Arsenal FC – Our away record against Leicester

Formed in 1884 by a group of old boys of Wyggeston School as “Leicester Fosse”, the club joined The Football Association  in 1890. Before moving to Filbert Street in 1891, the club played at five different grounds, including Victoria Park south-east of the city centre and the Belgrave Road Cycle and Cricket Ground. In 1919, when League football resumed after World War I, Leicester Fosse ceased trading due to financial difficulties of which little is known. The club was reformed as “Leicester City Football Club”, particularly appropriate as the borough of Leicester had recently been given city status.

Courtesy of John Hutchinson

On 21st April 1930 Leicester drew 6-6 with Arsenal in the highest scoring draw ever recorded in the top flight. The following is an extract from a book by Paul Donnelley entitled ‘Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Football: Presenting the most amazing football facts from the last 160 years’

Leicester City V Arsenal
At City Stadium, Filbert Street, Leicester, Easter Monday 21st April 1930

The highest-scoring draw in English football history at that time was a feast of goals watched by 27,241 fans towards the end of the 1929-1930 season and five days before the FA Cup Final (which Arsenal won). In a tactic that would be recognised today, Arsenal rested some players before the Final.

After just two minutes David Jack had the ball in the net, only for the referee to disallow his effort for offside. Arsenal scored first through David Halliday (in his only season in the Arsenal first team), but by half time Leicester were leading 3-1.

By the 62nd minute Arsenal were 5-3 to the good. With around 11 minutes left on the clock, Arsenal were leading 6-5 – all goals coming from Halliday (four) and Bastin (two) – and then Leicester equalised. Arsenal had two more chances in the final minutes, but could not convert them.

Despite his four goals, Halliday did not play in either the FA Cup Final or Arsenal’s last two League games and left the Club soon after.

Leicester City FC moved away from Filbert Street in 2002 to a new 32,500 all-seater stadium. The stadium was originally named The Walkers Stadium in a deal with food manufacturers Walkers. On 7 July 2011, Leicester City confirmed the Walkers Stadium would now be known as the King Power Stadium. In 2015 their vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha stated plans were in place to increase the capacity of the stadium to around 42,000.

The club’s home colours of royal blue shirts, white shorts, and either white or royal blue socks have been used for the team’s kits throughout most of its history. The first sponsorship logo to appear on a Leicester shirt was that of Ind Coope in 1983. British snack food manufacturer Walkers Crisps held a long association with the club, sponsoring them from 1987 to 2001.

The club have three main nicknames – The Foxes, The Blues and City. “The Foxes” is the most common nickname for the club, whereas “The Blues” and “City” are more local terms, usually used by supporters. Other names include “The Filberts” and “The Fossils”. An image of a fox was first incorporated into the club crest in 1948, as Leicestershire is known for foxes and fox hunting – this is the origin of the nickname “The Foxes”.

A previous version of the Leicester City FC crest with the more obvious fox-hunting symbolism

The club mascot is a character called “Filbert Fox”. There are also secondary characters “Vickie Vixen” and “Cousin Dennis.” Since 1992, the club’s badge has featured a fox’s head overlaid onto a Cinquefoil; the Cinquefoil is similar to the one used on the coat of arms of Leicester. Prior to 1992, the club’s badge had a range of designs. In the 2009–10 season, the club’s 125th anniversary year, the home kit featured no sponsor and a new central crest with “125 Years” written beneath it.

Leicester won the 2015–16 Premier League, their first top-level football championship. They are one of only six clubs to have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. A number of newspapers described Leicester’s title win as the greatest sporting shock ever, considering at the start of the season they were favourites to face relegation. Multiple bookmakers had never paid out at such long odds for any sport. As a result, the team was dubbed “The Unbelievables”, a spin-off harking back to Arsenal’s undefeated team “The Invincibles”. The club’s previous highest ever finish was second place in the top flight, in 1928–29, then known as Division One.

The club hold the dubious record of having been defeated in the FA Cup Final on four occasions – in 1948–49, 1960–61, 1962–63 and 1968–69. This is a tournament record for the most defeats in the final without having won the competition.

Our away record –

 

Walcott slides the ball past Schmeichel in the 5-2 demolition of September 2015 during their title-winning season

Our away record against Leicester in the EPL has been favourable only losing twice in twelve visits, one of which was our last visit in May 9th, 2018 when we lost 3-1.

GunnerN5

38 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our away record against Leicester

  1. chas says:

    Many thanks, GN5.

    Informative, educational and very interesting.

  2. Sue says:

    Such a knowledgeable article! A 6-6 draw – would we settle for that on Sunday? Given how things have gone recently, i wouldn’t say no – it’d be a precious point!!
    I have to admit I’m not looking forward to it.. after back to back defeats, who would be?!
    I don’t hold out much hope either, like I said the other night, I’m expecting a loss, so anything else is a bonus! Although after these last 2 ‘performances’ we really should expect to see the ‘Battlers turn up… whether we will or not who knows!
    I am really disappointed with the way our season is ending though, I didn’t see this coming. It didn’t start very well, then we picked up.. had some great wins (4-2 springs to mind 😛 plus made the semi final) but our away form has been so poor once again though, which has cost us dearly (although the injuries haven’t helped – I miss you Hector!) and these last 2 games we’ve gone down without a fight… So come on Arsenal, sort it out, put it right… 3 points & a decent performance please! Oh and Kolasinac in those tight sleeves will do nicely too (even if it is on the bench 😋😃) COYG

  3. LBG says:

    Thanks for all your efforts this season GN5

    Am less than confident about Sunday’s game, and feel my long held views that Dick must infiltrate our own youth into the current team is now paramount. Eddie N and Mav are two good examples of players who should now be given starting berths. I would not select Mustafi or Micky again this season and perhaps they might get the hint!
    If our German loanees are to return next season and play a full part in our first team squad, others should also be given early beach leave IMO. And that doesn’t even discuss a number of other U23 defenders who should be bloodied before the end of the season!!

    Sorry not to be talking Leicester. Feeling so disappointed with the commitment to the Club ,in the last two games especially, from selected players, and worried we will lose much talent in the next year and bring in more average players, that WANT CHANGE NOW.

  4. VP says:

    another great read GN5, many thanks

    The more I look into Emery’s track record with away games the lower my expectations are. I will not be surprised if we lose all remaining away games. Its going to be all about the Europa.

    COYG!

  5. Sue says:

    chas aww those guinea pigs 😍

  6. VP says:

    Maybe it has nothing to do with our players performance. Maybe it is a deliberate tactic by Emery to help him win the Europa. He might be the Europa League King but is it built on not putting the effort into away games, to conserve players and ensure they peak only for Europa games.
    Emery Away record in the past with Sevilla (last season with Sevilla and no Away wins) is so poor that it is my primary concern now.

    Even at PSG
    from Arseblog –
    His record at PSG against other top teams is P26 W15 D5 L6 (58% win rate). He’s also scored 63 for allowed 33 against and averaged a very impressive 1.92 PPG against those opponents.

    That record is heavily weighted in favor of his home field advantage. At home against big clubs he’s won 10, drawn 3 an lost just 1. He’s also scored 39 and conceded just 7 goals. That’s against the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern, and Arsenal. That’s also a 71% win rate which is quite impressive.

    Away, however, his team struggles. The record is W4 D2 L5. That’s a 36% win rate and the goals for is 22 and against is 25.

    The above numbers include his mind boggling 6:1 loss to Barcelona away. WTF! 6:1

    I am of the view that Unai will win us the Europa but he will not win us away games unless the other team is particuraly shite on the day

  7. Sue says:

    VP.. look at our away games last season – dreadful! This hasn’t happened overnight… I honestly thought when UE took over, we’d see a difference (away form… as towards the end of his reign, I honestly thought AW had lost the plot) but reading your comment about UE’s struggles away from home – oh my!! Will we be known forevermore as the club who can’t win away from home??? Because this is pretty much the norm now, isn’t it? 😫
    In UE’s defence though (& AW) they are not physically out there on the pitch… so for me, surely it has to be a mental issue?!! Much more of this and I’ll have an issue 😂😂

  8. RA says:

    Good Morning Everyone,

    There has been quite a few suggestions that the reason we have lost the last two games is because we have rested players in order to put out our strongest team for the Euoropa.

    Not sure of the logic for that. If we had put up our best teams and won those two games, the 6 points would have almost got us qualification for the CL.

    Why are we focused on the 2nd grade Europa? The reason is that if we win it — we qualify for …… the CL.

    The first option makes the most sense – or would have if we had won the two games – but I do not buy either option.

    Our team is average, at best, and the idea that we have a strong team being held back in Premier League games to be unleashed when necessary in the Europa, is pure fantasy.

    My hopes, limited tho they are, is on the club realising they must get rid of those guys not good enough, and recruit better quality players.

    Look at what Sol Campbell has to say on that;

    CLEAROUT

    Arsenal News:.

    Kevin Campbell thinks there are ten players in Gunners’ squad who ‘are not good enough.

    Hard to disagree with a former professional Arsenal footballer with his career record!

  9. RA says:

    Well said, above, Sue.

  10. RA says:

    Apologies, GN5, I should have thanked you and Chas, first, for the usual excellent Post, before waffling on again about player quality.

    I have a bee in my bonnet about the acceptance, by some fans, of underwhelming players as ‘good enough’ for one of the wealthiest clubs in the world.

    Why should we settle for being a second tier club, and be patronised by Johnny-Come-Lately fans of other clubs? No way.

    Anyway, belated thanks you to both! 😁

  11. Sue says:

    Good morning to you Mr Wichita… and thank you! 😀

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    Excellent stuff, GN5. As always really well researched and written with joy. It was a massive achievement to win the league and all build on managerial nous and clever buying of players. Shame they let Ranieri go soon after that. Criminal really.

  13. TotalArsenal says:

    VP, that is worrying data indeed. Shame Unai also inherited a bad away record in Arsene’s last season.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    GN5, thank you. As always, an entertaining and well researched read.

  15. chas says:

    Haha, coming off the Stoke pitch in winter 2009.

  16. chas says:

    The real caption on twitter said
    “My grandmother in 1949 when she was 17 years old walking into her igloo. She will be 87 in May.”

  17. GoonerB says:

    Thanks GN5, a post that provides snippets of information that only you can do.

    RA, sorry old chap but I did one of my disappear like a puff of smoke routines yesterday and only saw your replies belatedly. Of course I took no offence from yours truly.

    Truth be known I can’t even remember who has jested with me on my lefties from the right and righties from the left winger infatuation. I have been going on about it so long it could have been a multitude of people. It is not something I have ever been offended by anyway and I continue to bang that drum because I feel it is an important technical aspect in a modern top side.

    Since the single striker became the modern trend, everywhere I look over the last 10-15 years I see most clubs playing that system….all except us, which has really baffled me. The best clubs obviously get the best goal-scoring wide players on the opposite flank, aka Messi, and tend to be the main silverware challengers, because these players are game winners.

    We have consistently failed to target getting pacey wide players in that are a goal threat when they cut in, and I strongly feel it has been one of our biggest technical deficiencies and why we so often look a bit naff in our goal threat despite great possession and slick passing stats.

    Maybe we can move to a 4-3-3 system next season if we get the players in place for it, but not now. I maintain we need to utilise a wing back system to get our attacking width, but they will not be as much as a goal threat as a true winger cutting in on their best shooting foot. They will more stretch the opposition and get into dangerous wide areas to feed in dangerous balls.

    To make up for the lack of 2 wider goal threats either side of the main striker we just play our 2 senior strikers together, instead of just one. The extra CD in the back 3 makes us less vulnerable to the counter-attack when the wing backs are further up the pitch.

  18. allezkev says:

    Good work GN5, excellent info, Leicester Fosse were also the first League visitors to Highbury in 1913, in Division 2…

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks allezkev here is game report, courtesy of Arsenal.com
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    What better way to start ‘Highbury Highlights’ than with Arsenal’s first game at the ground?

    Woolwich Arsenal 2-1 Leicester Fosse
    Saturday, September 6, 1913. Division Two. Highbury.

    It came at the beginning of the 1913-14 season and Leicester Fosse were the visitors. Despite their move north of the Thames, the Club kept “Woolwich” at the start of their name until the back end of that campaign.

    This was a second division fixture after Arsenal’s relegation at the end of the previous campaign. Benfield put Leicester ahead in the first half but George Jobey nodded in the equaliser before the break from Winship’s corner. Devine secured the points for Arsenal in front of a crowd numbering 20,000 from the penalty spot with 12 minutes to go after a Leicester defender handled.

    The game was marred by an injury to Jobey. He received a kick in the back and was attended to by doctors and ambulancemen. He was later transported back to his house on a cart borrowed from a local milkman.

    Goals: Woolwich Arsenal: Jobey 45, Devine 78 (pen). Leicester Fosse: Benfield 20

    Woolwich Arsenal: Lievesley, Shaw, Fidler, Grant, Sands, McKinnon, Greenaway, Hardinge, Jobey, Devine, Winship.

    Leicester Fosse: R.G. Brebner, Clay, Currie, D.S. McWhirter, Harrold, Burton, Douglas, Mills, Sparrow, Benfield, Waterall.

    Attendance: 20,000

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    Back in the day medical attention – send him home to his Mum for a bowl of hot soup!

    “He was later transported back to his house on a cart borrowed from a local “

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    local milkman”

  22. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great stuff GN5

    I have never liked Leicester, or to put it more specifically, Keith Weller. People may remember Weller for been the first ponce to wear white boots and the guy who narrowly failed an audition for the pop group Village People.

    My dislike for Weller was not that he failed to sing YMCA, it was because in the 1970s he was the only panini sticker missing from my collection. Weller was a notoriously difficult sticker to get. Despite my thousands of repeats i could not find one kid who had a Weller double to complete a swap. I didn’t know what to do? i wrote to Weller asking if i could come round his house and take a picture of him whilst rigid, but did not receive a response? i even wrote to that Village People bloke asking for a rigid picture, and he kindly obliged, but unfortunately was a bit to erect.

    In my desperation I approached a kid called Tony Watt. Watt was 15 but looked about 30 and was infamous for committing crimes for pleasure. Our local sweet shop would receive a box of Panini stickers every month so on that day myself and Watt waited outside the shop and once the delivery came in, then entered.

    The deal was that I distract Norman the shopkeeper with a history of 19th century petty theft and he would nick the whole box. In return, he wanted me to wait until he returned to the shop and then that i ask Norman for a pack of panini stickers.

    As Norman scrambled frenziedly around for the stickers Watt took the opportunity to steal a whole box of chocolate cream eggs. its just a shame for me and VP that Norman didn’t sell Hornby Train Sets

    Anyway, Watt gave me the whole box, but incredibly, no Weller. After that I gave up collecting and Watt put on about two stone in weight.

    The Raneri thing is interesting? What did he do exactly to guide Leicester to the title? My conclusion is nothing, except replace the brutish Steve Walsh, so the Leicester players felt more relaxed.

    in the tail end of the season prior to Leicester winning it, I went to the Grove and Leicester were brilliant. i don’t know what there record was, but I bet in there last ten games or so under Walsh, they had top results?

  23. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for the smile Terry.

  24. LBG says:

    Terry 2.32
    I thought one of our own, although not then, Alan Ball started the white boot craze! And they weren’t even white – black Hummels sprayed white for the 1970 Charity Shield game.

  25. Sue says:

    So Ramsey’s out then.. Auba is a doubt (due to his sinus issues!) be an ideal time to see the mask again (but which one?)
    I’m expecting a Huddersfield win tonight 😂😂😂 that’s about as likely as us going to the King Power & playing like Barca & winning 5-0.. but a girl can dream, right?

  26. Sue says:

    Poch’ s moaning has started… “It’s not fair that Ajax have the weekend off to prepare & we have to play” 🙄 oh just man up & grow a pair, or go & see Deeney 😀

  27. RA says:

    Terry, 🤪😳

    How did you avoid being a guest of Her Majesty’s Prison Service?

  28. RA says:

    GB,

    How dare you not get offended by my cleverly constructed offensive distortion of your very sensible tactical stuff.

    Mind you, I know Bow Locks about tactics, and in that respect I am pretty much at the same hysterical level as the vanished Micky-Who-Dun-Didit.

    He and I agreed, in his absence, to 1 CF, backed up by 10 attacking attackers and that should reap dividends for someone.

    Who said football was over-complicated.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    Panini. Proper football. Along with Charles Buchan and Roy of the Rovers.

    And, of course, Subbuteo

  30. Sue says:

    Well you can’t rely on Huddersfield for anything 😖

  31. chas says:

    Someone on twitter suggested this might be about Arsenal rather than climate change.

  32. chas says:

    NEW POST

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