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The Clubs: Leicester City

Updated upto the end of the 2018-2019 Premier League season

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
498 157 136 205 623 718 -95 607 13

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Muzzy Izzet 222
Matt Elliott 199
Jamie Vardy 176
Robbie Savage 172
Kasper Schmeichel 163
Steve Guppy 161
Wes Morgan 156
Neil Lennon 155
Marc Albrighton 150
Riyad Mahrez 139

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Jamie Vardy 80
Riyad Mahrez 39
Emile Heskey 33
Muzzy Izzet 33
Tony Cottee 27
Matt Elliott 22
Ian Marshall 18
Leonardo Ulloa 18
Paul Dickov 15
Shinji Okazaki 14

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 24th May 2015 2014-2015
Derby County 0-4 Leicester City 26th April 1998 1997-1998
Leicester City 4-0 Leeds United 15th September 2003 2003-2004
Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City 24th April 2016 2015-2016
Leicester City 5-2 Sunderland 5th March 2000 1999-2000
Southampton 1-4 Leicester City 13th December 2017 2017-2018
West Bromwich Albion 1-4 Leicester City 10th March 2018 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 1-4 Leicester City 6th April 2019 2018-2019
Leicester City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur 13th September 1997 1997-1998
Crystal Palace 0-3 Leicester City 11th April 1998 1997-1998

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Arsenal 6-1 Leicester City 26th December 2000 2000-2001
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 18th May 2017 2016-2017
Arsenal 5-0 Leicester City 20th February 1999 1998-1999
Leicester City 0-5 Bolton Wanderers 18th August 2001 2001-2002
Leicester City 0-5 Aston Villa 31st January 2004 2003-2004
Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City 28th April 2018 2017-2018
Leicester City 2-6 Manchester United 16th January 1999 1998-1999
Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City 10th February 2018 2017-2018
Chelsea 4-0 Leicester City 8th October 1994 1994-1995
Leicester City 0-4 Manchester United 15th April 1995 1994-1995

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Brian Little 1 22nd November 1994
Mark McGhee 1 7th December 1995
Martin O’Neill 4 1st June 2000
Peter Taylor 2 30th September 2001
Dave Bassett 1 6th April 2002
Micky Adams 2 10th October 2004
Nigel Pearson 1 30th June 2015
Claudio Ranieri 2 23rd February 2017
Craig Shakespeare 2 17th October 2017
Claude Puel 2 24th February 2019
Brendan Rodgers 1  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland 8th August 2015 32,242 2015-2016
Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United 23rd December 2017 32,202 2017-2018
Leicester City 0-0 Burnley 10th November 2018 32,184 2018-2019
Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool FC 1st September 2018 32,149 2018-2019
Leicester City 1-1 Newcastle United 26th December 2003 32,148 2003-2004
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United 3rd February 2019 32,148 2018-2019
Leicester City 3-1 Everton 7th May 2016 32,140 2015-2016
Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool FC 2nd February 2016 32,121 2015-2016
Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United 28th November 2015 32,115 2015-2016
Leicester City 1-0 Norwich City 27th February 2016 32,114 2015-2016

 

Intro

In 2015-2016, Leicester City produced the greatest story the Premier League has ever seen. The 5000-1 bookies outsiders for the title produced a fairytale, landing their first-ever English top-flight title. Before this, the Foxes had experienced relegation three times in the Premier League and only narrowly avoided another drop in 2014-2015 due to an incredible run-in under Nigel Pearson’s guidance. They are now a regular top 10 club and are managed by the former Swansea City and Liverpool FC boss, Brendan Rodgers.

 

1994-1995

It was third time lucky for Leicester City in the play-offs, achieving promotion for the first time to the Premier League elite in 1994. Brian Little was their manager but the going was very tough. Leicester won just twice before Little departed in mid-November to take the reins at his former club, Aston Villa. Mark McGhee took over but had little chance of pulling off a miracle and the Foxes became the first team to be relegated in mid-April, finishing 21st out of 22 teams.

 

1996-1997

Martin O’Neill guided Leicester back into the Premier League at the first attempt after more play-off glory and 1996-1997 would be a triumphant return for Leicester. They finished in a superb ninth place and won the League Cup, beating Middlesbrough in a replay 1-0 in the final thanks to a goal from Steve Claridge. This was also the season where Emile Heskey started to make his breakthrough on the Premier League with 10 goals.

 

1997-1998

Leicester enjoyed another solid season under Martin O’Neill’s guidance. He won the Manager of the Month award in September for his early season achievements which included a stirring fightback to draw 3-3 with Arsenal, having been 2-0 down with only five minutes to go. One of the club’s most eye-catching results came towards the end of the season with a 4-0 away victory at Derby County. Leicester finished the season in 10th place.

 

1998-1999

For the third successive campaign, Leicester achieved a top half finish and it was 10th again. Despite being heavily linked with the Leeds United vacancy in October, O’Neill stayed loyal to the club and signed a new contract. It turned into a fairly uneventful campaign for the supporters but the foundations had been laid and the club from Filbert Street were now seen as a stable mid-table top-flight side.

 

1999-2000

Leicester City surpassed their ninth place finish of 1997, going one better to record an eighth place finish in the table in 1999-2000. There was more joy in the League Cup with a second final victory in four years, as plucky First Division outfit Tranmere Rovers were seen off 2-1. Leicester also took a gamble on Stan Collymore in February and he repaid the faith with a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Sunderland. However, he suffered a horrible injury a month later in a defeat at Derby and Emile Heskey’s departure for £11 million to Liverpool FC convinced Martin O’Neill to move on. He went north of the border to manage Celtic at the end of the season.

 

2000-2001

Glenn Hoddle’s former assistant from England duty, Peter Taylor was chosen as Leicester’s new manager and initially, he settled in very quickly. The Foxes stayed unbeaten until mid-October and even enjoyed the October international break on top of the Premier League table. A 2-0 win over Liverpool FC in March took Leicester into fifth place but they finished the campaign dismally. An FA Cup sixth round defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers was followed by nine defeats in their last 10 games to finish in 13th position. It wouldn’t get any better in the following season for the supporters.

 

2001-2002

Peter Taylor began the season as a man under pressure and it showed. Leicester lost their first two matches by an aggregate of 9-0 to Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal respectively. At the end of September, he lost his job after winning just one of his first eight matches of the campaign.

Dave Bassett was brought in to save the club from relegation but form didn’t improve. Leicester spent Christmas Day bottom of the table and relegation was confirmed following a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United in early April. Bassett moved upstairs and was replaced by his assistant manager, Micky Adams.

2001-2002 was also the final season of football to be played at Filbert Street. They signed off with a 2-1 final day win over Tottenham Hotspur before moving into their new ground which was initially called The Walkers’ Stadium.

 

2003-2004

Runners-up to Portsmouth in the 2002-2003 First Division, Leicester City bounced back to the Premier League at the first attempt but were destined to struggle all campaign on their return. There was an early season 4-0 thumping of Leeds United in September and three wins in November took them as high as 12th. However, after a last-minute equaliser from Craig Hignett to draw 1-1 with Arsenal, the Foxes failed to win any of their next 12 matches.

In March, eight players were arrested after being accused of sexual assault on three German women during a training camp in La Manga. Three players, Keith Gillespie, Paul Dickov and Frank Sinclair were all charged but the case was later dropped.

Leicester did win at Birmingham a few days after this incident went public but relegation back to the second-tier was confirmed by a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in early May; two weeks before the end of the season.

 

2014-2015

After an absence of 10 seasons, Leicester were back in the top-flight and made a decent start, drawing at home to Everton and Arsenal, then produced a remarkable comeback at home to Manchester United, storming back from 3-1 down to win 5-3 with club-record signing Leonardo Ulloa scoring twice.

However, they spent the bulk of the campaign bottom of the table, winning only two more games between that win over the Red Devils and the end of March. Seven points adrift of safety, Nigel Pearson’s side looked doomed but they produced an incredible run of form, winning seven out of their final nine matches. The remarkable escape from the drop was completed by a goalless draw at Sunderland on the final Saturday of the season. Their escape from relegation is among the best escape acts seen in Premier League history.

 

2015-2016

After some off-field transgressions, Leicester’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha decided to replace Nigel Pearson with Claudio Ranieri in the managerial hotseat. Quoted 3-1 favourites for relegation and 5000-1 outsiders to win the title, Leicester defied expectations in more ways than one.

They were the final club to taste defeat at the end of September to Arsenal and Jamie Vardy broke the record for scoring in successive Premier League matches (11) against Manchester United in November. Leicester spent Christmas Day top of the table after a 3-2 win over Everton. Riyad Mahrez scored twice at Goodison and the Algerian won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year after an outstanding individual campaign.

Leicester became title favourites in early February when Vardy scored a Goal of the Season contender to defeat Liverpool FC 2-0, and then followed that a few days later with an impressive 3-1 victory away at pre-season favourites Manchester City. The fearless Foxes continued to stun the footballing world with some wonderful displays. In early May, they had the chance to wrap the title up at Old Trafford.

The 1-1 draw with Manchester United delayed the celebrations for 24 hours but Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with title rivals Tottenham Hotspur completed the fairytale story. The 5000-1 outsiders had just completed the impossible dream. Leicester City were the 2015-2016 Premier League champions.

 

2016-2017

It was always going to be a virtually impossible task to repeat the 2015-2016 heroics and the summer departure of imperious midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea didn’t help Claudio Ranieri. Leicester’s away record was abysmal, failing to win away from The King Power Stadium until a 3-2 success in March at West Ham United. They went nearly two months without a Premier League goal and in February 2017 with rumours of player unrest, Ranieri was brutally sacked less than 24 hours after a first leg UEFA Champions League loss to Sevilla.

Ranieri’s assistant Craig Shakespeare was brought in as his replacement and he guided the club to eventual safety. They finished in 12th place which remains the worst title defence from a Premier League championship-winning side.

 

2017-2018

Craig Shakespeare was given the permanent job in the summer but he didn’t last long. Only two wins in his first eight matches saw him fired after an underwhelming 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion in mid-October. He was replaced by former Southampton boss Claude Puel. Puel did inspire a four-game winning sequence early into his reign but Leicester finished in ninth place and a dismal run at the end of the season led to speculation about his long-term future. For the third successive season, Jamie Vardy finished as top scorer, ending with 20 Premier League strikes.

 

2018-2019

Leicester City’s 2018-2019 season was overshadowed by the tragic events that occurred outside The King Power Stadium on Saturday 27th October 2018. Just over an hour after drawing 1-1 with West Ham United, the helicopter belonging to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed shortly after take-off from the pitch. Five people, including Vichai were killed.

Leicester were united in grief with a wealth of floral tributes outside the ground to their owner. They played on a week later with an emotional 1-0 victory at Cardiff and Puel’s strength in such an overwhelming sense of tragedy was widely praised. There was an excellent festive period which brought about victories over Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton but a run of four defeats in six games and an FA Cup exit at League Two side Newport County AFC saw him sacked towards the end of February.

Brendan Rodgers returned to the Premier League after a trophy-laden spell in Scotland with Celtic and steered Leicester to a ninth place finish for the second successive season.

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Memorable Matches: Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United (September 2014)

Goalscorers: Robin van Persie 13, Angel Di Maria 16, Leonardo Ulloa 17, 83 PEN, Ander Herrera 57, David Nugent 62 PEN, Esteban Cambiasso 64, Jamie Vardy 79

Teams:

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Ritchie de Laet, Paul Konchesky, Liam Moore, Wes Morgan, Esteban Cambiasso (Andy King 71), Danny Drinkwater, Dean Hammond, David Nugent (Matty James 75), Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy (Jeff Schlupp 85)

Manchester United: David de Gea, Tyler Blackett (SENT OFF), Jonny Evans (Chris Smalling 30), Rafael, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria (Juan Mata 76), Radamel Falcao (Adnan Januzaj 72), Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

Referee: Mark Clattenburg, Attendance: 31,784

Manchester United were under new management in 2014-2015 with Louis van Gaal having succeeded David Moyes after a dismal previous campaign which had seen the Red Devils finish in a disappointing seventh position. The Dutchman was still adjusting to life in Manchester and took his team to Leicester in September 2014 with just one win from his opening four matches.

He could field a bold attacking line-up of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and they made a blistering start to this eight-goal thriller at The King Power Stadium. Falcao escaped the attentions of Ritchie de Laet on the right-hand side. The Colombian picked out Van Persie whose header took a deflection on its way into the net. Two minutes later, Rooney played through club-record signing Angel Di Maria and the Argentine produced the most exquisite of lobs over the top of Kasper Schmeichel to double the Red Devils’ lead. At this point, it looked like being an easy afternoon for Van Gaal and his coaching staff. However, they were about to get a rude awakening.

Just over a minute later, Leicester had registered on the scoreboard. Jamie Vardy got to the by-line and delivered a brilliant cross for Leonardo Ulloa to head home his fourth goal of the season. The visitors were still creating more chances. The crossbar denied Falcao his first Manchester United goal moments before Ander Herrera restored the two-goal advantage. The Spaniard provided a lovely flick to guide in Di Maria’s attempted shot.

Leicester needed a response and again, they provided one. Five minutes after falling 3-1 behind, Vardy won a physical battle with Rafael and then drew an unnecessarily push from the Brazilian in the penalty area. David Nugent emphatically dispatched his first goal of the campaign. The home crowd sensed a real shift in momentum and two minutes later, the Foxes were level at 3-3. Esteban Cambiasso drilled home a shot from just inside the penalty area to score his first Premier League goal since his summer move from Italian giants Inter Milan.

It was an incredible turnaround and Manchester United were powerless to do anything about it. With 11 minutes left, de Laet spotted the run of Vardy who kept his composure to score his first-ever Premier League goal. Four minutes later, Vardy was hauled to the ground by youngster Tyler Blackett. Mark Clattenburg awarded a second penalty to the home side and sent Blackett off for denying a goalscoring opportunity. Ulloa scored his second of the afternoon to seal a famous victory for Leicester as Van Gaal watched his side crumble in spectacular fashion.

This win was to be Leicester’s last success in the top-flight until after Christmas. However, they produced a remarkable recovery in the last nine matches, winning seven of them to avoid relegation.

Referees in the Middle: Jon Moss

Premier League Career: 2011-PRESENT

First Premier League Match: Blackpool 1-2 Birmingham City (4 January 2011)

Jon Moss was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2011. He has often been in the firing line since with football supporters across the country. Moss is one of those officials who will have some great games but is probably going to divide general opinion on some of the key decisions that can affect the course of crucial matches throughout any given season.

Although he is now based in Horsforth, West Yorkshire, Moss was born in Sunderland and grew up in the North East. He is a member of the West Riding County Football Association. He grew up as an avid footballer and won a football scholarship at Central Connecticut State University in the United States. However, he completed his studies with a degree in physical education and teaching at the University of Leeds.

Playing junior football at academy level, Moss admitted in a 2015 interview: “I was a competitive midfield player and I liked to tackle. Sometimes you mistime a tackle and you get the attention of the referee – but I was always polite!”

He played in the juniors at his hometown club Sunderland and then for Millwall. However, his studies meant he stopped playing as travelling to London became too much of an interference. It was during his A-level studies that Jon began to focus more on refereeing, taking courses to enhance his training and development. He fully qualified as a referee way back in 1988. However, it wasn’t until just before the end of the 20th century that he elected to forget his dream of playing the game and concentrated on refereeing it instead.

After progressing through the Northern Counties East League and Northern Premier League, he reached the National Group of assistant referees in 2003. It was from this point that progress started to gain momentum. Appointed to referee the 2005 Conference play-off final between Stevenage and Carlisle United, Jon was then promoted to the National Group of Referees who take charge of the three divisions in the Football League. His first game at this level was a League Two match between Shrewsbury Town and Rochdale.

Moss had four years of experience at this level before being appointed to a Premier League game for the first time. The match was between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa in December 2010. However, a deluge of snow and freezing temperatures in the week before Christmas led to the match being one of seven Premier League postponements across the weekend. Jon had to wait a fortnight for his big break before being selected for Birmingham City’s visit to Blackpool in January 2011. After this audition, he was added to the Select Group in-time for the start of the 2011-2012 season alongside Neil Swarbrick.

It was only his third Premier League match when he handed out his first red card. That went to the late Steve Gohouri who was dismissed for two yellow cards in Wigan Athletic’s 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in September 2011. Three years later, he awarded no fewer than four spot-kicks during Manchester City’s 4-1 success over Spurs, also sending off Federico Fazio in the same match. That remains a record for most spot-kicks to be awarded in a Premier League game. In fact, he handed out eight red cards in-total in the 2014-2015 season and as of the November 2018 international break, he had taken charge of 181 matches, handing out 623 yellow cards at an average of 3.44 cautions per game.

28 times the red card has come out of his back pocket. Among those to be dismissed in high-profile matches were Jamie Vardy for simulation in Leicester’s feisty 2-2 draw with West Ham United in April 2016 and Sadio Mane for a dangerous challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson during an encounter at The Etihad Stadium in September 2017 which Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win 5-0.

In 2015, Moss was the referee for Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. Jon Moss might not be liked by everyone within the game but as a referee, you have to be strong and not show any weakness in making key decisions. He is not shy of being forced to make these tough judgements, even if that means he sometimes can make the headlines more than the players.

Seasonal Records: 2015-2016

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2015-2016 Premier League campaign. Fairytales can happen in football and Leicester City produced one which got everyone talking. The 5000-1 outsiders stormed to an unexpected an richly deserved maiden top-flight title, seeing off a stern challenge from Tottenham Hotspur to land the biggest prize in English football.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Leicester City 38 23 12 3 68 36 +32 81
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 65 36 +29 71
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 13 6 69 35 +34 70
4 Manchester City 38 19 9 10 71 41 +30 66
5 Manchester United 38 19 9 10 49 35 +14 66
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 59 41 +18 63
7 West Ham United 38 16 14 8 65 51 +14 62
8 Liverpool FC 38 16 12 10 63 50 +13 60
9 Stoke City 38 14 9 15 41 55 -14 51
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 59 53 +6 50
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 59 55 +4 47
12 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 42 52 -10 47
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 40 50 -10 45
14 West Bromwich Albion 38 10 13 15 34 48 -14 43
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 39 51 -12 42
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 45 67 -22 42
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 48 62 -14 39
18 Newcastle United 38 9 10 19 44 65 -21 37
19 Norwich City 38 9 7 22 39 67 -28 34
20 Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 27 76 -49 17

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1026
European qualifiers Leicester City (UEFA Champions League)

Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Europa League)

Southampton (UEFA Europa League)

West Ham United (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 6 games (Tottenham Hotspur)
Longest unbeaten run 15 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 19 games (Aston Villa)
Longest losing run 11 games (Aston Villa)
Highest attendance 75,415 (Manchester United vs. Swansea City)
Lowest attendance 10,863 (AFC Bournemouth vs. Stoke City)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Toby Alderweireld, Wes Morgan, Hector Bellerin, Danny Rose, N’Golo Kante, Dele Alli, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy
Manager of the Year Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
Premier League Goal of the Season Dele Alli (Crystal Palace vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Callum Wilson West Ham United vs. AFC Bournemouth 3-4 22nd August 2015
Steven Naismith Everton vs. Chelsea 3-1 12th September 2015
Alexis Sanchez Leicester City vs. Arsenal 2-5 26th September 2015
Sergio Aguero (5) Manchester City vs. Newcastle United 6-1 3rd October 2015
Raheem Sterling Manchester City vs. AFC Bournemouth 5-1 17th October 2015
Georginio Wijnaldum (4) Newcastle United vs. Norwich City 6-2 18th October 2015
Harry Kane AFC Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 25th October 2015
Arouna Kone Everton vs. Sunderland 6-2 1st November 2015
Riyad Mahrez Swansea City vs. Leicester City 0-3 5th December 2015
Jermain Defoe Swansea City vs. Sunderland 2-4 13th January 2016
Andy Carroll West Ham United vs. Arsenal 3-3 9th April 2016
Sergio Aguero Chelsea vs. Manchester City 0-3 16th April 2016
Sadio Mane Southampton vs. Manchester City 4-2 1st May 2016
Olivier Giroud Arsenal vs. Aston Villa 4-0 15th May 2016

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 25
2 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 24
3 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 24
4 Romelu Lukaku Everton 18
5 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 17
6= Olivier Giroud Arsenal 16
6= Odion Ighalo Watford 16
8 Jermain Defoe Sunderland 15
9= Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 13
9= Troy Deeney Watford 13
11= Diego Costa Chelsea 12
11= Andre Ayew Swansea City 12
13= Sadio Mane Southampton 11
13= Anthony Martial Manchester United 11
13= Graziano Pelle Southampton 11
13= Marko Arnautovic Stoke City 11
13= Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City 11
13= Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United 11
19= Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 10
19= Shane Long Southampton 10
19= Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 10
22= Andy Carroll West Ham United 9
22= Christian Benteke Liverpool FC 9
22= Salomon Rondon West Bromwich Albion 9
22= Aleksandar Mitrovic Newcastle United 9

 

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool FC 14th February 2016
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United 3rd October 2015
Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015
Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City 18th October 2015
AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur 25th October 2015
Manchester City 5-1 AFC Bournemouth 17th October 2015
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United 13th February 2016
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United 28th November 2015
Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 15th May 2016
Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City 24th April 2016

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool FC 23rd January 2016
8 Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015
8 Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City 18th October 2015
7 Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United 3rd October 2015
7 Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal 26th September 2015
7 Everton 3-4 Stoke City 28th December 2015
7 West Ham United 3-4 AFC Bournemouth 22nd August 2015
6 Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool FC 14th February 2016
6 AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur 25th October 2015
6 Manchester City 5-1 AFC Bournemouth 17th October 2015
6 Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United 13th February 2016
6 Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United 28th November 2015
6 Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur 15th May 2016
6 Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland 8th August 2015
6 Southampton 4-2 Manchester City 1st May 2016
6 Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton 23rd April 2016
6 Swansea City 2-4 Sunderland 13th January 2016
6 Norwich City 4-2 Watford 11th May 2016
6 West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal 9th April 2016
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United 12th January 2016

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Reece Oxford Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United 16 years, 7 months, 24 days 9th August 2015
Jonathan Leko Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 16 years, 11 months, 9 days 2nd April 2016
Tyler Roberts West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 17 years, 4 months, 3 days 15th May 2016
Andre Green Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 7 months, 16 days 13th March 2016
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United 17 years, 8 months, 9 days 7th May 2016
Tom Davies Everton 1-1 Southampton 17 years, 9 months, 17 days 16th April 2016
Sam Field West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 7 days 15th May 2016
Timothy Fosu-Mensah Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal 18 years, 1 month, 26 days 28th February 2016
Manu Garcia Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa 18 years, 2 months, 3 days 5th March 2016
Joe Gomez Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 2 months, 17 days 9th August 2015

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Shay Given Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United 40 years, 25 days 15th May 2016
Kelvin Davis Southampton 2-2 Leicester City 39 years, 18 days 17th October 2015
Sylvain Distin Newcastle United 1-3 AFC Bournemouth 38 years, 2 months, 18 days 5th March 2016
Tim Howard Everton 3-0 Norwich City 37 years, 2 months, 9 days 15th May 2016
Julian Speroni Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace 36 years, 11 months, 27 days 15th May 2016
Gareth McAuley West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool FC 36 years, 5 months, 10 days 15th May 2016
Wes Brown Sunderland 1-1 AFC Bournemouth 36 years, 3 months, 10 days 23rd January 2016
Artur Boruc AFC Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion 36 years, 2 months, 17 days 7th May 2016
Marcin Wasilewski Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City 35 years, 11 months, 6 days 15th May 2016
John Terry Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea 35 years, 5 months 7th May 2016

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Petr Cech Arsenal 16
2= Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City 15
2= Joe Hart Manchester City 15
2= David de Gea Manchester United 15
5 Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 13
6= Simon Mignolet Liverpool FC 11
6= Heurelho Gomes Watford 11
8 Jack Butland Stoke City 10
9= Adrian West Ham United 9
9= Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City 9

Great Goals: Jamie Vardy – LEICESTER CITY vs. Liverpool FC (February 2016)

In February 2016, Leicester City were still top of the Premier League table and many still believed that this amazing journey would have to come to an end at some point. In the space of a few days, they turned all the doubters into believers.

They faced Liverpool FC who were going through a transformation period under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. The scoreline was locked at 0-0 in the 60th minute and it looked like something special was going to be required to break the deadlock. England international Jamie Vardy produced it with one of the best goals of his career.

Picked out by the eagle-eyed Riyad Mahrez, Vardy was in a one-on-one situation with Dejan Lovren. Lovren thought he had his angles covered but the Croatian was to be proven wrong. Vardy produced the most breathtaking of strikes that left Simon Mignolet flapping at thin air. It was an amazing moment for one of the players of the season. Even Klopp admitted afterwards that the goal was “world-class.”

Leicester won 2-0 and days later, stunned title favourites Manchester City to win 3-1 at The Etihad Stadium. They were on their way to completing the greatest story ever seen in the first 25 years of the Premier League.

Seasonal Stories: Leicester City (2014-2015)

It’s been one of the most traumatic weeks in the history of Leicester City Football Club. The tragic helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday 27th October that claimed the lives of five people has shaken the world of football. One of the five members who died was Leicester owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Owner of the club since 2010, Vichai’s vision, commitment and kindness saw him much-loved by the players, the supporters and the city of Leicester as a whole. Six years after his takeover, the Foxes stunned us all to become the champions of the Premier League. This won’t have happened without Vichai’s belief in the project he was running. His kind generosity shown by his donations to the local hospital and University show that it wasn’t just about the football.

Leicester will miss him and the whole football world has lost one of the good guys. I echo the thoughts of many by saying he will never be forgotten and send my thoughts to his family, as well as the other families who lost loved ones on the helicopter and everyone connected with Leicester City Football Club.

The title success of 2015-2016 began with a remarkable escape from relegation the previous season and here is the story of Leicester’s 2014-2015 campaign which started their journey to Premier League glory.  

The start of an incredible fairytale

Leicester City’s escape from relegation in 2014-2015 has to be considered among the best ever seen in Premier League history. The Foxes spent the bulk of the campaign bottom of the table and went into April seven points adrift of safety. However, an incredible run of seven wins from their last nine matches saw them complete a remarkable escape from the drop.

It would be the start of an incredible fairytale which would ultimately see them become Premier League champions just one season later.

A decent start

After an absence of 10 seasons, Leicester were back in the top-flight after running away with the Championship title. It was Nigel Pearson who was in-charge. The former centre-back was in his second spell as manager of the club.

First business of the summer by Pearson was to give new contracts to three of his key players from the Championship title-winning campaign in midfielder Matty James, winger Jeff Schlupp and skipper Wes Morgan. Leicester then added to their ranks with the acquisition of Esteban Cambiasso on a free transfer from Inter Milan and a club-record fee was dished out for Brighton & Hove Albion forward Leonardo Ulloa. The Foxes paid £8 million for Ulloa’s services.

Leicester made a decent start to life back as a Premier League club, collecting eight points from their first five fixtures. Ulloa settled in very quickly, scoring on his home debut against Everton to earn a point and netting the winner away at Stoke City.

They enjoyed an incredible 5-3 victory over Manchester United in a sensational comeback against the most successful side in the Premier League era. With an hour played, Pearson’s side were trailing 3-1 against a team that had the talents of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie among their attacking line-up. However, this fixture was the first sign of the now famous motto “Foxes never quit.” Ulloa added another two to his tally and there were first Premier League goals for Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy. Leicester finished the day in seventh place in the Premier League table.

Worrying times

After that excellent start, Leicester began an alarming slide towards trouble. They went 13 games without a victory, collecting a meagre two points from that period in home draws against Burnley and Sunderland.

The goals dried up too. Cambiasso’s strike in the 3-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the end of November was the first goal from a Leicester player in nearly two months. Even Ulloa’s early goalscoring spurt had been forgotten. The Argentine went eight games without a goal during this bleak winter period.

The defeat to QPR saw Leicester drop to the bottom of the table and they would remain there for the next 19 games.

The winless sequence did end just before 2014 ended when Riyad Mahrez’s goal beat Hull City 1-0 at The KCOM Stadium. However, Leicester spent Christmas Day bottom of the Premier League. Traditionally, this means relegation at the end of the season. Just two sides (West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland) had avoided relegation having been in this predicament. They would have to defy history too.

Nearly doomed

The opening of the January transfer window allowed Pearson to add to his squad and he brought in Robert Huth on-loan from Stoke City until the end of the season. Just two clean sheets had been kept in the top-flight before his arrival in mid-January, so plugging the leaky defence was vital. Huth would add vital experience.

Andrej Kramaric also arrived with a prestigious goalscoring record from Croatia but this move didn’t quite work out for either player or club.

January started well enough. On New Years’ Day, Leicester came back from 2-0 down to earn a deserved point at Anfield despite being on the wrong end of some questionable refereeing decisions. Paul Konchesky’s goal beat Aston Villa in their next match but then Leicester hit the buffers again, going on another painful winless streak – this one lasting eight games.

Performances were much better during this winless run but the points weren’t coming. They were denied a victory away at Everton in February by a late Romelu Lukaku equaliser and scored three times but still lost 4-3 at White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur a month later. On 22nd March, Leicester were seven points from safety. Their fate looked all but sealed.

TABLE ON 22nd March 2015

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
15 Hull City 30 6 10 14 28 40 -12 28
16 Aston Villa 30 7 7 16 19 39 -20 28
17 Sunderland 30 4 14 12 23 44 -19 26
18 Burnley 30 5 10 15 26 49 -23 25
19 Queens Park Rangers 30 6 4 20 31 54 -23 22
20 LEICESTER CITY 29 4 7 18 27 48 -21 19

Wins and ostriches!

April began with a home fixture against mid-table West Ham United. For once, things went Leicester’s way. David Nugent missed a penalty but a cracking Cambiasso strike and a late winner from Andy King gave Leicester a 2-1 victory.

A week later, another late winner – this time from Vardy helped the Foxes to a 3-2 success in a thrilling match away at West Bromwich Albion. It was only the second time back-to-back wins had been recorded in the season and this gave the fans a glimmer of hope that avoiding relegation was still a possibility.

Two wins in a row became four wins in a row with victories at home to Swansea City and away at Burnley. In the match at Turf Moor, Leicester conceded a penalty which was missed by Burnley’s Matt Taylor. Less than a minute later, Vardy bundled the ball over the goal-line to steer the Foxes to a vital 1-0 victory that virtually condemned Burnley to the drop and incredibly, took Leicester out of the bottom three.

A midweek defeat to champions-elect Chelsea did halt the march towards survival. In his post-match press conference, Pearson took offence to a question posed by a local reporter and it turned into an unbelievable confrontation.

His response was;

“I think you must have had your head in the clouds, away or on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question, then I think your question is absolutely unbelievable. 

“The fact that you don’t understand where I’m coming from. If you don’t understand that question then I think you are an ostrich – your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand?”

It wasn’t the first time that his combative style had been played out infront of the cameras. Earlier in the season, Pearson was involved in a touchline altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur. He put his hands around McArthur’s neck after the Scot had accidentally knocked him over whilst chasing the ball. Despite growing reports he had been sacked following this incident, Pearson held onto his job.

Despite the Chelsea loss, Leicester recovered in style and the wins kept coming. Newcastle United were easily beaten 3-0 and Mahrez scored twice in a 2-0 success over Southampton. This amazing escape was completed on the penultimate weekend of the season. A goalless draw at Sunderland, coupled with Hull City’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur meant Leicester were safe before the final day.

They actually finished 14th in the table after a 5-1 final day rout of already-relegated Queens Park Rangers. Seven wins from their last nine matches had taken the Foxes away from danger when they had virtually been written off by everyone within the game.

FINAL 2014-2015 TABLE – THE BOTTOM SEVEN

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
14 LEICESTER CITY 38 11 8 19 46 55 -9 41
15 Newcastle United 38 10 9 19 40 63 -23 39
16 Sunderland 38 7 17 14 31 53 -22 38
17 Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 31 57 -26 38
18 Hull City 38 8 11 19 33 51 -18 35
19 Burnley 38 7 12 19 28 53 -25 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 6 24 42 73 -31 30

Despite the achievement of steering the club away from almost certain relegation, there would be no happy ending for Pearson though. He was sacked in June 2015 after the board said “the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

Claudio Ranieri succeeded him and what happened afterwards was simply remarkable. In the following season, Leicester City became just the sixth club in the Premier League era to be crowned champions and this all started with a sensational comeback to avoid the drop in 2014-2015.

Premier League Rewind: 10th-12th March 2018

Results: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool FC, Everton 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town 0-0 Swansea City, Newcastle United 3-0 Southampton, West Bromwich Albion 1-4 Leicester City, West Ham United 0-3 Burnley, Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace, Arsenal 3-0 Watford, AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City

With just nine games left to play in the 2017-2018 season, Manchester City were closing in on title glory. They required just three more victories to land their third Premier League title. The Citizens were the final team to respond on a weekend that saw 29 goals and plenty of talking points.

It was an appalling weekend for West Ham United. Months of frustration and anger towards the owners of the club spilled over during the harrowing 3-0 loss at home to Burnley. Whilst Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were showing their clinical edge to help the Clarets to back-to-back victories, West Ham completely imploded. Fans ran onto the pitch and one had to be physically restrained by skipper, Mark Noble. Other supporters ganged up on the directors’ box and for their own safety, co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to leave the match before the full-time whistle. It was an unsavoury afternoon for the club which left them in 16th spot, just three points clear of the relegation zone and in disarray both on and off the field.

West Ham were only just above Southampton who also had a Saturday afternoon to forget. The Saints meekly surrendered at St James’ Park, losing 3-0 to Newcastle United. Defeat to his former mentor Rafa Benitez was a tough one to take for Mauricio Pellegrino and the final straw for the Saints board. Two days after the defeat on Tyneside, Pellegrino became the ninth manager to lose his job in the season. The Argentine would be replaced by ex-Stoke City boss Mark Hughes.

The situation was looking completely hopeless for West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies recorded their sixth successive defeat after going down 4-1 at home to Leicester City. Jamie Vardy scored a contender for Goal of the Season to keep the Foxes in contention for a UEFA Europa League qualification spot.

After weeks of mounting pressure, there was some light relief at last for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. After four consecutive defeats in all competitions, the Gunners got back to winning ways thanks to a commanding 3-0 victory over Watford at The Emirates Stadium. It was a day of milestones for Arsenal. Shkodran Mustafi headed Arsenal ahead after eight minutes for their 1000th home Premier League goal and Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper to reach the landmark of 200 clean sheets. To add to the gloss, he saved a penalty from Troy Deeney.

There was a real cause of concern for supporters of Tottenham Hotspur and England when Harry Kane limped off early during Tottenham’s 4-1 victory away at AFC Bournemouth. Early indications of a lengthy absence were quickly quelled and his ankle injury fortunately turned out to be just a three-week lay-off. Heung-Min Son stepped up in Kane’s absence, scoring twice in Tottenham’s excellent victory on the south coast. England manager Gareth Southgate might have had concerns over Kane but he would have been delighted to see Marcus Rashford score twice in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over old rivals Liverpool FC, establishing a five-point gap in the table between the two sides.

However, Manchester City held on to their comfortable 16-point lead. Two goals from David Silva helped them beat Stoke City in the final game of the weekend 2-0 at The Bet365 Stadium to close to within two wins of the title.

What else happened in March 2018?

  • UK counter-terrorism police investigate the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
  • World-renowned physicist and author, Stephen Hawking, dies at his home in Cambridge, aged 76.
  • Vladimir Putin wins a fourth term in office as Russian President.
  • Donald Trump accepts an invitation from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss North Korea’s denuclearisation.
  • The Labour Party suspends Ken Livingstone indefinitely after claims of anti-Semitism against the former Mayor of London.
  • Sky Sports suspend pundit and former Liverpool FC defender Jamie Carragher for the rest of the season after video footage emerges of him spitting out of his car window at a passing motorist.
  • At least 64 people die in a fire at a shopping and entertainment complex in the Russian city of Kemerovo.

Memorable Matches: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City (August 2017)

Goalscorers: Alexandre Lacazette 2, Shinji Okazaki 5, Jamie Vardy 29, 56, Danny Welbeck 45, Aaron Ramsey 83, Olivier Giroud 85

Teams:

Arsenal: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (Olivier Giroud 67), Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny (Aaron Ramsey 67), Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck (Theo Walcott 75)

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Matty James (Kelechi Iheanacho 82), Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton (Demarai Gray 88), Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki (Daniel Amartey 72), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Mike Dean, Attendance: 59,387

The first match of the 2017-2018 Premier League season was held on a Friday night for the first time in the competition’s history and it was a battle between two of the league’s six previous champions. Three-time winners Arsenal welcomed 2016 champions Leicester City to The Emirates Stadium and it proved to be a blockbuster start to the new campaign.

Just 94 seconds were played before Arsenal went into the lead. Leicester skipper Wes Morgan misjudged the flight of a cross by Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette guided his header into the bottom corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s net. Lacazette was the new club-record signing and became just the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal.

The lead didn’t last long though. Just three minutes later, the Foxes were level. Harry Maguire won a header at the back post and with Petr Cech caught in no-man’s land, Shinji Okazaki headed into an unguarded net to bring the visitors level. Leicester were showing signs of the devastating counter-attacking displays that took them to their shock title triumph two seasons earlier and took the lead just on 29 minutes. Marc Albrighton delivered a vicious diagonal ball across the face of the Arsenal goal and Jamie Vardy arrived to dispatch the ball past Cech.

It was a pulsating first half and just before Craig Shakespeare could get his team into the dressing room to praise them for coming from behind after such an early blow, Arsenal pegged them back. Debutant Sead Kolasinac cut the ball back for Danny Welbeck to finish. The action continued into the second half. Vardy grabbed his second of the evening, showing more demand in an aerial challenge with Nacho Monreal to guide Riyad Mahrez’s corner into the net. Whilst the shooting was superb, some of the defending from both teams was dreadful. However, this made the game a classic.

With the fans starting to show their frustration, Arsene Wenger turned to his bench to revive his side’s fortunes, bringing on both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. The substitutions had the desired impact. With seven minutes remaining, Ramsey levelled the scores although Leicester were furious that referee Mike Dean missed a clear handball from Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the goal.

Moments later, Giroud rose highest to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner and his header crept across the goal-line. It was enough to win the match for Arsenal and as they had 27 shots on-goal and 70% possession, they just about shaded the contest. However, it was a thrilling start to the season and a tough act to follow for the other 379 matches in the 2017-2018 campaign.

Great Goals: Jamie Vardy – West Bromwich Albion vs. LEICESTER CITY (March 2018)

Jamie Vardy has a happy habit for finding the back of the net on his trips to The Hawthorns. In four Premier League visits to West Bromwich Albion’s ground, Vardy has scored on every single visit there – three of them turning out to be decisive winning goals too.

However, this one was his best against the Baggies in March 2018 and the technique used saw it voted by BBC pundits as the Match of the Day Goal of the Season for the 2017-2018 campaign. West Brom were 1-0 ahead when Vardy rekindled the telepathic understanding he and Riyad Mahrez enjoyed for several seasons.

Mahrez produced a long pass and Vardy made the run behind Craig Dawson. Knowing where the goal was, Vardy watched the dipping ball fall out of the sky and with a first-time shot on the volley, drove the ball beyond Ben Foster. Leicester would go on to win the game 4-1 and drive West Brom closer to relegation.

The pass, the vision, the skill and the shot were all first-class and that is why Vardy is one of the best English strikers of recent times in the Premier League.

Premier League Rewind: 21st-23rd November 2015

Results: Watford 1-2 Manchester United, Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City, Everton 4-0 Aston Villa, Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City, Southampton 0-1 Stoke City, Swansea City 2-2 AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal, Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United, Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

In a season where many surprises were being produced, this was evident on the 21st-23rd November 2015 Premier League weekend. The league leaders were Arsenal going into the weekend but by the end of it, 5000-1 title outside shots Leicester City were sitting top of the pile.

Leicester travelled to Tyneside to face Newcastle United, with Jamie Vardy eyeing up a Premier League record. Midway through the first half, Vardy broke clear to open the scoring and therefore, register a goal for the 10th successive Premier League match. This equalled the long-time record, set by Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2003. Further goals from fellow forwards Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa ensured Leicester won 3-0 and recorded a fourth successive victory in the process.

Arsenal still could have been top of the table but they endured another difficult away afternoon at The Hawthorns. After taking the lead against West Bromwich Albion, their day fell apart. James Morrison levelled the scores in the 35th minute and five minutes later, club captain Mikel Arteta put the ball into his own net. Arsenal still had an opportunity to equalise in the last 10 minutes, only for Santi Cazorla to slip over and balloon his penalty kick into orbit. The 2-1 victory was West Brom’s third in their last five games.

Manchester City were seen as the title favourites by many and were unbeaten in two months when they entertained a Liverpool FC side that were still finding their feet under Jurgen Klopp. Klopp had only recorded one victory from his first four league matches. However, his side were about to put on a blistering attacking display at The Etihad Stadium. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino were in sparkling form. Both Brazilians scored and Martin Skrtel hammered home a fourth goal in the second half. Liverpool won 4-1 to move into ninth place in the table. It was a Saturday evening for City to forget and particularly for Raheem Sterling, who was facing his old employers for the first time since his summer move.

Defeats for City and Arsenal meant Manchester United quietly crept into second position with a 2-1 victory at Watford. Memphis Depay gave them an early lead but Troy Deeney’s late spot-kick looked to have rescued a point for the Hertfordshire side. That was until a late winner for the Red Devils with Deeney scoring an unfortunate own goal. It would be their final league victory of 2015 as a dire December would follow for manager Louis van Gaal.

Tottenham Hotspur extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches with a resounding 4-1 victory over London rivals West Ham United, who were missing their influential playmaker Dimitri Payet due to injury. Harry Kane scored twice for the home side. At the wrong end of the table, Aston Villa’s crushing 4-0 defeat to Everton left them bottom with just five points and five points adrift of safety. Sunderland climbed above AFC Bournemouth after a Jermain Defoe goal was enough to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on the Monday Night Football at Selhurst Park.

What else happened in November 2015?

  • The world is left appalled by a string of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13th November. The Bataclan concert hall, bars/restaurants and the Stade de France are all targeted. 130 people are killed.
  • In tennis, Great Britain wins the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after defeating Belgium in the final.
  • Storm Abigail is the first storm to be officially named by the Met Office. It leaves 20,000 people without power and much disruption to many travel services.
  • Alton Towers confirms that human error was the cause behind The Smiler rollercoaster crash in June that seriously injured five people.
  • ITV confirms it will air The Voice UK and The Voice Kids from 2017, poaching it from the BBC.
  • Children in Need raises over £37 million, which is a new record. It is the first time since its launch in 1980 that the legendary Sir Terry Wogan is unable to fulfil presenter duties following a back operation.
  • Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet in the first case of a NATO member destroying a Russian aircraft since the 1950s.

Iconic Moments: Vardy’s record (November 2015)

Strikers love scoring goals and they take more pleasure when they do it on both a regular and consecutive basis. In August 2003, Ruud van Nistelrooy broke his own mark when he scored for Manchester United on Tyneside against Newcastle United. The Dutchman’s run of finding the back of the net in 10 successive Premier League matches was a mark that would last for 12 years.

Jamie Vardy’s rise through the ranks from non-league footballer to England international has been a phenomenal one. His goals were a huge ingredient towards 5000-1 outsiders Leicester City shocking the sporting world in becoming Premier League champions. His run of scoring in 11 successive matches is a landmark that will be very difficult to beat.

Vardy’s run started with a late penalty in August to earn a 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth. Initially, the scoring mark wasn’t talked about as he continued to find the target. Aston Villa, Stoke City, Arsenal, Norwich City and Southampton couldn’t stop him and nor could Crystal Palace in October. Vardy’s winner not only was a goal to take him into strong company but it got people talking. Could he go all the way and break Van Nistelrooy’s mark?

As Leicester’s surge towards the top of the table continued, so did Vardy’s ability to find the back of the net. He scored winning goals away to West Bromwich Albion and at home to Watford. He shook off an injury scare to open the scoring at St James’ Park in a commanding 3-0 win against Newcastle United. That equalled Van Nistelrooy’s mark, ironically in the stadium when Ruud had achieved the current feat.

A week later, leaders Leicester faced third-placed Manchester United. Would Vardy put his name in the record books?  In the 24th minute, Christian Fuchs played an inch-perfect pass inside full-back Matteo Darmian. Vardy latched onto it and finished decisively past David de Gea. The King Power Stadium erupted in a crescendo of noise as Vardy took the acclaim from his overjoyed teammates.

Bastian Schweinsteiger did equalise to earn a point for the Red Devils but the day fully belonged to Jamie Vardy. His place in Premier League history was signed and sealed.