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  1. Sequel to the July post about finishing in every position in the top flight. Here's the second tier version. We've nearly completed the set here too. Leicester City's placings in Division Two (currently known as the Championship): 1 1925 1937 1954 1957 1971 1980 2014 2 1908 2003 3 1899 1907 1923 1970 1983 4 1895 1992 1994 5 1900 1910 1952 1953 1956 1996 2010 6 1936 1993 2013 7 1898 1906 8 1896 1982 9 1897 1922 1947 1948 2012 10 1912 2011 11 1901 12 1921 1924 13 1988 1990 14 1902 1905 1920 1951 15 1903 1911 1913 1950 1989 2005 16 2006 17 1979 18 1904 1914 19 1915 1949 2007 20 21 22 1991 2008 23 24 Let's hope we don't fill in those blanks anytime soon. More on those two 22nd place finishes - 2008 was of course the season we were relegated to the third tier, 1991 was the Tony James goal v Oxford that kept us up and sent West Brom down. Our other narrow escape was 1949 - we went to Cardiff for our last game and needed a draw to stay up and send Forest down. Apparently half the Cardiff crowd were cheering for us after our Cup heroics that season. It's the game that Ken Chisholm (our forward) claimed was fixed, with both sides agreeing to play out a draw - see Simon Inglis' book Soccer In The Dock.
  2. This is a really entertaining chat that's just appeared online. He even mentions Leicester at the end.
  3. I make it we've had 52 mate. Reminds me of that old 'Leicester shuffle' joke with a pack of cards. Do you know the Leicester shuffle? No, what's that? I'll show you. Here's 52 cards - take one away and there's Leicester shuffle.
  4. You know what? It's about time we completed the set in the FA Cup too. Winners ????? Finalists 1949 1961 1963 1969 Semi-finalists 1934 1974 1982 Quarter-finalists 1910 1925 1954 1960 1965 1968 1971 2001 2005 2012 2018 2020
  5. Like that stat about finishing in every position in the top flight. Here's the full details: 1 2016 2 1929 3 1928 4 1963 5 2020 6 1961 7 1927 1966 1976 8 1930 1967 2000 9 1974 1997 2018 2019 10 1998 1999 11 1964 1977 12 1960 1972 2017 13 1968 2001 14 1962 2015 15 1984 1985 16 1931 1938 1973 17 1926 1934 18 1958 1965 1975 2004 19 1932 1933 1959 1986 20 1909 1987 2002 21 1935 1955 1969 1981 1995 22 1939 1978
  6. The top five players in the FWA vote were Henderson, De Bruyne, Marcus Rashford, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mané, and 10 other players received votes: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Raheem Sterling, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sergio Agüero, Adama Traoré, Danny Ings, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jonny Evans.
  7. Five years ago today Shinji made his first appearance for Leicester - in a pre-season friendly at Lincoln. Anyone go? This was the scene last night when Cristo scored the goal that clinched the title (along with Albacete's late penalty against Cadiz). Imagine having this smile to greet you when you score a goal.
  8. The Spanish Segunda Division season finished yesterday, 337 days after it began last August. In all that time, Huesca were top of the League only for the final sixty seconds of the season.
  9. Huesca are champions! They won, Cadiz lost - so for the first time all season they're top. Congratulations Shinji!
  10. Is Shinji's promotion with Huesca the first time we can celebrate a post-Leicester achievement of a 2015/16 title winner? Don't think too many would have been celebrating the title wins of Kante and Mahrez with Chelsea and Man City. Who else? Kramaric has done pretty well for himself at Hoffenheim, but then he played so few games in 2015/16 that he didn't even get a medal. Shinji's getting a lot of attention in Japan this weekend - this is what the press reports said: With a brilliant heel-flicked goal, Okazaki added the flower to Huesca's promotion-clinching victory (yep - that's how they say 'put the icing on the cake' here). It was his 12th goal of the season - extending his record as the highest scoring Japanese player in Spanish football. 'It's a dream come true. When I came here it was my ambition to get into the top league and play against those great teams', Okazaki said, picturing next season's fixtures against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Huesca players had waited for their rivals' results after the game, and when it was confirmed that both Almeria and Shinji Kagawa's Real Zaragoza had lost, the celebrations began. The headline above reads 'Okazaki Promotion Strike'. That little illustration you can see is worth zooming in on: Huesca might even clinch the title tonight - if they win at Gijon (who have nothing at stake), Cadiz will need at least a draw at home to Albacete (who desperately need points to stay out of the drop zone) to stay top. If Albacete can get a result they might relegate another of Okazaki's old international teammates - Gaku Shibasaki of Deportivo, the midfielder you might remember from the 2018 World Cup. Deportivo are at home to Fuenlabrada, the team that has to lose for Rayo Vallecano (Leo Ulloa's team) to have any chance of making the promotion play-offs. One more picture from Friday night:
  11. There's nothing I could find about his relationship with Leicester fans that was very enlightening, though after his last match for us he was saying how moved he was by the reception he got - made him realize how much of an impression he'd made.
  12. Here's a better video of his goal last night. Looks better every time you see it - not just the finish but the way his movement destroys the defender. (You might have to click the link to see the goal) The movement is similar to this Shinji classic - his last goal for Leicester. The defender looks and thinks he's going far post, then the kill... The way he's playing at the moment he looks sharp enough to keep his place in the team in the top league next season.
  13. Almeria and Zaragoza both lost! So their victory tonight means they're up. Shinji got the third goal - he's scored in three home games running. Cadiz 41 69 Huesca 41 67 Almeria 41 63 Girona 41 63 Zaragoza 41 62 Looks like Leo Ulloa's Rayo Vallecano are going to fall short of a play-off place.
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