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Leicester City celebrates 125 years of football

Leicester City FC celebrates their 125th anniversary (Copyright PDI Media)

BBC Leicester looks back at 'The Leicester City story' to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary.

The documentary reflects the history of The Foxes going back to the days when they were known as Leicester Fosse.

The Fosse journey started in 1884, they were reborn as Leicester city in 1919 and in 2009 the club is looking ahead to another 125 years.

The special documentary takes an amazing journey through time featuring facts and bygone voices.

Celebrities talk candidly about their part in the clubs fortunes, including exclusive interviews with Gary Lineker and Steve Claridge as well as one of Leicestershire's oldest City fans, who watched Sepp Smith play in the 1930's.

Leicester Fosse to Leicester City
Fosse programme 1900 - Copyright John Hutchinson, LCFC Digital Archive

Find out how Leicester Fosse came to be formed in 1884 and where the club was based before they moved to Filbert Street.

We also reveal why the club came to be known as Leicester City in 1919.

We talk to the daughter of Johnny Duncan, who played for Leicester in the 1920s before becoming a manager in his later years.

As we move up to the end of the 1930s a City fan in his 90s recalls watching two Leicester City legends at Filbert Street, Sepp Smith and Arthur Chandler.

LCFC's FA Cup finals
1961. Radio Times - Copyright John Hutchinson, LCFC Digital Archive

Leicester City played in four FA Cup finals between 1949 and 1969.

We revisit the first ever final for the Foxes in 1949 through the eyes of former player Ted Jelly and you can also hear commentary on the key moments of the game.

Frank McLintock reflects on the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

The England international goalkeeper Peter Shilton was working alongside Gordon Banks at this time and Shilton also appeared in the 1969 Cup final against Manchester City.

LCFC: 1970s into the Premier League
2002. Souvenir programme - Copyright LCFC Digital Archive

In this part of the Leicester City story we look back at the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Alan Birchenall talks about playing alongside the likes of Keith Weller and Frank Worthington under manager Jimmy Bloomfield in the 1970s.

Gary Lineker reflects on his time at Filbert Street and although he made his debut in 1979 it was in the 1980s that he made his name as a striker.

We also hear from Lineker's manager during that period, Gordon Milne.

The early 1990s saw the arrival of manager Brian Little and Leicester City's Steve Walsh reflects on the play-off finals in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Leicester City's O'Neill years
Martin O’Neill drawing - Copyright LCFC Digital Archive

The mid-90s saw the arrival of manager Martin O'Neill.

O'Neill talks about the rather troubled route to the 1996 play-off final, while Steve Claridge talks us through his "shinned" winner against Crystal Palace.

In 1997 Leicester City won the League Cup final.

O'Neill explains his decision to man-mark Middlesborough's midfield magician Juninho, and Claridge talks about being on target again in the replay at Hillisborough.

We end this part of the Leicester City story in 1999 when the Foxes were back at Wembley to play Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final, but lost 1-0.

LCFC moves to the Walkers Stadium
Leicester City's Walkers Stadium

The new millennium starts with Leicester City winning the League Cup at Wembley.

Matt Elliott reflects on the two goals he scored as City beat Tranmere 2-1.

Martin O'Neill talks about the departure of striker Emile Heskey and the side he left behind after he decided to join Celtic.

City were relegated from the Premier League in 2002.

In that same year the club said farewell to Filbert Street and Brian Deane made his mark by scoring the first goal at the Walkers Stadium.

Milan Mandaric arrives at LCFC
Milan Mandaric

The former Leicester winger Matt Piper reveals how he hoped his move to Sunderland would prevent the club going into administration.

There is promotion and relegation from the Championship and the Premier League and the arrival of the clubs new owner Milan Mandaric.

After going a through managers Leicester found themselves in League One for the first time in their history, but manager Nigel Pearson came in and the clubs fortunes have improved ever since.

Milan and Nigel give their views on the current campaign and the prospect of a return to the Premier League.


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