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Leicester City
Leicester City logo
Full name Leicester City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Foxes, City
Founded 1884 (as Leicester Fosse)
Ground King Power Stadium, Leicester
Ground Capacity 32,262[1]
Owner King Power International
Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Manager Nigel Pearson
League The Championship
2012–13 The Championship, 6th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Leicester City Football Club /ˈlɛstər ˈsɪti/, also known as The Foxes, is an English professional football club based in Leicester at The King Power Stadium (commonly known as Filbert Way) [2] They currently play in the Football League Championship, having been promoted as champions from Football League One in the 2008–09 season. Leicester City were promoted to the Premier League on 5 April 2014.

The club was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse,[3] playing on a field near Fosse Road. They moved to Filbert Street in 1891 and played there for 111 years,[4] before relocating to the nearby Walkers Stadium in 2002.

Leicester were elected to the Football League in 1894. The club's highest ever finish was second place in the top flight, in Division One in 1928–29. The club holds six Second Division titles (prior to its becoming known as the Football League Championship) and one League One title. They have won the League Cup three times (the highest total for a club which has never won the League or the FA Cup), and have been FA Cup runners-up four times, a tournament record for the most defeats in the final without having won the competition. The club has only spent one season outside the top two tiers of English football.

History[edit]

The Leicester Fosse team of 1892

Formed in 1884 by a group of old boys of Wyggeston School as "Leicester Fosse", the club joined the Football Association in 1890.[5] Before moving to Filbert Street in 1891, the club played at five different grounds, including Victoria Park south-east of the city centre and the Belgrave Road Cricket and Bicycle Grounds.[6] The club also joined the Midland League in 1891, and was elected to Division Two of the Football League in 1894 after finishing second. Leicester's first ever Football League game was a 4–3 defeat at Grimsby Town, with a first League win the following week, against Rotherham United at Filbert Street. The same season also saw the club's largest win to date, a 13–0 victory over Notts Olympic in an FA Cup qualifying game.[3] In 1907–08 the club finished as Second Division runners-up, gaining promotion to the First Division, the highest level of English football. However, the club were relegated after a single season which included the club's record defeat, a 12–0 loss against Nottingham Forest.[3][7]

In 1919, when League football resumed after World War I, Leicester Fosse ceased trading due to financial difficulties of which little is known. The club was reformed as "Leicester City Football Club", particularly appropriate as the borough of Leicester had recently been given city status. Following the name change, the club enjoyed moderate success in the 1920s; under the management of Peter Hodge, who left in May 1926 to be replaced two months later by Willie Orr, and with record goalscorer Arthur Chandler in the side,[8] they won the Division Two title in 1924–25[9] and recorded their highest ever league finish in 1928–29 as runners-up by a single point to Sheffield Wednesday.[5] However the 1930s saw a downturn in fortunes, with the club relegated in 1934–35[10] and, after promotion in 1936–37,[11] another relegation in 1938–39 would see them finish the decade in Division Two.[3][12]

City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1949,[3][13] losing 3–1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, the club was celebrating a week later when a draw on the last day of the season ensured survival in Division Two.[14][15] Leicester won the Division Two championship in 1954,[16] with the help of Arthur Rowley, one of the club's most prolific strikers. Although they were relegated from Division One the next season, under Dave Halliday they returned in 1957,[17] with Rowley scoring a club record 44 goals in one season.[8] Leicester remained in Division One until 1969,[18] their longest period ever in the top flight.

Under the management of Matt Gillies and his assistant Bert Johnson, Leicester reached the FA Cup final on another two occasions, but lost in both 1961 and 1963.[3] As they lost to double winners Tottenham in 1961, they were England's representatives in the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup. In the 1962–63 season, the club reached as high as first place in the First Division, thanks to a sensational run of form on icy and frozen pitches the club became nicknamed The Ice Kings eventually placed fourth, the club's best post-war finish. Gillies collected silverware in 1964, when Leicester beat Stoke 4–3 on aggregate to win the League Cup for the first time.[3] Leicester also reached the League Cup final the following year, but lost 3–2 on aggregate to Chelsea. Gillies and Johnson became hugely influential on English football for their version of the "whirl" and the "switch" system which utterly upset the traditional 1–11 formations in England.[19] After a bad start to the season, Matt Gillies resigned in November 1968. His successor, Frank O'Farrell was unable to prevent relegation, but the club reached the FA Cup final in 1969 for the last time to date, losing to Manchester City 1–0.

Robbie Savage in action against Barnsley during the 1997–98 season.

In 1971, Leicester were promoted back to Division One, and won the Charity Shield for the only time.[3] Unusually, due to Division One champions Arsenal's commitments in European competition, Division Two winners Leicester were invited to play FA Cup runners up Liverpool, beating them 1–0.[3] Jimmy Bloomfield was appointed for the new season, and his team remained in the First Division for his tenure. No period since Bloomfield has seen the club remain in the top division for so long. Leicester reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1973–74.[20]

Frank McLintock, a noted player for seven years for Leicester successful period from the late Fifties to the mid Sixties, succeeded Jimmy Bloomfield in 1977. City was relegated at the end of the 1977–78 season and McLintock resigned. Jock Wallace resumed the tradition of successful Scottish managers (after Peter Hodge and Matt Gillies) by steering Leicester to the Division Two championship in 1980.[21] Unfortunately, Wallace was unable to keep Leicester in Division One, but they reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1982. Under Wallace, one of City's most famous home-grown players, Gary Lineker, emerged into the first team squad. Leicester's next manager was Gordon Milne, who achieved promotion in 1983. Lineker helped Leicester maintain their place in the First Division but was sold to Everton in 1985 and two years later Leicester were relegated, having failed to find a suitable replacement. Milne left in 1986 and was replaced in 1987 by David Pleat, who was sacked in January 1991 after a defeat that left City fourth from bottom. Gordon Lee was put in charge of the club until the end of the season. Leicester won their final game of the season, which guided them clear of relegation to the third tier of the football league.[3]

Brian Little took over in 1991 and by the end of the 1991–92 season Leicester had reached the playoff final for promotion to the newly formed Premiership, losing to Blackburn Rovers. The club also reached the playoff final the following year, losing 4–3 to Swindon Town, having come back from 3–0 down. In 1993–94 City were promoted from the playoffs, beating Derby County 2–1 in the final.[3] Little quit as Leicester manager the following November to take charge at Aston Villa, and his successor Mark McGhee was unable to save Leicester from finishing second from bottom in the 1994–95 season. McGhee left the club unexpectedly in December 1995 whilst Leicester were top of Division One to take charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers.[22]

Captain Matt Elliott lifts the 2000 League Cup.

McGhee was replaced by Martin O'Neill.[3] Under O'Neill, Leicester qualified for the 1995–96 Division One promotion playoffs and beat Crystal Palace 2–1 with a last-gasp Steve Claridge goal securing an immediate return to the Premiership. Following promotion, Leicester established themselves in the Premiership with four successive top ten finishes. O'Neill was the first manager to win silverware for 26 years, winning the League Cup twice, in 1997 and 2000, and Leicester were runners-up in 1999. Thus the club qualified for the UEFA Cup in 1997–98 and 2000–01, the club's first European competition since 1961. In June 2000 O'Neill was lured to Celtic.

O'Neill was replaced by former England U-21 coach Peter Taylor. During this time, Leicester's last European appearance ended in a 3–1 defeat to Red Star Belgrade on 28 September 2000 in the 2001 UEFA Cup.[23] After a long run of poor results, Taylor was sacked in October 2001. Taylor was replaced by a management team of Dave Bassett and Micky Adams, but they could not prevent City's last season at Filbert Street ending in relegation from the Premiership.

The East Stand, King Power Stadium

Leicester moved into the new 32,500-seat Walkers Stadium at the start of the 2002–03 season. Walkers, the Leicestershire based crisp manufacturers, acquired the naming rights for a ten-year period.[24] In October 2002, the club went into administration with debts of £30 million. Some of the reasons were the loss of TV money (ITV Digital, itself in administration, had promised money to First Division clubs for TV rights), the large wage bill, lower than expected fees for players transferred to other clubs and the £37 million cost of the new stadium.[25] Adams was banned from the transfer market for most of the season, even after the club was rescued by a takeover by a consortium led by Gary Lineker.[3] Adams guided Leicester to runners-up spot in Division One and automatic promotion back to the Premiership with more than 90 points. Leicester only lasted one season in the top flight and were relegated back to the newly labelled Championship, previously known as Division One.

When Adams resigned as manager in October 2004 Craig Levein was appointed boss. This would prove to be an unsuccessful period and after 15 months in charge and flirting with relegation Levein was sacked. Assistant manager Rob Kelly, took over as caretaker manager, and after winning three out of four games was appointed to see out the rest of the season. Kelly steered Leicester to safety and in April 2006 was given the manager's job on a permanent basis.[3]

In October 2006 ex-Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandarić was quoted as saying he was interested in buying the club, reportedly at a price of around £6 million with the current playing squad valued at roughly £4.2 million. The takeover was formally announced on 13 February 2007.[26] On 11 April 2007, Rob Kelly was sacked as manager and Nigel Worthington appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Worthington saved the club from relegation, but was not offered the job on a permanent basis. On 25 May 2007 the club announced former MK Dons manager Martin Allen as their new manager with a three-year contract. Allen's relationship with Mandarić became tense and after only four games Allen left by mutual consent on 29 August 2007. On 13 September 2007, Mandarić announced Gary Megson as the new manager of the club, citing Megson's "wealth of experience" as a deciding factor in the appointment. However, Megson left on 24 October 2007 after only six weeks in charge, following an approach made for his services by Bolton Wanderers. Mandarić placed Frank Burrows and Gerry Taggart in the shared position as caretaker managers until a professional manager was appointed.

Pearson and Mandarić after winning the Football League One title.

On 22 November, Ian Holloway was appointed manager. Holloway made history when he became the first Leicester manager in over 50 years to win his first league game in charge, beating Bristol City 2–0.[27] Despite this, Leicester were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2007–08 season after drawing 0–0 with Stoke City, marking the 2008–09 season as Leicester's first season outside the top two tiers of English football. Their fall from grace would also see Holloway leave by mutual consent after less than a season at the club, being replaced by Nigel Pearson. The club returned to the Championship at the first attempt, finishing as champions of League One after a 2–0 win at Southend United with 2 games in hand. The 2009–2010 season saw Leicester's revival under Pearson continue, as the club finished 5th and reached the Championship play-offs in their first season back in the second tier. Though after a battling performance coming from 2–0 down on aggregate, away to Cardiff City, to briefly lead 3–2, they eventually lost to a penalty shoot-out in the play-off semi-final. On Tuesday 29 June 2010, it was confirmed that Nigel Pearson had left Leicester to become the manager of Hull City because he felt that the club seemed reluctant to keep him, and that Paulo Sousa had been the club's guest at both play-off games, hinting at a possible replacement. On Wednesday 7 July 2010, Paulo Sousa was confirmed as Pearson's replacement.[28]

In August 2010, following agreement on a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with duty-free retailers the King Power Group, Mandarić sold the club to a Thai-led consortium named Asian Football Investments (AFI) fronted by King Power Group's Vichai Raksriaksorn.[29] Mandarić, an investor in AFI,[30] was retained as club chairman.[31] On 1 October 2010, after a poor start that saw Leicester bottom of the Championship with only one win out of the first 9 league games, Paulo Sousa was sacked by the club with immediate effect.[32] Two days later, Sven-Göran Eriksson, who had been approached by the club after the 6–1 loss to then bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth two weeks earlier, was appointed as his replacement, signing a two-year contract with the club.[33] On 10 February 2011, Vichai Raksriaksorn, part of the Thai-based Asia Football Investments consortium, was appointed new chairman of the club after Mandarić left in November to take over Sheffield Wednesday.[34] Leicester were favourites for promotion in the 2011–12 season, but on 24 October 2011, following an inconsistent start with the Foxes winning just 5 out of their first 13 games, Sven-Göran Eriksson left the club by mutual consent.[35] Three weeks later, on 15 November 2011, Nigel Pearson was confirmed to be returning to the club as Eriksson's successor. Pearson would go on to lead The Foxes to a 6th place finish in the 2012–2013 season, ensuring Leicester City were in the Championship play off's after a last gasp 3–2 away win at local rivals Nottingham Forest. However they would go on to lose out in the play off semi final 3–2 on aggregate to Watford after Anthony Knockaert missed a late penalty and Troy Deeney scored right at the end after a swift counterattack from a Manuel Almunia double save .[36]

In April 2014, a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, combined with losses by Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, allowed Leicester City to clinch a promotion to the Premier League after a 10 year absence.

Colours, crest & traditions[edit]

This shirt, worn in 1948, was the first to bear a club badge.

The club's home colours of royal blue and white have been used for the team's kits throughout most of its history.[37] The first sponsorship logo to appear on a Leicester shirt was that of Ind Coope in 1983. British snack food manufacturer Walkers Crisps held a long association with the club, sponsoring them from 1987 to 2001.

The Leicester City badge before its revision in 2009 worn from 1992.
Leicester City's badge for the 2009–10 season to commemorate 125 years as a football club.

An image of a fox was first incorporated into the club crest in 1948, as Leicestershire is known for foxes and fox hunting.[38] This is the origin of the nickname "The Foxes". The club mascot is a character called "Filbert Fox". There are also secondary characters "Vickie Vixen" and "Cousin Dennis". The current shirt badge has been used since 1992. In the 2009–10 season which was the 125th year anniversary the home kit featured no sponsor and a new central crest with "125 Years" below. The crest was slightly changed, this change included the fox in the crest to have a white area under its nose. The circles in the crest were also moved around.[39]

In another reference Leicestershire's tradition of hunting, the club adopted the 'Post Horn Gallop' in 1941, although the origin is a 19th-century coachman's tune to signal mail was arriving.[40] It was played over the PA system as the teams came out of the tunnel at all home games. However the club since replaced it with a jazzed-up modern version, although now it is played live on pitch before the teams emerge from the tunnel.

Sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Sponsor Shirt Sponsor
1962–1964 Bukta None
1976–1979 Admiral
1979–1983 Umbro
1983–1986 Admiral Ind Coope
1986–1987 John Bull
1987–1988 Walkers
1988–1990 Scoreline
1990–1992 Bukta
1992–2000 Fox Leisure
2000–2001 Le Coq Sportif
2001–2003 LG
2003–2005 Alliance & Leicester
2005–2007 JJB
2007–2009 Jako Topps Tiles
2009–2010 Joma Jessops (rear of home shirt)

Loros (away shirt only)

2010–2012 Burrda[41] King Power
2012–Present Puma[42]

Stadium[edit]

In their early years, Leicester played at numerous grounds, but have only played at two since they joined the Football League. When first starting out they played on a field by the Fosse Road,[43] hence the original name Leicester Fosse. They moved from there to Victoria Park, and subsequently to Belgrave Road. Upon turning professional the club moved to Mill Lane.[43] After eviction from Mill Lane the club played at the County Cricket ground while seeking a new ground. The club secured the use of an area of ground by Filbert Street, and moved there in 1891.[43]

The "Double Decker" Stand at Filbert Street

Some improvements by noted football architect Archibald Leitch occurred in the Edwardian era, and in 1927 a new two tier stand was built,[43] named the Double Decker, a name it would keep till the ground's closure in 2002. The ground wasn't developed any further, apart from compulsory seating being added, till 1993 when work began on the new Carling Stand. The stand was impressive while the rest of the ground was untouched since at least the 1920s; this led manager Martin O'Neill to say he used to "lead new signings out backwards" so they only saw the Carling Stand.[44]

The club moved away from Filbert Street in 2002 to a new 32,500 all-seater stadium.[45] The stadium was originally named Filbert Way and later renamed to Walkers Stadium in a deal with food manufacturers Walkers whose brand logo can be found at various points around the outside of the stadium.[46] The first match the Walkers hosted was a friendly against Athletic Bilbao, the game was drawn 1–1 with Tiko of Bilbao being the first scorer at the stadium and Jordan Stewart being the first City player to score,[47] and the first competitive match was a 2–0 victory against Watford.[48] The stadium has since hosted an England international against Serbia and Montenegro which finished 2–1 to England, as well as internationals between Brazil and Jamaica, and Jamaica and Ghana. More recently the stadium has been used to host the Heineken Cup European Rugby semi finals for the Leicester Tigers rugby club, itself based within a mile of the Walkers Stadium.

On 19 August 2010, it emerged that the new owners King Power wanted to rename the stadium The King Power Stadium, and had plans to increase the capacity to 42,000 should Leicester secure promotion.[49] On 7 July 2011, Leicester City confirmed that the Walkers Stadium would now be known as the King Power Stadium.

The King Power Stadium has also honoured past greats of the club, by naming suites and lounges inside the stadium after the club's former players Gordon Banks, Adam Black, Arthur Chandler, Gary Lineker, Arthur Rowley, Sep Smith, Keith Weller and former manager Jimmy Bloomfield.[50]

Support[edit]

As of the 2011–12 season, Leicester had the 5th best home support outside the Premier League and the 4th best away support in the Football League.[51][52] Famous supporters of the club include Engelbert Humperdinck,[53] Former City and England striker and Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker,[54] Football League Show and Late Kick Off presenter, Manish Bhasin,[55] Gary Newbon, Kasabian members, Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno,[56] singer and The X Factor winner Sam Bailey,[57][58] as well as soap stars Thomas Law and David Neilson.[59][60]

Rival clubs[edit]

Main articles: Leicester City F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C. rivalry, Derby County F.C. and Leicester City F.C. rivalry, M69 derby

Leicester fans consider Nottingham Forest to be their primary rivals. The club's secondary rivals are Derby County with whom they both contest the East Midlands derby.[61]

Despite being based in the West Midlands, Leicester's other rivals in more recent years have been Coventry City, who are based just 24 miles away. The game between the two clubs has become known as the 'M69 derby' taking its name from the motorway connecting the two cities.[62]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Northern Ireland Glenavon 4–1 3–1 7–2
1R Spain Atlético Madrid 1–1 0–2 1–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1R Spain Atlético Madrid 1–2 0–2 1–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1R Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 1–1 1–3 2–4
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1R: First round

Club honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

League[edit]

Cup[edit]

Regional competitions[edit]

  • War League South
    • Champions (1): 1942[64]
  • Midland War Cup
    • Winners (1): 1941

Managerial history[edit]

Up until Peter Hodge was hired after World War I, the club had no official manager. A nominal role of secretary/manager was employed, though the board and the selection committee took control of most team affairs. It was Hodge who instated a system at the club for the manager having complete control over player and staff recruitment, team selection and tactics. Though Hodge was originally also titled "secretary/manager" he has retrospectively been named as the club's first official "manager".[65]

Leicester have had a total of 9 permanent secretary/managers and 34 permanent managers (not including caretakers). Current manager Nigel Pearson and Peter Hodge have both had two separate spells in charge the club. Dave Bassett also had a second spell as caretaker manager after his spell as permanent manager. Listed below is Leicester's complete managerial history (permanent managers and secretary/managers only, caretakers are not included).[66]

Managers[edit]

(Note: During the 1986–87 season both Gordon Milne and Bryan Hamilton shared managerial duties with Milne assuming the title "General Manager" and Hamilton assuming the title "Team Manager")

Dates Name Notes
1919–1926 Scotland Peter Hodge Football League Second Division Champions 1924–1925
1926–1934 Scotland William Orr Football League First Division Runner-up 1928–29 – The highest league finish in the club's history
1932–1934 Scotland Peter Hodge
1934–1936 Scotland Arthur Lochhead
1936–1939 England Frank Womack Football League Second Division Champions 1936–37
1939–1945 England Tom Bromilow
1945–1946 England Tom Mather
1946–1949 Scotland Johnny Duncan FA Cup Runner-up 1949
1949–1955 England Norman Bullock Football League Second Division Champions 1953–54
1955–1958 Scotland David Halliday Football League Second Division Champions 1956–57
1958–1968 Scotland Matt Gillies Longest serving full manager. Managed the most games in the club's history. FA Cup Runner-up 1961 and 1963. Football League Cup Winner 1964 and Runner-Up 1965.
1968–1971 Republic of Ireland Frank O'Farrell FA Cup Runner-Up 1969. Football League Second Division Champions 1970–1971
1971–1977 England Jimmy Bloomfield
1977–1978 Scotland Frank McLintock
1978–1982 Scotland Jock Wallace Football League Second Division Champions 1979–80
1982–1986 England Gordon Milne Promoted to the Football League First Division 1982–83
1986–1987 England Gordon Milne and
Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
1987 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
1987–1991 England David Pleat
1991–1994 England Brian Little Promoted to the Premier League 1993–94
1994–1995 Scotland Mark McGhee
1995–2000 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill Promoted to the Premier League 1995–96. Football League Cup winner 1997 and 2000 and Runner-up 1999
2000–2001 England Peter Taylor
2001–2002 England Dave Bassett
2002–2004 England Micky Adams Football League First Division Runner-up 2002–03
2004–2006 Scotland Craig Levein
2006–2007 England Rob Kelly
2007 England Martin Allen
2007 England Gary Megson
2007–2008 England Ian Holloway
2008–2010 England Nigel Pearson Football League One Champions 2008–09. Pearson had the best win ratio of any permanent manager in the club's history at 51.40%.
2010 Portugal Paulo Sousa
2010–2011 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
2011–Present England Nigel Pearson Current manager. Guided the Foxes back to the Premier League after a 10 year absence in 2014.

Records & statistics[edit]

Historical league position (the bars represent the four tiers of the Football League)

Graham Cross holds the record for the most Leicester appearances, with the defender playing 599 games between 1960–1976, although Adam Black holds the record for the most appearances in the league with 528 between 1920–1935.[67]

Striker Arthur Chandler is currently the club's all-time record goal scorer, netting 273 in his 12 years at the club; he also found the net in 8 consecutive matches in the 1924–25 season.[5] The most goals managed in a single season for the club is 44 by Arthur Rowley, in the 1956–57 season.[5] The fastest goal in the club's history was scored by Matty Fryatt, when he netted after just nine seconds against Preston North End in April 2006.[68]

The record transfer fee paid by Leicester for a player was around £5 million for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Ade Akinbiyi. The highest transfer fee Leicester have ever received is £11 million for the deal taking Emile Heskey to Liverpool.[citation needed]

The club's record attendance is 47,298 against Tottenham Hotspur at Filbert Street, in a fifth round FA Cup clash in 1928. The highest league record at their current home, the King Power Stadium, is 32,148 for a competitive match against Newcastle United on 26 December 2003.[69] However, the highest ever attendance of 32,188, was seen at a pre-season friendly against Spanish giants Real Madrid on 30 July 2011.[70]

Leicester City are second behind Manchester City for having won the most English second tier titles.

The club has reached four FA Cup finals, yet lost them all.[5] This is the record for the most FA Cup final appearances without winning the trophy.

Leicester City are one of only two clubs (the other being Brighton and Hove Albion) to have won the Charity Shield despite never winning either the League Championship or the FA Cup.[citation needed]

Leicester's longest ever unbeaten run in the league was between 1 November 2008 and 7 March 2009, to which they remained unbeaten for 23 games on their way to the League One title.[71] Their longest run of consecutive victories in the league is 9, which they achieved between 21 December 2013 and 1 February 2014.

Leicester's highest ever league finish was 2nd in the Football League Division One (now the Premier League) in 1928–29. Their lowest ever league finish was 1st in Football League One in 2008–09.

League history[edit]

Since their election to the football league in 1894 Leicester have spent much of their history yo-yoing between the top two tiers in English football. Leicester have played outside the top two tiers only once in their history to date: during the 2008–09 season they played in League One, the third tier of English football, after relegation from the Championship the season prior, but were promptly promoted back as champions. Leicester have never played lower than the third tier of English football.

L1 = Level 1 of the football league system; L2 = Level 2 of the football league system; L3 = Level 3 of the football league system.

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 46
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 63
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 1
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 0

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 25 September 2013.

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (vice-captain)     Denmark
2 Defender Ritchie De Laet      Belgium
3 Defender Paul Konchesky      England
4 Midfielder Danny Drinkwater      England
5 Defender Wes Morgan (club captain)     Jamaica
7 Midfielder Dean Hammond      England
8 Midfielder Matty James      England
9 Forward Jamie Vardy      England
10 Midfielder Andy King      Wales
11 Midfielder Lloyd Dyer      England
12 Defender Sean St Ledger      Ireland
15 Defender Jeff Schlupp      Ghana
18 Defender Liam Moore      England
20 Forward Tom Hopper      England
21 Defender Zoumana Bakayogo      Ivory Coast
22 Forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher      England
23 Defender Ignasi Miquel (on loan from Arsenal)     Spain
24 Midfielder Anthony Knockaert      France
25 Goalkeeper Conrad Logan      Ireland
26 Midfielder Riyad Mahrez      Algeria
27 Defender Marcin Wasilewski      Poland
28 Forward Kevin Phillips      England
31 Goalkeeper Adam Smith      England
35 Forward David Nugent      England
39 Forward Chris Wood      New Zealand

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
6 Defender Zak Whitbread (on loan to Derby County until the end of the season)     United States
16 Midfielder Neil Danns (on loan to Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season)     England
17 Midfielder Paul Gallagher (on loan to Preston North End until the end of the season)     Scotland
29 Forward Márkó Futács (on loan to Diósgyőri until the end of the season)     Hungary
Defender James Pearson (on loan to Carlisle United until the end of the season)     England

Academy[edit]

Past players[edit]

For a list of notable past players in searchable-table format see List of Leicester City F.C. players

For a list of all Leicester City players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Leicester City F.C. players

Club staff[edit]

As of 14 July 2013 [72][73]

Board Members & Directors
Role Person
Chairman Thailand Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Vice Chairman Thailand Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Vice Chairman China Shilai Liu
Chief Executive Republic of Ireland Susan Whelan
Executive Director Thailand Supornthip Choungrangsee
Executive Director Scotland Malcolm Stewart-Smith
Director Of Football England Terry Robinson
Football Operations Director England Andrew Neville
Finance Director England Simon Capper
Operations Director England Kevin Barclay
First Team Management
Role Person
First Team Manager England Nigel Pearson
Assistant Managers England Craig Shakespeare
England Steve Walsh
Goalkeeping Coach & First Team Coach England Mike Stowell
Development Coach (Under 21's) England Steve Beaglehole
Development Assistant Coach (Under 21's) England Nicky Eaden
Head Scout England David Mills
Medical
Role Person
Head Physiotherapist England Dave Rennie
Assistant Physiotherapist England Tom Freeman
Masseur England Paul Evans
Club Doctor England Dr Ian Patchett
Sports Science
Role Person
Performance Manager England Paul Balsom
Head of Performance Analysis England Andy Blake
First Team Performance Analysis England Peter Clarke
First Team Sports Scientist England Matt Reeves
Sports Psychologist England Ken Way
Head of Technical Scouting England Rob MacKenzie
Strength & Power Mentor England Alex Martin
Strength & Power Coach England Mitchell Willis
Club Nutritionist England Dan Kings
Sports Science Intern England Pete Burridge
Sports Science Intern England Tom Thorp
Sports Science Intern England Tom Joel
Technical Scouting Intern England Ben Wrigglesworth
Academy Team Management
Role Person
Academy Director England Jon Rudkin
Lead Pro Development Coach Under 18's England Trevor Peake
Lead Youth Development Coach Under 16's Spain Iñigo Idiakez
Assistant Lead Youth Development Coach England Paul Cheney
Academy Goalkeeper Coach England Justin Bowley
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach England Luke Kelly
Head Academy Physiotherapist England Keith Burland
Assistant Academy Physiotherapist England Guy Rogers
Head of Academy Sports Science England Kevin Paxton
Academy Lead Sport Scientist England Gary Capes
Academy Lead Analyst England Matt Goodwin
Academy Sport Psychologist England Karl Steptoe
Academy Recruitment England Bill Wall
Lead Foundation Coach England Richard Keeling
Head of Education England Gareth Jennings
Children’s Officer England Dale Bradshaw
Academy Administrator England Debbie Collins
Academy Operations Co-ordinator England Gina Carrelli

Player statistics[edit]

Captains[edit]

Dates Name
1987–1992 Scotland Ally Mauchlen
1992–1993 England Steve Walsh
1993–1994 England Gary Mills
1994–1999 England Steve Walsh
1999–2005 Scotland Matt Elliott
2005–2006 Australia Danny Tiatto
2006–2007 Republic of Ireland Paddy McCarthy
2007–2008 England Stephen Clemence
2008–2011 England Matt Oakley
2011–2012 England Matt Mills
2012– Jamaica Wes Morgan

Player of the Year[edit]

Leicester City's Player of the Year award is voted for by the club's supporters at the end of every season.[65]

Year Winner
1987–88 England Steve Walsh
1988–89 England Alan Paris
1989–90 England Gary Mills
1990–91 England Tony James
1991–92 England Gary Mills
1992–93 Northern Ireland Colin Hill
1993–94 England Simon Grayson
1994–95 England Kevin Poole
1995–96 England Garry Parker
1996–97 England Simon Grayson
1997–98 Scotland Matt Elliott
1998–99 England Tony Cottee
1999–2000 Northern Ireland Gerry Taggart
 
Year Winner
2000–01 Wales Robbie Savage
2001–02 Wales Robbie Savage
2002–03 Scotland Paul Dickov
2003–04 England Les Ferdinand
2004–05 Australia Danny Tiatto
2005–06 Iceland Joey Guðjónsson
2006–07 Canada Iain Hume
2007–08 England Richard Stearman
2008–09 Scotland Steve Howard
2009–10 England Jack Hobbs
2010–11 England Richie Wellens
2011–12 Denmark Kasper Schmeichel
2012–13 Jamaica Wes Morgan

English Hall of Fame members[edit]

The following have played for Leicester and have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame:

Football League 100 Legends[edit]

The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. It also included Premier League players, and the following former Leicester City players were included:

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup Finals, while playing for Leicester.

Players with over 300 appearances for Leicester[edit]

Includes competitive appearances only.[65][67]

     

Players with over 50 goals for Leicester[edit]

Includes competitive appearances only. Current players in bold.[65][74][75]

     

Personnel honours & awards[edit]

European Footballer of the Year nominee[edit]

The following players have been nominated for the Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year (World footballer of the year since 1995) while playing for Leicester:

English Golden Boot[edit]

The following players have won the English Golden Boot for being the country's top goalscorer, while at Leicester (Note: This applies only to players playing in the top tier of English football):

English Second Division Golden Boot[edit]

The following players have won the golden boot for being the top goalscorer in the second tier of English football while at Leicester:[77]

Football League Awards Player of the Year[edit]

The following players have been named the best player in their division in the Football League Awards while at Leicester:

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

The following players have been named the PFA Team of the Year while at Leicester:

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Further reading[edit]

  • Dave Smith and Paul Taylor, Of Fossils and Foxes: The Official Definitive History of Leicester City Football Club (2001) (ISBN 978-1-899538-21-8)
  • Dave Smith and Paul Taylor, The Foxes Alphabet: Complete Who's Who of Leicester City Football Club (1995) (ISBN 978-1-899538-06-5)
  • Leicester City FC, The Official History Of Leicester City Football Club DVD (2003) (Out of print)

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