Leicester Road

History

Leicester Road F.C. is a football club based in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The club was formed on 4 November 2013 to provide continuity for the players, staff and supporters left without a club following the liquidation of Hinckley United in October 2013, and competes in the Midland League Division One.

The Under 21 squad headed by Neil Lyne stayed together and continued to train and played a programme of friendly games for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. The Youth team took over the fixtures of the defunct Hinckley United Youth Team and carried on to win the Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division title and the Leicestershire County Floodlit Youth Cup. The development teams continued in the Midland Junior Premier League at Under 14, 15 and 16 levels and all finished the season admirably.

Leicester Road applied to the FA to join the FA pyramid system during the 2014 close season and were accepted by the newly formed Midland Football League in time for the 2014-15 season in place of Phoenix United who had withdrawn from the league.

Leicester Road started their life in Division Two of the Midland Football League on 23 August 2014 with a home match against Hampton which ended in a 2-2 draw. The first team had a progressive first season in senior football battling through to the final game and beating Earlswood Town 5-0 at Leicester Road to finish runners-up to Coventry United and gain promotion at their first attempt.

The club was promoted to Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system. In the 2015-16 season, they finished fourth in Division One and qualified automatically for the FA Cup for the first time. On the 6th August 2016, Leicester Road played their first game in the Emirates FA in an Extra Preliminary Round tie at Retford United of the NCEL Premier League. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Luke Kingsley-Smith scoring the goal. They won the replay 4-2. In the Preliminary round they beat Harborough Town 4-2. In the First Qualifying Round the lost 3-2 at Kirby Muxloe after a 0-0 draw at home.

Last season, the club finished 3rd in the League and again qualified for the F.A.CUP and also won the Leicestershire Senior Cup beating Holwell Sports 2 – 1 in the final

An under 18’s Youth Team  was also formed playing in the Midland Floodlit Youth League finishing mid table and in the season 2015/16 the Leicestershire Midweek u18’s Cup ran out winners.

There are also 4 junior teams ranging from under 13’s up to 16,s, all the teams are under the guidance of Neil Lyne who is Head of Football at Leicester Road and also the first team manager.

Records

Founded:- 2013

Nickname:- The Knitters

Ground:- Leicester Road Stadium

Capacity:- 4,329

Record Attendance:- 426 (v Bromsgrove Sporting)

Best FA Cup Performance:- 1st Qualifying Round (2016/17)

Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A

Best FA Vase Performance:- 1st Round (2016/17)

2017/18 League Performance:- 4th Midland Football League 1st Division

Top Scorer:- Matthew Langham (24 goals)