Leicester City Club Profile
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Leicester City : Club Background
As everyone will know, given the amount of publicity it received across the summer, this is the first time Leicester City has played outside the top two divisions since being elected to the Football League, under the name Leicester Fosse, in 1894.
The 1894 elections were a bit of a mess. The Second Division was only two seasons old and had run the previous campaign with 15 teams after Bootle resigned. There was thus a spare place, and this was increased to two when Northwich Victoria resigned ahead of the election meeting. Arwick (just about to rename themselves Manchester City) topped the poll and were re-elected, but Rotherham United looked like they would fall by the wayside, beaten in the ballot by Leicester, Bury and Burton Wanderers who thus all joined the Football League for the first time. However after the meeting had concluded Middlesbrough Ironopolis decided to resign and Rotherham were invited back in.
Leicester Fosse had been formed ten years ealier in 1884, and played their inaugural fixture in a private field near to Fosse Road, against another local team from the north end of the town, Syston Fosse. For the next six years they played only friendlies and had a nomadic existence with no permanent home. In 1890 they entered the F.A. Cup for the first time, and in 1891 joined the Midland League. Part way through that season they settled at Filbert Street, a ground they would remain in until 2002.
From election until the League was suspended part way through the First World War they were generally a solid but unspiring mid-table Division Two outfit, though there were two applications for re-election required, in 1904 and 1915. In between they did win promotion to the First Division, as Division Two runners-up in 1907-08, but came straight back down again the following season, finishing last by nine points.
In 1919 Leicester Fosse folded. A new club was formed, and with the town of Leicester having gained city status a few months before it was named Leicester City. It was also allowed simply to take over the extinct Leicester Fosse's place in the Football League without going through the election process.
Between the Wars they were a First Division from 1925-35, having gone up as Champions, and also ended the decade in the top flight, again promoted as Division Two Champions in 1936-37, though the return to the Second Division was only delayed by the outbreak of the Second World War as they finished bottom in 1939. The highest ever finish by Leicester was achieved in 1928-29 when they were First Division Runners-up. Their best inter-War performance in the F.A. Cup saw a semi-final defeat by Portsmouth in 1934.
After hostilities ended Leicester restarted in Division Two again and pulled up no trees in the league for quite a while. Their biggest success was to reach the F.A. Cup Final in 1949, where they were beaten at Wembley 3-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers, though after that defeat they had to go to Cardiff City where a draw was just sufficient to escape a drop to the third tier.
After a promotion as Champions in 1954, which was followed by coming straight back down again, the Foxes were again Division Two Champions in 1956-57. This was to launch perhaps their most sustained successful spell in football to date. They retained their top flight status through to 1969, with a best finish of 4th, appeared in three F.A. Cup Finals (losing them all), two League Cup Finals (winning that trophy in 1964), and a first appearance in European competition.
After two seasons in the Second Division they were back up as the 1970-71 Champions, this time retaining top flight status for seven years. Down again in 1978 they entered a yo-yo period in the Eighties, swapping divisions four times. In 1990-91 things were looking bleak and it took a 1-0 win over Oxford United on the last day to preserve that record of never having played in the third tier.
In 1993-94 they were on the up again, success at their third attempt in the play-offs taking them into the Premier League for the first time. They lasted a single season. Martin O'Neill then arrived as manager and he only took one play-off final to get them back up, and also managed to keep them in the Premier League for the remainder of his reign, got them to three League Cup Finals (two wins, one loss) and took them back into Europe. However since O'Neill's departure in 2000 things have been less rosy.
Leicester have been averaging more than one manager a season in the 21st Century. Such a turnover is almost always a sign things are going pear shaped. Spurred by the success of the O'Neill era the Foxes decided the time had come to leave Filbert Street and build themselves a new stadium. The stadium at Filbert Way (originally Walkers Stadium but now the King Power Stadium)was begun in 2001 and opened in 2002 at a cost of £37 million. Back in Division One by then the sums didn't add up and Leicester went into administration. It was a blatant piece of cheating that outraged football, as at the very same time as they junked tens of millions of debt Leicester's overspending was getting them back into the Premier League as Division One runners up. They were immediately relegated and then spent four years struggling in the now renamed Championship, finishing 15th, 16th, and 19th, the rotation of managers becoming quicker and quicker, before finally getting relegated in 2007-08. Milan Mandaric had bought the club in 2007 and thus has the dubious honour of being the first chairman of the Foxes to take them into the third tier of English football.
Their 2008-09 stay in League One was a brief one. Nigel Pearson came in as manager and took them up as League One Champions - we played them twice and lost twice against a team that was clearly head and shoulders above the rest. Since then they've been one of the more impressive Championship sides - 5th, 10th, 9th, 6th - but without quite being impressive enough to go back into the Premier League.
They were daft enough to even part company with Pearson for an 18 month period, with Mandaric almost pushing him out the door to Hull City. It was only when Leicester came under new ownership, through Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha - owner of the King Power company that the stadium is now known as - that Pearson returned for a second session. During the 2012-13 season they were beaten play-off semi-finalists, but have suffered no hangover from that disappointment, and look as though they are going to be the first professional club to seal promotion during the 2013-14 season - they could even do it on Saturday if all results go their way.
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|Leicester City : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Leicester City
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Leicester City
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Leicester City : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
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Leicester City : Club Information
King Power Stadium
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Capacity : 32,312
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : N/A
Telephone Number : 0844 8156000
Fax : 0116 229 4549
Chairman : Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Club Secretary : Andrew Neville
Supporter Relations Manager : Peter Jones
Head Of Media : Jon Sanders
Manager : Nigel Pearson
Record Attendance : at current ground: 32,148 v Newcastle United, 26/12/2003; (at Filbert Street: 47,298 v Tottenham Hotspur, FAC R5, 18/02/1928)
Nickname : The Foxes
Colours : shirt - blue with white shoulders and trim; shorts - blue with white trim; socks - blue with white trim
Ticket Prices :
Away fans experience that 'shoved in a corner' location all too popular with bigger clubs. We will be allocated Block M2 which is in the North East corner of the stadium, between their Family Stand and their East Stand. There are no obstructions to the view but this area of seating is set well back from the pitch.
Adults: £28.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £25.00; Under-18s: £18.00; Under-12s: £9.00; Under-8s: £5.00.
Note that tickets are available on the day of the game, but go up by £2.00 if purchased from the Leicester end.
Disabled Facilities :
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price as shown above according to age, but a carer will be admitted free of charge. There are 12 lower platform spaces for away fans, six within the away section and a further six in close proximity to the away section. Helpers seats are adjacent or directly behind all wheelchair spaces.
There are disabled toilets situated in the concourse area of each stand. In addition there are also disabled toilets situated next to each lift on the upper platforms - four in total. These are accessible by the use of a Radar Key (you are advised to bring your own). The catering kiosks in the concourse areas all have low-level counters.
Six parking spaces are available for away fans. These must be booked in advance - no spaces available on the day. Entry/exit to/from the car park is closed 30 minutes before kick-off and not re-opened until 30 minutes after the final whistle. Your contact at Filbert Way is Peter Jones.
Programme : £3.00
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Leicester City : Directions To The Ground
Leicester is an East Midlands city of around 280,000, the southern most in a triangle with rivals Derby and Nottingham.
Whether they will bother for little ol' us is doubtful, but the policing in Leicester has a reputation for being heavy-handed and officious, especially for those arriving by train. Despite having no specific legal right to do so, it's not unknown for them to insist even quite small groups of visiting fans are herded into particular pubs of the Old Bill's choosing while they stand around, watch, and film. Unless you wish to end up in whatever dive the police believe suitable for football fans it might be sensible not to make it too obvious who you support on your arrival.
It's 170 miles and about three and a half hours by car from Yeovil to Leicester (M5, M42, M6, M69). For those coming up from the South-East drop off the M1 at Junction 21.
On leaving the motorway network take the A5460 towards Leicester city centre. Continue on this road, until you go under a railway bridge. Carry on for another 200 yards and turn right at the traffic lights into Upperton Road (sign posted Royal Infirmary) and then right again into Filbert Street. The new stadium is visible just behind the site of the old Filbert Street ground.
There is parking at Leicester Rugby Club, whose home fixtures are scheduled not to clash with the football team's, though only 100 spaces. This is £3.00, and the Welford Road stadium is about ten minutes walk from Filbert Way. There are several NCP car parks within ten minutes or so walk of the stadium, charging their usual sort of rates. Alternatively there's plenty of on-street parking around for free, but obviously things get congested on matchdays and the nearer you arrive to kick-off time the further away from the ground you are likely to end up. Be prepared for a fifteen to twenty minute walk if you are the sort who doesn't hit town until the last hour or so before kick-off. Be aware that some areas do have Residents Permit signs up so pay careful attention. In addition expect the police to close certain roads off just before and just after kick-off.
Freemans Common Business Park (Sample postcode: LE2 7SX) is another option as they offer parking sanctioned by Leicester City. Car parks are run in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Parking is £3.00 or £4.00 depending on the location and all proceeds go to the charity. Depending on which unit you end up parked in, you're around 5-10 mins walk from the ground.
Leicester is on Midland Mainline, which runs out of St Pancras (Domestic). There are usually around four services an hour, with journey times between 1.07 and 1.40 depending on the number of stops. For Capital Glovers, the last train out of Leicester for London departs at 21.58 (arrives St Pancras 23.40) so you will need to leave the game decidedly sharpish at the final whistle if not a little before.
The train station is in the city centre and is walkable from the ground, taking around 20 to 25 minutes. To get to the stadium, on exiting the station, cross the road in front of the station and proceed left. Head for the Central Ring Road (Waterloo Way) following it round, as the pavement becomes a path, keeping it on your left throughout. Keep on the pathway as it crosses New Walk and goes down the left hand side of New Walk Museum. The pathway rejoins the main road as pavement again and there is Nelson Mandela Park to your right. Turn right into Lancaster Road and then cross the park to the crossings over the main road by the public lavatories. Head towards the Victory pub opposite (not recommended for away fans), and turn left past the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Take the first right into Walnut Street and from there you can see the stadium.
East Midlands is the nearest airport, and connects to Leicester by the Leicester Skylink bus with an hourly service during the day and every two hours during the night.
Nos. 46, 47, 84, 84A, 85 and 302 (Arriva), 73 (Centrebus), and 87, 88 and 88A (First) all run near to the stadium.
A selection of Leicester taxi companies can be found here.
|Leicester City : Web Resources|
Ramshackle unofficial site - best ignored if one's honest.
For Fox Sake
Running since 1998, but as far as we can tell, all of the old content has been stripped out. As such all you're left with is a fairly useless front page and that's it. As such little point in visiting.
From the Mad franchise would you believe. On our last visit it hadn't been updated for six weeks.
As it says, home of the Leicester City FC Supporters' Trust.
The Official Leicester City Website
Vital Leicester City
|Web Message Boards|
Vital forum - hardly used.
Lively and busy forum.
Mad forums rarely attract much traffic. This one is no exception.
Decidedly busy forum.
Reasonably busy forum.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Leicester City dedicated section of the Leicester Mercury. Items on the club almost every day.
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Leicester City : Food & Drink
Club Bar :
Full length concourses offer catering facilities via themed food and drinks bars all around the ground. The usual range of hot dogs, burgers and pies are available along with basic alcohol. There are television screens on the concourse showing the game going on within the stadium if you are queuing.
Local Pubs :
Plenty of pubs in Leicester city centre obviously, though that means our listings tend to be no closer than about fifteen minutes walk from the Filbert Way. Everards Brewery, who have been brewing in Narborough, Leicestershire, since 1849, are quite dominant in the city which is a bit unfortunate as we're not particularly fond of their beers. However some small independents have started to gain a foothold in recent years, and beers from Oakham Ales (Peterborough), Grainstore Brewery (which is at Oakham whereas oddly the Oakham brewery isn't), Belvoir Brewery (Old Dalby) and the quaintly named Steamin' Billy Brewing Company (based in Oadby but presently brewing under contract at the Tower Brewery, Burton upon Trent) are amongst a number worth seeking out.
As one gets nearer the stadium the pubs are 1) not worth entering; 2) probably advisable not to enter. Away fans are recommended to steer clear of the The Victory and The F Bar in particular, while the Half Time Orange may seem attractive as it's right by the away section but oddly, given that location, is a members-only bar for Leicester City fans so won't let you in.
|Ale Wagon: In the heart of the city around twenty minutes walk from the stadium. Normally brews its own beers on the premises, but is currently contracting this out to the Tower Brewery in Burton upon Trent whilst a new plant is built at the pub. Beers are mostly their own range, with the odd guest. Hoskins Hob, Best Mild, Brigadier and EXS are regulars, with more occasional seasonals from their range available too. Opening times are 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Run by the same family for three generations it is little changed from the 1930s.|
Ale Wagon, 27, Rutland Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1RE. Tel: 0116 2623330. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Barley Mow: Only a couple of hundred yards from the railway station, and about 20 minutes walk to the ground. An Everards pub, with Beacon, Sunchaser, Original and Tiger as the regulars. Does meals, but lunchtimes only. Popular amongst those arriving by train on matchdays and can get busy. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 6.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Barley Mow, 149, Granby Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6FE. Tel: 0116 2544663. Map: Click Here.
|Black Horse: Almost exactly a mile from the stadium and the only traditional style pub left on Braunstone Gate, an area now dominated by wine and café bars. Another Everards outlet, with Beacon and Tiger and the brewery's seasonals as available. Rather middle class and a bit twee as befits the location. No food. On the plus side does frequently stock real cider, and there's a place for smokers other than standing in the street. Opening is 3.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight Monday - Saturday, 7.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight Sunday.|
Black Horse, 1, Foxon Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 5LT. Tel: 0116 2540030. Map: Click Here.
|Criterion: In the central city district and therefore about twenty minutes walk from the stadium. Probably the best real ale pub in Leicester, CAMRA Pub of the Year winner in the city for the last three years. Oakham Inferno and Bishops Farewell are the house beers and there are up to ten guests on as well. There's usually a real cider on. There are regular beer festivals when the range expands to twenty-four, many served on gravity. Also around 100 continental bottled beers are stocked. Sunday and Monday a range of pub style food is available, the rest of the week it's home made pizzas lunchtimes and evenings. There's a designated smoking area within the premises, avoiding the dive for the street. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. every day. Recommended, but note: no children - over 18 only.|
Criterion, 44, Millstone Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5JN. Tel: 0116 2625418. Map: Click Here.
|Globe: Another Everards pub with Beacon, Sunchaser, Tiger, Original and seasonals. Again towards the north of the city centre and about 25 minutes walk to the stadium. Opening: 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (with an extension to 1.00 a.m. on Friday nights); 12.00 noon - 10.30 on Sunday. Food is served until 7.00 p.m. Wheelchair access.|
Globe, 43, Silver Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5EU. Tel: 0116 2629819. Map: Click Here.
|High Cross: City centre Wetherspoon about 25 minutes walk from the ground. Outside area and child certificate. Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight; Friday - Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Makes more effort than some in the chain with usually three local ales on as well as the very tired and boring Wetherspoon standards.
High Cross, 103–105, High Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4JB. Tel: 0116 2519218. Map: Click Here.
|Leicester Gateway: Sold early in 2008 by the Tynemill Brewery, which is unlikely to be good news as that's a brewery whose beer and pubs we particularly like. A few minutes closer to the Walkers Stadium than the Swan & Rushes (below). Still carries a good range of 8 or 9 real ales but has gone down the sports bar and music channels on a big screen route, and is also rather over-full of students from the nearby university. Has a pool table. Food is mainly of the rolls filled with hot or cold stuff variety. Home and away fans mix and get on - possibly because they can join in mutual disdain for all the tax dodgers.|
Leicester Gateway, 52, Gateway Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 7DP. Tel: 0116 2557319. Map: Click Here.
|Marquis of Wellington: And yet another Everards pub - are you noticing a pattern here? Beers are Beacon, Sunchaser, Tiger, Original and seasonals. There are nine handpumps which serve the Everards range plus several guests and a farmhouse style cider. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings, and there's a designated smoking facility. A large screen for sports broadcasts. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday - Monday, 12.00 noon - 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. About 25 minutes walk to the ground.|
Marquis of Wellington, 139, London Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 1EF. Tel: 0116 2540542. Map: Click Here.
|Out Of The Vaults: Eight minutes walk from the railway station and a mile from the Walkers Stadium, and a drinkers pub, no food. Has five house beers: Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter and Bishops Farewell; Leatherbritches Doctor Johnson and Hairy Helmet; and one out of Dragon Smoke Stout, Finns Hall Porter or Dark Raven from the Beowulf Brewery. The other seven handpumps are given over to an ever rotating series of guests, also generally from small breweries, with over two thousand beers showcased over the years. One is often reserved for a cider. More a rugby than a football pub, with the owners keen Tigers fans, but away supporters from both codes are welcomed. Also the home of the Leicester Morris Dancers if that attracts. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 12.00 noon - 2.00 a.m. Friday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
Out Of The Vaults, 24, King Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6RL. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Shakespeare's Head: Sells the two Oakwell Brewery beers: Barnsley Bitter and Old Tom Mild. West side of the city centre, and 20 minutes walk to the ground. Bar and lounge format pub, and prices are cheaper than average for the city. Basic food available during the day. Opening: 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Monday - Thursday; 12.00 noon - 1.00 a.m. Friday - Saturday; 12.00 noon - 11.00 a.m. Sunday.|
Shakespeare's Head, Southgates, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5SH. Tel: 0116 2624378. Map: Click Here.
|Swan & Rushes: On the inner ring road between the Infirmary and De Montfort University and 15 minutes walk from the football ground. Opening times are: 12.00 noon - 2.45 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday; 12.00 noon - 2.45 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday - Saturday; 12.00 noon - 11.30 p.m. Sunday. The regular draught beers are Bateman XB, Bateman XXXB, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JBH), Oakham Bishops Farewell, Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles (Belgian white beer) and Lefebvre Barbar (Belgian honey beer). There's Heineken, Amstel, Guinness and Strongbow for those that like keg. Additionally there will be several guest ales, usually from small Midlands breweries, and one or two farmhouse style real ciders. The pub also specialises in bottled beers, including rare and seasonal ones, with generally over 100 in stock. The '60 Challenge' runs each year from September to August, with 60 nominated bottled beers having to be consumed to win a personally customised Swan & Rushes T-shirt. You may be pushed to do the 60 on the day. There's the usual sort of pub food at lunchtimes, and in the evenings it's Oriental Specials on Tuesday, Curries on Wednesday and Beer Battered Haddock, Chips & Mushy Peas night on Friday - evening food served from 5.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Glasses are lined, and there's an outdoor area and place for smokers. Our other recommended choice despite them selfishly holding their Cider & Cheese Festival back in August and not in mid-November.|
Swan & Rushes, 19, Infirmary Square, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5WR. Tel: 0116 2339167. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Western: Back to Everards again, though the beer range is shared with those of the Steamin' Billy Brewing Company and some are served by gravity. Traditional two room hostelry in a residential location 15 minutes walk to the North-West of the stadium. Gets busy on matchdays. Food lunchtimes and evenings, and home prepared not bought in. Designated smoking facility, not the pavement. Opening is 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday - Saturday.|
Western, 70, Western Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 0GA. Tel: 0116 2545287. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
They probably didn't have the faintest idea who we were until a certain evening in May 2007 at their bitter rivals Nottingham Forest must have notched us more than a few brownie points. Like ships in the night, we meet again, but if you're hoping for a long term relationship here you'll be disappointed - this is going to be very much a one night stand - treat us gently though Leicester!
If you didn't get to the ground during our League One days, then make sure you do the trip during 2013-14. This lot are heading to the Premier League, and so whatever happens to ourselves, we won't be playing them next season.
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Leicester City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
Home to the The National Space Centre - yes, we're struggling to recall the glorious contribution Britain has made to space exploration as well - and the Abbey Pumping Station which houses Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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