2007–08 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2007–08 season
Chairman Serbia Milan Mandarić
Manager England Martin Allen
England Jon Rudkin and England Steve Beaglehole and England Mike Stowell (caretakers)
England Gary Megson
Scotland Frank Burrows and Northern Ireland Gerry Taggart (caretakers)
England Ian Holloway
Championship 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer Hume (10)
Highest home attendance 31,892 (vs. Sheffield Wednesday)
Lowest home attendance 19,264 (vs. Preston North End)
Average home league attendance 23,509
Home colours
Away colours

The 2007–08 season was Leicester City's 103rd season in the English football league system and their 57th in the second tier of English football.

Season summary[edit]

Martin Allen had joined Leicester from Milton Keynes Dons in May,[1] but his refusal to sign Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who had been invited for a medical by chairman Milan Mandarić but turned away by Allen, created friction between the two. The tension was only exacerbated when Allen refused to put in a bid for Celtic striker Derek Riordan. Eventually Martin Allen left Leicester by mutual consent on 29 August, after three months and four matches in charge, with Leicester in ninth place.[2] Former West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest manager Gary Megson was appointed as Allen's successor on 13 September,[3] but left 41 days later, signing as Bolton Wanderers manager on 24 October, leaving Leicester 15th after nine league matches in charge.[4] Ian Holloway, who had stabilised Plymouth Argyle in the Championship, was named Megson's successor on 22 November,[5] but he was unable to revitalise Leicester and a 0-0 draw at Stoke City and with Southampton (who started the day in the relegation zone) beating Sheffield United on the final day of the season sealed Leicester's relegation to the third tier. Holloway left the club by mutual consent on 23 May.[6]

Kit and sponsorship[edit]

Leicester City's last deal with kit supplier JJB Sports came to an end on 9 May 2007.[7] It was announced on 30 May that Topps Tiles would be the kits sponsor in a two-year agreement. On 26 June it was announced the new kit would be produced by Jako and would be an all blue kit.[8] The last time Leicester City wore an all-blue kit was during the promotion season of 2002–03.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Promotion to Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 60 50 +10 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 56 −6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 46 69 −23 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Club standings[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 7 7 9 23 19 +4 5 9 9 19 26 −7

Last updated: 4 May 2008.
Source: LCFC Football League Championship Results

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[9]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2007 Blackpool H 0-1 26,650
18 August 2007 Crystal Palace A 2-2 15,607 Campbell, Kisnorbo
25 August 2007 Watford H 4-1 21,642 Hume, Campbell, Sheehan, de Vries
1 September 2007 Plymouth Argyle A 0-0 11,850
15 September 2007 Queens Park Rangers H 1-1 21,893 Hume (pen)
22 September 2007 Charlton Athletic A 0-2 21,918
29 September 2007 Stoke City H 1-1 23,654 Fryatt
2 October 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 21,311
6 October 2007 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-0 20,010 McAuley, Sodje (own goal)
20 October 2007 Scunthorpe United A 0-0 6,006
23 October 2007 Sheffield United H 0-1 21,146
27 October 2007 Barnsley H 2-0 24,133 John, Kisnorbo
3 November 2007 Colchester United A 1-1 5,661 John
6 November 2007 Preston North End A 1-1 10,930 Campbell
10 November 2007 Burnley H 0-1 21,334
24 November 2007 Bristol City A 2-0 15,040 Stearman, Fryatt
26 November 2007 Cardiff City H 0-0 27,246
1 December 2007 Southampton H 1-2 20,070 King
4 December 2007 Burnley A 1-1 10,688 Hume
8 December 2007 West Bromwich Albion H 1-2 22,088 Hume
11 December 2007 Ipswich Town A 1-3 17,938 Hume
15 December 2007 Hull City A 0-2 16,006
22 December 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 23,477 Hume
26 December 2007 Ipswich Town H 2-0 24,049 Stearman, Kisnorbo
29 December 2007 Charlton Athletic H 1-1 23,667 Clemence
1 January 2008 Queens Park Rangers A 1-3 13,326 Hume
12 January 2008 Coventry City H 2-0 23,905 Howard, Hayles
19 January 2008 Norwich City A 0-0 25,462
28 January 2008 Crystal Palace H 1-0 21,764 Hayles
2 February 2008 Blackpool A 1-2 9,298 Howard
9 February 2008 Plymouth Argyle H 0-1 21,264
12 February 2008 Watford A 0-1 15,944
16 February 2008 Norwich City H 4-0 25,854 Hume, Howard, Campbell, Clemence
23 February 2008 Coventry City A 0-2 23,129
1 March 2008 Cardiff City A 1-0 13,355 Purse (own goal)
4 March 2008 Preston North End H 0-1 19,264
8 March 2008 Bristol City H 0-0 22,616
11 March 2008 Southampton A 0-1 17,741
15 March 2008 West Bromwich Albion A 4-1 22,038 McAuley, Howard (3, 1 pen)
22 March 2008 Hull City H 0-2 30,374
29 March 2008 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 22,165 Hendrie
5 April 2008 Sheffield United A 0-3 24,818
12 April 2008 Colchester United H 1-1 22,719 Hume
19 April 2008 Barnsley A 1-0 14,644 Hume
26 April 2008 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-3 31,892 Hume
4 May 2008 Stoke City A 0-0 26,609

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2008 Southampton A 0-2 20,094

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 14 August 2007 Accrington Stanley A 1-0 2,021 Wesolowski
R2 18 September 2007 Nottingham Forest A 3-2 15,519 Sheehan, Stearman, Clemence
R3 26 September 2007 Aston Villa A 1-0 25,956 Fryatt
R4 31 October 2007 Chelsea A 3-4 40,037 McAuley, Campbell, Cort

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
2 England DF James Chambers
3 Australia DF Patrick Kisnorbo
4 France DF Bruno N'Gotty
5 Northern Ireland DF Gareth McAuley
6 England MF Stephen Clemence
7 Canada FW Iain Hume
8 Bulgaria MF Radostin Kishishev
9 Republic of Ireland MF David Bell (on loan from Luton Town)
10 England FW DJ Campbell
11 England DF Jamie Clapham
12 England FW Matty Fryatt
14 Australia MF James Wesolowski
15 Republic of Ireland MF Jonny Hayes
16 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Sheehan
17 England DF Richard Stearman
18 Netherlands MF Sergio Hellings (transfer listed)
19 Ghana FW Elvis Hammond (transfer listed)
20 England DF Harry Worley (on loan from Chelsea)
No. Position Player
21 England GK Ben Alnwick (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
22 England MF Levi Porter
23 England DF Joe Mattock
24 Jamaica FW Barry Hayles
26 England MF Matthew Oakley
29 Jamaica FW Ricky Sappleton
31 Australia GK Paul Henderson
32 Hungary MF Zsolt Laczkó (on loan from Olympiacos)
33 England DF Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
34 Hungary MF Gábor Bori (on loan from MTK Hungária)
35 England MF Lee Hendrie (on loan from Sheffield United)
36 Nigeria MF Kelvin Etuhu (on loan from Manchester City)
37 Wales MF Andy King
38 Scotland FW Steve Howard
39 England FW Ashley Chambers
41 Scotland GK Rab Douglas
45 England DF Lee Cox
50 England DF Daniel West

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
1 Denmark GK Jimmy Nielsen (to Vejle)
9 England FW Carl Cort (released)
11 England MF Shaun Newton (released)
13 Iran DF Hossein Kaebi (released)
20 Suriname FW Mark de Vries (to Dundee United)
21 Hungary GK Márton Fülöp (on loan from Sunderland)
24 England MF Louis Dodds (on loan to Lincoln City)
No. Position Player
26 England DF Clive Clarke (on loan from Sunderland)
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury (on loan to Aberdeen)
28 England DF Darren Kenton (to Leeds United)
30 England FW Eric Odhiambo (on loan to Dundee United)
35 Portugal MF Marco Ferreira (on loan from Benfica)
36 Netherlands FW Collins John (on loan from Fulham)

Appearances[edit]

All data from LCFC.com

Starting 11[edit]

Based on players with the most starts.