1987–88 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1987–88 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager Bryan Hamilton (until 11 December)
David Pleat (from 24 December)
Second Division 13th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: McAllister (9)
All: Newell (11)
Average home league attendance 10,157

During the 1987–88 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1987–88 season, Leicester started poorly with 5 defeats in their first 6 league games which put manager Hamilton under real pressure which forced him to snap up strikers Jari Rantanen from IFK Göteborg and Newell from Luton Town for a club record £350,000 to make prospects a little brighter but 2 wins in 11 league games cost Hamilton his job and during the Christmas period, former Tottenham manager David Pleat was unveiled as Leicester's new boss and fortunes turned in the second half of the season where they only lost 4 league games during that period and scored in each of their final 16 league fixtures.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Millwall 44 15 3 4 45 23 10 4 8 27 29 72 52 +20 82
2 Aston Villa 44 9 7 6 31 21 13 5 4 37 20 68 41 +27 78
3 Middlesbrough 44 15 4 3 44 16 7 8 7 19 20 63 36 +27 78 [notes2 1]
4 Bradford City 44 14 3 5 49 26 8 8 6 25 28 74 54 +20 77
5 Blackburn Rovers 44 12 8 2 38 22 9 6 7 30 30 68 52 +16 77
6 Crystal Palace 44 16 3 3 50 21 6 6 10 36 38 86 59 +27 75
7 Leeds United 44 14 4 4 37 18 5 8 9 24 33 61 51 +10 69
8 Ipswich Town 44 14 3 5 38 17 5 6 11 23 35 61 52 +9 66
9 Manchester City 44 11 4 7 50 28 8 4 10 30 32 80 60 +20 65
10 Oldham Athletic 44 13 4 5 43 27 5 7 10 29 37 72 64 +8 65
11 Stoke City 44 12 6 4 34 22 5 5 12 16 35 50 57 – 7 62
12 Swindon Town 44 10 7 5 43 25 6 4 12 30 35 73 60 +13 59
13 Leicester City 44 12 5 5 35 20 4 6 12 27 41 62 61 +1 59
14 Barnsley 44 11 4 7 42 32 4 8 10 19 30 61 62 – 1 57
15 Hull City 44 10 8 4 32 22 4 7 11 22 38 54 60 – 6 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 44 12 4 6 44 26 4 4 14 21 41 65 67 – 2 56
17 Bournemouth 44 7 7 8 36 30 6 3 13 20 38 56 68 – 12 49
18 Shrewsbury Town 44 7 8 7 23 22 4 8 10 19 32 42 54 – 12 49
19 Birmingham City 44 7 9 6 20 24 4 6 12 21 42 41 66 – 25 48
20 West Bromwich Albion 44 8 7 7 29 26 4 4 14 21 43 50 69 – 19 47
21 Sheffield United 44 8 6 8 27 28 5 1 16 18 46 45 74 – 29 46 [notes2 2]
22 Reading 44 5 7 10 20 25 5 5 12 24 45 44 70 – 26 42
23 Huddersfield Town 44 4 6 12 20 38 2 4 16 21 62 41 100 – 59 28
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Middlesbrough won the play-offs and were thus promoted.
  2. ^ Sheffield United lost in the first round of the play-offs and were thus relegated.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
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
15 August 1987 Shrewsbury Town H 0–1 8,469
19 August 1987 Leeds United A 0–1 21,034
29 August 1987 Millwall H 1–0 7,559 Moran
31 August 1987 Stoke City A 1–2 9,948 McAllister
5 September 1987 Aston Villa H 0–2 10,286
12 September 1987 Crystal Palace A 1–2 8,925 McAllister
16 September 1987 Oldham Athletic H 4–1 7,358 Newell, Rantanen, Ford, Wilson
19 September 1987 Plymouth Argyle H 4–0 8,872 Wilson, Ford, Newell, Rantanen
26 September 1987 Bournemouth A 3–2 7,969 Newell, Osman, Mauchlen
30 September 1987 Ipswich Town H 1–1 11,533 Moran
3 October 1987 Manchester City A 2–4 16,481 Newell, Rantanen
10 October 1987 Barnsley H 0–0 8,665
17 October 1987 Sheffield United A 1–2 10,593 McAllister
21 October 1987 West Bromwich Albion H 3–0 9,262 Walsh, Moran (2)
24 October 1987 Hull City A 2–2 8,826 McAllister, Walsh
31 October 1987 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 8,650 Moran
7 November 1987 Swindon Town H 3–2 8,346 Ramsey, Walsh, Venus
14 November 1987 Birmingham City A 2–2 8,666 Walsh, Cusack
21 November 1987 Bradford City H 0–2 11,543
28 November 1987 Huddersfield Town A 0–1 6,704
5 December 1987 Middlesbrough H 0–0 9,411
12 December 1987 Oldham Athletic A 0–2 4,785
26 December 1987 Bournemouth H 0–1 11,452
28 December 1987 Plymouth Argyle A 0–4 15,581
1 January 1988 Millwall A 0–1 7,220
2 January 1988 Crystal Palace H 4–4 10,104 Brien, McAllister (pen), Reid, Wilkinson
16 January 1988 Shrewsbury Town A 0–0 5,025
30 January 1988 Reading A 2–1 6,645 Osman, Walsh
6 February 1988 Aston Villa A 1–2 18,867 Newell
13 February 1988 Leeds United H 3–2 11,937 McAllister (2, 1 pen), Cross
20 February 1988 Ipswich Town A 2–0 11,084 Reid, Newell
27 February 1988 Manchester City H 1–0 13,852 Cross
5 March 1988 Sheffield United H 1–0 12,256 Cross
12 March 1988 Barnsley A 1–1 7,447 Walsh
16 March 1988 Stoke City H 1–1 10,502 Mauchlen
19 March 1988 Blackburn Rovers A 3–3 9,564 Reid (2), Newell
26 March 1988 Hull City H 2–1 10,353 Newell, Weir (pen)
2 April 1988 Swindon Town A 2–3 9,450 Osman, McAllister
5 April 1988 Birmingham City H 2–0 13,541 Osman (2)
9 April 1988 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 11,013 Cross
23 April 1988 Reading H 1–0 9,603 Walsh
30 April 1988 Bradford City A 1–4 14,393 Reid
2 May 1988 Huddersfield Town H 3–0 9,803 Cross (2), Groves
7 May 1988 Middlesbrough A 2–1 27,645 Weir, McAllister

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1987-88 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 9 January 1988 Oxford United A 0–2 7,557

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 23 September 1987 Scunthorpe United H 2–1 7,718 McAllister, Newell
R2 2nd leg 6 October 1987 Scunthorpe United A 2–1 (won 4-2 on agg) 4,031 Reid, Rantanen
R3 28 October 1987 Oxford United A 0–0 14,586 Newell, Reid
R3R 4 November 1987 Oxford United H 2–3 10,476 Newell (2)

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 10 November 1987 Huddersfield Town H 1–0 3,440 Ford
R2 1 December 1987 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 1,327 Jobling (2)
R3 19 January 1988 Stoke City A 0–0 (lost 3-5 on pens) 5,161

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
- England DF Simon Morgan
- Wales MF Robbie James
- England DF Russell Osman
- England DF Tony Spearing
- England DF Steve Walsh
- Scotland MF Ian Wilson
- England MF Gary Ford
- Scotland MF Gary McAllister
- England MF Nick Cusack
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- Republic of Ireland MF Martin Russell
- England DF Mark Venus
- England FW Steve Moran
- England FW Steve Wilkinson
- England DF Phil Horner
No. Position Player
- England MF Paul Reid
- England GK Paul Cooper
- Scotland MF Ali Mauchlen (captain)
- Finland FW Jari Rantanen
- England FW Mike Newell
- Republic of Ireland DF Tony Brien
- Republic of Ireland DF Dave Langan (on loan from Oxford United)
- England MF Kevin Jobling
- Norway MF Kjetil Osvold (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
- Scotland MF Kevin MacDonald (on loan from Liverpool)
- Scotland MF Peter Weir
- England DF Steve Prindiville
- England FW Nicky Cross
- England MF Phil Turner
- England DF Grant Brown
- England MF Paul Groves

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