LEICESTER CITY F.C.
Founded: 1886


Also Known As:
LEICESTER FOSSE (1884-1919)
LEICESTER CITY (1919-)




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LEICESTER CITY F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of LEICESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Formed in 1884 by a group of old boys of Wyggeston School as "Leicester Fosse", the club joined the Football Association in 1890. 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 Cricket and Bicycle Grounds. The club also joined the Midland League in 1891, and was elected to Division Two of the Football League in 1894 after finishing second. Leicester's first ever Football League game was a 43 defeat at Grimsby Town, with a first League win the following week, against Rotherham United at Filbert Street. The same season also saw the club's largest win to date, a 130 victory over Notts Olympic in an FA Cup qualifying game. In 190708 the club finished as Second Division runners-up, gaining promotion to the First Division, the highest level of English football. However, the club were relegated after a single season which included the club's record defeat, a 120 loss against Nottingham Forest. In 1919, when League football resumed after World War I, Leicester Fosse ceased trading due to financial difficulties of which little is known. The club was reformed as "Leicester City Football Club", particularly appropriate as the borough of Leicester had recently been given city status. Following the name change, the club enjoyed moderate success in the 1920s.

Leicester won the Division Two title in 192425 and recorded their highest ever league finish in 192829 as runners-up by a single point to Sheffield Wednesday. However the 1930s saw a downturn in fortunes, with the club relegated in 193435 and, after promotion in 193637, another relegation in 193839 would see them finish the decade in Division Two. City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1949, losing 31 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, the club was celebrating a week later when a draw on the last day of the season ensured survival in Division Two. Leicester won the Division Two championship in 1954, with the help of Arthur Rowley, one of the club's most prolific strikers. Although they were relegated from Division One the next season, under Dave Halliday they returned in 1957, with Rowley scoring a club record 44 goals in one season. Leicester remained in Division One until 1969, their longest period ever in the top flight. In 1971, Leicester were promoted back to Division One, and won the Charity Shield for the only time. Unusually, due to Division One champions Arsenal's commitments in European competition, Division Two winners Leicester were invited to play FA Cup runners up Liverpool, beating them 10. Leicester reached the FA Cup semi-final in 197374. City was relegated at the end of the 197778 season.

Leicester moved into the new 32,500-seat Walkers Stadium at the start of the 200203 season. Walkers, the Leicestershire based crisp manufacturers, acquired the naming rights for a ten-year period. In October 2002, the club went into administration with debts of 30 million. Micky Adams guided Leicester to runners-up spot in Division One and automatic promotion back to the Premiership with more than 90 points. Leicester only lasted one season in the top flight and were relegated back to the newly labelled Championship. In October 2006, ex-Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric was quoted as saying he was interested in buying the club, reportedly at a price of around 6 million with the current playing squad valued at roughly 4.2 million. The takeover was formally announced on 13 February 2007. Leicester were viewed as one of the favourites for promotion in the 201112 season, but on 24 October 2011, following an inconsistent start with the Foxes winning just 5 out of their first 13 games, Sven-Goran Eriksson left the club by mutual consent. Three weeks later, on 15 November 2011, Nigel Pearson was confirmed to be returning to the club as Eriksson's successor. Pearson would go on to lead The Foxes to a 6th place finish in the 20122013 season, ensuring Leicester City were in the Championship playoff's after a last gasp 32 away win at local rivals Nottingham Forest. However they would go on to lose out in the play off semi final 32 on aggregate to Watford. In April 2014, a 21 win over Sheffield Wednesday, combined with losses by Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, allowed Leicester City to clinch a promotion to the Premier League after a 10 year absence. On 22 April 2014, a 10 victory over Bolton Wanderers FC at the Reebok Stadium saw Leicester become the champions of the 2013-14 Football League Championship.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Leicester City F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Foxes
Year Founded
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1884 (131 years ago)
English County
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Leicestershire
Current Ground
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King Power Stadium
Ground Location
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Leicester, England
Club's Owner
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King Power International
Club Chairman
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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Current Manager
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Claudio Ranieri
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 14th place


HOME COLORS

All Royal Blue
AWAY COLORS

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w/White Trim
INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


KING POWER STADIUM
Filbert Way, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2-7FL, England

OPENED: ......... July 23, 2002
SURFACE: ........ Desso GrassMaster
COST: .............. 37 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 32,262
RECORD: ......... 32,188 (2011 vs Real Madrid)
OWNER: ........... K Power Holdings Co Ltd
OPERATOR: ..... Leicester City F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 112 x 73 yards (102 x 67 meters)



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