Who are Leicester City?
Leicester City are an English football club based in Leicester in the East Midlands.
The club were founded back in 1884, under the name of Leicester Fosse by ex-pupils of Wygesston School.
They switched five different stadiums before finally settling on Filbert Street seven years later, a stadium which would be the club’s home for the next 111 years.
The Foxes became a member of the Football League in 1894, and after a number of mediocre seasons in Second Division, the team earned a promotion to the First Division in 1908; however, Leicester’s first season in the top flight proved to be a catastrophe.
Because of a financial scandal, the club were reformed as Leicester City in 1919. Led by Arthur Chandler, the Foxes’ top goalscorer of all time (with 273 goals in 393 matches), Leicester returned to the First Division in 1925 and finished as runners-up to Sheffield Wednesday by one point in 1929.
The club wouldn’t start capturing the headlines again until manager Matt Gillies’ appointment in 1958.
His keen eye for talent was a vital part in forming a side that would go on to reach two FA Cup finals in 1961 and 1963).
They’d only have to wait one more season to claim their first trophy: the 1964 League Cup.
After Matt’s resignation in 1968, the club would spend only a single year in the top tier before being relegated to the Second Division one more time.
The team won two more League Cups in 1997 and 2000; Leicester quickly found themselves in the EFL Championship again, where the side remained until 2008 until another relegation, this time to the third tier League One.
This would prove to be their only campaign in the competition, however; under the new manager, Nigel Pearson, Leicester City returned to the EFL Championship the very next year.
In 2016 Leicester surprised a whole football world with a remarkable performance in the Premier League. Under the leadership of Claudio Ranieri, the team hit the big time and lifted the PL trophy for the first time.
What are the predictions for next season?
The disappointment of missing out on UEFA Champions League football will fade after time, but the memories of the FA Cup final win won’t.
It wasn’t perfect, but once again, the club have defied expectations to have a brilliant season.
Brendan Rodgers and his players will have another season of invaluable knowledge behind them and may well be better prepared for a push at UCL qualification in 2022.
Leicester City – 2021/22 season (odds)
According to bookies, Leicester City to finish in the Top 4 – 7/2.