Leicester city have currently become the rave of the moment in not just the footballing world but also the sporting world due to their outstanding and unbelievable achievements in recent months.If all didn’t go well last season,they would have been trying to climb up the championship table,winning seven of their last nine games at the tail end of the season has therefore made the world experience the unbelievable, as they paved their way to greatness by winning the league this season against all odds.Here are five interesting facts about the club;
1. The club was established in 1884
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. 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 league game was a 4–3 defeat at Grimsby, but a week later at Filbert Street the club recorded its first league win against Rotherham. The club’s largest win to date, 13–0 against Notts Olympic in a FA Cup qualifying game was also 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 went back down 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, when the League was suspended for four years due to a financial scandal and the First World War. 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.
2. Their Highest Finish Prior To This Season In The Top Flight Was Second in 1929.
Now Note : They did NOT win the league but came second behind, The Wednesday. The 1928–29 season was Leicester City’s 31st season in the Football League and their 5th in the First Division. Led by their formidable strike force of Ernie Hine, Arthur Chandler and Arthur Lochhead (all three of whom are still placed today among Leicester’s top five goalscorers of all-time) and inspirational captain and creative lynch-pin Johnny Duncan, Leicester finished runners-up in the First Division, just one point behind winners The Wednesday. It was the club’s highest ever league finish until the 2015-16 Season where the team won their first ever top division championship.The most remarkable game of the season came on 20 October 1928 in which Leicester thrashed Portsmouth 10-0, which still stands as Leicester’s record league victory. The club’s all-time record goalscorer Arthur Chandler netted an incredible six goals in the game. A legend surrounding the game says that just after Chandler scored his 5th goal of the afternoon, 5 swans flew over Filbert Street. Several minutes later a further sixth swan flew overhead, to which Chandler promptly responded by scoring his sixth goal of the afternoon.
3. The Club was initially named Leicester Fosse but was changed to Leicester city in 1919
The club’s initial name of Leicester Fosse, Fosse colloquially meaning moat or ditch, was an apt choice since the team were able to rent a field that lay off of the Fosse Road South, the name taken from a Roman road in England, running from Exeter via Bath, Cirencester and Leicester to Lincoln. After just one game the club moved away and continued to play at Victoria Park. By the end of 1887 it was decided that gate money should be taken at matches for which an enclosed ground was necessary. It was found at the Belgrave Cycle Track, which was located north of the town. There were no dressing rooms at the ground and for this facility the players used the White Hart Hotel, one mile away! A couple of years later Leicester Fosse’s standing was not enough to outbid the Leicester Rugby Club for the further use of the Belgrave Ground and a move was made back to Victoria Park. It was to last for less than one season since this ground was still not enclosed so another move was made, this time to Mill Lane. Leicester Fosse prospered at this venue but the end of the 1890/91 ended in trauma when the club was informed to vacate the ground, as it was required for building purposes. By late October 1891 Leicester Fosse finally settled at the ground Miss Westland found and it was to become known as Filbert Street. Here the suffix ‘Fosse’ was dropped for the larger appeal of ‘City’ in 1920. The new century has of course seen a new move to the Walker Stadium.
4. They won their first major trophy in 1997 under Martin O’Neill
During the 1996–97 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).O’Neill was appointed City manager three days later, five days before Christmas. He walked into a club split down the middle – half the board had backed chairman Martin George and were happy to see him there. The other half clearly still wanted Mike Walker.Most observers had tipped Leicester for an immediate return to Division One, so Martin O’Neill’s ultimate task for this season was to achieve survival for Leicester. However, he defied many of the pre-season predictions by finishing 9th in the table. Leicester’s season was capped by a victory over Middlesbrough in the League Cup final to win their first major trophy for 33 years and their passport to the following season’s UEFA Cup.For the next four years under O’Neill’s intelligent leadership, City managed four successive top 10 finishes; three League Cup final appearances – winning two of them – and forays into Europe. And yet all the time, behind the scenes, World War Three was breaking out.
5. Arthur Chandler is Their all time highest goalscorer with 273 goals
Chandler was already 27 years old when he was signed by Peter Hodge in the summer 1923 to bolster his attack after Leicester had narrowly missed out on promotion by goal average. He made 118 consecutive appearances (a then club record) from his club debut in a 1–1 draw vs Hull City on the opening day of the 1923–24 season (also debuting that day was fellow future Leicester great Hugh Adcock). He registered his first two goals two days later in a 5–0 victory over Stoke City.” Chandler went on to net 27 goals in his debut season for Leicester, despite the club finishing in a disappointing 12th position.Though it was his second season in which Chandler really started to express himself. Forming a lethal goalscoring partnership with Johnny Duncan, the pair scored an incredible 62 league goals between them as Leicester won the Second Division title and Chandler claimed the Second Division Golden Boot, beating team-mate Duncan by 2 goals to the award.Under the stewardship of Hodge and later Willie Orr Leicester established themselves as a strong First Division force, with Chandler heading a lethal forward line which also included Ernie Hine and Arthur Lochhead (the three of them would go on to score nearly 550 goals for the club between them and all three still sit among Leicester’s top 5 goalscorers of all-time). In 1927–28 and 1928–29 as the club finished in its highest ever league finishes of 3rd and 2nd respectively, now in his mid 30s Chandler reached the top of his game, hitting 34 league goals in both seasons, still a club record for the most goals in a single season in the top flight. It was also at this time in which Chandler played his most famous game: On 20 October 1928 Chandler scored six goals against Portsmouth in Leicester’s biggest league win, a 10–0 Division One victory at Filbert Street. The event has become known as “the six swans” among Leicester fans, because five swans flew over Filbert Street that day just after Chandler had scored his fifth of these goals. A sixth swan then flew over several minutes later and Chandler promptly responded scoring his sixth goal of the afternoon.He played for the “Professionals” in the 1929 FA Charity Shield.