DID YOU KNOW: Ten facts about Leicester City

By SFC Media time Wed 06 May Club

Ahead of Saturday's game at the King Power Stadium, get to know more about Southampton's upcoming opponents, with ten facts about Leicester City.

1 – Leicester City hold the joint record for most second-tier title triumphs. The Foxes have won the First Division six times and the Championship once, meaning they are level with Manchester City on seven.

2 – The Foxes hold the record for the most FA Cup final appearances without winning the competition, having reached the final four times in their history.

3 – In their entire history, Leicester City have spent just one season outside of the top two tiers in England. They spent the 2008/09 season in League 1, winning the title in the process.

4 – After World War I, Leicester Fosse, as they were originally named, ceased trading due to financial difficulties. The club was reformed as ‘Leicester City Football Club’ following the borough’s recent city status.

5 – Leicester City were promoted back to Division One in 1971 and won the Charity Shield against Liverpool that year. The Foxes were invited to compete against the FA Cup runners-up because of Arsenal’s commitments in Europe following their Division One success. Leicester and Brighton & Hove Albion are the only two clubs to win the Charity Shield despite never winning the top division or the FA Cup.


6 – After losing to double winners Tottenham Hotspur in the 1961 FA Cup final, Leicester were England’s representatives in the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup, losing to Atletico Madrid in the first round.

7 – Two of England’s greatest ever goalkeepers made over 350 appearances each for Leicester City. Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton spent 16 years with the Foxes between them.

8 – Up until after World War I, when Peter Hodge was hired, the club had no official manager. A nominal role of secretary/manager was employed, though the board and selection committee took control of team affairs.

9 – The highest ever attendance at the King Power Stadium was for a pre-season friendly. Spanish giants Real Madrid visited in July 2011, with 32,188 spectators in attendance.

10 – Former Saints striker Kevin Phillips is now on the first team coaching staff at Leicester City. Phillips, who retired at the end of last season, won five Championship promotions during his career.


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