Video of the Day: Leicester City vs Everton, February 1985
There will be something of a party atmosphere at The King Power Stadium on Saturday when Leicester City take to the pitch to play Everton in the Premier League in their first match after having been crowned as champions of the division. This morning, however, we’re going back in time by a little over thirty years to a season when it was an Everton team visiting Leicester that was chasing the league title. How different times were in February 1985. Everton traveled to Filbert Street four points clear at the top of the table, three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, while a Leicester City team with an attacking pairing of Alan Smith and Gary Lineker were down in fifteenth place in the table, nine points above the relegation places and having just been dumped out of the FA Cup by Second Division Millwall.
Everton would, of course, completely click into gear in the second half of the 1984/85 season. Media headlines within the game in this country would be found elsewhere under much darker circumstances, and the blue half of Merseyside’s first league title in a decade and a half would be almost lost amid the twin horrors of Bradford and Heysel. Leicester City, meanwhile, would finish the season as they were on the twenty-third of February 1985, when this match was played, in fifteenth place in the table, although the gap between them and the relegation places in this twenty-two team division had shrunk to just two points by the end of the season. Indeed, by the end of the season just six points would separate Watford, in eleventh place in the table, from third from bottom Norwich City, who could certainly consider themselves a little unlucky to be relegated, having accumulated forty-nine points over the course of their forty-two matches. Commentary for this match comes from Tony Gubba.