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9 things that were happening the last time Leicester topped the Premier League

Published 23/11/2015

Claudio Ranieri, pictured left in cream suit jacket, gets a telling off from Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson on October 1, 2000
Claudio Ranieri, pictured left in cream suit jacket, gets a telling off from Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson on October 1, 2000

Leicester last held the outright lead of the Premier League on October 1, 2000 following a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

The Foxes, managed by Peter Taylor, stayed at the summit for two weeks before a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United.

Having topped the league on goal difference and goals scored earlier this season, here, Press Association Sport looks at what else was going on the last time Leicester were the sole top-flight leaders.

1. WESTLIFE AT NUMBER ONE

Mariah Carey and Westlife topped the charts with their cover of Phil Collins' Against All Odds before being knocked off by All Saints' Black Coffee on October 14. Madonna's Music was number one in the album charts for two weeks, being replaced by Radiohead's Kid A.

2. SYDNEY SIGNS OFF

The Sydney Olympic Games closed on October 1 after Great Britain had won 28 medals - 11 of them gold.

3. KRAY BROTHER DIES

Gangster Reggie Kray died on October 1 aged 66 in Norwich after a battle with cancer. Reggie and his twin brother Ronnie were notorious figures in the London criminal underworld in the 1960s. Ronnie had died in March 1995.

4. TINKERMAN TAKES IT TO THE BRIDGE

Claudio Ranieri - now Leicester manager - took charge of his first Chelsea home game on October 1, 2000 as strikes from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen, plus a Sander Westerveld own goal, gave the Blues a 3-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

5. US ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING

George W Bush and Al Gore held their first presidential debate ahead of the US election in November. The election was won - after much controversy over ballot papers in Florida - by Republican candidate Bush.

6. MINI DRAMA

On October 4, Mini ended work at its Longbridge plant after 41 years with production starting on the new model in Oxford early in 2001.

7. PETROL PRICES CUT

Supermarket chain Safeway started a price war by cutting the cost of unleaded to 77.9p a litre on October 5.

8. FAREWELL TO WEMBLEY - AND KEEGAN

The old Wembley Stadium hosted its final game as England lost 1-0 to Germany in a World Cup qualifier and Kevin Keegan resigned immediately afterwards. The new Wembley opened in 2007.

9. ATTACK ON USS COLE

Less than a year before the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, American navy destroyer USS Cole was heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. Seventeen sailors were killed in an apparent Al Qaeda attack on October 12, 2000.

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