In 1884 a number of young footballers pledged nine pence each to buy a ball and form Leicester Fosse FC, beginning a fascinating story that brings us to the modern Leicester City FC. When Football was Football Leicester City, published this month by Haynes, charts the club’s dramatic 130 year history covering everything from its spectacular successes to battling for survival and ultimately giving Leicester a football team to be proud of.
Illustrated with a vast number of evocative images, many previously unseen, from the Daily Mirror’s extensive archive, this latest title in Haynes’ When Football Was Football series celebrates the unique history of a club where the one thing that has never been in short supply is the passion of its fans.
When Football was Football Leicester City features profiles on some of the club’s most memorable players, such as 1920s heroes John Duncan and Arthur Chandler, who both scored six goals in one game.
1950s star Arthur Rowley is featured, remembered particularly for scoring 44 goals in one season, which remains a club record. There are also tales of European adventures in the 1960s, including former Leicester City manager, Martin O’Neill’s more modern period of success.
Martin O’Neill reflects on his time as the club’s manager in an evocative foreword for the book, in which he captures the memories that the old Filbert Street site still holds for him, writing:
“Darkness has descended but the noise seems to grow louder and louder. The roar of the crowd greeting victory coupled with the unquenchable strains of joy emanating from the dressing room.
“I think fondly of the team that was assembled. Terrific footballers, wonderful characters. They did the playing, they did the winning. They formed not only a strong bond with each other but also with supporters, the lifeblood of the club. Great days indeed”.
This new title from Haynes Manuals and Mirrorpix not only remembers the players and managers, but everyone from the back room staff and the laundry lady to first team coach, and most of all the thousands of devoted Leicester City fans, who have lived and breathed the adventure.
Author of When Football Was Football: Leicester City, Ralph Ellis adds:
“Leicester City is a fascinating club with a vast and colourful history, brilliant players and some exceptional managers, so it has been an honour and a privilege to pull this book together into something that Leicester City fans can read and feel proud of”.
About the author
Ralph Ellis has covered football in the Midlands since he moved to the area to work for the Sports Argus as chief sports reporter in 1983. After joining the Daily Star he remained based in the region while rising to become chief sports columnist. Now, as a successful freelance, he is the Sunday Mirror’s main man in the Midlands, a columnist on Mailonline, as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He also writes a successful column for Betfair.
His previous books include the When Football Was Football edition for Birmingham City, the history of Aston Villa and Birmingham derbies, Midland Derby Games, as part of the ‘Rivals’ series, as well as a collaboration with Sir Ian Botham and ‘An Away Game Every Week’, a unique history of Bristol Rovers.
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