1982–83 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1982–83 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager Gordon Milne
Second Division 3rd (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Lineker (26)
Average home league attendance 12,819

During the 1982–83 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In August 1982, Gordon Milne left Coventry City to join Leicester as their new boss. The 1982–83 season didn't start well for the Foxes with just 6 wins in their first 16 league games which saw Leicester in 15th and looked like their promotion challenge was over. Then from December onwards until the end of the season, Leicester lost only 4 league games during their impressive league form and finished the season unbeaten in 15 league matches. Heading to the final league game, Leicester were ahead of Fulham on goal difference knowing a slip up would see the Cottagers leapfrog them to automatic promotion. With Leicester only holding relegated Burnley to a 0-0 draw at home, it gave Fulham a chance to do so at Derby County but with only a win required. An incident involving a spectator and a Fulham player led to the game being abandoned 2 minutes away from the 90 minute mark with Fulham losing 1-0 at the Baseball Ground. An enquiry from the Football League was held for a few days and they decided eventually the result from the Derby-Fulham game would stand which meant the Foxes were promoted after 2 seasons in the second tier.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 3 2 51 16 10 4 7 26 20 77 36 +41 85
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 14 5 2 42 16 6 10 5 26 28 68 44 +24 75
3 Leicester City 42 11 4 6 36 15 9 6 6 36 29 72 44 +28 70
4 Fulham 42 13 5 3 36 20 7 4 10 28 27 64 47 +17 69
5 Newcastle United 42 13 6 2 43 21 5 7 9 32 32 75 53 +22 67
6 Sheffield Wednesday 42 9 8 4 33 23 7 7 7 27 24 60 47 +13 63
7 Oldham Athletic 42 8 10 3 38 24 6 9 6 26 23 64 47 +17 61
8 Leeds United 42 7 11 3 28 22 6 10 5 23 24 51 46 +5 60
9 Shrewsbury Town 42 8 9 4 20 15 7 5 9 28 33 48 48 ±0 59
10 Barnsley 42 9 8 4 37 28 5 7 9 20 27 57 55 +2 57
11 Blackburn Rovers 42 11 7 3 38 21 4 5 12 20 37 58 58 ±0 57
12 Cambridge United 42 11 7 3 26 17 2 5 14 16 43 42 60 –18 51
13 Derby County 42 7 10 4 27 24 3 9 9 22 34 49 58 –9 49
14 Carlisle United 42 10 6 5 44 28 2 6 13 24 42 68 70 –2 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 11 7 3 31 17 1 5 15 12 35 43 52 –9 48
16 Middlesbrough 42 8 7 6 27 29 3 8 10 19 38 46 67 –21 48
17 Charlton Athletic 42 11 3 7 40 31 2 6 13 23 55 63 86 –23 48
18 Chelsea 42 8 8 5 31 22 3 6 12 20 39 51 61 –10 47
19 Grimsby Town 42 9 7 5 32 26 3 4 14 13 44 45 70 –25 47
20 Rotherham United 42 6 7 8 22 29 4 8 9 23 39 45 68 –23 45
21 Burnley 42 10 4 7 38 24 2 4 15 18 42 56 66 –10 44
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 2 9 30 26 1 9 11 12 35 42 61 –19 44
  • 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
28 August 1982 Charlton Athletic H 1–2 11,038 B Smith
31 August 1982 Rotherham United A 3–1 9,254 Melrose, A Smith, Lineker
4 September 1982 Chelsea A 1–1 14,127 Lineker
8 September 1982 Leeds United H 0–1 12,963
11 September 1982 Carlisle United H 6–0 8,440 Lynex (3, 2 pens), Lineker (3, 1 pen)
18 September 1982 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 4,963 A Smith
25 September 1982 Queens Park Rangers H 0–1 10,647
2 October 1982 Shrewsbury Town A 2–0 5,223 MacDonald, O'Neill
9 October 1982 Grimsby Town H 2–0 9,640 Lynex, Lineker
16 October 1982 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–0 15,782 Wilson, Lineker, English
23 October 1982 Derby County A 4–0 13,191 Lineker (3), A Smith
30 October 1982 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–2 17,341
6 November 1982 Cambridge United A 1–3 5,011 Lineker
13 November 1982 Newcastle United H 2–2 15,044 English, Lineker
20 November 1982 Crystal Palace H 0–1 8,616
27 November 1982 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 5,060 Wilson
4 December 1982 Fulham H 2–0 9,082 Buchanan, Lineker
11 December 1982 Burnley A 4–2 6,503 Lineker, Lynex (pen), A Smith (2)
18 December 1982 Oldham Athletic H 2–1 8,125 MacDonald (pen), A Smith
27 December 1982 Middlesbrough A 1–1 12,665 Lineker
28 December 1982 Barnsley H 1–0 14,838 A Smith
1 January 1983 Crystal Palace A 0–1 8,801
3 January 1983 Chelsea H 3–0 13,745 Lineker (2), A Smith
15 January 1983 Charlton Athletic A 1–2 5,971 Wilson
22 January 1983 Blackburn Rovers H 0–1 8,361
5 February 1983 Carlisle United A 1–0 4,402 MacDonald
19 February 1983 Grimsby Town A 0–2 6,963
22 February 1983 Shrewsbury Town H 3–2 6,155 Lineker (2), Wilson
26 February 1983 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 5–0 13,530 Lynex (2), A Smith, Lineker, Daly
5 March 1983 Derby County H 1–1 15,452 Lynex
19 March 1983 Cambridge United H 4–0 8,305 A Smith (2), Lynex (pen), Wilson
22 March 1983 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 14,036 MacDonald, A Smith
26 March 1983 Newcastle United A 2–2 22,692 Lineker (2)
2 April 1983 Barnsley A 2–1 13,278 Wilson, English
5 April 1983 Middlesbrough H 1–0 12,025 O'Neill
9 April 1983 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 16,301 Lineker (2)
16 April 1983 Rotherham United H 3–1 12,978 Wilson, Lineker (2)
23 April 1983 Fulham A 1–0 24,251 Wilson
30 April 1983 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 13,959
2 May 1983 Leeds United A 2–2 14,442 A Smith, May
7 May 1983 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 9,088 Jones, Ramsey
14 May 1983 Burnley H 0–0 29,453

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1982-83 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1983 Notts County H 2–3 18,384 A Smith, Wilson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 6 October 1982 Lincoln City A 0–2 6,775
R2 2nd leg 27 October 1982 Lincoln City H 0–1 (lost 0-3 on agg) 10,000

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
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- Scotland DF Paul Friar
- Scotland MF Kevin MacDonald
- England DF Larry May
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- England MF Steve Lynex
- England FW Gary Lineker
- England FW Alan Smith
- Scotland FW Jim Melrose
- Scotland DF Bobby Smith
- Scotland MF Eddie Kelly
No. Position Player
- England FW Tommy English
- Scotland MF Ian Wilson
- Republic of Ireland DF Jimmy Holmes
- England FW Dave Buchanan
- England DF Norman Leet
- Scotland DF Tommy Williams
- England DF Paul Brown
- England FW Keith Robson
- Republic of Ireland MF Gerry Daly (on loan from Coventry City)
- England MF Andy Peake
- England FW Robbie Jones

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