulham 42 8 8 5 39 39 6 0 15 33 56 72 95 0.758 – 23 36
18 Bolton Wanderers 42 9 5 7 38 29 3 6 12 20 44 58 73 0.795 – 15 35
19 Birmingham City 42 10 4 7 35 31 4 2 15 27 53 62 84 0.738 – 22 34
20 Blackpool 42 9 3 9 44 34 3 6 12 24 39 68 73 0.932 – 5 33
21 Newcastle United 42 7 7 7 51 49 4 3 14 35 60 86 109 0.789 – 23 32
22 Preston North End 42 7 6 8 28 25 3 4 14 15 46 43 71 0.606 – 28 30

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1960-61
League Cup Winners
Relegated

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1960 Blackpool H 1–1 27,062 Appleton
24 August 1960 Chelsea A 3–1 24,691 Wills (2), Walsh
27 August 1960 Everton A 1–3 45,215 Cheesebrough
31 August 1960 Chelsea H 1–3 21,087 Walsh
3 September 1960 Blackburn Rovers H 2–4 17,455 Walsh, Wills
7 September 1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–3 33,313 Wills, Leek
10 September 1960 Manchester United A 1–1 35,493 Walsh
14 September 1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 20,044 Walsh, King (pen)
17 September 1960 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 25,567 Riley
24 September 1960 Newcastle United A 3–1 21,161 Leek (2), Cheesebrough
1 October 1960 Aston Villa A 3–1 29,623 Walsh (2), Wills
8 October 1960 Arsenal H 2–1 22,501 Leek (2)
15 October 1960 Manchester City A 1–3 30,193 Leek
22 October 1960 West Bromwich Albion H 2–2 20,770 Lornie, Cheesebrough
28 October 1960 Cardiff City A 1–2 19,136 Walsh
4 November 1960 Preston North End H 5–2 16,920 Leek (2), Walsh, Cheesebrough, Riley
12 November 1960 Fulham A 2–4 16,617 King (pen), Cheesebrough
19 November 1960 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–1 25,567 Walsh, Wills
26 November 1960 Birmingham City A 2–0 25,583 Leek, Wills
3 December 1960 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 20,545 Cheesebrough
10 December 1960 Burnley A 2–3 20,640 Wills, Leek
17 December 1960 Blackpool A 1–5 8,752 Walsh
24 December 1960 Bolton Wanderers A 0–2 11,534
26 December 1960 Bolton Wanderers H 2–0 23,806 Wills, Keyworth
31 December 1960 Everton H 4–1 23,495 Riley, Walsh, Leek (2)
14 January 1961 Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 14,752 Leek
21 January 1961 Manchester United H 6–0 31,308 Walsh (2), Keyworth (2), Wills, Riley (pen)
4 February 1961 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–2 53,627 Leek, Walsh (2)
11 February 1961 Newcastle United H 5–3 26,449 King (2 pens), Cheesebrough, Leek, Dalton (own goal)
25 February 1961 Arsenal A 3–1 31,721 Keyworth (2), Appleton
11 March 1961 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 25,168
25 March 1961 Preston North End A 0–0 12,567
31 March 1961 West Ham United A 0–1 22,010
1 April 1961 Burnley H 2–2 27,838 Leek, Walsh
3 April 1961 West Ham United H 5–1 23,776 Cheesebrough (3), Riley, McIlmoyle
8 April 1961 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 29,904 Walsh, McLintock
10 April 1961 Cardiff City H 3–0 32,042 Walsh (2), McIlmoyle
15 April 1961 Fulham H 1–2 30,980 Walsh
19 April 1961 Aston Villa H 3–1 21,219 McIlmoyle (2), Keyworth
22 April 1961 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 25,830 Cheesebrough, Leek
26 April 1961 Manchester City H 1–2 22,248 Walsh
29 April 1961 Birmingham City H 3–2 19,920 Cross, Riley, Leek

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1960-61 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1961 Oxford United H 3–1 25,601 Walsh, Leek, Riley
R4 31 January 1961 Bristol City H 5–1 27,701 Wills, Leek (2), Walsh (2)
R5 18 February 1961 Birmingham City A 1–1 53,589 Riley
R5R 22 February 1961 Birmingham City H 2–1 41,916 Leek (2)
QF 4 March 1961 Barnsley H 0–0 38,744
QFR 8 March 1961 Barnsley A 2–1 (a.e.t.) 39,250 Riley, Leek
SF 18 March 1961 Sheffield United N 0–0 52,095
SFR 23 March 1961 Sheffield United N 0–0 (a.e.t.) 43,500
SFR2 27 March 1961 Sheffield United N 2–0 37,190 Walsh, Leek
F 6 May 1961 Tottenham Hotspur N 0–2 100,000

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 October 1960 Mansfield Town H 4–0 7,070 Cheesebrough, Walsh (3)
R2 26 October 1960 Rotherham United H 1–2 6,244 King (pen)

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Gordon Banks
- England DF Len Chalmers
- Scotland DF Richie Norman
- Scotland MF Ian White
- England DF Tony Knapp
- England MF Colin Appleton
- Scotland MF George Meek
- England FW Albert Cheesebrough
- England FW Derek Hines
- Scotland FW Jimmy Walsh
- England MF Gordon Wills
No. Position Player
- Scotland MF Frank McLintock
- England MF Howard Riley
- Wales FW [Ken Leek]]
- Scotland DF Ian King
- England GK Rodney Slack
- Scotland FW Jack Lornie
- Scotland DF John Sjoberg
- England FW Ken Keyworth
- England GK George Heyes
- England FW Hughie McIlmoyle
- England DF Graham Cross

Club statistics[edit]

All data from: Dave Smith and Paul Taylor, Of Fossils and Foxes: The Official Definitive History of Leicester City Football Club (2001) (ISBN 1-899538-21-6)

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat. Name Div 1 FAC LC Total
1 Scotland Jimmy Walsh 22 4 3 29
2 Wales Ken Leek 18 7 0 25
3 England Albert Cheesebrough 11 0 1 12
4 England Gordon Wills 10 1 0 11
5 England Howard Riley 6 3 0 9
7 England Ken Keyworth 6 0 0 6
8 Scotland Ian King 4 0 1 6
9 Scotland Hugh McIlmoyle 4 0 0 4
10 England Colin Appleton 2 0 0 2
11 Scotland Frank McLintock 1 0 0 1
= Scotland Jack Lornie 1 0 0 1
= England Graham Cross 1 0 0 1
Own Goals 1 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Dave; Taylor, Paul (2010). Of Fossils and Foxes. Pitch Pub. ISBN 1-905411-94-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leicester-city/1960-1961/results