1972–73 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1972–73 season
Chairman Leonard Shipman
Manager Jimmy Bloomfield
First Division 16th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Texaco Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Worthington (10)
All: Worthington (13)
Average home league attendance 22,706

During the 1972–73 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1972–73 season was a disappointing one for the Foxes, finishing in 16th place in the final standings. Their only highlights during the season were a 3-2 win over champions Liverpool at Filbert Street with a Keith Weller hat-trick after being 2-0 down and also holding them to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on the final day to spoil Liverpool's title celebrations. Results generally though throughout were poor and Leicester at one point were bottom at end of November. A lack of goals as well were hard to come by but their tight defence with the experience of Cross and Manley proved dividends and the Foxes ensured survival with a solid run of just 2 defeats in their final 12 league games.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 45 19 8 7 6 27 23 72 42 1.714 +30 60
2 Arsenal 42 14 5 2 31 14 9 6 6 26 29 57 43 1.326 +14 57
3 Leeds United 42 15 4 2 45 13 6 7 8 26 32 71 45 1.578 +26 53
4 Ipswich Town 42 10 7 4 34 20 7 7 7 21 25 55 45 1.222 +10 48
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 3 5 43 23 5 8 8 23 31 66 54 1.222 +12 47
6 West Ham United 42 12 5 4 45 25 5 7 9 22 28 67 53 1.264 +14 46
7 Derby County 42 15 3 3 43 18 4 5 12 13 36 56 54 1.037 +2 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 10 5 6 33 23 6 8 7 25 25 58 48 1.208 +10 45
9 Newcastle United 42 12 6 3 35 19 4 7 10 25 32 60 51 1.176 +9 45
10 Birmingham City 42 11 7 3 39 22 4 5 12 14 32 53 54 0.981 –1 42
11 Manchester City 42 12 4 5 36 20 3 7 11 21 40 57 60 0.950 –3 41
12 Chelsea 42 9 6 6 30 22 4 8 9 19 29 49 51 0.961 –2 40
13 Southampton 42 8 11 2 26 17 3 7 11 21 35 47 52 0.904 –5 40
14 Sheffield United 42 11 4 6 28 18 4 6 11 23 41 51 59 0.864 –8 40
15 Stoke City 42 11 8 2 38 17 3 2 16 23 39 61 56 1.089 +4 38
16 Leicester City 42 7 9 5 23 18 3 8 10 17 28 40 46 0.870 –6 37
17 Everton 42 9 5 7 27 21 4 6 11 14 28 41 49 0.837 –8 37
18 Manchester United 42 9 7 5 24 19 3 6 12 20 41 44 60 0.733 –16 37
19 Coventry City 42 9 5 7 27 24 4 4 13 13 31 40 55 0.727 –15 35
20 Norwich City 42 7 9 5 22 19 4 1 16 14 44 36 63 0.571 –27 32
21 Crystal Palace 42 7 7 7 25 21 2 5 14 16 37 41 58 0.707 –17 30
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 8 7 6 25 24 1 3 17 13 38 38 62 0.613 –24 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
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League cup Winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
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
12 August 1972 Arsenal H 0–1 28,009
16 August 1972 Chelsea H 1–1 22,873 Farrington
19 August 1972 West Ham United A 2–5 25,490 Stringfellow, Glover
23 August 1972 Manchester United A 1–1 40,067 Worthington
26 August 1972 Coventry City H 0–0 25,894
30 August 1972 Liverpool H 3–2 28,694 Weller (3)
2 September 1972 Manchester City A 0–1 27,233
9 September 1972 Everton H 1–2 21,080 Sammels
16 September 1972 Leeds United A 1–3 33,930 Glover
23 September 1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 20,817 Farrington
30 September 1972 Ipswich Town A 2–0 17,811 Glover, Worthington
7 October 1972 Southampton H 1–0 18,092 Sammels (pen)
14 October 1972 Derby County A 1–2 31,841 Weller
21 October 1972 Norwich City H 1–2 23,088 Weller
28 October 1972 Stoke City A 0–1 24,421
4 November 1972 Manchester United H 2–2 32,575 Sammels, Farrington
11 November 1972 Chelsea A 1–1 28,456 Sammels
18 November 1972 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–1 22,707
2 December 1972 West Bromwich Albion H 3–1 15,307 Worthington (3)
9 December 1972 Birmingham City A 1–1 32,481 Cross
16 December 1972 Sheffield United A 0–2 17,111
23 December 1972 Crystal Palace H 2–1 16,962 Worthington (pen), Birchenall
26 December 1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–2 22,022
30 December 1972 West Ham United H 2–1 19,341 Farrington, Worthington
1 January 1973 Newcastle United A 2–2 30,868 Birchenall, Worthington
6 January 1973 Coventry City A 2–3 25,067 Worthington, Weller
20 January 1973 Manchester City H 1–1 18,761 Worthington
27 January 1973 Everton A 1–0 31,531 Wright (own goal)
10 February 1973 Leeds United H 2–0 35,976 Birchenall (2)
17 February 1973 Arsenal A 0–1 42,047
24 February 1973 Sheffield United H 0–0 21,821
3 March 1973 Southampton A 0–0 14,134
10 March 1973 Derby County H 0–0 29,690
17 March 1973 Norwich City A 1–1 25,299 Glover
24 March 1973 Stoke City H 2–0 18,743 Tomlin, Birchenall
31 March 1973 Newcastle United H 0–0 18,712
7 April 1973 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 15,235
14 April 1973 Birmingham City H 0–1 27,652
20 April 1973 Crystal Palace A 1–0 36,817 Weller
21 April 1973 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 23,312 Weller
24 April 1973 Ipswich Town H 1–1 20,373 Cross
28 April 1973 Liverpool A 0–0 56,202

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1972-73 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 13 January 1973 Arsenal A 2–2 36,433 Worthington, Farrington
R3R 17 January 1973 Arsenal H 1–2 32,873 Farrington

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 6 September 1972 Norwich City A 1–2 22,498 Sammels

Texaco Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 13 September 1972 Dundee United H 1–1 4,000
R1 2nd leg 27 September 1972 Dundee United A 2–2 (won 3-0 on pens) 7,000 Weller, Sammels (2)
R2 1st leg 24 October 1972 Norwich City H 2–0 16,027 Weller, Nish
R2 2nd leg 8 November 1972 Norwich City A 0–2 (lost 3-4 on pens) 10,949

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 Peter Shilton
- England DF Steve Whitworth
- England DF David Nish
- England DF Alan Woollett
- Scotland DF John Sjoberg
- Scotland DF Malcolm Manley
- England MF John Farrington
- England MF Jon Sammels
- England MF Keith Weller
- England MF Alan Birchenall
- England MF Len Glover
- England FW Malcolm Partridge
No. Position Player
- England DF Graham Cross
- England MF Mike Stringfellow
- England FW Frank Worthington
- England DF Dennis Rofe
- England DF Malcolm Munro
- England GK Mark Wallington
- England MF David Tomlin
- England DF Joe Jopling
- England FW Bob Lee
- England DF Steve Yates
- England GK Carl Jayes

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