1974–75 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1974–75 season
Chairman Tom Bloor
Manager Jimmy Bloomfield
First Division 18th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Worthington (18)
All: Worthington (19)
Average home league attendance 23,765

During the 1974–75 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1974–75 season, Leicester could not improve on last season's 9th place, finishing 9 places lower. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton refused to sign a new contract and followed his mentor Gordon Banks by signing for Stoke City at a record fee for a goalkeeper of £325,000 in November and resulted in Mark Wallington starting the season in goal. From early November to late February, the Foxes didn't register a league win in 13 games which saw them slip to bottom of the table and heading for relegation but again their FA Cup progress gave them a boost in their league form. As the season drew to a close, Chris Garland improved their strike force by scoring 8 goals in 10 matches, which was enough to save the Foxes from the drop in 18th and 3 points clear of relegation.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Derby County 42 14 4 3 41 18 7 7 7 26 31 67 49 1.367 + 18 53
2 Liverpool 42 14 5 2 44 17 6 6 9 16 22 60 39 1.538 + 21 51
3 Ipswich Town 42 17 2 2 47 14 6 3 12 19 30 66 44 1.500 + 22 51
4 Everton 42 10 9 2 33 19 6 9 6 23 23 56 42 1.333 + 14 50
5 Stoke City 42 12 7 2 40 18 5 8 8 24 30 64 48 1.333 + 16 49
6 Sheffield United 42 12 7 2 35 20 6 6 9 23 31 58 51 1.137 + 7 49
7 Middlesbrough 42 11 7 3 33 14 7 5 9 21 26 54 40 1.350 + 14 48
8 Manchester City 42 16 3 2 40 15 2 7 12 14 39 54 54 1.000 ± 0 46
9 Leeds United 42 10 8 3 34 20 6 5 10 23 29 57 49 1.163 + 8 45
10 Burnley 42 11 6 4 40 29 6 5 10 28 38 68 67 1.015 + 1 45
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 4 7 25 17 6 6 9 29 37 54 54 1.000 ± 0 42
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 12 5 4 43 21 2 6 13 14 33 57 54 1.056 + 3 39
13 West Ham United 42 10 6 5 38 22 3 7 11 20 37 58 59 0.983 – 1 39
14 Coventry City 42 8 9 4 31 27 4 6 11 20 35 51 62 0.823 – 11 39
15 Newcastle United 42 12 4 5 39 23 3 5 13 20 49 59 72 0.819 – 13 39
16 Arsenal 42 10 6 5 31 16 3 5 13 16 33 47 49 0.959 – 2 37
17 Birmingham City 42 10 4 7 34 28 4 5 12 19 33 53 61 0.869 – 8 37
18 Leicester City 42 8 7 6 25 17 4 5 12 21 43 46 60 0.767 – 14 36
19 Tottenham Hotspur 42 8 4 9 29 27 5 4 12 23 36 52 63 0.825 – 11 34
20 Luton Town 42 8 6 7 27 26 3 5 13 20 39 47 65 0.723 – 18 33
21 Chelsea 42 4 9 8 22 31 5 6 10 20 41 42 72 0.583 – 30 33
22 Carlisle United 42 8 2 11 22 21 4 3 14 21 38 43 59 0.729 – 16 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 1975–76
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
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
17 August 1974 Arsenal H 0–1 26,448
20 August 1974 Birmingham City A 4–3 27,961 Weller, Worthington (2), Earle
24 August 1974 Liverpool A 1–2 49,398 Weller
27 August 1974 Birmingham City H 1–1 24,018 Worthington
31 August 1974 Carlisle United H 1–1 20,658 Worthington (pen)
7 September 1974 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–1 20,564 Glover
14 September 1974 Queens Park Rangers H 3–1 19,763 Worthington (2), Glover
21 September 1974 West Ham United A 2–6 21,377 Worthington (2, 1 pen)
28 September 1974 Coventry City H 0–1 21,354
5 October 1974 Luton Town H 0–0 19,024
12 October 1974 Derby County A 0–1 24,753
19 October 1974 Sheffield United H 3–0 18,433 Worthington (2), Glover
26 October 1974 Newcastle United A 1–0 34,988 Earle
2 November 1974 Burnley H 1–0 19,981 Sammels
9 November 1974 Chelsea A 0–0 23,915
16 November 1974 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 23,244 Earle
23 November 1974 Manchester City A 1–4 31,628 Birchenall
30 November 1974 Stoke City A 0–1 29,793
7 December 1974 Everton H 0–2 21,451
10 December 1974 Middlesbrough A 0–3 22,699
14 December 1974 Arsenal A 0–0 20,849
20 December 1974 Ipswich Town H 0–1 16,636
26 December 1974 Queens Park Rangers A 2–4 17,311 Lee (2)
28 December 1974 Leeds United H 0–2 29,699
11 January 1975 Everton A 0–3 31,985
18 January 1975 Stoke City H 1–1 21,736 Glover
1 February 1975 Chelsea H 1–1 23,759 Weller
8 February 1975 Burnley A 0–2 16,352
22 February 1975 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–0 20,937 Stringfellow, Worthington, Sammels
1 March 1975 Carlisle United A 1–0 12,676 Worthington
8 March 1975 Manchester City H 1–0 23,059 Lee
15 March 1975 Coventry City A 2–2 23,139 Worthington, Lee
19 March 1975 Liverpool H 1–1 28,012 Worthington
22 March 1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–2 25,070 Garland (3)
29 March 1975 Ipswich Town A 1–2 28,745 Worthington
31 March 1975 Leeds United A 2–2 29,898 Lee, Garland
1 April 1975 West Ham United H 3–0 30,408 Worthington (pen), Garland (2)
5 April 1975 Newcastle United H 4–0 23,638 Garland (2), Lee, Worthington
9 April 1975 Middlesbrough H 1–0 24,531 Worthington
12 April 1975 Luton Town A 0–3 18,298
19 April 1975 Derby County H 0–0 38,143
26 April 1975 Sheffield United A 0–4 28,947

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1974-75 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1974 Oxford United H 3–1 21,643 Worthington, Earle (2)
R4 25 January 1974 Leatherhead A 3–2 32,090 Sammels, Earle, Weller
R5 15 February 1974 Arsenal H 0–0 43,841
R5R 19 February 1974 Arsenal A 1–1 (a.e.t.) 35,009 Birchenall
R5R2 24 February 1974 Arsenal A 0–1 (a.e.t.) 39,025

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 10 September 1974 Arsenal A 1–1 20,788 Birchenall
R2R 18 September 1974 Arsenal H 2–1 17,303 Munro, Glover
R3 8 October 1974 Middlesbrough A 0–1 23,901

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 Jon Sammels
- England DF Malcolm Munro
- England DF Graham Cross
- England MF Keith Weller
- England FW Steve Earle
- England FW Frank Worthington
- England MF Alan Birchenall
- England MF Len Glover
- England DF Pat Kruse
No. Position Player
- Republic of Ireland MF Joe Waters
- England DF Alan Woollett
- England GK Mark Wallington
- England FW Malcolm Partridge
- England DF Steve Yates
- England MF Mike Stringfellow
- England GK Carl Jayes
- England GK John Farmer
- England FW Bob Lee
- England MF David Tomlin
- England DF Jeff Blockley
- England FW Chris Garland

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