Leicester City win the Premier League

History

Formed in a shed behind a house on Fosse Road in 1884, Leicester City Football Club, formerly known as Leicester Fosse until 1919, were crowned as champions of England for the first time in 2016.

Ten years after being founded, the Club was introduced to the Football League. When World War I led to the suspension of the Football League in 1915, Leicester Fosse were struggling.

In July 1919, amid serious financial problems, the Club was taken over by a new company registered as Leicester City.

It wasn’t until 1948, however, that the Club introduced a shirt crest with a fox's head and it was only as recently as the 1980's that the Club carried the nickname ‘the Foxes’, because of Leicestershire’s long association with fox hunting. 

Since football resumed after the Great War, City have had 11 spells in the top division, totalling 48 seasons; they won the second tier a record seven times, have been to four FA Cup finals, won the League Cup thrice, and had four European campaigns, most notably in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League.

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Arthur Chandler
Arthur Chandler

Arthur Chandler was part of the Leicester side which finished as runners-up in the First Division in 1928–29.

Their crowning achievement was to win the Premier League title in 2016. This was widely regarded as one of the biggest achievements in sporting history.

The Club had started the 2015/16 campaign amongst the favourites to suffer relegation. However, under the management of Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, they won 23 of their 38 matches to stun the football establishment and win their maiden English top-flight title by 10 points.

Across the Club’s lifespan, there have been many highs and lows. In 1929, City came within a solitary point of winning the league title with a team containing Club-record goal-scorer Arthur Chandler and England internationals Hugh Adcock, Ernie Hine and Len Barry.

The 1930s were less successful and, when League football resumed after Second World War, the Club was in the Second Division. To the surprise of many, however, they reached the 1949 FA Cup Final.

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Former Foxes Recall Liverpool Clash

Mike Stringfellow, Bobby Roberts, Richie Norman and Howard Riley sat down together to discuss their memories of the 1963 FA Cup semi-final.

They were promoted back into the top flight in 1954 and again in 1957. Many of their goals were scored by Arthur Rowley, whose astronomical career total of 434 League goals remains an all-time British record.

The Foxes reached the FA Cup Final again in 1961, 1963 and 1969. The famous ‘Ice Kings’ side, meanwhile, were realistic contenders for the League and Cup Double in 1963. 

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Gordon Banks Lifts The World Cup
Gordon Banks Lifts The World Cup

City's Gordon Banks hoists the Jules Rimet Trophy to the sky.

They won the League Cup in 1964 and were defeated finalists a year later. City competed in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961 with goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who would win a World Cup medal in 1966, among their ranks. 

Back in the top-flight, after a brief spell in the Second Division, the Leicester City side of the 1970s was one of the most entertaining sides in the country but they were relegated in 1978. The 1980s saw two more promotions and two relegations to and from the top-flight.

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Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

A product of City's Academy, Gary Lineker was a key man for England too.

Academy product Gary Lineker, Alan Smith and Steve Lynex notably scored over 150 goals between them in a three-season spell.

The 1990s paid witness to seven visits to Wembley in just nine years. Two resulted in Play-Off wins to secure promotion to the newly-established Premier League in 1994 and 1996. Two more saw the Club win the League Cup in 1997 and 2000.

In the last four years of the decade, Martin O’Neill’s side, which included the likes of Emile Heskey, Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh, achieved four consecutive top-10 finishes, qualifying for the UEFA Cup on two occasions.

Leicester started the 21st century in the Premier League. They were relegated in 2002 just before moving from Filbert Street, their home since 1891, to their new ground, originally called the Walkers Stadium.

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Walkers Stadium
Walkers Stadium

City moved into their new home in the summer of 2002 and won promotion to the Premier League in its maiden season.

The Club went into a period of administration in October 2002 but, despite the huge odds against them, they were promoted back to the Premier League in 2003.

It was also a season which saw a return of top-flight football to Leicester and a first Premier League campaign at King Power Stadium.

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Promotion to the Premier League
Promotion to the Premier League

Despite suffering administration, the Club was promoted in 2003.

The euphoria didn’t last long, though, and they returned to the Championship the following summer.

After a period of relative mediocrity in the recently rebranded Championship division, a rarity in Leicester’s history, the Club was taken over by Serbian-American businessman Milan Mandarić in 2007.

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha purchased the Club in 2010, sparking a remarkable turn in fortunes.

They were relegated to League 1, the old Third Division, for the first time in their history in 2008 and promoted back to the Championship as champions at the first attempt in 2009.

In 2010, the Club was bought by a Thai-led consortium called Asian Football Investments which was fronted by King Power’s Vichai Raksriaksorn (now Srivaddhanaprabha), who became Chairman in 2011.

His son Aiyawatt, known as Khun Top, is one of two Vice-Chairmen. The Thais are now sole owners of the Club and the stadium was named King Power Stadium in 2011.

The new owners invested heavily in the Club. This was a major factor in the successful record-breaking season of 2013/2014 when the Foxes returned to the Premier League as the Championship title winners.

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Nigel Pearson.jpg

Nigel Pearson won both the League 1 and Championship titles before helping City survive in the Premier League.

2014/2015 saw Leicester City’s ‘Great Escape’. Bottom of the Premier League with nine games to go under Nigel Pearson, the architect of both their third and second tier titles, they won seven and drew one of these remaining games to finish 14th.

The following season, City became English champions. Striker Jamie Vardy, signed from non-League outfit Fleetwood Town, scored in 11 consecutive Premier League fixtures to a break a record formerly held by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté, too, earned plaudits after joining from French sides Le Havre and Caen respectively.

City’s remarkable title-winning campaign qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history.

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Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester City

Full highlights from a momentous night for Leicester City during their first-ever UEFA Champions League fixture in Belgium.

Leicester enjoyed victories over Club Brugge, FC Porto and Copenhagen to win Group G with 11 points before also overcoming Spanish giants FC Sevilla in the Round of 16.

Towards the end of 2016/17, Craig Shakespeare replaced Ranieri and became the first British manager to win his first five Premier League matches. 

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King Power Stadium
King Power Stadium

The teams enter to an amazing atmosphere at King Power Stadium.

A narrow 2-1 aggregate loss to Atlético Madrid ultimately denied City a place in the Semi-Finals of European football's platinum competition.

On Wednesday 25 October, 2017, the Club confirmed the appointment of Claude Puel as manager on a contract until June 2020.

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2017/18 End Of Season Montage

Highlights from Leicester City's 2017/18 season - a year of breathtaking goals, dramatic last-minute celebrations and some brilliant football.

At the end of the 2017/18 season, the Foxes finished ninth in the Premier League in their fourth consecutive season in English football's top flight.

The following summer, 10 City players went to the FIFA World Cup, where Harry Maguire became the Club's first English player to appear since Gordon Banks in 1966.

When Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa started for Nigeria against Iceland, it was also the first time that more than one Foxes player had started for one team at a World Cup.

The landmarks kept coming for City with Musa scoring a brace in that game in Russia - the only occasion in history that an LCFC player had scored in the competition.

Maguire, meanwhile, also become the only LCFC/England player to score for the Three Lions in their 2-0 Quarter-Final success over Sweden.

Elsewhere, Puel also continued to strengthen his squad with the signings of Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto, West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, Norwich City's James Maddison and Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Later than summer, Filip Benković, Caglar Söyüncü and Rachid Ghezzal also joined the Club.

Club honours:

Premier League, old First Division, champions: 2016

Championship, old Second Division, champions: 1925, 1937, 1954, 1957, 1971, 1980, 2014

Championship, old Second Division, runners-up: 1908, 2003

Championship, old Second Division, Play-Off winners: 1994, 1996

League 1, old Third Division, champions: 2009

League Cup winners: 1964, 1997, 2000

League Cup runners-up: 1965, 1999

FA Cup runners-up: 1949, 1961, 1963, 1969

FA Community Shield, old Charity Shield, winners: 1971

FA Community Shield, old Charity Shield, runners-up: 2016

FA Premier League Academy champions: 2007

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