1988–89 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1988–89 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager David Pleat
Second Division 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Full Members Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Newell (13)
All: Newell (15)
Average home league attendance 10,701

During the 1988–89 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1988–89 season, Leicester failed to put consecutive wins in the league for the first time since the 1977–78 relegation season from the top flight. The only highlight in the league for the Foxes was a 2-0 win over champions Chelsea which delayed their promotion celebrations and also ending their 27 match unbeaten run. Leicester's 15th place finish meant the Foxes finished in the bottom half of the Second Division for a second season running, which they hadn't done since 1951.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chelsea 46 15 6 2 50 25 14 6 3 46 25 96 50 +46 99
2 Manchester City 46 12 8 3 48 28 11 5 7 29 25 77 53 +24 82
3 Crystal Palace 46 15 6 2 42 17 8 6 9 29 32 71 49 +22 81 [notes3 1]
4 Watford 46 14 5 4 41 18 8 7 8 33 30 74 48 +26 78
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 16 4 3 50 22 6 7 10 24 37 74 59 +15 77
6 Swindon Town 46 13 8 2 35 15 7 8 8 33 38 68 53 +15 76
7 Barnsley 46 12 8 3 37 21 8 6 9 29 37 66 58 +8 74
8 Ipswich Town 46 13 3 7 42 23 9 4 10 29 38 71 61 +10 73
9 West Bromwich Albion 46 13 7 3 43 18 5 11 7 22 23 65 41 +24 72
10 Leeds United 46 12 6 5 34 20 5 10 8 25 30 59 50 +9 67
11 Sunderland 46 12 8 3 40 23 4 7 12 20 37 60 60 ±0 63
12 Bournemouth 46 13 3 7 32 20 5 5 13 21 42 53 62 –9 62
13 Stoke City 46 10 9 4 33 25 5 5 13 24 47 57 72 –15 59
14 Bradford City 46 8 11 4 29 22 5 6 12 23 37 52 59 –7 56
15 Leicester City 46 11 6 6 31 20 2 10 11 25 43 56 63 –7 55
16 Oldham Athletic 46 9 10 4 49 32 2 11 10 26 40 75 72 +3 54
17 Oxford United 46 11 6 6 40 34 3 6 14 22 36 62 70 –8 54
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 4 8 35 22 3 8 12 20 44 55 66 –11 54
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 11 5 7 36 24 3 4 16 21 42 57 66 –9 51
20 Portsmouth 46 10 6 7 33 21 3 6 14 20 41 53 62 –9 51
21 Hull City 46 7 9 7 31 25 4 5 14 21 43 52 68 –16 47
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 4 11 8 25 31 4 7 12 15 36 40 67 –27 42
23 Birmingham City 46 6 4 13 21 33 2 7 14 10 43 31 76 –45 35
24 Walsall 46 3 10 10 27 42 2 6 15 14 38 41 80 –39 31
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Crystal Palace won the play-offs and were promoted.
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
27 August 1988 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 13,082 Mauchlen
29 August 1988 Portsmouth A 0–2 10,737
3 September 1988 Birmingham City A 3–2 7,932 Newell, Cross, Quinn
10 September 1988 Ipswich Town H 0–1 10,816
17 September 1988 Oxford United A 1–1 6,610 Cross
21 September 1988 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 9,117 Newell
24 September 1988 Watford H 2–2 10,957 Walsh, Reid
1 October 1988 Chelsea A 1–2 7,050 Quinn
4 October 1988 Hull City A 2–2 5,079 McAllister, Williams
8 October 1988 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 9,021 Quinn
15 October 1988 Stoke City H 2–0 10,312 Newell (2)
22 October 1988 Leeds United A 1–1 17,263 Quinn
26 October 1988 Swindon Town H 3–3 9,751 McAllister (2, 1 pen), King (own goal)
29 October 1988 Shrewsbury Town A 0–3 5,178
5 November 1988 Manchester City H 0–0 14,080
12 November 1988 Walsall A 1–0 6,895 Newell
19 November 1988 Crystal Palace A 2–4 8,843 Newell, McAllister
26 November 1988 Bradford City H 1–0 9,533 Quinn
3 December 1988 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 5,789 Quinn
10 December 1988 Sunderland H 3–1 11,093 Newell, Cross, Reid
17 December 1988 Barnsley A 0–3 6,477
26 December 1988 Bournemouth H 0–1 13,896
31 December 1988 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 10,820 Turner, Cross, Newell, McAllister
2 January 1989 Ipswich Town A 0–2 14,037
14 January 1989 Portsmouth H 2–1 10,567 Turner, Reid
21 January 1989 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 20,785 Reid
4 February 1989 Hull City H 0–2 9,996
11 February 1989 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–1 9,572 McAllister
18 February 1989 Leeds United H 1–2 14,151 Cross
25 February 1989 Stoke City A 2–2 9,666 Reid, Walsh
28 February 1989 Swindon Town A 1–2 7,456 Newell
4 March 1989 Walsall H 1–0 9,375 Cross
11 March 1989 Manchester City A 2–4 22,266 McAllister, Newell
15 March 1989 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 7,750 McAllister
18 March 1989 Plymouth Argyle A 1–1 6,703 Cross
25 March 1989 Birmingham City H 2–0 9,564 Mauchlen (2)
27 March 1989 Bournemouth A 1–2 8,913 McAllister
1 April 1989 Oxford United H 1–0 8,187 McAllister
8 April 1989 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 8,103
11 April 1989 Barnsley H 0–1 7,266
15 April 1989 Chelsea H 2–0 19,468 Reid, Cross
22 April 1989 Watford A 1–2 11,262 Newell
29 April 1989 Bradford City A 1–2 8,703 Paris
1 May 1989 Oldham Athletic H 1–2 7,223 Newell
6 May 1989 Crystal Palace H 2–2 9,917 North, Cross
13 May 1989 Sunderland A 2–2 15,819 McAllister, Newell (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988-89 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1989 Manchester City A 0–1 23,838

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 28 September 1988 Watford H 4–1 9,512 Reid, Walsh, Cross, McAllister (pen)
R2 2nd leg 11 October 1988 Watford A 2–2 (won 6-3 on agg) 9,087 Mauchlen, Newell
R3 2 November 1988 Norwich City H 2–0 14,586 Newell, Reid
R4 30 November 1988 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 26,764
R4R 14 December 1988 Nottingham Forest A 1–2 26,676 Clarke

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 8 November 1988 Watford A 0–2 (a.e.t.) 3,626

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 Martin Hodge
- Scotland MF Ali Mauchlen (captain)
- England DF Tony Spearing
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- England DF Steve Walsh
- England DF Grant Brown
- England MF Paul Reid
- England FW Nicky Cross
- England FW Mike Newell
- Scotland MF Gary McAllister
- England MF Phil Turner
- Northern Ireland FW Jimmy Quinn
- England GK Paul Cooper
- England DF Alan Paris
No. Position Player
- Scotland MF Peter Weir
- England GK Carl Muggleton
- England DF Simon Morgan
- Republic of Ireland MF Martin Russell
- England MF Darren Williams
- England MF Paul Groves
- Republic of Ireland DF Tony Brien
- England MF Gary Mills
- Republic of Ireland MF Mick Kennedy
- England DF Gary Charles (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
- England FW Marc North
- Republic of Ireland DF Peter Eccles
- England MF Dave Puttnam
- England FW Steve Wilkinson

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