If you’ve only been paying attention to one Leicester City season, you’ve missed out on a special one.
Scenes for @LCFC_Women!— FA Women's Championship (@FAWomensChamp) April 4, 2021
Watch the moment they secured the #FAWC title from pitchside! pic.twitter.com/1tUOrSaNty
Up until this summer the Foxes had an “informal cooperation” with the men’s team, but didn’t really receive much in the way of support. That changed this August with their official inclusion into the King Power group and the results have been impressive.
Last season saw a solid 6th place in the Women’s Championship, albeit with just 15 points from 15 games. In an absolutely storming improvement, they’ve managed 15 wins from just 18 games. That includes their current run of 12 straight victories, rocketing them to promotion to the Women’s Super League.
It’s amazing how far a little support can go in the women’s game at the moment.
✔️ Leicester girl— LCFC Women (@LCFC_Women) April 5, 2021
An emotional @AshPlumptre spoke to LCFC TV after sealing promotion to the WSL at Farley Way Stadium yesterday... pic.twitter.com/sR9cXgXUX8
The future certainly looks bright for this team, who have recently moved into the Belvoir Drive training ground. Obviously it’s not quite the same as the new £100m facility for the men (who’ve just moved out of Belvoir Drive), but compared to most of their competition, this is a serious step up.
The impact has certainly been felt on the pitch, with the Foxes bagging an impressive +2 goal difference per game. 24 year old Natasha Flint led the way, netting 16 times (so far) in her first season since signing from Blackburn. She’s not alone though, with Lachante Paul, Remi Allen and Paige Bailey-Gayle all joining her in the league’s top 10 scorers.
If that’s not enough to get you excited, how about this interview from long term manager Jonathan Morgan, which is somewhat reminiscent of a certain interrupted Claudio Ranieri press conference.
A Jonathan Morgan interview you'll definitely want to watch until the end! pic.twitter.com/2yFUIY3sOZ— LCFC Women (@LCFC_Women) April 4, 2021
And yes, that is former Leicester and England star Emile Heskey behind the Champagne deluge there.
In fact, the only downside I can find to this team right now is that their first ever WSL season doesn’t kick off for months yet.
Fortunately, they still have two league games to play, plus this season’s FA Cup, which the Foxes kick off on April 18th against Liverpool. The two Championship sides have already met twice this season - both 2-1 wins for Leicester.