A Little History on Leicester Tigers

Founded in 1880, Leicester Tigers or, Leicester Rugby Club, has enjoyed many years of success, becoming one of the most talked about and referred rugby clubs across the globe. Our damp proofing Leicester specialists are huge fans and followers.

In 1987, when League Rugby was introduced, the Leicester Tigers became the most successful Rugby team or club in English rugby, as they won the league ten times consecutively. They last won the Aviva Premiership title in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Appearing in 9 successive Premiership finals, while holding 6th position or higher in this league, the Leicester Tigers are one of only four teams to never have been relegated. They are also the only British side to qualify and participate in every European Champions Cup.

Supported significantly by a huge following of fans, the Tigers enjoy an extremely enviable position in this game across Europe and at home in England, and have managed to create an excellent example for many other Rugby clubs to aspire to.

Welford Road is the home to the Tigers, which was built between Welford and Aylestone Road. It become the home ground for this club in 1892 when these ground opened officially with the first game against Leicester Rugby Union. With a crowd of only 1,100 people watching the game, the Tigers stormed to a massive 17-0 victory.

Thirty years later The Crumbie Stand was constructed, named after Tom Crumbie the secretary of the club. 12 months later, there was a terrace added and building extensions were made to the Members’ Stand. This increased the capacity of the ground to occupy 10,250. This expansion almost forced the club into bankruptcy, but it played an important role in attracting a few of the top players in the country, laying the ground for future success for this club, especially during the 1920s and 1930s.

Today the stadium has a capacity of almost 26,000, which has made it the biggest purpose-built union grounds for club rugby in the UK. In the year 2015, the capacity was increased to 30,000, where the existing clubhouse was demolished, and replaced with a temporary stand with a 3100 capacity housing a brand new clubhouse, and VIP premium lounge.

In the early part of the 1970s, this club only had 600 to 700 members, but after the Tiger’s cup final successes over the next ten years, the club started to expand very quickly.

Many of their players and supporters, associated the overall expansion of this club with Chalkie White. He joined the club in 1968, and with his innovative attitude and unique coaching style, brought the Tiger’s massive success, helping them to attract a far larger following.

The Leicester Tigers were really thriving by 2000, securing the Premiership title for four years in a row from 1999 to 2002. They also became the very first team to dominate the European Cup in two straight seasons.

They also secured 57 unbeaten wins at home from 1997 to 2002, which included an impressive 62 successive wins. Out of 92 games that they played over 4 seasons, only lost 14 games were lost.

Watching the Tigers or Leicester City FC is one of the many things you can do in the City as well as taking scenic walks in Abbey Park and surrounding countryside.