1897-98 Season Summary


The number of organisations affiliated to the Leicester Football Association at the end of the 1897-8 season was 211. A significant number of clubs disbanded, chiefly among the minor clubs of Leicester during the season. Consequently, the membership of the association was marginally lower than at the end of the 1896-7 season. However, “applications were being received almost daily.”

Number of players registered was 5628.

348 disputes of varying importance were dealt with by the Leicestershire Football Association during 1897-98.

There was a marked  decrease of ungentlemanly conduct and reports of disorderly conduct of spectators had “almost approached vanishing point.”

Attendances at Senior Cup matches were considerably less than in 1896-97. Coalville Albion retained the Cup. The Junior Cup competition, while, owing to bad weather, not producing so large an income as in the past, provided an interesting series of matches culminating in Hemington United winning the cup.

The Shield after an unprecedented struggle in the final tie was secured by Leicester Ferndale. The draws for the semi-finals drew clubs together with long distances to travel and with no local interest, attendances and hence gate receipts were low. Nevertheless, the competition raised nearly £100.

The status of the Loughborough & District League clubs was changed from the rank of ‘minor’ clubs to that of ‘junior’ clubs.

Leicester Fosse FC were granted permission to conduct a series of matches during September under the title of Leicester Fosse “Medal Competition”. No results have been found to date.

Ernest Veasey (23) sadly died following injuries received in a match between Aylestone United and All Saints at Aylestone in January 1898. In a most remarkable coincidence the deceased played for the same team – Aylestone United – as John Briggs (20) who three months earlier was fatally injured in a football match, against Enderby Granite was a member. Furthermore, Ernest Veasey played in the match in which Briggs was injured and gave evidence at his inquest. Henry Moore, son of the landlord of the New Inn was found guilty of the manslaughter of John Briggs

National Cup Competitions




Nottingham Forest

Derby County

Coalville Albion (1QR)

Coalville Town (3QR)

Hinckley Town (3QR)

Leicester Fosse (R1) Loughborough (3QR)

National Leagues





Newcastle United

Leicester Fosse 7th out of 16

Loughborough 16th out of 16

Luton Town

Woolwich Arsenal

Loughborough 9th out of 19

Sheffield Wednesday Reserves

Sheffield United Reserves

Leicester Fosse 5th out of 8

Loughborough Athletic 6th out of 8

Leicestershire Cups




Coalville Town

Overseal Town

Nuneaton Town

Coalville Albion

Hemington United

Hathern Victoria

Coalville Albion

Coalville Town

Leicester Ferndale

Oakham Rovers

Fosse Amateurs

Glen Parva

Leicestershire Leagues




Ibstock Wanderers

Swannington St George’s

Burbage United

Hinckley Granville

Market Harborough

Belgrave St Michael’s

Hinckley Town

Coalville Albion

King-Richard’s-Road School

Overton-road School

Thursday Rovers

Not Known


Barrow Rising Star

Not Known

Not Lnown

Other Cup Competitions




Burton Swifts

Burton Wanderers

Loughborough (SF)


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leicester Fosse (R2)

Loughborough (R1)

Nottingham Forest

Leicester Fosse

Leicester Fosse (RU)

Burton Swifts

Gresley Rovers

Moira Rovers (R1)

Woodville Town (R1)



Loughborough (R1)

Nuneaton Junior Cup

Nuneaton Minor Cup

Foleshill St Paul's

Nuneaton Town Reserves

Hinckley Volunteers (SF)

Friendly Matches

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