Ever since Leicester City moved to what they now call the King Power Stadium, fixtures against Hull City there have always been eventful. The action on the pitch has only sometimes provided the main story of the day; unsurprising, given that the two clubs have a pair of managers in common.
The Tigers’ first visit to Leicester’s soulless new stadium was in March 2006, the first season in 15 that City spent in the second tier of English football. The chap who had got us back there via back-to-back promotions was Peter Taylor, by now a heroic (if sometimes hard to really love) manager who, as part of a varied career in management, had endured a year in charge of Leicester at the old Filbert Street.
Taylor’s experience at Leicester showed starkly how much a gaffer’s stock could fall from a great height; in October 2000, his side were top of the Premier League and almost exactly a year later, he was fired after a woeful start to the season. His time in charge was epitomised by a nine-game losing run at the end of 2000/01 which had been triggered by a shock (and shocking) defeat to Third Division artisans Wycombe Wanderers in the quarter finals of the FA Cup courtesy of a goal by a bloke they bought off the internet. Leicester fans loathed him by the time of his exit for his allegedly negative football and his evidently dubious decisions in the transfer market.
Just over a year later, after a brief spell as caretaker manager of his country and a (promotion) season with Brighton & Hove Albion, Taylor arrived at Boothferry Park. With the club finally showing some business acumen and financial strength, as well as nearing a move to a sparkly new stadium, he was able to make canny marquee signings that finally dragged the Tigers out of the bottom division and then, beyond every expectation, did the same a year later. In August 2005, he was in charge of a side that was in the Second Division ahead of schedule and, assuming he could keep City heads above water, had secured his legacy with the club. Read more