Farewell Filbert Street: 21 years on 

By George Kirk

On this day back in 2002, Leicester City said goodbye to the iconic Filbert Street Stadium in a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. 

More than 21,000 passionate supporters flooded the stadium in the famous blue and white, creating an electric atmosphere.

Leicester had already been relegated at this point, so were purely playing for pride and to give them the perfect confidence boost before heading back down to the 2nd tier. 

A goal early into the first half from the penalty spot from England Icon Teddy Sheringham left Leicester fearing the worst, after a clumsy tackle from Lee Marshall. 

Only six minutes later, the roof was lifted as Paul Dickov rocketed in an equaliser into the bottom left corner from inside the box, leaving Kasey Keller in the Spurs goal with no chance. 

In the 70th minute, the Leicester fans were singing twice as loud when Matthew Piper bravely headed the ball into the back of the net from Matt Elliot’s flick on, putting Leicester in the driver’s seat for the first time in the game. 

The supporters were also treated to see Leicester hero Gerry Taggart return after being out for 14 months with a gruelling knee injury. 

Leicester managed to hold onto the lead even after a late scare with Sheringham’s strike being held by keeper Ian Walker, giving the supporters the perfect farewell to their beloved stadium with the fans belting out a rendition of “Stand up if you love Leicester”.

Leicester City reporter Lee Marlow described the occasion as, “An emotional moment with vivid memories.

“It was more than just a game that day, it was the funeral of a grand old stadium, which was absolutely magical in its day, with the stands close to the pitch, intimidating away teams with colossal centre backs frightening attackers.”