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2018 Day 7 - Leicester City

The spotlight today turns on Leicester City (aka Leicester Fosse)

Played: 122 (115 league, 7FAC)
Won: 51 (48 league, 3FAC)
Drawn: 27 (25 league, 2FAC)
Lost: 44 (42 league, 2FAC)

Other: (One Anglo Italian Cup tie in 1992/93: at SJP)

Full record v Leicester:

  P W D L F A
SJP 58 37 11 10 108 71
FS/WS 57 11 14 32 71 113
League 115 48 25 42 179 184
SJP(FA) 4 2 2 0 9 4
FS/KPS 3 1 0 2 2 3
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
FS 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 7 3 2 2 11 7
Tot 122 51 27 44 190 191


SJP: 62
Filbert Street: 54
Walkers/King Power Stadium: 6

Most common scores:

Won: 1-0 (eleven times - 10H, 1A)
Drawn: 1-1 (ten times - 5H, 5A)
Lost: 0-1 (nine times - 1H, 8A)
Leicester have never won 2-1 at St. James'. Both clubs have managed most other scorelines home and away including 5-4 (see below)!


Newcastle failed to score a goal in seven visits to Filbert Street from March 1972 to April 1978.
Leicester failed to win any of their 15 visits to Gallowgate from April 1928 to October 1958.


LCFC league doubles over NUFC: 4 (1927/28, 1960/61, 1974/75, 2015/16)
NUFC league doubles over LCFC: 5 (1908/09, 1932/33, 1958/59, 1991/92, 1994/95)

Most games in a season: 4 (1946/47)

Longest gap between games: April 1898 to September 1908

First: Saturday September 29th 1894 Newcastle 2 Leicester City 0 (Second Division)
"For anyone connected with the Fosse club three or four years ago to have predicted that to play one single match the team would journey no fewer than 350 miles would have been considered quite without the bounds of possibility. Yet such rapid strides have been made locally with the dribbling code that today we find the local club connected with an organisation embracing clubs from the extreme ends of the land." (Leicester Daily Post).

Saturday September 29th 2018 Newcastle 0 Leicester City 2 (Premier League)
"Newcastle claimed an unwanted record on Saturday, losing all four of their opening four home league games for the first time in the entire history of the club." (

Best: Sunday May 9th 1993 Newcastle 7 Leicester City 1 (First Division)
"You talk about perfection, but the first 45 minutes could be sent to any coaching clinic and people with badges would use it as a manual. Roy of the Rovers is still alive." (Kevin Keegan)

Saturday 18th January 1930 Leicester City 6 Newcastle 1 (First Division)
"Incidents marred the big-scoring game at Leicester....Gallacher and Harrison being involved in a 'squaring up' scene." (Birmingham Daily Gazette)

NUFC v LCFC gallery:

March 1973: Nowts apiece at Filbert Street in the First Division

May 1993: 7-1. Need I say more?

February 1997: Shearer! 4-3!

April 1998: An unfortunate accident

Boxing Day 2003: Darren Ambrose levels in a 1-1 away draw

April 2018: Ayoze Perez gets his sand wedge out in a 2-0 victory

NUFC v LCFC - moment in history:

January 1990: Nine, danke 

A moderately miserable festive period in 1990 had seen Jim Smith's United side beaten at Stoke by a last minute goal on Boxing Day, held to a draw by a last minute goal at Swindon four days later and then leathered 1-4 at home on New Years Day by Wolves after drawing 0-0 at half time.

Following a rot-stopping 1-0 FA Cup success at Hull City, the visit of David Pleat's Leicester City side to Gallowgate attracted just 20,785 to what would become one of the most memorable afternoons at SJP for many years.

New signing Roy Aitken would enjoy an epic introduction to English football, as his new side recovered from a 4-2 deficit to take all three points.

Fellow Scot Mark McGhee gave the hosts a fifth minute lead before Martin Hodge saved John Anderson's penalty and a suicidal back pass allowed Tommy Wright (not that one) to level.

Steve Walsh then looked to have given City a half time lead, only for Mick Quinn to level just on the interval. The next two goals came from the visitors though, Gary McAllister and Kevin Campbell giving Leicester a seemingly unassailable advantage with just 16 minutes remaining - prompting a fair few fair-weather fans to flounce off.

Substitute John Gallagher began the fight back though 13 minutes from time after being set up by McGhee and a typical Quinn headed finish levelled it on 86 minutes. With a minute, a trademark turn on the edge of the box and a crisp shot by McGhee completed a remarkable revival.

"We go from cockiness to panic stations" said a cigar-smoking Smith afterwards.

PS: The next meeting of the two sides came at Filbert Street in December 1990 and once again, the hosts would enjoy a 5-4 victory following a see-saw encounter. 

Barely 11,000 fans saw Mick Quinn put United ahead only for City to level within a minute. Future Magpie David Kelly then gave the Foxes an interval lead and when he made it 4-1 from the penalty spot midway through the second half it looked like game over.

Within seconds though Quinn had another one and then Liam O'Brien headed in for 3-4 with 16 minutes left. Kelly completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining (from Leicester's fifth effort on target) before Quinn followed suit, beating future Newcastle 'keeper Mike Hooper to make it 4-5 and the first Newcastle player to score three in a league defeat since Hughie Gallacher in 1925.

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