Leicester City's 10 Greatest Premier League Seasons - Ranked

11 March 2020 01:52

Drama is never in short supply at Leicester City.

Whether it be a shock title triumph, winning domestic silverware or relegation, things are never dull in the east Midlands.

Here 90min have put together a list of the Foxes' top 10 seasons in the top-flight, and no, there are no prizes for guessing what's number one. 


10. Season: 1997-98

Position: 10th

Emile Heskey of Leicester City

It was a campaign of consolidation for Martin O'Neill's men. They had performed admirably in their first year back in the big time and this was a case of avoiding the dreaded second season syndrome. 

And they did just that, finishing slap bang middle of the table. It may have been a season of mediocrity but there was nothing average about their performance at ​Manchester UnitedO'Neill's boys won 1-0 courtesy of a Tony Cottee to silence Old Trafford and grab an eye-catching victory over Alex Ferguson's side.


9. Season: 2017/18

Position: 9th

Claude Puel

A season of relative decline following their Premier League title triumph, but not one in which the Foxes flirted with relegation. 

Claude Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare early in the campaign and although at times Leicester were uninspiring, the Frenchman still led the side to a top-half finish. 

It confirmed their top-flight status for the fourth consecutive season and produced a memorable 3-1 home win over ​Arsenal.


8. Season: 1998-99

Position: 10th

Gerry Taggart of Leicester    Andy Cole of Manchester United

O'Neill's Leicester side continued to impress and outperform some of the league's bigger names in spite of their comparatively small budget. 

Again, the Foxes stayed clear of any threat of relegation and finished 10th, with Tony Cottee racking up double figures in the goals department. 

Cottee was also instrumental in Leicester's run to the League Cup final, scoring five as the Foxes reached Wembley, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to George Graham's ​Tottenham side.


7. Season: 1996-97

Position: 9th

Neil Lennon of Leicester (left) attempts to tackle Roberto Di Matteo of Chelsea

Newly promoted Leicester were many people's favourites to go straight back down to the first division, but Martin O'Neill's side made a mockery of such pre-season predictions. 

Their standout league result was again at the expense of Fergie's United, as the shares were spoiled in a 2-2 draw at Filbert Street, but the real season highlight was undoubtedly the club's League Cup triumph. 

Not only did the Foxes achieve a top ten finish but captain Steve Walsh also got his hands on the League Cup after a 1-0 replay win over Middlesbrough.


6. Season: 2016-17

Position: 12th

Jamie Vardy,Craig Shakespeare

The morning after the night before. 

Perhaps still stunned by the events of their title-winning exploits, (or nursing a three-month hangover) Leicester looked dazed by their champion status.

Title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri went from hero to zero and was sacked in February with his side languishing just a point above the drop zone. 

It was a controversial dismissal with many pointing the blame at the players for failing the Italian. 

Shakespeare came in and Leicester went on to win their next five from six to drag themselves out of trouble.


5. Season: 1999-00

Position: 8th

Matt Elliott of Leicester City celebrates

Leicester kicked the millennium off in style. They not only recorded the club's highest top-flight league finish for 24 years, but they also bagged a piece of silverware.

Under the stewardship of Martin O'Neill, the Foxes finished eighth in the standings and beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Wembley to clinch their second League Cup triumph in three years.

A successful campaign but it wasn't enough to keep hold of manager O'Neill who was lured north of the border by Celtic at the end of the season. 


4. Season: 2018-19

Position: 9th

Cardiff City v Leicester City - Premier League

A campaign that will forever be remembered for the tragedy which saw Leicester lose their much loved owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a freak helicopter crash.

It was an awful accident that rocked the entire football family, not least the Foxes team. But the players rallied together after the disaster to finish a very respectable ninth in the league.

The season also saw Claude Puel leave the club and the Midlanders welcomed new man Brendan Rodgers into the frame. 


3. Season: 2019-20

Current Position: 3rd

Brendan Rodgers

This February marked a year in charge for Brendan Rodgers as in just 12 months, he has reinvigorated Leicester and transformed them into top four challengers.

For a while, Rodgers' charges were going toe to toe with ​Liverpool for first place. It was a brave early-season effort but Leicester's faint dreams of a second title in four years soon faded.

However, in spite of the Foxes falling away, they are still on track to achieve ​Champions League qualification and a seat at Europe's top table.


2. Season: 2014-15

Position: 14th

Jamie Vardy,Leonardo Ulloa

A remarkable season that saw Nigel Pearson's men rise from the dead and surprise everyone to achieve Premier League survival.

Leicester entered April with only four league wins under their belt but their recovery was incredible, winning seven of their remaining nine matches to retain their top-flight status.

It was a late comeback unrivalled by anything which had preceded it, and ended up as an extraordinary prelude to one of the most miraculous Premier League seasons of all time. 


1. Season: 2015-16

Position: 1st

Wes Morgan,Claudio Ranieri

Leicester's title-winning season defied the odds - 5000/1 odds to be exact. It was a fairytale of epic proportions and an underdog story unlikely to ever be seen again.

Claudio Ranieri guided the pre-season relegation favourites to the top of the tree in a campaign that saw Leicester lose only three league games on their way to clinching the crown.  It really was a pinch yourself kind of moment as the King Power was serenaded by Luciano Pavarotti and captain Wes Morgan raised the trophy aloft in May 2016.


Source: 90min