1985–86 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1985–86 season
Chairman Terry Shipman
Manager Gordon Milne
First Division 19th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Smith (19)
Average home league attendance 11,792

During the 1985–86 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, their third consecutive season at this level since promotion. A 19th-place finish in the final table was just enough to secure a fourth successive top flight campaign.

Season summary[edit]

In the summer of 1985, the transfer market was dominated by one deal with Gary Lineker's contract at Filbert Street being expired at the end of last season and for a club record sale of £800,000; Lineker joined Everton in June. Leicester started the 1985–86 season terribly with just 2 wins in their first 14 league games. Their only real highlight of the season was when the Foxes did the double over champions Everton and on the final day of the season, Leicester beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Filbert Street and with Ipswich Town losing at Sheffield Wednesday, it kept the Foxes in the top flight and sent Ipswich down.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 16 4 1 58 14 10 6 5 31 23 89 37 +52 88
2 Everton 42 16 3 2 54 18 10 5 6 33 23 87 41 +46 86
3 West Ham United 42 17 2 2 48 16 9 4 8 26 24 74 40 +34 84
4 Manchester United 42 12 5 4 35 12 10 5 6 35 24 70 36 +34 76
5 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 6 2 36 23 8 4 9 27 31 63 54 +9 73
6 Chelsea 42 12 4 5 32 27 8 7 6 25 29 57 56 +1 71
7 Arsenal 42 13 5 3 29 15 7 4 10 20 32 49 47 +2 69
8 Nottingham Forest 42 11 5 5 38 25 8 6 7 31 28 69 53 +16 68
9 Luton Town 42 12 6 3 37 15 6 6 9 24 29 61 44 +17 66
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 2 7 47 25 7 6 8 27 27 74 52 +22 65
11 Newcastle United 42 12 5 4 46 31 5 7 9 21 41 67 72 –5 63
12 Watford 42 11 6 4 40 22 5 5 11 29 40 69 62 +7 59
13 Queens Park Rangers 42 12 3 6 33 20 3 4 14 20 44 53 64 –11 52
14 Southampton 42 10 6 5 32 18 2 4 15 19 44 51 62 –11 46
15 Manchester City 42 7 7 7 25 26 4 5 12 18 31 43 57 –14 45
16 Aston Villa 42 7 6 8 27 28 3 8 10 24 39 51 67 –16 44
17 Coventry City 42 6 5 10 31 35 5 5 11 17 36 48 71 –23 43
18 Oxford United 42 7 7 7 34 27 3 5 13 28 53 62 80 –18 42
19 Leicester City 42 7 8 6 35 35 3 4 14 19 41 54 76 –22 42
20 Ipswich Town 42 8 5 8 20 24 3 3 15 12 31 32 55 –23 41
21 Birmingham City 42 5 2 14 13 25 3 3 15 17 48 30 73 –43 29
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 3 8 10 21 36 1 4 16 14 53 35 89 –54 24
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup runners-up, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup spot, but excluded
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
Relegated

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
- England GK Ian Andrews
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- Scotland DF Bobby Smith
- England MF Rob Kelly
- England DF Russell Osman
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- England MF Steve Lynex
- England FW Mark Bright
- England FW Alan Smith
- Scotland MF Ian Wilson
- England MF Ian Banks
- Scotland MF Ally Mauchlen
No. Position Player
- Scotland DF Tommy Williams
- England FW Robert Jones
- England DF Andy Feeley
- England FW Tony Sealy
- Scotland DF David Rennie
- Scotland MF Gary McAllister
- England DF Simon Morgan
- England GK Jerry Roberts
- Denmark FW Tommy Christensen
- England MF Laurie Cunningham
- England DF Mark Venus
- England MF Paul Reid

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
15 August 1985 MF Gary McAllister Motherwell £125,000 [2]
15 August 1985 DF Ally Mauchlen Motherwell £125,000 [3]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
5 July 1985 FW Gary Lineker Everton £800,000 [4]
17 January 1986 DF David Rennie Leeds United £50,000 [5]
Transfers in: Decrease £250,000
Transfers out: Increase £850,000
Total spending: Increase £600,000

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