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Leicester City top scorers of all time

In this article, first we will have a brief review on the history of Leicester City Club, and then we will introduce Leicester City top scorers of all time!
Leicester City top scorers of all time

Leicester City Football Club, nicknamed the Foxes, is an English football club based in Leicester City, Leicester.

Founded in 1884, the club is one of the oldest football clubs in England and Europe.

Leicester City were promoted to the Premier League in the 2014–15 season and won the Island League for the first time in the 2015–16 season.

In the following, we will briefly review the history of Leicester City Club, then we will provide a list of Leicester City top scorers of all time, and then share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these Leicester City top goal scorers ever.

Leicester City top scorers of all time!

Before we get into the list of Leicester City highest goal scorers of all time, we will have a brief look at the history, foundation and honors of Leicester City Club.

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History, foundation and honors of Leicester City Club

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Leicester City Football Club was originally founded by a group of Wyggeston School boys in 1884 as "Leicester Fosse" and joined the Football Association of England in 1890.

After the end of World War I in 1919, due to financial problems, the name of the club was changed to its current name, and in the twenties, Leicester City, after returning to the first level of English football, gained many honors.

Because Leicester is one of the most important fox hunting grounds in the UK, in 1948 the fox was chosen as the symbol of Leicester City Club.

Leicester City King Power Stadium is the home stadium that has been used as Leicester City Home Stadium since 2002.

Leicester City's main rival is Nottingham Forest. Another traditional rival is Leicester's Derby County team. This derby between these teams is called "M69" because of the intersection of the railways of the two cities.

The club's home colors of royal blue shirts, white shorts, and either white or royal blue socks have been used for the reflect kits throughout most of its history.

Honors of Leicester City

Leicester City top scorers of all time

League

  • First Division / Premier League (first tier)
    • Champions (1) in 2015-16
    • Runners-up (1) in 1928–29
  • Second Division / First Division / Championship (second tier)
    • Champions (7) in 1924–25, 1936–37, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1970–71, 1979–80, 2013–14
    • Runners-up (2) in 1907–08, 2002–03
    • Play-off winners (2) in 1993–94, 1995–96
  • Third Division / Second Division / League One (third tier)
    • Champions (1) in 2008–09

Cup

  • Football League Cup
    • Winners (3) in 1963–64, 1996–97, 1999–2000
    • Runners-up (2) in 1964–65, 1998–99
  • FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield
    • Winners (1) in 1971
    • Runners-up (1) in 2016
  • FA Cup
    • Runners-up (4) in 1948–49, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69

Regional competitions

  • War League South
    • Champions (1) in 1942
  • Wartime Midland Cup
    • Winners (1) in 1941

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Leicester City top scorers of all time!

Leicester City top scorers of all time

The list of the highest goal scorers in Leicester City of all time is as follows:

  • Arthur Chandler: Goals: 273, Appearances: 419, Goals per game: 0.65
  • Arthur Rowley: Goals: 265, Appearances: 321, Goals per game: 0.83
  • Ernie Hine: Goals: 156, Appearances: 259, Goals per game: 0.60
  • Jamie Vardy: Goals: 135, Appearances: 313, Goals per game: 0.43
  • Derek Hines: Goals: 117, Appearances: 317, Goals per game: 0.37
  • Arthur Lochhead: Goals: 114, Appearances: 320, Goals per game: 0.36
  • Gary Lineker: Goals: 103, Appearances: 209, Goals per game: 0.49
  • Mike Stringfellow: Goals: 97, Appearances: 344, Goals per game: 0.28
  • Johnny Duncan: Goals: 95, Appearances: 295, Goals per game: 0.32
  • Jimmy Walsh: Goals: 91, Appearances: 199, Goals per game: 0.46

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A brief overview of all-time top goal scorers in Leicester City history

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the top scorers in Leicester City of all time!

#1 Arthur Chandler

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Arthur Clarence Hillier Chandler
  • Date of birth: 27 November 1895
  • Place of birth: Paddington, England
  • Date of death: 18 June 1984 (aged 88)
  • Place of death: Leicester, England
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1920–1923: Team: Queens Park Rangers, Appearances: 78, Goals: 16
  • 1923–1935: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 393, Goals: 273
  • 1935: Team: Notts County, Appearances: 10, Goals: 6

With 273 total goals, the first player of the list of the highest goal scorers in Leicester City of all time is Arthur Clarence Hillier Chandler, a professional footballer in the 1920s and 1930s. His career peaked at Leicester City.

In addition to being Leicester City's all-time leading goalscorer of all time with 273 goals, Chandler holds other records, including the record for scoring the most goals in a single top flight season with 34 goals (a record which he achieved twice), scoring the most top flight goals for the club with 203 goals, scoring the most hat-tricks or greater with 17 hat-tricks and the joint record for the most goals in a single game with 6 goals in a game vs Portsmouth on 20 October 1928. Chandler notably held the record of being Leicester's oldest goalscorer (aged 39 years and 34 days) from 1935 through to 2014.

Among the honors of this brilliant player, the following can be mentioned:

Leicester City

  • Football League First Division runner-up 1928–29
  • Football League Second Division champions 1924–25

Individual

  • Football League Second Division top goalscorer 1924–25
  • Leicester City All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 273 Goals
  • Leicester City All-Time Leading League Goalscorer: 259 Goals
  • Leicester City All-Time Leading Goalscorer in the first tier (Premier League and predecessors): 203 Goals
  • Leicester City All-Time Leading Goalscorer in the FA Cup: 14 Goals (Joint record)

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Arthur Rowley.

#2 Arthur Rowley

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: George Arthur Rowley Jr.
  • Date of birth: 21 April 1926
  • Place of birth: Wolverhampton, England
  • Date of death: 19 December 2002 (aged 76)
  • Place of death: Shrewsbury, England
  • Playing position(s): Inside left

Youth career

  • 1941–1944: Manchester United

Senior career

  • 1946–1948: Team: West Bromwich Albion, Appearances: 24, Goals: 4
  • 1948–1950: Team: Fulham, Appearances: 56, Goals: 27
  • 1950–1958: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 303, Goals: 265
  • 1958–1965: Team: Shrewsbury Town, Appearances: 236, Goals: 152

Teams managed

  • 1958–1968: Shrewsbury Town
  • 1968–1969: Sheffield United
  • 1970–1976: Southend United
  • c.1976: Knighton Town

With 265 total goals, the second player of top scorers in Leicester City of all time is George Arthur Rowley Jr., a former English football and cricket player. He had a very powerful left-footed shot, nicknamed the "Gunner".

Rowley holds the record for most goals in English league history with 434 goals in 619 games in the English Football League. His older brother, Jack Rowley, played for Manchester United.

With 44 goals in a season, Rowley holds the record for most goals in a season for both Leicester City and Shrewsbury. He also holds the Shrewsbury record for all time with 152 goals in the league.

 His honor list is as follows:

Fulham

  • Second Division champions in 1948–49

Leicester City

  • Second Division champions in 1953–54, 1956–57

Individual

  • Second Division top goalscorer in (with Leicester City) 1952–53, 1956–57
  • Fourth Division top goalscorer in (with Shrewsbury Town) 1958–59

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Ernie Hine.

#3 Ernie Hine

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Ernest William Hine
  • Date of birth: 9 April 1901
  • Place of birth: Barnsley, England
  • Date of death: 15 April 1974 (aged 73)
  • Place of death: Huddersfield, England
  • Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
  • Playing position(s): Inside right

Youth career

  • New Mills
  • Staincross Station

Senior career

  • 1921–1926: Team: Barnsley, Appearances: 161, Goals: 81
  • 1926–1932: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 247, Goals: 156
  • 1932–1933: Team: Huddersfield Town, Appearances: 23, Goals: 4
  • 1933–1934: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 51, Goals: 12
  • 1934–1938: Team: Barnsley, Appearances: 127, Goals: 42

National team

  • 1926–1932: Team: England, Appearances: 6, Goals: 4
  • 1931: Team: The Football League XI (Canadian Tour), Appearances: 11, Goals: 20

With 156 total goals, the next player in the list of Leicester City highest goal scorers of all time is Ernest William Hine, a professional English footballer who played for Barnsley, Leicester City, Huddersfield Town and Manchester United during his career.

With 131 goals, Hine is the best scorer in the history of Barnsley and with 156 goals, he is the third top scorer in the history of Leicester City. Hine is the 18th top scorer in the history of English football, having scored a total of 287 goals in the league.

His honors with England national team are:

  • British Home Championship: 1930, 1932

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Jamie Vardy.

#4 Jamie Vardy

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Jamie Richard Vardy
  • Birth name: Jamie Richard Gill
  • Date of birth: 11 January 1987 (age 33)
  • Place of birth: Sheffield, England
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Club information

  • Current team: Leicester City
  • Number: 9

Youth career

  • 2002: Sheffield Wednesday
  • 2003–2007: Stocksbridge Park Steels

Senior career

  • 2007–2010: Team: Stocksbridge Park Steels        
  • 2010–2011: Team: FC Halifax Town, Appearances: 37, Goals: 26
  • 2011–2012: Team: Fleetwood Town, Appearances: 36, Goals: 31
  • 2012–: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 276, Goals: 135

National team

  • 2015–: Team: England, Appearances: 26, Goals: 7

With 135 total goals, the next player of Leicester City top goal scorers ever is Jamie Richard Vardy, a professional English footballer who plays as a striker.

Vardy currently plays for Leicester City and the English national team.

Having played for various clubs during his professional career, in the 2015–16 Premier League season, Vardy scored in eleven consecutive Premier League matches, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy's record, and was voted the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year as outsiders Leicester won the title.

Vardy won the Premier League Golden Boot for the 2019–20 season, becoming the oldest player to win the award.

His honor list is as follows:

FC Halifax Town

  • Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2010–11

Fleetwood Town

  • Conference Premier in 2011–12

Leicester City

  • Premier League in 2015–16
  • Football League Championship in 2013–14

Individual

  • Premier League Player of the Season in 2015–16
  • FWA Footballer of the Year in 2015–16
  • PFA Team of the Year (2) in 2015–16 Premier League, 2019–20 Premier League
  • Premier League Golden Boot in 2019–20
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 5th team in 2016
  • Premier League Player of the Month (4) in October 2015, November 2015, April 2019, October 2019
  • Premier League Goal of the Month in March 2018
  • BBC Goal of the Season in 2017–18
  • Conference Premier Player of the Month in November 2011
  • Conference Premier Top Goalscorer in 2011–12
  • Leicester City Player of the Season in 2019–20
  • Leicester City Players' Player of the Season (2) in 2013–14, 2019–20

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Derek Hines

#5 Derek Hines

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Derek Jabez Hines
  • Date of birth: 18 February 1931
  • Place of birth: Woodville, Derbyshire, England
  • Date of death: 1 August 2001 (aged 70)
  • Place of death: Derbyshire, England
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Youth career

  • 1946–1948: Derby County

Senior career

  • 1948–1961: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 299, Goals: 117
  • 1961–1962: Team: Shrewsbury Town, Appearances: 16, Goals: 5
  • 1964–1965: Team: Rugby Town 

With 117 total goals, the next player of the list of all-time top goal scorers in Leicester City history is Derek Jabez Hines, an English footballer who played as a striker during his career.

Hines has played for Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, Rugby Town and, most importantly, Leicester City.

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Arthur Lochhead.

#6 Arthur Lochhead

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Date of birth: 8 December 1897
  • Place of birth: Busby, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Date of death: 30 December 1966 (aged 69)
  • Place of death: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1917–1921: Team: Hearts, Appearances: 22, Goals: 19
  • 1919: Team: → Clyde (loan)
  • 1921–1925: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 147, Goals: 50
  • 1925–1934: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 303, Goals: 114

Teams managed

  • 1934–1936: Leicester City

With 114 total goals, the next player in the list of highest goal scorers in Leicester City of all time is Arthur Lochhead, a Scottish footballer who played as a forward during his career.

Arthur Lochhead joined Manchester United in 1921 and moved to Leicester City in 1925 after scoring 50 goals in 153 appearances for Manchester United.

He managed Leicester City for two years after retiring.

The next place in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Gary Lineker.

#7 Gary Lineker

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Place of birth: Gary Winston Lineker, Leicester, England
  • Date of birth: 30 November 1960 (age 59)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Youth career

  • 1976–1978: Leicester City

Senior career

  • 1978–1985: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 194, Goals: 103
  • 1985–1986: Team: Everton, Appearances: 41, Goals: 30
  • 1986–1989: Team: Barcelona, Appearances: 103, Goals: 42
  • 1989–1992: Team: Tottenham Hotspur, Appearances: 105, Goals: 67
  • 1992–1994: Team: Nagoya Grampus Eight, Appearances: 18, Goals: 4

National team

  • 1984: Team: England B, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1984–1992: Team: England, Appearances: 80, Goals: 48

With 103 total goals, the next player in the list of top scorers in Leicester City of all time is Gary Winston Lineker, a former English professional footballer who is currently active in the media. He is known as one of the top English strikers. He currently hosts BT Sport coverage in the UEFA Champions League.

Lineker started his career at Leicester City in 1978, then went on to the Everton team, where he won the first PFA Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year award. He then won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and the European Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona in 1987.

He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1989, making him the second footballer of the year in the FWA and the FA Cup. He retired in 1994 after two seasons with the Japanese team Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Lineker also holds the record in the national team. He has played in 80 games for England since 1984, scoring 48 goals. He is England's third top scorer after Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney. He became the tournament's top scorer at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Boot. He still holds the record for England scoring in the FIFA World Cup.

Among his other records is that he has never received a yellow or red card in his 16 years of career. For this reason, in 1990, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award. After retiring from football, Lineker entered the English Football Hall of Fame.

His honors are as follows:

Club

Leicester City

  • Football League Second Division in 1979–80

Everton

  • FA Charity Shield in 1985

Barcelona

  • Copa del Rey in 1987–88
  • European Cup Winners' Cup in 1988–89

Tottenham Hotspur

  • FA Cup in 1990–91
  • FA Charity Shield in 1991 (shared)

International

England

  • FIFA World Cup fourth place (bronze medals) in 1990

Individual

  • English Second Division Top Scorer in 1982–83
  • English First Division Top Scorer in 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1985–86
  • FWA Footballer of the Year in 1985–86, 1991–92
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 1986
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1986
  • Onze de Bronze in 1986
  • Ballon d'Or: Runner-up 1986
  • FIFA Fair Play Award in 1990
  • FWA Tribute Award in 1997
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: Bronze award 1991
  • FIFA 100
  • English Football Hall of Fame in 2003
  • PFA Team of the Century (1977–1996) in 2007

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Mike Stringfellow.

#8 Mike Stringfellow

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Michael David Stringfellow
  • Date of birth: 27 January 1943 (age 77)
  • Place of birth: Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Playing position(s): Winger

Senior career

  • 1960–1962: Team: Mansfield Town, Appearances: 57, Goals: 10
  • 1962–1975: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 315, Goals: 97
  • 1975–1976: Team: Nuneaton Borough, Appearances: 5, Goals: 1

With 97 total goals, the next player in the list of Leicester City highest goal scorers ever is Michael David Stringfellow, a retired English footballer who played as a winger in the 1960s and 1970s.

During his professional football career, he was present in various clubs, including Mansfield Town, Leicester City and Nuneaton Borough, and was considered one of the top scorers of these clubs throughout.

In 1968, he suffered a severe cartilage injury and was never able to resume his good performance after recovering. However, he stayed at Leicester City for a while and retired after moving to Nuneaton Borough.

After retiring from football, Stringflow settled in Enderby, Leicestershire, where he worked as a newsagent.

The next player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Johnny Duncan.

#9 Johnny Duncan

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: John Duncan
  • Date of birth: 14 February 1896
  • Place of birth: Fife, Scotland
  • Date of death: 14 March 1966 (aged 70)
  • Place of death: Leicester, England
  • Playing position(s): Right-half/Inside right

Senior career

  • 1915–1919: Team: Lochgelly United
  • 1919–1922: Team: Raith Rovers, Appearances: 121, Goals: 26
  • 1922–1930: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 279, Goals: 95
  • 1933: Team: Solus

National team

  • 1925: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 1, Goals: 1

Teams managed

  • 1946–1949: Leicester City

With 95 total goals, the next player of our list of Leicester City top goal scorers ever is Johnny Duncan, nicknamed "Tokey", a former Scottish footballer and manager, best known for his time at Leicester City, both as a player and manager.

Duncan was the captain of this club. He has been described as "an indelible Leicester City great".

He also holds the (joint) club record at Leicester for the most goals in a single game, scoring six goals in a 7–0 victory over Port Vale on Christmas Day 1924.

After retiring from professional football, he managed Leicester City from 1946 to 1949.

 His honor list is as follows:

As a Player

Leicester City

  • Football League First Division Runner-up in 1928–29
  • Football League Second Division Champions in 1924–25

Scotland

  • British Home Championship Winner in 1926

As a Manager

Leicester City

  • FA Cup runner-up 1949

And finally, the last player in the list of Leicester City top scorers of all time is Jimmy Walsh.

#10 Jimmy Walsh

Leicester City top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: James Walsh
  • Date of birth: 3 December 1930
  • Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Date of death: 6 August 2014 (aged 83)
  • Place of death: Leicester, England
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1950–1956: Team: Celtic, Appearances: 144, Goals: 59
  • 1956–1964: Team: Leicester City, Appearances: 176, Goals: 91
  • 1964–1968: Team: Rugby Town

National team

  • 1955: Team: Scotland U23, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

With 91 total goals, the last player of our list of all-time top goal scorers in Leicester City history is James Walsh, a Scottish professional footballer who played as a striker during his career.

He was a prolific goal scorer and was a top scorer at both Celtic and Leicester City clubs. Walsh died on August 6, 2014 at the age of 83.

Some of his honors are:

Celtic

  • Scottish League Champion in 1953-54
  • Scottish Cup Runner-up in 1955
  • Scottish League Cup Winner in 1956
  • Coronation Cup Winner in 1953
  • Saint Mungo Cup Winner in 1951

Leicester City

  • FA Cup Runners-up in 1961

In this article we had a brief look on the Leicester City top scorers of all time. In the articles we will review other top players of Leicester City Club and their honors and achievements.

 

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