1981–82 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1981–82 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager Jock Wallace
Second Division 8th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Lineker (17)
All: Lineker (19)
Average home league attendance 14,183

During the 1981–82 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1981–82 season where the Football League decided to increase the points total on a win to three instead of two points, Leicester's start was inconsistent but during the last couple of months of the campaign, the Foxes revived strongly and finished in eighth. At the end of the season, Wallace left to join Motherwell.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Luton Town 42 16 3 2 48 19 9 10 2 38 27 86 46 +40 88
2 Watford 42 13 6 2 46 16 10 5 6 30 26 76 42 +34 80
3 Norwich City 42 14 3 4 41 19 8 2 11 23 31 64 50 +14 71
4 Sheffield Wednesday 42 10 8 3 31 23 10 2 9 24 28 55 51 +4 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 15 4 2 40 9 6 2 13 25 34 65 43 +22 69
6 Barnsley 42 13 4 4 33 14 6 6 9 26 27 59 41 +18 67
7 Rotherham United 42 13 5 3 42 19 7 2 12 24 35 66 54 +12 67
8 Leicester City 42 12 5 4 31 19 6 7 8 25 29 56 48 +8 66
9 Newcastle United 42 14 4 3 30 14 4 4 13 22 36 52 50 +2 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 11 4 6 26 15 5 7 9 21 28 47 43 +4 59
11 Oldham Athletic 42 9 9 3 28 23 6 5 10 22 28 50 51 –1 59
12 Chelsea 42 10 5 6 37 30 5 7 9 23 30 60 60 ±0 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 11 5 5 33 22 2 7 12 17 43 50 65 –15 51
14 Cambridge United 42 11 4 6 31 19 2 5 14 17 34 48 53 –5 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 9 2 10 25 26 4 7 10 9 19 34 45 –11 48
16 Derby County 42 9 8 4 32 23 3 4 14 21 45 53 68 –15 48
17 Grimsby Town 42 5 8 8 29 30 6 5 10 24 35 53 65 –12 46
18 Shrewsbury Town 42 10 6 5 26 19 1 7 13 11 38 37 57 –20 46
19 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 4 7 28 24 3 3 15 11 37 39 61 –22 46
20 Cardiff City 42 9 2 10 28 32 3 6 12 17 29 45 61 –16 44
21 Wrexham 42 9 4 8 22 22 2 7 12 18 34 40 56 –16 44
22 Orient 42 6 8 7 23 24 4 1 16 13 37 36 61 –25 39

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

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Relegated

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29 August 1981 Grimsby Town A 2–2 11,032 Lineker, Melrose
5 September 1981 Wrexham H 1–0 12,905 Hamill
8 September 1981 Barnsley H 1–0 15,447 Hamill
12 September 1981 Derby County A 1–3 16,046 Melrose
19 September 1981 Luton Town H 1–2 14,159 Lynex (pen)
22 September 1981 Rotherham United A 1–1 7,781 May
26 September 1981 Blackburn Rovers A 2–0 8,925 May, Melrose
3 October 1981 Crystal Palace H 1–1 12,558 Lineker
10 October 1981 Bolton Wanderers A 3–0 7,361 Melrose (2), Young
16 October 1981 Chelsea H 1–1 18,358 Melrose
24 October 1981 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2 12,419
31 October 1981 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–0 19,125
7 November 1981 Charlton Athletic A 4–1 8,212 Melrose, Lynex (pen), Lineker (2)
14 November 1981 Orient H 0–1 11,733
21 November 1981 Cardiff City A 1–3 6,687 Welsh
28 November 1981 Cambridge United H 4–1 9,524 Lynex, Hebberd, Peake, Lineker
5 December 1981 Norwich City A 0–0 12,768
12 December 1981 Watford H 1–1 10,340 Lineker
28 December 1981 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 9,174 Lynex
30 January 1982 Luton Town A 1–2 11,810 Lineker
6 February 1982 Derby County H 2–1 14,132 Lynex (pen), Lineker
20 February 1982 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 11,667 Peake
27 February 1982 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 10,678 Lynex (pen)
2 March 1982 Newcastle United H 3–0 12,497 Young, Lineker (2)
9 March 1982 Chelsea A 1–4 10,586 Lynex
13 March 1982 Queens Park Rangers H 3–2 17,821 Lynex (pen), Young, Melrose
17 March 1982 Rotherham United H 1–0 21,123 Melrose
20 March 1982 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–2 18,962
23 March 1982 Crystal Palace A 2–0 9,506 Lynex, Lineker
27 March 1982 Charlton Athletic H 3–1 13,681 Young (2), MacDonald
30 March 1982 Shrewsbury Town A 1–1 5,340 Lineker
10 April 1982 Newcastle United A 0–0 25,777
13 April 1982 Oldham Athletic H 2–1 14,298 Melrose, Lineker
17 April 1982 Cardiff City H 3–1 13,650 Lineker (2), Lynex
20 April 1982 Wrexham A 0–0 4,913
24 April 1982 Cambridge United A 2–1 7,212 Lineker, Welsh
1 May 1982 Norwich City H 1–4 19,630 May
4 May 1982 Barnsley A 2–0 15,418 Welsh, Lineker
8 May 1982 Watford A 1–3 20,859 Melrose
12 May 1982 Grimsby Town H 1–2 13,941 Welsh (pen)
15 May 1982 Shrewsbury Town H 0–0 11,368
18 May 1982 Orient A 0–3 2,107

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1981–82 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1982 Southampton H 3–1 20,589 Young (2), Lineker
R4 23 January 1982 Hereford United A 1–0 10,602 May
R5 13 February 1982 Watford H 2–0 27,991 O'Neill, Terry (own goal)
QF 6 March 1982 Shrewsbury Town H 5–2 29,117 May, Melrose (2), Lineker, Cross (own goal)
SF 3 April 1982 Tottenham Hotspur N 0–2 46,606

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 6 October 1981 Preston North End A 0–1 5,382
R2 2nd leg 28 October 1981 Preston North End H 4–0 (won 4-1 on agg) 7,685 Robson, Lynex, Melrose, O'Riordan (own goal)
R3 11 November 1981 Aston Villa H 0–0 19,806
R3R 25 November 1981 Aston Villa A 0–2 23,136

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
- Scotland DF Tommy Williams
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- England DF Larry May
- Scotland DF Paul Friar
- England MF Steve Lynex
- Scotland MF Ian Wilson
- England MF Andy Peake
- England FW Gary Lineker
- Scotland FW Alan Young
- Scotland MF Kevin MacDonald
- Scotland FW Jim Melrose
No. Position Player
- England DF Norman Leet
- Scotland MF Eddie Kelly
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- England FW Keith Robson
- England DF Geoff Scott
- Scotland DF Billy Gibson
- Scotland DF Peter Welsh
- Scotland GK Nicky Walker
- England MF Trevor Hebberd (on loan from Southampton)
- Scotland DF Bobby Smith
- Scotland MF Stewart Hamill
- England FW Dave Buchanan

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