1977–78 Leicester City F.C. season

During the 1977–78 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Leicester City
1977–78 season
ChairmanWalter Needham
ManagerFrank McLintock (until 5 April)
Ian MacFarlane (caretaker from 5 April)
First Division22nd (relegated)
FA CupFourth round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerSalmons/Davies (4)
Average home league attendance17,768

Season summaryEdit

In the 1977–78 season, Frank McLintock returned to Leicester, this time as a manager. However, he endured a difficult time in charge, as the Foxes went through a spell where they had one win in 26 matches and as a result finished bottom and were relegated back to the second tier after 7 years in the top flight. McLintock was sacked on 5 April and Ian MacFarlane took charge of the team for the final 5 games of Leicester's dismal season.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
18 Ipswich Town 42 11 13 18 47 61 −14 35 Qualification for the European Cup Winners' Cup[a]
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 9 15 18 47 64 −17 33
20 West Ham United (R) 42 12 8 22 52 69 −17 32 Relegation to the Second Division
21 Newcastle United (R) 42 6 10 26 42 78 −36 22
22 Leicester City (R) 42 5 12 25 26 70 −44 22
Source: World Football
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Ipswich Town qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as the 1977–78 FA Cup winners.

ResultsEdit

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League First DivisionEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1977 Manchester City A 0–0 45,963
24 August 1977 West Ham United H 1–0 18,310 Kember
27 August 1977 Bristol City H 0–0 17,011
3 September 1977 Queens Park Rangers A 0–3 14,516
10 September 1977 Everton H 1–5 16,425 Sims
17 September 1977 Arsenal A 1–2 27,371 Worthington
24 September 1977 Nottingham Forest H 0–3 21,447
1 October 1977 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 20,009
5 October 1977 Chelsea A 0–0 19,575
8 October 1977 Aston Villa H 0–2 20,276
15 October 1977 Coventry City H 1–2 20,205 Sammels (pen)
22 October 1977 Norwich City A 0–2 17,684
29 October 1977 Leeds United H 0–0 20,128
5 November 1977 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 20,082
12 November 1977 Ipswich Town H 2–1 13,779 Williams, Salmons
19 November 1977 Birmingham City A 1–1 21,208 Waddle
26 November 1977 Liverpool H 0–4 26,051
3 December 1977 Newcastle United A 0–2 20,112
10 December 1977 Derby County H 1–1 21,199 Kelly
17 December 1977 Ipswich Town A 0–1 16,905
26 December 1977 Middlesbrough H 0–0 18,476
27 December 1977 Manchester United A 1–3 57,396 Goodwin
31 December 1977 West Ham United A 2–3 25,455 Kember, Sims
2 January 1978 Manchester City H 0–1 24,041
14 January 1978 Bristol City A 0–0 19,704
21 January 1978 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0 16,288
4 February 1978 Everton A 0–2 33,707
11 February 1978 Arsenal H 1–1 15,780 Williams
25 February 1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 15,763 Goodwin
4 March 1978 Aston Villa A 0–0 29,971
11 March 1978 Coventry City A 0–1 24,421
14 March 1978 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 32,355
18 March 1978 Norwich City H 2–2 13,077 Williams, Davies
25 March 1978 Manchester United H 2–3 20,299 Smith, Salmons
27 March 1978 Middlesbrough A 1–0 15,534 Hughes
28 March 1978 Leeds United A 1–5 21,145 Davies (pen)
1 April 1978 West Bromwich Albion H 0–1 14,637
8 April 1978 Liverpool A 2–3 42,979 Hughes, White
15 April 1978 Birmingham City H 1–4 15,431 Salmons
22 April 1978 Derby County A 1–4 18,829 Davies
26 April 1978 Chelsea H 0–2 12,970
29 April 1978 Newcastle United H 3–0 11,530 Goodwin, Davies, Salmons

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1978 Hull City A 1–0 12,374 Armstrong
R4 28 January 1978 Walsall A 0–1 17,421

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 30 August 1977 Portsmouth A 0–2 13,842

SquadEdit

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
- GK   ENG Mark Wallington
- DF   ENG Steve Whitworth
- DF   ENG Dennis Rofe
- MF   ENG Steve Kember
- DF   ENG Steve Sims
- DF   ENG David Webb
- MF   ENG Keith Weller
- MF   ENG Jon Sammels
- FW   ENG Geoff Salmons
- MF   SCO Eddie Kelly
- MF   SCO Tommy Williams
- FW   SCO Billy Hughes
- FW   ENG Roger Davies
- MF   ENG Mark Goodwin
- MF   SCO Brian Alderson
No. Pos. Nation Player
- DF   ENG Alan Woollett
- MF   ENG George Armstrong
- FW   ENG Alan Waddle
- FW   ENG Dean Smith
- DF   ENG Jeff Blockley
- FW   ENG Frank Worthington
- FW   ENG Steve Earle
- MF   SCO Lammie Robertson
- MF   ENG Winston White
- FW   ENG Trevor Christie
- DF   ENG Larry May
- MF   ENG Neville Hamilton
- MF   ENG Derek Dawkins
- DF   ENG Kevin Farmer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leicester City 1977-1978 Results - statto.com". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2012.