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Leicester City

Leicester City

Nickname The Foxes
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Stadium Walkers Stadium

Leicester City began life as Leicester Fosse and were founded in 1884. They played their first game on a field near Fosse Street. The team were to change bases a few times before settling on ground near the Canal and next to Filbert Street in 1891. The team were to stay at Filbert Street for 111years before moving to the Walkers Stadium in 2002. A year prior to moving to Filbert Street, Leicester had joined the Football Association and things were progressing.

In 1894, after finishing second in the Midland League the club was accepted to join League Division two. They progressed to Division One in 1908 but were not really up to the standards of top flight football. They were relegated after one season which included a 12-0 defeat by local rivals Nottingham Forest. Before the outbreak of World War One Leicester Fosse were struggling financially and were finally wound up in 1919. The Club was reconstructed in the same year, as the area had just been given city status the new club was named Leicester City Football club.

Leicester have won the League Cup on three occasions and the Charity Shield once. Their best League position was second in the 1928/9 season. They also have the unwanted record of reaching the FA Cup final on four occasions but never winning (the most recent final appearance was in 1969). The Foxes have never played outside the two top tiers of the league.

The 1990's were an exciting decade for Leicester fans. After nearly being relegated to the third tier in 1991 things improved. In the early 90's Leicester suffered two play-off final defeats. The 1993 play-off final saw Leicester come back from three nil down to draw level in an amazing three minutes. However, a disputed penalty gave Swindon victory. They were eventually promoted in 1994 but were relegated the following season.

Leicester appointed a new manager, Martin O'Neil and they reached the play-off final again in 1996. This was the fourth play-off final in five years and the opponents were Crystal Palace. At one all in extra time the game was looming towards penalties when a final twist gave Leicester victory. In the last minute, Leicester had a free kick and were making a substitution which seemed to distract the Palace players. With four seconds left on the clock the free kick was taken and Steve Claridge was on hand to net the winner and earn the club promotion.

Leicester established themselves in the top flight and won the League Cup twice and competed in European competition. They were relegated once again in 2002 after recording only 5 victories that season. The club went into administration in the same year before being rescued by a consortium headed by former Leicester and England hero Gary Linekar.

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