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.
Manager Craig Shakespeare
- Current Team
- Leicester City
- October 26, 1963
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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.
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 (below) 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.
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.
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 (below), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dutch forward 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 Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history.
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.
A narrow 2-1 aggregate loss to Atlético Madrid ultimately denied City a place in the Semi-Finals of European football’s platinum competition.
Source: Leicester City