Leicester City In The 21st Century: 2012/13
Vardy joins the Foxes
In what would become a landmark moment for the Club, Leicester City complete the signing of Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Vardy for a reported £1M fee on 18 May, 2012. The Non-League star followed Ritchie De Laet and Matty James from Manchester United.
More summer business
Márkó Futács, Zak Whitbread and Anthony Knockaert, pictured, also joined the Foxes, while Sol Bamba, Matt Mills and Lee Peltier were among the outgoings.
A winning start
Goals from skipper Wes Morgan and Andy King seal an opening day 2-0 victory over Peterborough United at King Power Stadium, although that success would be followed by successive away defeats by Charlton Athletic and Blackburn Rovers.
Vardy's Leicester opener
A 4-0 victory over Torquay United in the League Cup First Round on 14 August, 2012 included a first-ever goal for new signing Jamie Vardy. The first of many over his Foxes career...
Knockaert's Huddersfield magic
City were swiftly back on track in the league and a 2-0 win at Huddersfield United came during a run of five successive wins and seven games unbeaten. The clash at John Smith's Stadium will be remembered for a stunning brace from Anthony Knockaert in which the Frenchman scored a long-range scorcher before netting a scorpion-kick later on.
City's biggest win of the season
A four-game winless run was followed by another memorable outing as Leicester hit six goals past Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town on 17 November, 2012. David Nugent grabbed a brace, while Lloyd Dyer, Anthony Knockaert, Martyn Waghorn and Márkó Futács got the others.
A 4-1 success over Derby County, courtesy of strikes from Zak Whitbread, Martyn Waghorn and a double from David Nugent, reaffirmed City's promotion aspirations on 1 December, 2012.
Spreading festive joy
City went four games without a win over Christmas, however, away from the field of play, the first team squad continued an annual tradition to visit to the children's wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
A new recruit
City completed the signing of forward Chris Wood from West Bromwich Albion on 1 January, 2013 to add more firepower to Nigel Pearson's frontline.
Wood's Bristol hat-trick
Chris Wood introduced himself to the Blue Army in some style 12 days later by netting a brilliant hat-trick in a 4-0 victory at Bristol City, in their first league match since a 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town on New Year's Day.
Another loan signing
Following the earlier loan captures of Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard from Manchester United, talented youngster Harry Kane also joins on a short-term deal from Tottenham Hotspur in February.
Kane's maiden goal
Leicester's form was beginning to stutter in February, but Harry Kane scored one of three headed goals for the Foxes in a 3-0 success over Blackburn Rovers on Filbert Way.
A tough run
That Blackburn victory was City's only win in 13 games which saw Nigel Pearson's side drop from automatic promotion contention to being on the periphery of the play-offs.
Last-gasp drama in Nottingham
City were fighting for a Championship play-off berth on the final day and they knew only a win would do. With the scores locked at 2-2 at Nottingham Forest in the final moments - thanks to efforts from Andy King and Matty James - up stepped Anthony Knockaert to send the away fans delirious with a 92nd-minute winner.
Leicester's Player of the Season
Captain Wes Morgan was crowned as the Club's Player of the Season ahead of the conclusion of his first full campaign at Leicester City.
An early advantage
In front of a capacity crowd at King Power Stadium, David Nugent nudged the Foxes into a slender one-goal lead in the first leg of the semi-final against Watford on 9 May, 2013...
Heartbreak at Vicarage Road
Despite trailing 2-1 on the day, when Anthony Knockaert won a last-minute penalty in the second leg, Leicester fans knew a successful spot-kick would be enough to take them to Wembley. The Frenchman was denied by Manuel Almunia, though, and Watford countered, leading to Troy Deeney's last-gasp winner for the Hornets.
City would need to pick themselves up over the summer after going so close to a Wembley play-off final. Nigel Pearson remained in charge and began to put into place a plan to go one further the following season.