Soccer Fixture: Aston Villa Versus Leicester City

Aston Villa met Leicester City for the first time at Villa Park on 4th February, 1905 – a year in Edwardian England (Edward VII had come to the throne just over three years earlier following Queen Victoria’s death) when the bill for women’s votes was thrown out by Parliament, the Automobile Association (AA) was founded and the ‘Penny Post’ established between the UK and Australia. The Russian Empire was at war with the Empire of Japan and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany, asserted German rights in Africa, triggering the ‘Morocco Crisis.’ Theodore Roosevelt began a full term in the United States and Las Vegas was founded.สมัครเข้าเว็บหลัก ufabet The Irish political party Sinn Féin was formed at the end of the year.

Aston Villa, from Birmingham in the West Midlands, had been formed more than 30 years earlier – in 1874 – and were founder members of The Football League in 1888. Leicester City, from the East Midlands, began life as Leicester Fosse, ten years after Villa – in 1884 – and didn’t change their name until 1919 following Leicester’s newly-found city status.

So, matches between these two teams are technically Midlands derby matches, though from different parts of the Midlands region of England: East meets West. That first match was an FA Cup first-round tie, played in front of 25,000 and which Villa won 5.1. Two of Villa’s goals that day were scored by Joe Bache, a local lad from Stourbridge, who was one of Aston Villa’s greatest ever centre-forwards. He is fourth on their all-time goal-scoring list with 168 goals in 431 league appearances and 17 goals in 42 FA Cup appearances such as this one. He also played seven times for England, scoring four goals. He and Villa would go on to win the FA Cup that year and again in 1913. During WWI, Bache joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and served on the Western Front.

Aston Villa first played Leicester (still known as Leicester Fosse at this time) in the league on 31st October, 1908. Leicester had been promoted as runners-up in the Second Division the previous season but were only to stay in the First Division for this one season which also included their worst ever defeat some six months later – a 12-0 defeat at East Midlands rivals, Nottingham Forest. It remains as Forest’s record league win. Leicester’s players were allegedly suffering the after effects of an ex-team mate’s wedding party!

Apart from in the seasons 1969-70 and 1987-88 all league meetings between the two teams have been in the top tier of English Football: The First Division of the Football League until 1992 and thereafter the Premier League.