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What a terrible year that was we still had some decent players and a manager who despite being one of the best for LCFC and an Arsenal great who was the absolute pits as a manager.

 

May be an image of 17 people and people standing

 

If you want to see how bad it was look here if you dare -- https://www.foxestalk.co.uk/history/browse/?season=1977

 

If you daren't here's a taste

 

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2 hours ago, davieG said:

What a terrible year that was we still had some decent players and a manager who despite being one of the best for LCFC and an Arsenal great who was the absolute pits as a manager.

 

May be an image of 17 people and people standing

 

If you want to see how bad it was look here if you dare -- https://www.foxestalk.co.uk/history/browse/?season=1977

 

If you daren't here's a taste

 

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Still remember the headline quote from McLintock in the Mercury - 'There is so much talent here' - before half the side were sold.  The folly of taking on a manager with no previous experience of the role.  Nightmare.

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I was excited when he became manager but my dad said at tne time 'he walked out on us to further his career as a player, if he does well as manager he'll do the same'.

Well he certainly wasn't a success as a manger. I remember The Kop going crazy one week and bouncing around singing 'We've got a corner'. Truly awful times.

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A truly abysmal season it was. Under 3 points for a win we'd have finished on 27pts and that was a 42 game season, not 38 like today.  They were one of the worst top flight teams of the last 50 years.  Possibly only the Derby side of 2006/07 were worse. Knocked out in the first round of both cups too.

 

Looking at the players in that photo, although there were a few who were decent servants of the club in their day, they were all gone within a year of Jock Wallace taking over, with the exception of Mark Wallington.

 

And don't get me started on the players who were signed during the season as the season disintegrated at the speed of light. The likes of Roger Davies, Billy Hughes and Lammie Robertson were not what was required at the time. McLintock signed all his old mates from London to give them a final pay day. Only Eddie Kelly was remotely decent.

 

Hilariously, Frank was sacked with a game to go when we were already down so he didn't even finish the debacle. And we won that game too. Beat Newcastle 3-0 at Filbert Street, the best result of the season by far and one which continued Newcastle's proud record of always losing to the worst sides. And they got relegated themselves the next year.

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@davieG, I'm too young to know about this team but, comparably, were they worse than the 2001/02 team which I consider to be by far the worst top flight team in a generation?

 

The record, from four more games, is a point worse at three points per game than 2002. That team were down from the first game it seemed, when did this lot look nailed on for relegation?

 

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1 minute ago, Corky said:

@davieG, I'm too young to know about this team but, comparably, were they worse than the 2001/02 team which I consider to be by far the worst top flight team in a generation?

 

The record, from four more games, is a point worse at three points per game than 2002. That team were down from the first game it seemed, when did this lot look nailed on for relegation?

 

It's the sort of memory one tries to forget but looking at the early results where we won 1 and drew 2 we then went on to lose the next 6 games from then on we were never out of the bottom 2 places, but I think my overriding memory apart from that was the awful signings he made he turned us into a virtual Donkey Sanctuary as @ceredigion points out above.

 

 

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McLintock as Leicester City manager was a disaster of that there is no doubt. Such a shame after having a good playing career with us.

 

One thing for sure; he didn't get his MBE for football managerial services!!

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1 hour ago, ceredigion said:

A truly abysmal season it was. Under 3 points for a win we'd have finished on 27pts and that was a 42 game season, not 38 like today.  They were one of the worst top flight teams of the last 50 years.  Possibly only the Derby side of 2006/07 were worse. Knocked out in the first round of both cups too.

 

Looking at the players in that photo, although there were a few who were decent servants of the club in their day, they were all gone within a year of Jock Wallace taking over, with the exception of Mark Wallington.

 

And don't get me started on the players who were signed during the season as the season disintegrated at the speed of light. The likes of Roger Davies, Billy Hughes and Lammie Robertson were not what was required at the time. McLintock signed all his old mates from London to give them a final pay day. Only Eddie Kelly was remotely decent.

 

Hilariously, Frank was sacked with a game to go when we were already down so he didn't even finish the debacle. And we won that game too. Beat Newcastle 3-0 at Filbert Street, the best result of the season by far and one which continued Newcastle's proud record of always losing to the worst sides. And they got relegated themselves the next year.

 

Possibly?

 

Even with 2pts per win we doubled their points total.  

 

It might have been bad, but it wasn't Derby bad.

 

 

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1 hour ago, murphy said:

 

Possibly?

 

Even with 2pts per win we doubled their points total.  

 

It might have been bad, but it wasn't Derby bad.

 

 

Excuse me Sir, I think the Grammar Police would like to ask you a few questions.

 

''Possibly only the Derby side were worse'' doesn't mean that there is a possibility that they were better. If it meant that, the word ''only'' would not be in the sentence. It means there is a possibility that they were the only team worse than us from 77/78. In other words, the worst top flight team was Derby of 06/07 and then there's close competition as to who is the 2nd worst and our 77/78 team is one of the contenders.

 

Amongst those contenders I would include Stoke City 84/85, Swindon 93/94, Burnley 09/10 and maybe even us again from 94/95. For a long while this season it looked like Sheffield United might make a bid for Derby's crown but they've shown a modicum of spirit lately.

 

For the record, in my opinion Derby County from 06/07 are the worst team ever to compete in the top flight, not just in the last fifty years but since the beginning of professional football, by a country mile. But if you were to ask me who's next I would have to say probably us from 77/78. If you're too young to remember it then thank your lucky stars.

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3 hours ago, ceredigion said:

A truly abysmal season it was. Under 3 points for a win we'd have finished on 27pts and that was a 42 game season, not 38 like today.  They were one of the worst top flight teams of the last 50 years.  Possibly only the Derby side of 2006/07 were worse. Knocked out in the first round of both cups too.

 

Looking at the players in that photo, although there were a few who were decent servants of the club in their day, they were all gone within a year of Jock Wallace taking over, with the exception of Mark Wallington.

 

And don't get me started on the players who were signed during the season as the season disintegrated at the speed of light. The likes of Roger Davies, Billy Hughes and Lammie Robertson were not what was required at the time. McLintock signed all his old mates from London to give them a final pay day. Only Eddie Kelly was remotely decent.

 

Hilariously, Frank was sacked with a game to go when we were already down so he didn't even finish the debacle. And we won that game too. Beat Newcastle 3-0 at Filbert Street, the best result of the season by far and one which continued Newcastle's proud record of always losing to the worst sides. And they got relegated themselves the next year.

Don't forget Alan Waddle and George Armstrong. Geoff Salmons wasn't bad - think he may have been our top scorer along with Tommy Williams?

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2 minutes ago, ceredigion said:

Excuse me Sir, I think the Grammar Police would like to ask you a few questions.

 

''Possibly only the Derby side were worse'' doesn't mean that there is a possibility that they were better. If it meant that, the word ''only'' would not be in the sentence. It means there is a possibility that they were the only team worse than us from 77/78. In other words, the worst top flight team was Derby of 06/07 and then there's close competition as to who is the 2nd worst and our 77/78 team is one of the contenders.

 

Amongst those contenders I would include Stoke City 84/85, Swindon 93/94, Burnley 09/10 and maybe even us again from 94/95. For a long while this season it looked like Sheffield United might make a bid for Derby's crown but they've shown a modicum of spirit lately.

 

For the record, in my opinion Derby County from 06/07 are the worst team ever to compete in the top flight, not just in the last fifty years but since the beginning of professional football, by a country mile. But if you were to ask me who's next I would have to say probably us from 77/78. If you're too young to remember it then thank your lucky stars.

 

Slightly too young to remember, my first season at Filbert St was the very next season, aged five. 

 

 I was just saying that even if we were second worse and as you say there are a few contenders, it isn't close.  The Derby debacle is the clear front runner and a cause for a bit of smug schadenfreude as it goes.  Long may they reign as kings of the bottom feeders.

 

There's really no need to explain yourself, it makes little sense to me anyway but I appreciate the 'Sir'. 

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25 minutes ago, murphy said:

 

Slightly too young to remember, my first season at Filbert St was the very next season, aged five. 

 

 I was just saying that even if we were second worse and as you say there are a few contenders, it isn't close.  The Derby debacle is the clear front runner and a cause for a bit of smug schadenfreude as it goes.  Long may they reign as kings of the bottom feeders.

 

There's really no need to explain yourself, it makes little sense to me anyway but I appreciate the 'Sir'. 

Hang on a minute pal. I'm going to drop the sir and call you pal.

 

You quoted my post and then began your reply with a question so I think it's a bit stupid of you to tell me that there's really no need to explain myself. You asked for the explanation and I provided it. If it makes little sense to you I can only assume that your reading skills are not what they should be, which is why you failed to understand what I wrote in the first place.

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10 minutes ago, ceredigion said:

Hang on a minute pal. I'm going to drop the sir and call you pal.

 

You quoted my post and then began your reply with a question so I think it's a bit stupid of you to tell me that there's really no need to explain myself. You asked for the explanation and I provided it. If it makes little sense to you I can only assume that your reading skills are not what they should be, which is why you failed to understand what I wrote in the first place.

I bet they can't wait for reopening down at the pub, they must have missed you

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7 hours ago, davieG said:

What a terrible year that was we still had some decent players and a manager who despite being one of the best for LCFC and an Arsenal great who was the absolute pits as a manager.

 

May be an image of 17 people and people standing

 

If you want to see how bad it was look here if you dare -- https://www.foxestalk.co.uk/history/browse/?season=1977

 

If you daren't here's a taste

 

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Today happens to be 58 years exactly since my Dad took his 10 years old son down to Filbert Street (the Kop) to watch his first ever game. 2-2 v Tottenham Hotspur in front of a full house of just under 42000. I was hooked.

 

In my opinion 77/78 was by far the worst year I’ve ever experienced supporting City because we were so unbelievably poor. Because FM was such an abysmal and clueless manager, I believe the team basically gave up before Christmas. It certainly scarred a lot of supporters at the time because we went down without a fight. 
 

Obviously I’ve seen us relegated quite a few times, but at least on the other occasions we normally put up a fight. If Foxestalk had been around 43 years ago, it would have been in permanent melt down. Anybody under the age of 50 should count their blessings they didn’t have to endure such a gut wrenching season.

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4 hours ago, hackneyfox said:

Same season that Roger Davies fell over the ball in the cup against Derby?

I think that famous incident was actually home to Cambridge Utd early in the next season (1978-79).

 

We were winning 1-0 near the end of the match.  He tripped over the ball in front of the Kop.  Oh how we laughed ... until Cambridge ran straight down the other end and equalised.

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7 hours ago, davieG said:

What a terrible year that was we still had some decent players and a manager who despite being one of the best for LCFC and an Arsenal great who was the absolute pits as a manager.

 

May be an image of 17 people and people standing

 

If you want to see how bad it was look here if you dare -- https://www.foxestalk.co.uk/history/browse/?season=1977

 

If you daren't here's a taste

 

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Look at those players..!!  No Way  should they  of finished with that season stat..

Mclintock..was my and many a City fans hero....Even Now I cant understand how he got

it so wrong ..:(

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5 hours ago, ceredigion said:

Hilariously, Frank was sacked with a game to go when we were already down so he didn't even finish the debacle. And we won that game too. Beat Newcastle 3-0 at Filbert Street, the best result of the season by far and one which continued Newcastle's proud record of always losing to the worst sides. And they got relegated themselves the next year.

Actually, Newcastle got relegated with us (and West Ham).

 

Newcastle were as bad as us really, and only got the same number of points (22). 

 

They finished above us with a better goal difference. of -36 vs -44.   If only we could've won that last match 8-0 ......................

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bourbon Fox said:

I bet they can't wait for reopening down at the pub, they must have missed you

I'm not interested in pubs anymore. Once smoking was banned in them they changed for the worse. They became the haunt of lazy parents who didn't want to pay for a babysitter and and vegan socialists who thought they were planning a multi-cult utopian paradise. You're probably part of the latter faction.

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1 hour ago, worth_the_wait said:

I think that famous incident was actually home to Cambridge Utd early in the next season (1978-79).

 

We were winning 1-0 near the end of the match.  He tripped over the ball in front of the Kop.  Oh how we laughed ... until Cambridge ran straight down the other end and equalised.

Yes I remember that game and that incident in it. I was watching the match from the Double Decker with my father and one of his friends and they remarked on how the Leicester dugout was packed with the manager, assistant manager, physio, PR man, social media moderators etc, whereas the Cambridge dugout just had one bloke in it, presumably the manager, who was stretching his legs out as if it was a lazy Sunday afternoon. 

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