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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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Premier League Files: Kasper Schmeichel

Premier League Career: Manchester City (2007-2009), Leicester City (2014-PRESENT)

Kasper Schmeichel’s place in Leicester City history is already secure. The Dane has been a huge part of the Foxes remarkable journey in the last few years with the peak being that unbelievable Premier League title success in 2016. Kasper is still one of Leicester’s best players and rarely misses a match. His achievements with Leicester mean he is the only son of a father to have won the Premier League title so far. His dad, Peter was of course a major part of Manchester United’s dominance on the English game in the 1990s, winning five league championships.

Schmeichel’s breakthrough in the Premier League came 12 years ago at Manchester City. He was handed his Premier League debut in August 2007 by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and made a fantastic start, keeping clean sheets in his first three outings against West Ham United, Derby County and Manchester United.

Schmeichel was competing alongside another young talent in Joe Hart for the goalkeeper berth at Eastlands and ultimately, it was Hart who won the battle. Schmeichel made only another six first-team appearances before leaving Manchester City permanently in 2009. During that period, he’d experienced first-team football on temporary loan periods at Cardiff City and Coventry City.

He joined an ambitious Notts County outfit who were in League Two but aiming high with the shock arrival of Sol Campbell too that summer. He played 43 times and was far too good for the standard of football he was playing in. Schmeichel made PFA Team of the Year in the division and County were promoted to League One at the end of the campaign.

His stay at Meadow Lane would be just a solitary season as Championship club Leeds United snapped him up on a free transfer in summer 2010. Again, he was a solid presence and made 40 appearances for the Yorkshire side. However, like at Notts County, his time at Leeds was restricted to a single campaign.

Keen to find some security after plenty of club movements, Kasper moved to Leicester City in 2011 and it is a relationship that has delivered plenty of joy and success for both parties. His outstanding form in his first campaign with the Foxes saw him named the club’s Player of the Year and he was called up to Denmark’s squad at the 2012 European Championship as a back-up goalkeeper.

An ever-present campaign followed in 2012-2013 and in February 2013, he became the second Schmeichel to win a full international cap for Denmark, making his debut in a friendly match against FYR Macedonia. Although there has been competition over the years from the likes of Jonas Lossl and Frederik Ronnow, Schmeichel has rarely looked under threat in the Danish international setup ever since.

Voted into the PFA Championship Team of the Season in 2013, Schmeichel achieved similar accomplishments in 2013-2014 and this time, there was club success too as Leicester finally returned to the Premier League after a 10-year absence, storming to the Championship title.

The 2014-2015 season started well for Kasper and the team with a memorable 5-3 victory over Manchester United among the highlights. In December though, he broke his metatarsal in training and missed three months of the campaign. The experienced Mark Schwarzer was signed in the January transfer window from Chelsea as suitable cover but there was little doubt in manager Nigel Pearson’s mind that Schmeichel would return to duty when fit. He returned just in time for the Foxes’ amazing escape from relegation. Seven points adrift of safety with nine games left to play, Leicester won seven of their last nine games and Kasper kept five clean sheets in that period to ensure their Premier League survival. What happened next was absolutely extraordinary.

Schmeichel was absolutely outstanding in 2015-2016, barely putting a foot wrong and featuring in every single Premier League match. Leicester did struggle defensively in the early weeks under Claudio Ranieri but once he’d settled on a more defensively-minded full-back pairing of Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs, clean sheets started becoming a regular occurrence. Schmeichel finished with 15 and only narrowly missed out on the Golden Glove award to Arsenal’s Petr Cech. However, that personal disappointment was easily overcome by the team’s incredible achievement.

On 2nd May 2016, Tottenham’s failure to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge meant Leicester became Premier League champions. Amazingly, it was exactly 23 years after Manchester United and Peter Schmeichel’s first title success which that season was also achieved by other results going in the Red Devils favour. The Schmeichels became the only biological father and son to win the Premier League, as well as being in the same position to do so.

Despite rumours of a move away after Leicester’s success, Schmeichel stayed loyal and signed a contract extension in August 2016, even though Ranieri had brought in stiffer competition for him in Ron-Robert Zieler who had arrived from German side Hannover 96. Leicester’s form completely vanished but Schmeichel’s didn’t and he was voted Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s 2016-2017 awards evening. He kept clean sheets in his first four UEFA Champions League matches and the only games he missed were down to groin and hand injuries – the latter keeping him out for six weeks during the winter months.

Ranieri was controversially sacked in February 2017, less than 24 hours after defeat in the UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 first leg tie to Sevilla. Schmeichel was very vocal on both social media and in television interviews in the days afterwards, saying there was no plot whatsoever involving the under fire players wanting to get Ranieri dismissed.

In 2017-2018, he kept eight clean sheets, making an important penalty save in an away win at Brighton & Hove Albion when the score was 0-0 and despite missing the closing five matches with an ankle problem, he was Denmark’s first-choice goalkeeper for their 2018 World Cup effort in Russia. Schmeichel kept clean sheets in the group stage games against Peru and France and in the Round-of-16 match against Croatia; he saved three penalties during the match and penalty shootout. It ended in defeat for the Danes but Schmeichel’s reputation as a great and classy goalkeeper had been enhanced.

2018-2019 has been a tough season for everyone connected with Leicester City Football Club and Kasper witnessed the horrific helicopter crash outside the ground in October 2018 which killed five people including the owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Former manager Claude Puel confirmed his goalkeeper had seen some terrible things which didn’t need description.

Despite the overwhelming sense of tragedy, Schmeichel has continued to deliver on a regular basis for Leicester and is still one of the best goalkeepers currently in the Premier League.

Premier League Files: Matt Elliott

Premier League Career: Leicester City (1997-2002, 2003-2004)

22 goals from 199 Premier League appearances make Matt Elliott one of the leading defensive goalscorers in Premier League history. He had an uncanny habit of causing havoc for opposing centre-backs. In 1997-1998, he was the top scoring defender in the league, scoring seven times as Leicester City finished in the top 10 for four successive campaigns under Martin O’Neill’s stewardship.

He will be a Foxes hero forever for his contribution to their League Cup triumphHe said in 2000 which was Leicester’s final major honour until their shock Premier League title success of 2016. Elliott’s first taste of professional football came with Charlton Athletic in the late 1980s but he was unable to break into their first-team setup on a regular basis. Over the next eight years, he began to work his way up the Football League ladder, becoming a pivotal player for Torquay United, Scunthorpe United and Oxford United.

In early 1997, O’Neill decided to invest in Elliott to help Leicester’s defensive record. He joined the Midlands club for £1.6 million which remained a record sale for Oxford for 19 years until Kemar Roofe’s transfer to Leeds United in 2016.

He became a mainstay in the Leicester squad for several seasons and in 2000, had his finest hour at Wembley Stadium against Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup final. Having missed out on Leicester’s 1997 victory because he was cup-tied, he skippered them to this final for the second successive season. 12 months earlier, it had been agony for Matt as Leicester lost a dire final to Tottenham Hotspur in stoppage-time. This time round, he wasn’t going to be denied.

Elliott scored two headers to power Leicester to a 2-1 victory over the First Division side.

He became synomous with a uncompromising attitude towards the game and this led to several incidents with attackers, including Michael Owen and David Thompson. This led to a few suspensions from the FA for incidents such as flying elbows and deliberate fouls. In the summer of 2000, O’Neill left Leicester to take the vacancy at Glasgow giants Celtic. He managed to prize Steve Guppy and Neil Lennon away from Filbert Street and tried to tempt Matt to come with him to Parkhead. Celtic made a £3.5 million bid which was rejected by Leicester. Elliott pledged his loyalty to the club by signing a new contract.

In his final two Premier League seasons, Leicester suffered the indignity of two relegations and after a knee injury in his final campaign; he retired from football in January 2005. He said: “I can take away so many wonderful memories of my time here and the club will always hold a special place in my heart.” He won 18 international caps for Scotland and was part of their squad for the 1998 World Cup finals in France, although he didn’t make an appearance in the competition.

After some coaching in the non-league with Hednesford Town and Stafford Rangers, he had a six-month spell as manager of Army United, an affiliate club of Leicester City who were playing in the Thailand Premier League.

In August 2014, he took a role as a football analyst for BBC Radio Leicester and also is a first-team coach for the men’s and women’s football sides at De Montfort University.

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.

Great Goals: Muzzy Izzet – LEICESTER CITY vs. Tottenham Hotspur (October 1998)

Going into this match with Tottenham Hotspur, it was widely believed this would be Martin O’Neill’s last match in-charge of Leicester City. He was heavily rumoured to be succeeding George Graham at Leeds United, who had just filled the vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester would win this match 2-1 which was Graham’s first at the helm with Spurs. It needed a lovely goal to settle the contest infront of a full house at Filbert Street and it most definitely got this from Muzzy Izzet.

Steve Guppy’s deep free-kick was cleared by Les Ferdinand. His clearance fell straight to Izzet who produced a tremendous volley from the edge of the penalty area that sped past Epsen Baardsen in the Tottenham goal. His 86th minute strike was a fitting way to settle the match in Leicester’s favour.

Two days later, the Leicester fans got what they wanted. O’Neill confirmed he would be staying as the club’s manager and the Foxes achieved a second successive top 10 finish. Tottenham did get their revenge though, beating the Midlands club in a drab League Cup final at Wembley Stadium in March 1999.

Shock Results: Hull City 2-1 Leicester City (August 2016)

Goalscorers: Adama Diomande 45, Riyad Mahrez 47 PEN, Robert Snodgrass 57

Teams:

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Curtis Davies, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Ahmed Elmohamady, Sam Clucas, Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Robert Snodgrass, Adama Diomande, Abel Hernandez

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson (Leonardo Ulloa 83), Luis Hernandez, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Andy King (Daniel Amartey 68), Demarai Gray (Shinji Okazaki 68), Riyad Mahrez, Ahmed Musa, Jamie Vardy

Referee: Mike Dean, Attendance: 21,037

After their unexpected title success in 2015-2016, Leicester City began their title defence fully expected to claim three points against Hull City, who had a horrid pre-season following their promotion back to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

Steve Bruce resigned as manager in July and Mike Phelan was in caretaker charge for the start of the season. The squad had no additions before a ball had been kicked and several members of the previous year’s squad had departed in the off-season. In fact, Hull had only 14 first-team players available with their bench full of academy and youth team members. It looked like this would be a foregone conclusion.

However, the unfancied hosts had the best of the early moments and caused the champions some major concerns from set-pieces. Curtis Davies had the first chance, nodding a Robert Snodgrass corner two yards wide of the far post. Leicester did come into the game eventually but weren’t overworking Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. Danny Drinkwater curled a shot wide and Jamie Vardy miscued badly when in two very decent goalscoring positions.

The first goal of the 2016-2017 season came right on the stroke of half-time. Once again, Leicester were caught static from a Snodgrass corner. Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant save to deny Davies but Abel Hernandez’s overhead kick was returned with interest into the back of the net. It was eventually credited as a goal for Hernandez’s strike partner, Adama Diomande. Replays showed Diomande had got the slightest touch.

Leicester were level within a minute of the restart. David Meyler squandered possession and in trying to atone for his teammate’s mistake, Tom Huddlestone caught Demarai Gray. Gray was fouled but the initial contact did look outside the penalty area. Mike Dean thought otherwise and awarded a penalty. PFA Players’ Player of the Year holder, Riyad Mahrez convincingly dispatched the spot-kick.

If Claudio Ranieri’s side thought this would be the end of the Hull resistance, they were to be seriously mistaken. 10 minutes later, his champions were behind again. This time, Schmeichel had to take some of the blame for a careless throw-out. Hull won back possession and when Danny Simpson cleared Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross, the ball fell perfectly for the excellent Snodgrass who lashed his strike into the back of Schmeichel’s goal. Leicester created very little and could have few complaints with this shock 2-1 defeat.

They became the first reigning champions in Premier League history to lose the first match of their title defence. It was a sign of things to come for the Foxes. They didn’t win a single away match in 2016-2017 until March and by then, Ranieri had been sacked. Leicester eventually finished a distant 12th to record the worst-finish from a side defending their title. Hull were relegated at the end of the season.

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

Shock Results: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City (February 2016)

Goalscorers: Robert Huth 3, 60, Riyad Mahrez 48, Sergio Aguero 87

Teams:

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Fernando 52), David Silva (Bersant Celina 77), Fabian Delph (Kelechi Iheanacho 52), Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton (Nathan Dyer 86), Riyad Mahrez (Demarai Gray 77), Shinji Okazaki (Leonardo Ulloa 81), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Anthony Taylor, Attendance: 54,693

This meeting in February 2016 was between the top two in the Premier League. Many expected Manchester City to be there at this stage of the season but no-one apart from the most ardent of Leicester City supporters could have imagine their team to be top of the table and travelling to The Etihad Stadium with the opportunity to really stake their title challenge. Was this where the 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season going to fold or grow even stronger.

We got our first answer inside of three minutes. The dangerous Riyad Mahrez drew an early free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov. The Algerian played the resultant set-piece into the penalty area and it was dispatched by centre-back Robert Huth for his second goal of the season. It was a dream start for the Foxes and their travelling contingent.

Despite enjoying 66% of possession and having 22 shots on-goal, Manchester City looked a pale shadow of the side that were expected to win the title. Earlier in the week, Manuel Pellegrini had confirmed to the media that he was leaving at the end of the season and being replaced by the current boss of Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola. Whether it was having an effect on his players, it clearly seemed to drive Leicester towards herculean efforts. N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater completed bossed the midfield battle. Yaya Toure, formerly a gladiator in this department, was substituted for Fernando in the 52nd minute after being completely outplayed by the Leicester duo.

By this point, the fearless Foxes were 2-0 up through a combination of woeful defending and tremendous individual skill from the brilliant Mahrez. Set-up by the equally influential Kante, Mahrez skipped past Nicolas Otamendi’s half-hearted tackle, cut inside a cautious Martin Demichelis, then lashed a fantastic strike past Joe Hart. It was his 14th Premier League goal of the season and the most pivotal moment of the season. Now, everyone was starting to believe that this miracle could well happen.

Huth was enjoying a brilliant afternoon of his own. From another set-piece on the hour mark, his looping header beat a stranded Hart to make the scoreline a sensational 3-0. Claudio Ranieri’s side fully deserved their lead. They had stunned the whole of English football already, now they were shocking it to its core.

Sergio Aguero did grab a late consolation with three minutes left with a glancing header from substitute Bersant Celina’s cross but it was only a footnote in what was a stunning display by the visitors. Leicester became title favourites with the bookmakers after this result and they lost just one more match on their way to becoming Premier League champions. Manchester City finished a distant fourth as they faded away dramatically after this shock scoreline at Eastlands.

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Seasonal Records: 2014-2015

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2014-2015 Premier League campaign. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were the class act in this campaign, storming to a fourth title in the Premier League era, finishing eight points clear of Manchester City.  

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 26 9 3 73 32 +41 87
2 Manchester City 38 24 7 7 83 38 +45 79
3 Arsenal 38 22 9 7 71 36 +35 75
4 Manchester United 38 20 10 8 62 37 +25 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 7 12 58 53 +5 64
6 Liverpool FC 38 18 8 12 52 48 +4 62
7 Southampton 38 18 6 14 54 33 +21 60
8 Swansea City 38 16 8 14 46 49 -3 56
9 Stoke City 38 15 9 14 48 45 +3 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 13 9 16 47 51 -4 48
11 Everton 38 12 11 15 48 50 -2 47
12 West Ham United 38 12 11 15 44 47 -3 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 11 11 16 38 51 -13 44
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

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 975
European qualifiers Chelsea (UEFA Champions League) Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) Arsenal (UEFA Champions League) Manchester United (UEFA Champions League) Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Europa League) Liverpool FC (UEFA Europa League) Southampton (UEFA Europa League) West Ham United (UEFA Europa League)
Longest winning run 8 games (Arsenal)
Longest unbeaten run 16 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 13 games (Leicester City)
Longest losing run 8 games (Newcastle United)
Highest attendance 75,454 (Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion)
Lowest attendance 16,163 (Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City)

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Football Writers’ Award Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Harry Kane
Manager of the Year Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)
Premier League Goal of the Season Jack Wilshere (ARSENAL vs. West Bromwich Albion)

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Diego Costa Chelsea vs. Swansea City 4-2 13th September 2014
Sergio Aguero (4) Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 18th October 2014
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion 3-2 20th December 2014
Jon Walters Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers 3-1 31st January 2015
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City 4-3 21st March 2015
Christian Benteke Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers 3-3 7th April 2015
Yannick Bolasie Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace 1-4 11th April 2015
Sergio Aguero Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers 6-0 10th May 2015
Sadio Mane Southampton vs. Aston Villa 6-1 16th May 2015
Theo Walcott Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion 4-1 24th May 2015

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 26
2 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 21
3 Diego Costa Chelsea 20
4 Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 18
5 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 16
6= Eden Hazard Chelsea 14
6= Olivier Giroud Arsenal 14
6= Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion 14
9 Christian Benteke Aston Villa 13
10= David Silva Manchester City 12
10= Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12
10= Graziano Pelle Southampton 12
13= Wilfried Bony Swansea City & Manchester City 11
13= Nacer Chadli Tottenham Hotspur 11
13= Mame Biram Diouf Stoke City 11
13= Leonardo Ulloa Leicester City 11
13= Papiss Cisse Newcastle United 11
13= Danny Ings Burnley 11
19= Yaya Toure Manchester City 10
19= Robin van Persie Manchester United 10
19= Christian Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur 10
19= Sadio Mane Southampton 10
19= Romelu Lukaku Everton 10
19= Diafra Sakho West Ham United 10
25 Juan Mata Manchester United 9

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014
Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 10th May 2015
Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 16th May 2015
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool FC 24th May 2015
Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea 17th January 2015
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United 21st February 2015
Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa 1st February 2015
Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 24th May 2015
Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers 14th September 2014
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Queens Park Rangers 24th August 2014

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Everton 3-6 Chelsea 30th August 2014
8 Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014
8 Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 Chelsea 1st January 2015
8 Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United 21st September 2014
7 Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 16th May 2015
7 Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool FC 24th May 2015
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester City 21st March 2015
6 Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers 10th May 2015
6 Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 24th May 2015
6 Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City 13th September 2014
6 Hull City 2-4 Manchester City 27th September 2014
6 Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City 12th April 2015
6 Swansea City 2-4 Manchester City 17th May 2015
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Crystal Palace 30th August 2014
6 Newcastle United 3-3 Burnley 1st January 2015
6 Aston Villa 3-3 Queens Park Rangers 7th April 2015
5 Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea 17th January 2015
5 Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United 21st February 2015
5 Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa 1st February 2015
5 Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City 3rd December 2014

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa 16 years, 6 months, 14 days 14th March 2015
Oliver Shenton Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City 17 years, 3 months, 5 days 11th February 2015
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle United 17 years, 3 months, 14 days 13th December 2014
Adam Armstrong Newcastle United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 17 years, 9 months, 12 days 22nd November 2014
Reece Grego-Cox Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 18 years, 3 months, 23 days 7th March 2015
Izzy Brown West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Chelsea 18 years, 4 months, 11 days 18th May 2015
Jerome Sinclair Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool FC 18 years, 7 months, 20 days 10th May 2015
Reece Burke Queens Park Rangers 0-0 West Ham United 18 years, 7 months, 23 days 25th April 2015
Jake Hesketh Southampton 1-2 Manchester United 18 years, 8 months, 11 days 8th December 2014
Jose Pozo Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City 18 years, 8 months, 18 days 3rd December 2014

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Mark Schwarzer Leicester City 0-0 Hull City 42 years, 5 months, 8 days 14th March 2015
Steve Harper Hull City 0-0 Manchester United 40 years, 2 months, 10 days 24th May 2015
Jussi Jaaskelainen Southampton 0-0 West Ham United 39 years, 9 months, 23 days 11th February 2015
Shay Given Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa 39 years, 26 days 16th May 2015
Kelvin Davis Manchester City 2-0 Southampton 38 years, 7 months, 25 days 24th May 2015
Sylvain Distin Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 37 years, 5 months, 8 days 24th May 2015
Michael Duff Burnley 0-0 Stoke City 37 years, 4 months, 5 days 16th May 2015
Didier Drogba Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland 37 years, 2 months, 13 days 24th May 2015
Frank Lampard Manchester City 2-0 Southampton 36 years, 11 months, 4 days 24th May 2015
Clint Hill Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers 36 years, 7 months, 5 days 24th May 2015

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Joe Hart Manchester City 14
2= Simon Mignolet Liverpool FC 13
2= Fraser Forster Southampton 13
2= Lukasz Fabianski Swansea City 13
5 Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 12
6= Ben Foster West Bromwich Albion 11
6= Costel Pantilimon Sunderland 11
8= David de Gea Manchester United 10
8= Tom Heaton Burnley 10
10 Bradley Guzan Aston Villa 9

Memorable Matches: Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City (May 2018)

Goalscorers: Jamie Vardy 4, 73, Harry Kane 7, 76, Riyad Mahrez 16, Kelechi Iheanacho 47, Erik Lamela 49, 60, Christian Fuchs 53 OG

Teams:

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko (Heung-Min Son 84), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela (Davinson Sanchez 78), Lucas Moura (Dele Alli 74), Harry Kane

Leicester City: Eldin Jakupovic, Christian Fuchs, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson (Hamza Choudhury 56), Vicente Iborra, Adrien Silva, Demarai Gray (Fousseni Diabate 61), Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho (Harvey Barnes 85), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Craig Pawson, Attendance: 77,841

One of the best games of the 2017-2018 Premier League season came on the final day of the campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City shared nine goals in an end-to-end, see-saw contest in what was meant to be Spurs’ swansong game at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham had already secured UEFA Champions League football following a midweek victory over Newcastle United but still needed to match or better Liverpool’s result to secure a top-three finish for a third successive season. However, they suffered an early blow when Jamie Vardy found the back of the net with a header after only four minutes.

Vardy had scored in the Foxes 2-1 victory back in November over Tottenham and so too had Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian put Leicester back infront on 16 minutes with what turned out to be his final goal for the club with a summer move beckoning to newly-crowned champions Manchester City.

In-between, Harry Kane had equalised as he continued his dogged pursuit of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot. Unfortunately for Kane, Salah had scored Liverpool FC’s opening goal against Brighton & Hove Albion which meant Kane’s two-year stranglehold on the Golden Boot was about to come to an end.

Tottenham had lost Jan Vertonghen in the warm-up to an injury and throughout, they looked very nervy defensively. Two minutes into the second half, Kelechi Iheanacho drove forward from midfield, held off a challenge and found the top-right corner of Hugo Lloris’ goal with a stunning effort. However, Leicester’s two-goal cushion didn’t last long.

The home side scored three times in 11 minutes to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 advantage. Erik Lamela came alive. The Argentine, beset by injury during his spell as a Spurs player, was starting to come good. He scored twice from close-range after two excellent crosses from back-up full-back, Kyle Walker-Peters. Lamela also had a shot which deflected off the unfortunate Christian Fuchs into the back of the net past Leicester reserve goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.

This incredible game took yet another twist on 73 minutes when the exceptional Vardy scored his second goal of the afternoon to level the scoreline again at 4-4. This was an eye in the critics for Leicester manager Claude Puel, who was under pressure with his job and being accused of playing negative football.

However, there was to be a winning goal. Kane matched Vardy’s feat, curling in his second of the day and achieving the milestone of 30 goals in a season for the first time in his career, ultimately two short of Salah’s final total. The win was enough to clinch third place for Tottenham in the table, although they finished 23 points behind Manchester City. Leicester finished ninth.

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.