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By The Numbers – Part 3: Leicester City
185 The Foxes new training facility is being built on a 185-acre site. All of Leicester’s teams will be based on the site which previously housed Park Hill Golf Club.
11 This is Leicester’s 11th time in the top flight of the English leagues.
1884 Leicester City was launched in 1884, beginning life as Leicester Fosse, named after the famous Fosse Way road that runs nearby.
4 They have reached the FA Cup final four times in their history but never actually won it.
2010 Leicester were bought by a Thai consortium led by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman the following year.
1891 Leicester moved to their Filbert Street home, where they spent the next 111 years.
1919 Following the end of World War 1, Leicester Fosse were stricken with financial problems and were taken over by a new company ‘Leicester City Football Club’.
7 The Foxes have won the English second tier a record 7 times under its various names.
3 The League Cup has made its way back to Leicester 3 times.
2002 Relegation in 2002 was followed by a period in administration.
41 Leicester City have had 41 different managers so far.
78,000,000 The record transfer fee received by the Foxes was £78m for Harry Maguire from Manchester United on 5th August 2019.
40,500,000 The highest fee ever paid was a little over half of that received for Maguire when Youri Tielemans made his loan move into a permanent one from AS Monaco in 8th July 2019.
1 The Foxes have one Charity Shield in their trophy cabinet from 1971.
222 Muzzy Izzet holds the record for the most appearances in the Premier League for Leicester with 222. Though England striker Jamie Vardy is fast closing in on the record with 219 as of 26th November 2020.
110 Speaking of Vardy, his fairytale story shows no sign of coming to an end yet, he is probably the club’s best-ever player and the club’s top scorer ever in the Premier League with 111 goals as of 26th November 2020. Second is Riyad Mahrez, who has 39.
34 The club record for assists in the Premier League is held by Steve Guppy, with 34 which no doubt all came from his excellent crosses. Vardy is once again second in this with 30 as of 26th November 2020.
90 The most Premier League wins is surprisingly not held by Vardy, but instead Kasper Schmeichel, who has won 91 games while in the Leicester side. Vardy is close behind with 90 though as of 26th November 2020.
600 Graham Cross is the man with the most appearances in a Foxes’ shirt with 600 made between 1961 and 1975.
414 While Muzzy Izzet may (just) hold the record for the most appearances in the Premier League, he is a long way behind the overall club record for top tier appearances. Though many do not realise league football actually did begin before the creation of the Premier ‘Greed Is God’ League in 1992, Graham Cross set the club record for top flight appearances in the 1960s and 1970s.
528 The overall league appearance record was set a few years earlier than that by Adam Black in the period between the two world wars with 528. The Scot made 557 appearances overall to sit second in that particular club record.
59 Graham Cross is again the man when it comes to appearances. His FA Cup appearance record is 59, with no one else even coming close to reaching 50 in the FA Cup so far in a Leicester shirt, it looks like it will be a record he will hold for a very long time to come!
40 For once Cross has a peer, when it comes to League Cup appearances Steve Walsh has made the same number. Walsh played for the club between 1986 and 2000, in a time when it seemed like they were always in the running to win the League Cup in its various guises.
61 In the 1991-92 season Gary Mills set a club record by making 61 appearances in total. 46 in the league, 3 in the play-offs, 2 in the FA Cup, 4 in the League Cup and 6 in the Full Members Cup.
331 Surprisingly, considering the number of games he played for the Foxes, Graham Cross is beaten to the consecutive appearance record by Mark Wallington. Between 1975 and 1982 Wallington did not miss a single match!
19 The longest spell at the club very nearly reached 20 years, as Sep Smith was on Leicester’s books between 1929 and 1949 for a total of 19 years and 249 days.
15 The Foxes youngest ever player was Ashley Chambers, who made his debut in a match against Blackpool in 2005 aged just 15 years and 203 days old.
43 Mark Schwarzer was nearly three times as old as the youngest ever player when he faced Hull City in 2015 aged 43 years and 21 days old.
Written by Tris Burke November 29 2020 05:28:00