1961–62 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1961–62 season
Chairman Walter Needham
Manager Matt Gillies
First Division 14th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
European Cup Winners' Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Walsh (15)
All: Keyworth (18)
Average home league attendance 19,459

During the 1961–62 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1961–62 season, Leicester were England's representatives in the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup as result in reaching the 1961 FA Cup Final the previous season but in the end, the Foxes were knocked out by eventual winners Atlético Madrid in the first round.

In the league, Leicester's challenge never really got going and the Foxes were hovering around mid-table for most of the campaign and finished the season in 14th place.

In the domestic cup competitions, Leicester's efforts ended in disastrous fashion. In the League Cup, the Foxes were beaten by Fourth Division side York City in the second round and in the FA Cup, Leicester lost the third round replay to Stoke City despite having two goals ruled out for offside.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Ipswich Town 42 17 2 2 58 28 7 6 8 35 39 93 67 1.388 + 26 56
2 Burnley 42 14 4 3 57 26 7 7 7 44 41 101 67 1.507 + 34 53
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 14 4 3 59 34 7 6 8 29 35 88 69 1.275 + 19 52
4 Everton 42 17 2 2 64 21 3 9 9 24 33 88 54 1.630 + 34 51
5 Sheffield United 42 13 5 3 37 23 6 4 11 24 46 61 69 0.884 – 8 47
6 Sheffield Wednesday 42 14 4 3 47 23 6 2 13 25 35 72 58 1.241 + 14 46
7 Aston Villa 42 13 5 3 45 20 5 3 13 20 36 65 56 1.161 + 9 44
8 West Ham United 42 11 6 4 49 37 6 4 11 27 45 76 82 0.927 – 6 44
9 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 7 4 50 23 5 6 10 33 44 83 67 1.239 + 16 43
10 Arsenal 42 9 6 6 39 31 7 5 9 32 41 71 72 0.986 – 1 43
11 Bolton Wanderers 42 11 7 3 35 22 5 3 13 27 44 62 66 0.939 – 4 42
12 Manchester City 42 11 3 7 46 38 6 4 11 32 43 78 81 0.963 – 3 41
13 Blackpool 42 10 4 7 41 30 5 7 9 29 45 70 75 0.933 – 5 41
14 Leicester City 42 12 2 7 38 27 5 4 12 34 44 72 71 1.014 + 1 40
15 Manchester United 42 10 3 8 44 31 5 6 10 28 44 72 75 0.960 – 3 39
16 Blackburn Rovers 42 10 6 5 33 22 4 5 12 17 36 50 58 0.862 – 8 39
17 Birmingham City 42 9 6 6 37 35 5 4 12 28 46 65 81 0.802 – 16 38
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 8 7 6 38 34 5 3 13 35 52 73 86 0.849 – 13 36
19 Nottingham Forest 42 12 4 5 39 23 1 6 14 24 56 63 79 0.797 – 16 36
20 Fulham 42 8 3 10 38 34 5 4 12 28 40 66 74 0.892 – 8 33
21 Cardiff City 42 6 9 6 30 33 3 5 13 20 48 50 81 0.617 – 31 32
22 Chelsea 42 7 7 7 34 29 2 3 16 29 65 63 94 0.670 – 31 28

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 1961-62
Relegated

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1961 Manchester City A 1–3 28,899 Wills
23 August 1961 Arsenal H 0–1 29,396
26 August 1961 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 20,899 Riley
29 August 1961 Arsenal A 4–4 35,055 Walsh, Cheesebrough (2), Keyworth
2 September 1961 Birmingham City A 5–1 21,950 Keyworth, Wills (2), Walsh (2)
5 September 1961 Burnley A 0–2 22,339
9 September 1961 Everton H 2–0 19,889 Wills, Walsh
16 September 1961 Fulham A 1–2 19,831 Keyworth
20 September 1961 Burnley H 2–6 25,567 Walsh (2)
23 September 1961 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 21,338 Riley (pen)
30 September 1961 West Ham United A 1–4 26,746 McLintock
7 October 1961 Sheffield United H 4–1 17,952 Riley, Walsh, Wills, Chalmers
14 October 1961 Chelsea A 3–1 21,377 Wills, McLintock (2)
21 October 1961 Blackpool H 0–2 17,424
28 October 1961 Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 11,113 Keyworth
4 November 1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–0 18,952 Riley (pen), Wills, Appleton
11 November 1961 Manchester United A 2–2 21,567 McLintock, Appleton
18 November 1961 Cardiff City H 3–0 16,992 Appleton, Keyworth, McIlmoyle
25 November 1961 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 41,745 Keyworth, Appleton
2 December 1961 Aston Villa H 0–2 22,611
9 December 1961 Nottingham Forest A 0–0 22,524
16 December 1961 Manchester City H 2–0 15,196 Cheesebrough, Walsh
23 December 1961 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 14,286
26 December 1961 Ipswich Town A 0–1 18,146
13 January 1962 Birmingham City H 1–2 22,681 Cheesebrough
20 January 1962 Everton A 2–3 33,934 Walsh, Riley (pen)
3 February 1962 Fulham H 4–1 20,272 Walsh (2), Keyworth, Riley (pen)
10 February 1962 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 18,179 Walsh, Johnson (own goal)
17 February 1962 West Ham United H 2–2 21,312 Keyworth (2)
24 February 1962 Sheffield United A 1–3 24,015 Keyworth
10 March 1962 Blackpool A 1–2 10,952 Cheesebrough
17 March 1962 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 16,194 Keyworth, Cheesebrough
24 March 1962 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–1 22,025 Gibson
28 March 1962 Ipswich Town H 0–2 19,068
4 April 1962 Manchester United H 4–3 15,318 Cheesebrough (2), Keyworth (2)
7 April 1962 Cardiff City A 4–0 11,058 Cheesebrough (2), Keyworth, King
11 April 1962 Chelsea H 2–0 15,184 Cheesebrough, Norman
21 April 1962 Aston Villa A 3–8 24,184 Walsh (2), Riley (pen)
23 April 1962 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 19,264
24 April 1962 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 14,093 Walsh
28 April 1962 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 14,267 McLintock (2)
30 April 1962 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–3 23,929 Cross, Thomson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1961-62 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 10 January 1962 Stoke City H 1–1 35,663 Riley
R3R 15 January 1962 Stoke City A 2–5 38,315 Riley, Keyworth

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 9 October 1961 York City A 1–2 13,275 Mitten

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
PR First Leg 13 September 1961 Glenavon A 4–1 7,084 Walsh (2), Appleton, Keyworth
PR Second Leg 27 September 1961 Glenavon H 3–1 (won 7-2 on agg) 10,445 Wills, Keyworth, McIlmoyle
R1 First Leg 25 October 1961 Atlético Madrid H 1–1 25,527 Keyworth
R1 Second Leg 15 November 1961 Atlético Madrid A 0–2 (lost 1-3 on agg) 27,460

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 Ian King
- Scotland DF Richie Norman
- England MF Colin Appleton
- England FW Ken Keyworth
- Scotland FW Jimmy Walsh
- England MF Howard Riley
- Scotland MF Frank McLintock
- England MF Gordon Wills
No. Position Player
- England FW Albert Cheesebrough
- Scotland MF Ian White
- England MF John Mitten
- England FW Hughie McIlmoyle
- England MF Mike Stringfellow
- England DF Graham Cross
- Scotland FW Dave Gibson
- Scotland DF John Sjoberg
- England GK George Heyes
- Scotland FW Dave Thomson

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