Leicester City F.C.
Leicester City Football Club, also known as the Foxes, is an English professional football club based at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. They compete in the Premier League, Englands top tier of football, having been promoted as champions of the Football League Championship in 2013–14, this signalled a return to the top flight of English football after a decade away. The club was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse F. C. playing on a field near Fosse Road and they moved to Filbert Street in 1891, were elected to the Football League in 1894 and adopted the name Leicester City in 1919. They moved to the nearby Walkers Stadium in 2002, which was renamed the King Power Stadium after a change of ownership in 2011, Leicester City won the 2015–16 Premier League, their first top-level football championship. They are one of six clubs to have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. A number of newspapers described their title win as the greatest sporting upset ever, multiple bookmakers had never paid out at such long odds for any sport. Due to the magnitude of the title win, it went down in English football history as one of the games finest ever achievements. The clubs previous highest ever finish was second place in the top flight, throughout Leicesters history, they have spent all but one season within the top two leagues of English football. They hold a joint-highest seven second-tier titles, the club have been FA Cup finalists four times, in 1948–49, 1960–61, 1962–63 and 1968–69. This is a tournament record for the most defeats in the final without having won the competition, City have several promotions to their name, two play-off final wins, and one League One title. In 1971, they won the FA Community Shield, and in 2016 and they have also won the League Cup three times in 1964,1997 and 2000, as well as being runners up in 1964–65 and 1999. Formed in 1884 by a group of old boys of Wyggeston School as Leicester Fosse, 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 Cycle and Cricket Ground. The club also joined the Midland League in 1891, and were elected to Division Two of the Football League in 1894 after finishing second. Leicesters first ever Football League game was a 4–3 defeat at Grimsby Town, with a first League win the following week, the same season also saw the clubs largest win to date, a 13–0 victory over Notts Olympic in an FA Cup qualifying game. In 1907–08 the club finished as Second Division runners-up, gaining promotion to the First Division, however, the club were relegated after a single season which included the clubs record defeat, a 12–0 loss against Nottingham Forest. In 1919, when League football resumed after World War I, the club was reformed as Leicester City Football Club, particularly appropriate as the borough of Leicester had recently been given city status. However the 1930s saw a downturn in fortunes, with the relegated in 1934–35 and, after promotion in 1936–37. City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1949, the club, however, was celebrating a week later when a draw on the last day of the season ensured survival in Division Two
Leicester City W.F.C.
Leicester City Women Football Club is the official English womens football club affiliated with Leicester City F. C. The club is distinct from Leicester City Ladies Football Club who are a stand-alone grassroots club whereas Leicester City W. F. C are supported by the Leicester City Mens team. Leicester City Women also run a Reserves and Development sides and have opened the Leicester City Women Development Centre for the 2016/17 season. The development centre caters for under 9’s, 11’s, 13’s and 16’s, Leicester City WFC applied to join the FA Womens Super League in December 2009. But in March 2010 they were announced as a bidder for the inaugural 2011 season. As of 29 November 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Leicester City F.C. Reserves and Academy
Leicester City Under-23s are the reserve team of Leicester City F. C. The team mainly consists of Under-23 players at the club, although senior players occasionally play in the reserve side, the Under-23s team are managed by Steve Beaglehole and they play in the Premier League 2. Academy are the team of Leicester City F. C. Leicester Citys academy has had category one status under the Elite Player Performance Plan since July 2013, although less famous than the likes of Manchester United or West Ham Uniteds youth systems, the Leicester City Academy has been one of the more productive academies in the East Midlands. England internationals Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker, David Nish, Steve Whitworth and Emile Heskey, as well as Don Revie, leicesters all-time top appearance makers Graham Cross and Sep Smith were also among notable products of the academy. Tom Hopper was given the number 21 shirt ahead of the 2012–13 season, the academy is overseen by director Jon Rudkin, with Steve Beaglehole currently holding the position of Development Coach, working in the new Under-21 league set up from the summer of 2012. Trevor Peake and Chris Tucker currently look after the under 18s, whilst Kevin Fogg and Paul Cheney are in charge of the under 16s and below. On 8 April 2013 Leicester City Under 21s won the newly formed 2012–13 Professional Development League 2 with a game to go, however they exited the national play-off at the semi-final stage, after losing 3–2 to Cardiff. On 26 May 2013, Leicester City Development Squad & Academy won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens cup, reserves and Academy 2–0 thanks to goals from Michael Cain and Harry Panayiotou. The latter also went on to win player of the tournament, on 4 July, it was announced that Leicester Citys academy had been awarded category one status, the highest level under the Premier Leagues Elite Player Performance Plan. On 24 November 2014, Leicester City U21s became the first team to qualify for the finals, after defeating Schalke 04 and Benfica. As of 13 September 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Current Leicester City players in bold
History of Leicester City F.C.
This is the history of Leicester City Football Club, based in Leicester, England, the United Kingdom. Having been founded over a 100 years ago, for the first time, in the 2015–16 season, Leicester City won the Premier League, also, in this same season, the team qualified for the UEFA Champions League. The club was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse because it played on a field by the Fosse Road, before moving to Filbert Street in 1891, the club played at five different grounds. The club joined the Football Association in 1890 and it joined in the Midland League in 1891, and after finishing second was elected to the Division Two of the Football League in 1894. The first ever game was a 4–3 defeat at Grimsby. The clubs largest win to date, 13–0 against Notts Olympic in a FA Cup qualifying game was recorded in that season. In 1904, the club successfully re-applied for membership of the Football League, in 1908, the club finished as Second Division runners-up and reached the First Division, but was relegated again after just one season. In 1909, the club recorded its worst ever defeat, a 12–0 drubbing against Nottingham Forest. The club was re-elected to the Football League for the last time to date in 1915, Leicester were playing in a regional league organised for Midlands clubs in this period. Due to financial problems, Leicester Fosse had ceased to exist when the League resumed in 1919, the club was reformed as Leicester City Football Club, particularly appropriate as the borough of Leicester had recently been given city status. In 1925, the club were champions of Division Two under the management of Peter Hodge, in 1929, the club recorded its highest ever finish in the Football League, finishing second to Sheffield Wednesday. The clubs highest ever attendance was in 1928,47,298 against Tottenham Hotspur into the FA Cup Fifth Round. The 1930s were less successful, with the club being relegated in 1935, although finishing first in Division Two in 1937, only to be relegated from Division One again in 1939. In 1939, the Football League was suspended due to the war, City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1949, losing 3–1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club, however, was celebrating a week later when a draw on the last day of the season ensured survival in Division Two. The 1950–51 season saw the signing of one of Leicesters greatest ever strikers, Arthur Rowley, from Fulham, Rowley equalled Arthur Chandlers then club record of 38 goals in one season in the 1951–52 season, then broke it the following season, scoring 41 times. Thirty-nine of these came in the league where he won the Second division golden boot for the first time, Leicester won the Division Two championship in 1954 as Rowley netted 36 more. The decision to sell him led to fan unrest and ultimately the sacking of David Halliday in November 1958
Leicester City F.C. in European football
Leicester City Football Club is an English football club based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The club was founded in 1884 and has competed in the English football league system since 1894, the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League will be their fourth appearance in Europe, following campaigns in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1961–62, and the UEFA Cup in 1997–98 and 2000–01. The club have entered the Anglo-Italian Cup, the Anglo-Scottish Cup. The Foxes were beaten finalists in the 1961 FA Cup Final, however, as Spurs had won the league as well as the FA Cup, they qualified for the 1961–62 European Cup, and Leicester took their Cup Winners Cup place. Their preliminary round opposition were Glenavon, who became the first participant in the European Cup Winners Cup to hail from Northern Ireland, a three-goal blast in ten minutes helped Leicester take the first leg at Windsor Park 4–1. Leicester won the second leg 3–1, sending them through to the first round, double Copa del Rey-winning Atlético Madrid were the opposition. The home leg at Filbert Street finished 1–1, however Leicester lost 2–0 at the Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid, halting their progress. Atleti went on to win the tournament, under Martin ONeill, Leicester won the Football League Cup in 1996–97, beating Middlesbrough in the Final. This League Cup was the clubs first silverware for 26 years, English clubs Arsenal, Aston Villa and Liverpool also qualified. The draw matched City up with Atlético Madrid, in Leicesters first major European tournament match since the clubs last met back in 1961, the Madrid club won the first leg 2–1, at their Vicente Calderón Stadium. Leicester lost the home tie 2–0 and the Midland club were eliminated, juninho - who was in the Middlesbrough team beaten by City in the League Cup final - scored in both legs, while Ian Marshall was the sole Leicester goalscorer. ONeills Leicester side won the League Cup again in 1999–2000, this time beating Tranmere Rovers in the Final and this saw Leicester awarded a place in the UEFA Cup, alongside fellow English clubs Chelsea and Liverpool. The Foxes drew Red Star Belgrade in the first round, david Davies, then chief executive of the Football Association, termed the situation as very delicate. BBC Sport succinctly referred to the situation as a nightmare trip, despite an appeal from Red Star, UEFA elected to stage the game at a neutral ground, a week later than originally planned. The first leg was a 1–1 draw with Gerry Taggart cancelling out Milenko Ačimovičs early opener - clocked at 47 seconds by Reuters, who called it one of the fastest goals in UEFA Cup history. The second leg, held at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium in Austria - home to Vienna club Rapid - finished 3–1 to the home side, with Muzzy Izzet scoring Leicesters goal. On 9 April 2016, Leicester City, who were placed first in the league, secured a Champions League Group stage spot, therefore, they were seeded for the Group stage draw due to the Premier League being among Europes top eight leagues. The draw was made on 25 August 2016 and they were drawn in Group G with Porto, Club Brugge, Leicester Citys first-ever match in the European Cup was played on 14 September 2016
Victoria Park, Leicester
Victoria Park in Leicester, England is a public park of 69 acres. It is in the south-east, just outside the city centre, backing on to the University of Leicester and it has facilities for various sports, including tennis, basketball, bowls, croquet, football and cricket. A skate park has recently added and there is an adventure playground for young children. Kasabian also had a sell out concert here with 50.000 tickets sold, a pavilion provides sports changing facilities, and is also the site of a cafe. It was opened as a park in 1882, a Victorian grandstand stood in the park until the mid-20th century, and was used as a pavilion after racing moved to Oadby. It was damaged by a German parachute bomb in 1940 and later demolished, with the new pavilion built on the same site, Leicester Fosse played here on various occasions between 1884 and 1890. The park is home to two memorials, the Arch of Remembrance, a quadrifrons arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1923, to commemorate the dead of the First World War. The memorial, a Grade I listed building, stands at the top of a walkway with gates opening on to University Road. A smaller memorial near the cafe commemorates the American 82nd Airborne Division, the gates and lodges on the London Road side of the park were also designed by Lutyens and built in 1930. The park has gained a reputation for being relatively dangerous at night and it was announced in March 2008 that £50,000 had been spent by the council on better lighting in the park, together with other safety measures. Even before this lighting was introduced there had been a fall in reported crimes in the area, victoria Park and Leicester University have a dedicated beat officer supported by PCSOs based at Welford Road police station. The police will also have a base at the pavilion, victoria Park is also home to Aylestone Athletic Rugby Union Football Club
Filbert Street was a football stadium in Leicester, England, which served as the home of Leicester City FC from 1891 until 2002. Although officially titled the City Business Stadium in the early 1990s, it remained known almost exclusively by its address, Leicester City was formed in 1884. The club was then named Leicester Fosse, as its founders mostly lived in the west end of the city, in 1884–85 it played at a ground known as the Racecourse, before sharing Victoria Park with the Leicester Tigers rugby club for two years. Leicester Fosse played at the Belgrave Road Cycle Track for a year, Leicester Fosse became a professional club in 1889 and laid out its own ground at Mill Lane, just north of Filbert Street. The club was forced to move, however, as the local Corporation requested the land for development. The site of what was to become Filbert Street was prepared during the summer of 1891, local legend suggests that the new ground was identified by a Miss Westland, the niece of one of the clubs founders, Joseph Johnson. The ground initially consisted of earth banks and a small main stand on the west side, until 1921. In 1927, a new stand was built at the south end, the roof which had previously covered the Kop was rebuilt at the north, or Filbert Street end of the ground. It was in form that Filbert Street saw its record attendance of 47,298 for the Fifth Round FA Cup tie, against Tottenham Hotspur. This game also saw many more spectators watch the match from the roof of the Filbert Street end, the first phase of ground development concluded with the covering of the East or Popular side in 1939. The middle section of the Main Stand suffered bomb damage in 1940, by 1949, the stand had been rebuilt, with much of the labour, ironically, being supplied by German POWs at a nearby camp. The grounds maximum capacity was now around 42,000, floodlights were installed and first used for a match against German club Borussia Dortmund in October 1957. After just surviving a vote to terminate their lease in the late 1940s, City purchased the freehold of the ground in 1962. In 1971, the first moves towards an all-seater stadium were taken, as the North, four years later,20 basic executive boxes were added to the North Stand. A pioneering polythene cover was introduced to protect the pitch in 1971, the Air Dome covered an area of 90,000 square feet, weighed 24 cwt and took 15 men two hours to lay out and inflate using four electric fans. The Air Dome was removed in 1982, completed in December 1993, the Carling Stand held 9,500 seated spectators and expanded corporate facilities, costing £6 million. Following the success of the club under Martin ONeill during the part of the 1990s. Expansion of Filbert Street would have been difficult, as the North
King Power Stadium
The King Power Stadium is a football stadium located in Leicester, England. It is the home of Leicester City, the current champions of the Premier League following their win in the 2015-16 season. The all-seater stadium opened in 2002 and has a capacity of 32,312, the current record attendance at the stadium for football is 32,242. It is named after travel retail group King Power, a company owned by the clubs owners, the site has hosted rugby and football international matches, as well as boxing events. The address of the ground Filbert Way, retains a link to their former home Filbert Street, inside the stadium, suites & lounges are named after club legends. Leicesters previous stadium was at nearby Filbert Street, which had been their home since 1891, however, success in the late 1990s saw crowds rise, which meant that virtually every game at Filbert Street was a sell-out by the end of the decade. Relocation was soon back on the cards, several similar sized clubs had relocated to new stadiums around this time, including Leicesters midland rivals Stoke City and Derby County. In early 1998, plans were announced for a 40,000 all-seater stadium to be built at Bede Island South in time for the 2000–01 season, but these plans were abandoned on 5 January 2000. Work on the began in the summer of 2001. The stadium was completed on time in the summer of 2002, however, it was not an easy start at their new stadium as they had just been relegated from the Premier League and were more than £30 million in debt. The stadium itself is thought to have cost around £37 million to build, the stadium also has under-soil heating. The record attendance for football at the stadium is 32,242, the overall record attendance at the stadium is thought to be between 32, 488-32,500, for a rugby union match between Leicester Tigers and Bath in 2006. This is because this rugby match took place prior to seats being removed to provide segregation of rival football fans, the stadium was officially opened by former Leicester striker Gary Lineker on 23 July 2002. He used a giant pair of scissors to cut a ribbon on the pitch after arriving at the stadium in a Walkers lorry, the first game at the new stadium was a friendly against Spanish team Athletic Bilbao, on 4 August 2002. The game finished 1–1, with Tiko scoring the first goal at the stadium, the first competitive match took place six days later and Leicester beat Watford 2–0 in front of a near-capacity crowd of 31,022. Brian Deane scored both goals, including the stadiums first in competitive games, Birse Construction who had built the stadium therefore lost a large part of their fee, and they withdrew from any further football ground construction. The main losers from this were Leicesters local rivals Coventry City, on 1 March 2013, Leicester Citys Thai owners King Power bought the ground through their company K Power Holdings Co, Ltd. In 2015, vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha stated that plans were in place to increase the capacity of the ground to around 42,000, relocation to a bigger stadium has also been considered