Leicester City may be the unluckiest team in the history of the FA Cup, losing a record four finals in club history. Despite never winning the cup the Foxes have had some big moments in the competition.

In the 2018/19 season they were a victim of a giant-killing against Newport County in the third round, but have had success over the years in England’s biggest cup competition.

6. 4-0 win Over East Midlands Rivals Nottingham Forest (2012)

Jermaine Beckford

It’s always a good feeling to beat your rivals, but to beat them and knock them out of the FA Cup makes it that much more special. 

Jermaine Beckford scored a hat-trick in a huge win at the King Power as Nigel Pearson’s side recorded a famous win in a third round replay against Nottingham Forest. 

5. Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City (1963 Final)

Denis Law,Gordon Banks

This was Leicester’s third appearance in the FA Cup final and a match, on paper, that they should have won. At the time, United were a relegation-threatened side, while Leicester were a title-challenging team who finished fourth in the First Division that season.

The Red Devils did however possess superstars in Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and controlled the fixture as they won 3-1 with goals from Law and two strikes from David Herd which beat Gordon Banks in the Leicester goal.

4. Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City (1961 Final)

Gordon Banks

This was another FA Cup final appearance that the Foxes likely believed they should have won. They finished sixth in the table that season, although they had to face a Spurs side who were one of the best teams in the country at the time.

Leicester may have won it if they had Matt Gillies who scored in every round of the cup but was surprisingly dropped for the final. Leicester also suffered a huge blow as Len Chalmers was injured 20 minutes in, and at this point in the competition’s history, no substitutions were allowed.

3. Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City (1969 Final)

Princess Anne,Tony Book

Manchester City were the reigning champions going into the game and Leicester were the underdogs. Leicester exceeded expectations getting to final and came extremely close to causing a huge upset – they were just edged out with a Neil Young goal for the Citizens.

In their run-up to the final the Foxes beat the likes of Liverpool in the fifth round and edged past West Brom in the semi-finals 1-0. 

2. Division Two Leicester Outclass First Division Champions Portsmouth (1949)

Leicester City Fans

In the 1949 FA Cup Leicester beat the First Division champions Portsmouth. Leicester were relegation contenders in the Second Division and managed to beat Portsmouth with two goals from Don Revie, who was considered one of their best players at the time. It was a historic match that led them to their first ever FA Cup Final.

1. Reaching Their First FA Cup Final (1949)

Final Handshake

Despite not winning the tournament this was arguably the Foxes’ biggest achievement. The club were fighting relegation in the old Division Two and made it to the final with star striker Don Revie their key player.

Sadly for the Foxes, Revie couldn’t play in the final against Wolves and were beaten 3-1 against a strong Wolves team who finished sixth in Division One and were huge favourites for the match. 


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