1973–74 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1973–74 season
Chairman Tom Bloor
Manager Jimmy Bloomfield
First Division 9th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Second round
Texaco Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Worthington (20)
All: Worthington (25)
Average home league attendance 24,825

During the 1973–74 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1973–74 season was a solid one for Leicester, starting the league well going eight matches unbeaten. There was also some entrancing entertainment served up but too many draws prevented the Foxes from challenging for a UEFA Cup place and had to settle for a creditable 9th place finish. Their main highlight was the FA Cup by reaching their sixth semi-final in their history, to set up an ensuing tie with favourites Liverpool. They held the Reds to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford with a solid defensive display to set up an interesting replay at Villa Park but despite equalising through Len Glover after being 1-0 down, it ended in disappointment as the Foxes suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Leeds United 42 12 8 1 38 18 12 6 3 28 13 66 31 2.129 + 35 62
2 Liverpool 42 18 2 1 34 11 4 11 6 18 20 52 31 1.677 + 21 57
3 Derby County 42 13 7 1 40 16 4 7 10 12 26 52 42 1.238 + 10 48
4 Ipswich Town 42 10 7 4 38 21 8 4 9 29 37 67 58 1.155 + 9 47
5 Stoke City 42 13 6 2 39 15 2 10 9 15 27 54 42 1.286 + 12 46
6 Burnley 42 10 9 2 29 16 6 5 10 27 37 56 53 1.057 + 3 46
7 Everton 42 12 7 2 29 14 4 5 12 21 34 50 48 1.042 + 2 44
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 10 3 30 17 5 7 9 26 35 56 52 1.077 + 4 43
9 Leicester City 42 10 7 4 35 17 3 9 9 16 24 51 41 1.244 + 10 42
10 Arsenal 42 9 7 5 23 16 5 7 9 26 35 49 51 0.961 – 2 42
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 4 8 26 27 5 10 6 19 23 45 50 0.900 – 5 42
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 11 6 4 30 18 2 9 10 19 31 49 49 1.000 ± 0 41
13 Sheffield United 42 7 7 7 25 22 7 5 9 19 27 44 49 0.898 – 5 40
14 Manchester City 42 10 7 4 25 17 4 5 12 14 29 39 46 0.848 – 7 40
15 Newcastle United 42 9 6 6 28 21 4 6 11 21 27 49 48 1.021 + 1 38
16 Coventry City 42 10 5 6 25 18 4 5 12 18 36 43 54 0.796 – 11 38
17 Chelsea 42 9 4 8 36 29 3 9 9 20 31 56 60 0.933 – 4 37
18 West Ham United 42 7 7 7 36 32 4 8 9 19 28 55 60 0.917 – 5 37
19 Birmingham City 42 10 7 4 30 21 2 6 13 22 43 52 64 0.813 – 12 37
20 Southampton 42 8 10 3 30 20 3 4 14 17 48 47 68 0.691 – 21 36
21 Manchester United 42 7 7 7 23 20 3 5 13 15 28 38 48 0.792 – 10 32
22 Norwich City 42 6 9 6 25 27 1 6 14 12 35 37 62 0.597 – 25 29

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
25 August 1973 Ipswich Town A 1–1 20,116 Sammels
28 August 1973 Chelsea A 1–1 33,139 Weller
1 September 1973 Liverpool H 1–1 29,347 Birchenall
5 September 1973 Manchester United H 1–0 29,152 Worthington
8 September 1973 Arsenal A 2–0 28,558 Glover, Stringfellow
12 September 1973 Manchester United A 2–1 40,793 Weller, Stringfellow
15 September 1973 Manchester City H 1–1 28,466 Weller
22 September 1973 West Ham United A 1–1 23,567 Worthington
29 September 1973 Coventry City H 0–2 29,319
6 October 1973 Sheffield United A 1–1 21,589 Weller
13 October 1973 Leeds United H 2–2 36,978 Worthington, Birchenall
20 October 1973 Derby County A 1–2 32,203 Worthington
27 October 1973 Southampton H 0–1 18,753
3 November 1973 Norwich City A 0–1 20,565
10 November 1973 Newcastle United H 1–0 20,726 Rofe
17 November 1973 Burnley H 2–0 21,761 Glover, Stringfellow
24 November 1973 Birmingham City A 0–3 27,719
1 December 1973 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–0 22,088 Glover (2), Earle
8 December 1973 Chelsea A 2–3 20,676 Worthington, Earle
15 December 1973 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 17,614 Worthington, Glover
22 December 1973 Coventry City A 2–1 23,324 Glover, Worthington
26 December 1973 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–2 30,547 Worthington (2, 1 pen)
29 December 1973 Arsenal H 2–0 25,860 Worthington, Earle
1 January 1974 Liverpool A 1–1 39,110 Weller
12 January 1974 Manchester City A 0–2 27,488
19 January 1974 Ipswich Town H 5–0 24,280 Worthington (3, 2 pens), Munro, Beattie (own goal)
2 February 1974 Queens Park Rangers A 0–0 22,646
9 February 1974 West Ham United H 0–1 27,032
23 February 1974 Sheffield United H 1–1 24,107 Worthington
26 February 1974 Leeds United A 1–1 30,489 Weller
2 March 1974 Everton H 2–1 22,286 Worthington, Earle
16 March 1974 Derby County H 0–1 30,423
18 March 1974 Southampton A 0–1 26,600
23 March 1974 Newcastle United A 1–1 32,116 Waters
6 April 1974 Birmingham City H 3–3 28,486 Cross, Glover (2)
13 April 1974 Burnley A 0–0 18,115
15 April 1974 Stoke City A 0–1 21,468
16 April 1974 Stoke City H 1–1 21,682 Worthington
20 April 1974 Chelsea H 3–0 22,828 Worthington (2), Glover
23 April 1974 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 23,574
27 April 1974 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 20,110
29 April 1974 Norwich City H 3–0 16,786 Worthington, Earle

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1973-74 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1974 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 36,433 Earle
R4 26 January 1974 Fulham A 1–1 26,105 Glover
R4R 30 January 1974 Fulham H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 37,130 Glover, Worthington
R5 16 February 1974 Luton Town A 4–0 25,712 Earle (2), Worthington, Weller
QF 9 March 1974 Queens Park Rangers A 2–0 34,078 Waters (2)
SF 30 March 1974 Liverpool N 0–0 60,000
SFR 3 April 1974 Liverpool N 1–3 55,619 Glover

FA Cup third place play-off[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
9 May 1974 Burnley H 0–1[2] 4,432

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 8 October 1973 Hull City H 3–3 9,777 Weller (2), Worthington
R2R 31 October 1973 Hull City A 2–3 16,003 Stringfellow, Worthington

Texaco Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 19 September 1973 Ayr United A 1–1 9,720 McAnespie (own goal)
R1 2nd leg 3 October 1973 Ayr United H 2–0 (won 3-1 on agg) 8,004 Stringfellow, Birchenall
R2 1st leg 24 October 1973 Dundee United H 1–1 8,036 Worthington (pen)
R2 2nd leg 7 November 1973 Dundee United A 0–1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 7,699

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 Dennis Rofe
- England MF Mike Stringfellow
- England DF Malcolm Munro
- England DF Graham Cross
- England MF Keith Weller
- England MF Jon Sammels
- England FW Frank Worthington
- England MF Alan Birchenall
- England MF Len Glover
- England MF John Farrington
- England FW Malcolm Partridge
No. Position Player
- Scotland DF Malcolm Manley
- England DF Alan Woollett
- England DF Joe Jopling
- England FW Steve Earle
- England MF David Tomlin
- England DF Steve Yates
- Republic of Ireland MF Joe Waters
- England DF Pat Kruse
- England GK Mark Wallington
- England MF Tom Kilkelly
- England FW Bob Lee
- England GK Carl Jayes

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