Leicester City: Five Memorable Seasons in Club's History

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Claudio Ranieri at St James Park, Newcastle, November 21, 2015. Ranieri led Leicester City to the Premier League title for the first time in its history. Ian Macnicol/Getty

The most momentous, most astonishing day in the 132-year history of Leicester City Football Club took place today when it won the Premier League title. The unthinkable is now engraved into football folklore. champions of England.

A yo-yo club, dipping from the premier and second divisions of English football for decades, this stands high above the achievements that preceded it.

Here, Newsweek look at five other memorable seasons in the Foxes' history.

1999–2000

Under Martin O'Neill, Leicester has established itself as a Premiership club that was now in its fourth consecutive season in the top flight of English football.

Eighth place marked the club's highest finish in 24 years, and, ultimately, it earned O'Neill a step up to manage Celtic in the Scottish leagues.

The team, which included Emile Heskey, Tony Cottee, Gerry Taggart and Muzzy Izzet, secured a place in the UEFA Cup having won the League Cup for a second time in four years.

1996–1997

Goals from Steve Claridge and Garry Parker saw Leicester promoted to the Premiership after a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the First Division playoff final at Wembley the previous season.

As with this season, the club had been tipped by many to be set for an immediate return to second tier of English football, but O'Neill led Leicester to an impressive ninth in the table.

With a teenage Heskey playing alongside Claridge up front, the Foxes notched 47 points and even managed to win the League Cup against Middlesbrough through an extra-time Claridge goal.

It was the club's first piece of silverware in 33 years.

1973–1974

Having gained promotion to Division One three years earlier, Leicester had progressed gradually and was cementing a place in the league.

Under the stewardship of Jimmy Bloomfield, the club managed to finish ninth in the table while also going as far as the semi-finals in the FA Cup, the furthest the Foxes had reached in the competition in 10 years.

It was the famous Liverpool team of the 1970s that eventually knocked Bloomfield's side out of the competition, after a goalless draw in the first tie led to a replay.

1960–1961

The swinging '60s began with Leicester flying up the first division. The prolific Jimmy Walsh scored 20 goals in the league to help the Foxes to its best finish in more than 30 years, up to sixth from 12th the previous season.

Another improvement was seen in the FA Cup, as Matt Gillies's team got to the final of the competition having been knocked out at the quarter-final stage the year before.

Beaten only by holders Tottenham Hotspur, setting a record as the first club to win the FA Cup back-to-back. Some 55 years later, and it's Leicester that has come out on top.

1928–1929

The 2015–2016 season has marked Leicester's highest finish in its history, beating the team that almost 90 years ago finished second to Sheffield Wednesday.

Arthur Chandler, Ernie Hine and Arthur Lochhead contributed a total of 82 goals for the season between them, and the trio remain in the top five of Leicester's all time top scorers.

Unlike this year, the club failed to start the season in form, sitting 14th after eight games, and required a late season surge to propel the team up the table.

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