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Leicester City Vintage 1951-68
Posted on 9 December, 2015
To Filbert Street for our first Leicester City Vintage post and another collection of retro player and team shots from the post-war era. The decade we’re featuring here between 1958 and 1968 corresponds with the reign as manager of Matt Gillies and was the most successful in the club’s history.
With a brilliant eye for spotting talent like Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Frank McLintock; Gillies took strong Leicester sides to FA Cup Finals in both 1961 and 1963. Both appearances ended in disappointment and the second Final was especially bittersweet after a season in which the club had challenged strongly for a League and Cup double. Having led the Division One table in mid-April, Leicester fell away in the final weeks and finish in fourth spot – their highest-ever League placing. Some recompense came with trophy success the following season in the League Cup.
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