Leicester City FC

Leicester City FC

Leicester City FC was founded in 1884 and it has a long, storied history. ‘The Foxes’ play at the King Power Stadium and they are currently a part of the Premier League. It created one of the biggest shocks in the sporting world when coming from nowhere to win the Premier League title in 2015/2016.

History of Leicester City FC

Leicester City was started in 1884 and it became a part of the Football Association (FA) in 1890. It was after finishing runner-up in the Second Division in 1907/1908 that it got up to the top flight of football in England for the first time. They got relegated straight away. Throughout the history of Leicester City, it had only spent a total of two seasons outside of the top two tiers of football in the country.

The 1920s saw the club’s name change to Leicester City FC and it saw some success, including winning the Second Division title. It was in 1949 that Leicester City got to the final of the FA Cup for the first time, losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a 3-1 scoreline. The team won the Second Division once again in 1954 and were relegated again in 1957.

Starting to see success

This started the club's longest streak in top-flight football, remaining in the First Division until 1969. Leicester City got to the FA Cup final in both 1961 and 1963 but they lost both of these games. It was in 1964 that Leicester City won its first piece of notable silverware after winning the League Cup.

It was in 1971 that the club won the Charity Shield after being invited to play after winning Division Two and double winner Arsenal was playing in European competition. It was in the early 1980s that one of Leicester City’s most famous players, Gary Lineker, started to emerge.

Early Premier League years

Leicester City got promoted to the Premier League for the first time for the 1994/1995 season but got instantly relegated. They got promoted under Martin O’Neill through the 1996 play-offs and managed to finish in the top ten for the next four seasons.

They managed to win the League Cup in both 1997 and 2000, as well as being the runner-up in 1999. It gained qualification to the UEFA Cup, the first time the club played in Europe since 1961. The club fell into decline after the turn of the century and was soon relegated.

Ascent to greatness

It was in 2008/2009 that the club was outside the top tiers of English football for the first time. Leicester City won the Championship in 2013/2014 and went back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Leicester City sensationally won the Premier League in 2016, with the team being at odds of 5,000/1 at the start of the season to do so. This was the crowning jewel for the club and it has been competitive ever since.

Leicester City support

Leicester City mostly played at Filbert Stadium up until 2002. The team then moved into a new stadium that seated 32,500 and was originally named as the Walkers Stadium.

The stadium has hosted a number of international games, as well as some major rugby union clashes. The stadium is currently being expanded and redeveloped.

The main rival for Leicester City is Nottingham Forest, with the team's other main rival being Derby County.

Notable players

Leicester City has had many great players at the club over the years. Perhaps the most famous is striker Gary Lineker who now presents BBC Match of the Day. Other great players to come through the club include Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Les Ferdinand, Simon Grayson and Jamie Vardy.

Betting on Leicester City

Leicester City is known for its exciting style of football, something that helped bring the club to a historic Premier League title. There is a passionate fan base and some great players at the club that means that they are always a great team to watch out for. If you are looking to bet on Leicester City matches, then you have tons of different options open to you.

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