1986–87 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1986–87 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
First Division 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Alan Smith (17)
All: Smith (20)
Average home league attendance 11,697

During the 1986–87 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In 1986–87 season, former Wigan Athletic boss Bryan Hamilton replaced Gordon Milne as team manager of the Foxes but it proved to be another season of struggle and in March, Alan Smith was sold to Arsenal for £800,000 even though he was loaned back to Leicester until the end of the season and Steve Lynex was sold to West Brom leaving Leicester’s strike force a bit weakened. Leicester brought in youngsters and loan-spell trialists but they did little to prevent the Foxes from relegation to the Second Division after 4 years in the top flight.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Everton 42 26 8 8 76 31  +45 86
2. Liverpool 42 23 8 11 72 42  +30 77
3. Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 8 13 68 43  +25 71
4. Arsenal 42 20 10 12 58 35  +23 70
5. Norwich City 42 17 17 8 53 51  +2 68
6. Wimbledon 42 19 9 14 57 50  +7 66
7. Luton Town 42 18 12 12 47 45  +2 66
8. Nottingham Forest 42 18 11 13 64 51  +13 65
9. Watford 42 18 9 15 67 54  +13 63
10. Coventry City 42 17 12 13 50 45  +5 63
11. Manchester United 42 14 14 14 52 45  +7 56
12. Southampton 42 14 10 18 69 68  +1 52
13. Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 13 16 58 59  -1 52
14. Chelsea 42 13 13 16 53 64  -11 52
15. West Ham United 42 14 10 18 52 67  -15 52
16. Queen's Park Rangers 42 13 11 18 48 64  -16 50
17. Newcastle United 42 12 11 19 47 65  -18 47
18. Oxford United 42 11 13 18 44 69  -25 46
19. Charlton Athletic 42 11 11 20 45 55  -10 44
20. Leicester City 42 11 9 22 54 76  -22 42
21. Manchester City 42 8 15 19 36 57  -21 39
22. Aston Villa 42 8 12 22 45 79  -34 36
Key
Champions
Qualified for the promotion/relegation playoffs
Relegated to Division Two

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

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
23 August 1986 Luton Town H 1–1 9,801 Smith
30 August 1986 Wimbledon A 0–1 5,987
3 September 1986 Liverpool H 2–1 16,344 McAllister, Osman
6 September 1986 Manchester United H 1–1 16,785 Kelly
13 September 1986 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 21,603 McAllister, Moran
17 September 1986 Norwich City A 1–2 14,814 Smith
20 September 1986 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 13,141 Morgan
27 September 1986 Queens Park Rangers A 1–0 10,021 Smith
4 October 1986 Manchester City A 2–1 18,033 Sealy, Smith
11 October 1986 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 18,402 Smith, McAllister (2, 1 pen)
18 October 1986 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 5,770
25 October 1986 Southampton H 2–3 9,186 Osman, McAllister
1 November 1986 Aston Villa A 0–2 14,529
8 November 1986 Newcastle United H 1–1 9,836 Smith
15 November 1986 Everton H 0–2 13,450
22 November 1986 Watford A 1–5 13,605 Smith
29 November 1986 Chelsea H 2–2 10,047 McAllister (pen), O'Neill
6 December 1986 Coventry City A 0–1 12,320
14 December 1986 Oxford United H 2–0 8,480 Smith, Wilson
20 December 1986 Manchester United A 0–2 34,180
26 December 1986 Arsenal H 1–1 19,205 Moran
28 December 1986 Everton A 1–5 39,730 Moran
1 January 1987 West Ham United A 1–4 16,625 Moran
3 January 1987 Sheffield Wednesday H 6–1 10,851 Ramsey, Smith (2), Moran (3)
24 January 1987 Luton Town A 0–1 9,102
7 February 1987 Wimbledon H 3–1 8,369 Smith, Ramsey (2)
14 February 1987 Liverpool A 3–4 34,259 Smith (2), Johnston (own goal)
21 February 1987 Norwich City H 0–2 8,742
25 February 1987 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–5 16,038
7 March 1987 Southampton A 0–4 11,611
14 March 1987 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 8,159 Smith
22 March 1987 Nottingham Forest A 1–2 18,679 Mauchlen
25 March 1987 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 7,384 McAllister (2, 1 pen), Ramsey, McDonald (own goal)
28 March 1987 Manchester City H 4–0 10,743 Morgan, Smith, McAllister, Ramsey
4 April 1987 Newcastle United A 0–2 23,360
11 April 1987 Aston Villa H 1–1 11,933 Moran
18 April 1987 West Ham United H 2–0 10,434 Smith, O'Neill
20 April 1987 Arsenal A 1–4 18,767 Osman
25 April 1987 Watford H 1–2 9,448 Moran
2 May 1987 Chelsea A 1–3 11,975 Smith
4 May 1987 Coventry City H 1–1 14,903 Ramsey
9 May 1987 Oxford United A 0–0 10,183

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1986-87 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 10 January 1987 Queens Park Rangers A 2–5 9,684 Smith, McAllister (pen)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 23 September 1986 Swansea City A 2–0 9,590 McAllister, Smith
R2 Second Leg 8 October 1986 Swansea City H 4–2 5,884 Morgan, Smith, Moran (2)
R3 29 October 1986 Liverpool A 1–4 20,248 Moran

Squad[edit]

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 Ian Andrews
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- England DF Mark Venus
- England DF Russell Osman
- England DF Steve Walsh
- Scotland MF Gary McAllister
- England FW Alan Smith (on loan from Arsenal from March)
- Scotland MF Ian Wilson
- England FW Tony Sealy
- England DF Simon Morgan
- England FW Steve Moran
- England DF Andy Feeley
No. Position Player
- Scotland MF Ali Mauchlen
- England MF Paul Bunce
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- England FW Robert Alleyne
- England DF Phil Horner
- England MF Jean-Michel d'Avray (on loan from Ipswich Town)
- England MF Paul Reid
- England FW Steve Wilkinson
- England MF Kevin Jobling
- Scotland MF John Buckley (on loan from Leeds United)
- Republic of Ireland MF Martin Russell

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England MF Ian Banks (Released)
- England FW Mark Bright (to Crystal Palace)
No. Position Player
- England MF Rob Kelly (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- England MF Steve Lynex (to West Bromwich Albion)

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