1977–78 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1977–78 season
Chairman Walter Needham
Manager Frank McLintock (until 5 April)
Ian MacFarlane (caretaker from 5 April)
First Division 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Salmons/Davies (4)
Average home league attendance 17,768

During the 1977–78 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1977–78 season, Frank McLintock returned to Leicester, this time as a manager. However, he endured a difficult time in charge, as the Foxes went through a spell where they had one win in 26 matches and as a result finished bottom and were relegated back to the second tier after 7 years in the top flight. McLintock was sacked on 5 April and Ian MacFarlane took charge of the team for the final 5 games of Leicester's dismal season.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 42 15 6 0 37 8 10 8 3 32 16 69 24 +45 64
2 Liverpool 42 15 4 2 37 11 9 5 7 28 23 65 34 +31 57
3 Everton 42 14 4 3 47 22 8 7 6 29 23 76 45 +31 55
4 Manchester City 42 14 4 3 46 21 6 8 7 28 30 74 51 +23 52
5 Arsenal 42 14 5 2 38 12 7 5 9 22 25 60 37 +23 52
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 35 18 5 9 7 27 35 62 53 +9 50
7 Coventry City 42 13 5 3 48 23 5 7 9 27 39 75 62 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 11 4 6 33 18 7 6 8 24 24 57 42 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 12 4 5 39 21 6 6 9 24 32 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 9 6 6 32 23 7 4 10 35 40 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 8 5 8 32 30 8 4 9 23 30 55 60 –5 41
12 Derby County 42 10 7 4 37 24 4 6 11 17 35 54 59 –5 41
13 Norwich City 42 10 8 3 28 20 1 10 10 24 46 52 66 –14 40
14 Middlesbrough 42 8 8 5 25 19 4 7 10 17 35 42 54 –12 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 7 8 6 30 27 5 4 12 21 37 51 64 –13 36
16 Chelsea 42 7 11 3 28 20 4 3 14 18 49 46 69 –23 36
17 Bristol City 42 9 6 6 37 26 2 7 12 12 27 49 53 –4 35
18 Ipswich Town 42 10 5 6 32 24 1 8 12 15 37 47 61 –14 35
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 8 5 27 26 1 7 13 20 38 47 64 –17 33
20 West Ham United 42 8 6 7 31 28 4 2 15 21 41 52 69 –17 32
21 Newcastle United 42 4 6 11 26 37 2 4 15 16 41 42 78 –36 22
22 Leicester City 42 4 7 10 16 32 1 5 15 10 38 26 70 –44 22

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

Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
League Cup winners, see Nottingham Forest
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
20 August 1977 Manchester City A 0–0 45,963
24 August 1977 West Ham United H 1–0 18,310 Kember
27 August 1977 Bristol City H 0–0 17,011
3 September 1977 Queens Park Rangers A 0–3 14,516
10 September 1977 Everton H 1–5 16,425 Sims
17 September 1977 Arsenal A 1–2 27,371 Worthington
24 September 1977 Nottingham Forest H 0–3 21,447
1 October 1977 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 20,009
5 October 1977 Chelsea A 0–0 19,575
8 October 1977 Aston Villa H 0–2 20,276
15 October 1977 Coventry City H 1–2 20,205 Sammels (pen)
22 October 1977 Norwich City A 0–2 17,684
29 October 1977 Leeds United H 0–0 20,128
5 November 1977 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 20,082
12 November 1977 Ipswich Town H 2–1 13,779 Williams, Salmons
19 November 1977 Birmingham City A 1–1 21,208 Waddle
26 November 1977 Liverpool H 0–4 26,051
3 December 1977 Newcastle United A 0–2 20,112
10 December 1977 Derby County H 1–1 21,199 Kelly
17 December 1977 Ipswich Town A 0–1 16,905
26 December 1977 Middlesbrough H 0–0 18,476
27 December 1977 Manchester United A 1–3 57,396 Goodwin
31 December 1977 West Ham United A 2–3 25,455 Kember, Sims
2 January 1978 Manchester City H 0–1 24,041
14 January 1978 Bristol City A 0–0 19,704
21 January 1978 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0 16,288
4 February 1978 Everton A 0–2 33,707
11 February 1978 Arsenal H 1–1 15,780 Williams
25 February 1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 15,763 Goodwin
4 March 1978 Aston Villa A 0–0 29,971
11 March 1978 Coventry City A 0–1 24,421
14 March 1978 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 32,355
18 March 1978 Norwich City H 2–2 13,077 Williams, Davies
25 March 1978 Manchester United H 2–3 20,299 Smith, Salmons
27 March 1978 Middlesbrough A 1–0 15,534 Hughes
28 March 1978 Leeds United A 1–5 21,145 Davies (pen)
1 April 1978 West Bromwich Albion H 0–1 14,637
8 April 1978 Liverpool A 2–3 42,979 Hughes, White
15 April 1978 Birmingham City H 1–4 15,431 Salmons
22 April 1978 Derby County A 1–4 18,829 Davies
26 April 1978 Chelsea H 0–2 12,970
29 April 1978 Newcastle United H 3–0 11,530 Goodwin, Davies, Salmons

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1977-78 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1978 Hull City A 1–0 12,374 Armstrong
R4 28 January 1978 Walsall A 0–1 17,421

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 30 August 1977 Portsmouth A 0–2 13,842

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 Mark Wallington
- England DF Steve Whitworth
- England DF Dennis Rofe
- Scotland MF Eddie Kelly
- England DF Steve Sims
- England DF Alan Woollett
- Scotland MF Brian Alderson
- England MF Steve Kember
- England FW Frank Worthington
- England MF Jon Sammels
- England FW Steve Earle
- England DF Jeff Blockley
- England MF Keith Weller
- England DF Larry May
- England FW Dean Smith
- Scotland MF Lammie Robertson
- England FW Alan Waddle
No. Position Player
- England MF George Armstrong
- England DF David Webb
- Scotland DF Tommy Williams
- England MF Geoff Salmons
- England MF Winston White
- England FW Roger Davies
- England MF Steve Bicknell
- England MF Mark Goodwin
- England DF Peter Welsh
- England DF Kevin Farmer
- Scotland FW Billy Hughes
- England DF Steve Yates
- England MF Neville Hamilton
- England FW Trevor Christie
- England MF Derek Dawkins
- England GK Carl Jayes

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