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Leicester City goal hero Chandler hits another hat-trick in win against Everton

May 6, 2016 9:00 PM
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It was the season after the campaign before. Leicester City headed into the 1929-30 season having secured the highest finish in the club's history – second in the First Division.

The season before, in 1928, City had finished third. In the race to be England's best club, Leicester were on the podium.

The 1929-30 campaign would come as a bit of a disappointment. The club finished eighth and spent most of their time in the quagmire of mid-table.

Much of that was because of the club's porous defence which conceded 90 goals throughout the season.

One man who took prolific advantage of Leicester's leaky defence more than most was Sheffield United striker Jimmy Dunne.

City fans might recognise the name. Dunne holds the record of scoring in 12 consecutive top-flight games.

Dunne scored seven goals in two league meetings against Leicester that season.

It was a good job that Leicester possessed a potent strike-force, led by the most prolific marksman the club has ever produced in Arthur Chandler, who scored 86 goals that season, including four hat-tricks.

It was no surprise, then, that City's two games against Everton that season mustered 18 goals.

Ten for Leicester, and eight for the Toffeemen as City won both contests 5-4.

Chandler was the star again as he stuck away his fourth and final hat-trick of the campaign, although with City in the top half and Everton second from bottom, the manner of victory had been assumed to be more straightforward.

But a run of three straight defeats had left the hosts requiring a much-needed confidence boost.

Leicester took the lead three times, only for Everton to fight back on each occasion.

Arthur Lochhead scored the first, reaping the fruits of link-up play between Ernie Hine and Chandler.

George Martin levelled before Chandler bagged City's second eight minutes later.

Tommy Johnson and Chandler exchanged strikes in two minutes before the break to give Leicester a 3-2 lead at half-time. Everton levelled again after the restart.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Everton took the lead and were playing so well that it appeared odds-on that City would succumb to another home defeat.

But Chandler's 25-yard bullet secured his hat-trick as well as an equaliser. Martin nearly had a third himself when he fired wide and Everton were made to pay when Len Barry bagged the winner.

This theme of thrillers continued to the end of the season. A 6-6 draw with Arsenal in the penultimate game set a league record for number of goals scored in a game.

It included a five-minute hat-trick for future City manager David Halliday, who scored four that day, before being dropped for Arsenal's FA Cup final the following week.

At the end of the season, City's inspirational captain Johnny Duncan had his contract terminated when he took over the Turks Head pub, opposite the gates of Leicester prison, which was against club rules.

Duncan would never play for Leicester again, although he managed the club for the 1949 FA Cup final.

Thanks to Leicester City historian John Hutchinson for his help on the article.


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