1887 Season History
CAPTAIN: JACK PARSONS
FIRST CAPTAINED: v Tount District on 9 October 1886, 11-0 win.
The ‘Tigers’ name was used for a first time in a news report by the Leicester Daily Post on February 21, in 1885 when the team wore chocolate and orange stripes and the article said “the Tiger stripes were keeping well together.”. The team then tried chocolate and French grey, followed by claret and grey before finally settling on the green, white and red now associated with club.
Based at Victoria Park before returning to the Belgrave Sports Ground in 1888 and finally Welford Road in 1892, the fixture list double in size as the game became more popular, with a first trip to Yorkshire in 1888 and a first Anglo-Welsh fixture by the end of the season.
Parsons did far more than just play and captain his team as he also he held the position of secretary and president during his years at the club, the first of only two to achieve this. He was the first player to reach 100 caps at Leicester and had the misfortune of retiring due to a knee injury. He went on to apply his personal skill as a solicitor.