Video of the Day: Leicester City vs West Ham United, October 1997

by | Apr 17, 2016

Leicester play West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon, a match that will see the club potentially take another huge step towards this year’s title. For this morning’s match, we’re going back to their topsy-turvy mid-1990s performance and a home match against West Ham from October 1997. Promoted through the play-offs at the end of the 1993/94 season, the club had been relegated straight back from whence they came the following season in second from bottom place in the table. The following season, however, they were back in the play-offs and back into the Premier League again.

This time they stabilised and finished in ninth place in the table, as well as winning the League up, the second majorĀ  trophy in the club’s history. By October 1997 Martin O’Neill’s team had played European football – losing over two legs to Atletico Madrid in the First Round of the competition – but league form had been strong. Leicester started the season by taking seven points from their first three league games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool and, although the team had been unable to make its defence of the League Cup last very long (Leicester were eliminated at the first hurdle by Grimsby Town) and had lost its last two league matches, they still went into a home match against West Ham United in sixth place in the table.

West Ham United, meanwhile, had begun the season inconsistently, winning five and losing five of their first eleven matches of the season. Furthermore, they’d only won one of these five games away from The Boleyn Ground, so there was plenty of optimism around Filbert Street that the Foxes could pick up the win that could leapfrog them into fourth place in the table. Commentary comes from Alan Parry.

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