FOX 191 – The Leicester City fanzine – in the shops NOW!

FOX 191 – the Oct/Nov edition of the Leicester City fanzine is now in the shops…

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FOX 191 features: an interview with Maxine Kerr, daughter of City chairman Terry Shipman;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1994-95 – our first stab at the Premier League; Fox Diary – winning the title and beating Man United, not sure we’ve ever had a better one; the latest from the Foxes Trust; our new column on what is going on in Twitter-land; Rewind features Jimmy Willis as City get their first ever win in the Premier League; Foxed in the Head – more on the buses and forgotten players; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson applies his magnifying glass to another slice of the club’s history; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots; and FortySomething is dealing with an elderly (Derby-supporting) relative….

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Maxine Kerr Interview Extract…

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FOX: With a grandfather and father so embedded in the club, you couldn’t really avoid it. How old were you when you first became aware of what it was your father did?

MK: I was seven when I went down to my first game, I’m 57 now.
Mum was going out and said to Dad, “You’ll have to take Max down to the game, I’ve got no one else to look after her.”
So Dad took me to the game, I think this was a couple of years before he became a director, with Geoff Baxter, a lifelong fiend of his. I can’t remember what game it was but I do recall that he picked me up from Brownies so I was sat there between them in my uniform while they talked over my head. I didn’t say a word.
Afterwards he said to me: “Max, I bet you absolutely hated that didn’t you?”
I said: “Dad…. I absolutely LOVED it!”
He said: “Really?!”
I was hooked. He took me down to lots of games after that and when he joined the board I went to away games too. We went everywhere.

FOX: With your grandfather Len and your Dad on the board did you ever want a place on there yourself?

MK: I would loved to have. It sort of cropped up as a possibility for a bit but then we went PLC and everything changed. That scuppered it really. I think my Dad would have liked me to do it. My sister Bev loved City but her husband played rugby so she was more into Tigers.
I did a bit of scouting once! I was going out with the club secretary Eddie Plumley’s son Gary. He then moved to Newport County so I used to go over there quite a lot to watch him. They had a fantastic young player who was so good that I tried to get someone at Leicester to go and watch him. I think they told me they already had tabs on him, anyway it was John Aldridge, so we missed out there.

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Leicester’s poor run continues at Swansea

Swansea City 2:0 Leicester City

City’s recent poor run extended to 1 point out of 12 as two goals from Bony gave Swansea a comfortable victory at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening…
Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Vardy, Nugent, Mahrez and Hammond in for James, Cambiasso, Albrighton and Schlupp.
Swansea made all the early running against a disjointed looking City side, though their first real chance chance from a miscued ball out from Schmeichel. The City keeper gifted the ball to Sigurdsson, but Morgan managed to nip in with a precise ball-winning challenge as the Icelander lined up his shot.
The Swans’ dominance finally bore fruit in the 35th minute when superb passing move led to Sigurdsson setting up Bony for a precise finish past Schmeichel.
With City producing very little going forward it was difficult to see how they could haul themselves back into the game, though they went close soon after the break. A long throw from Moore out on the right bounced right into the six yard area, and Shelvey got a touch before it looped over Fabianski and on to the crossbar.
Mahrez then sent a shot well over before Drinkwater forced a good save from Fabianski, as City enjoyed their best spell of the game.
But any hopes of a comeback were extinguished in the 57th minute when Bony grabbed a second after being teed up by Montero, as City’s marking broke down.
Shelvey then struck the crossbar with a fierce 30 yarder, before Mahrez sent a low effort inches wide of the post.
 The 67th minute saw a triple-substitution for the visitors with King, James and Cambiasso on for Vardy, Hammond and Drinkwater.
But they rarely troubled the Swans.
One chance late on saw Fabianski save from King, but then Cambiasso could only find the woodwork from inches out and the keeper scooped the ball to safety.
It was another poor outing for City, who now face a November schedule against lower placed sides that must yield at least 6 points if they aren’t to find themselves in trouble.
Swansea: Fabianski, Taylor, Ki, Williams, Shelvey, Bony (Gomis 82), Routledge (Dyer 82), Montero, Rangel, Sigurdsson (Carroll 57), Fernandez. Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Emnes, Bartley, Shepherd.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Cambiasso 67), Morgan, Hammond (King 67), Vardy (James 67), Moore, Ulloa, Mahrez, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Wasilewski, Smith, Wood.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 20,259.

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Leicester fail screen test as Newcastle register first win

Newcastle United 1:0 Leicester City

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City came away from St James Park pointless on Saturday after a hard-fought game that was short on quality was settled by a second half Obertan strike…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Cambiasso, James and Albrighton in for Hammond, Mahrez and Vardy, but there was an hour’s delay to the kick-off after a new big screen that was flapping in the wind had to be nailed down.
When play finally got underway Newcastle should have taken a 7th minute lead when Obertan surged forward before feeding Sissoko down the left. His low cross found Coloccini 12 yards out but he sent his shot wide of the left hand post with the goal at his mercy.
In a tight game City’s first chance came in the 20th minute when Ulloa set up James, who tamely straight at Krul.
With half-time approaching Albrighton struck the bar when a deep cross got carried by the wind, and there was also a close call at the other end when Morgan blocked a Cisse shot and was relieved to see it loop over the bar.

Newcastle improved after the break. Moore blocked a fierce Sissoko shot before an underhit backpass from Konchesky sent Cisse through.  the striker rounded Schmeichel, but then inexplicably blasted a shot into the side-netting when he could have rolled it into an empty net.
Schmeichel then made a good save from a Colback free-kick, with City hanging on in the face of opposition desperate for a first win of the season.

With Vardy and Nugent on for Albrighton and Schlupp City had a better spell, but couldn’t prevent the Magpies going ahead for the first time this season in the 71st minute.
De Laet went on a surging run but his shot was blocked and the rebound sent Newcastle charging upfield. Although City looked to have enough men back, Obertan cut in from the left and made progress along the 18 yards line before threading a low shot though three defenders and beyond the reach of Schmeichel. It was his first goal in over two years.

It was a big blow for City but they kept at their task and pressed forward.Vardy, Ulloa and Knockaert all had half chances in th eclosing stages but their touch deserted them at the final moment as Newcastle defended their precious lead doggedly.

Drinkwater the tested Krul with a shot, but James follow up effort was blocked by Coloccini.
There was a huge sigh of relief from St James Park in general and Alan Pardew in particular at the final whistle…

City’s recent run of one point out of the last 9 needs to end soon.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Dummett (Haidara 72), Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Perez 59), Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran (Cabella 90). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Ferreyra, Abeid, Armstrong.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore, Drinkwater, James, Albrighton (Vardy 56), Schlupp (Nugent 56), Cambiasso (Knockaert 79), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hammond, King, Wasilewski.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 51,886.

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Clarets’ late strike sees Leicester drop points

Leicester City 2:2 Burnley

Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014

Bottom-placed Burnley earned a point at the King Power Stadium on Saturday with Wallace’s free-kick levelling the game at 2-2 deep into injury time…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to the starting line-up that lost at Palace, with Mahrez and Schlupp in for Cambiasso and Nugent.
After Jutkiewicz missed the target with an early chance,  City had the lion’s share of possession against a Burnley side that looked low on confidence. A Drinkwater effort failed to test Heaton and a Vardy effort was blocked.
Mahrez was City’s best player in an often frustrating first half and one lovely run took him past two defenders but his shot lacked the power to beat Heaton.

A Mahrez corner was then deflected to Moore but his snapshot went narrowly wide.

Schmeichel then fielded a Barnes shot from range.
City then took a 33rd minute lead, Mahrez making it look easy on the right, feeding a ball into the centre for Schlupp to fire home.
However, this lead only lasted for 6 minutes as the City defence went AWOL. A ball into the six yard area was nodded down by Jutkiewicz and Kightly stabbed it past Schmeichel with very little blue-shirted resistance.
Perhaps a little heady at scoring their first goal in over ten hours Burnley then let City back in to regain the lead before halftime.
In the 41st minute a Vardy cross from the left was deflected up off the leg of a Clarets defender into the path of Mahrez who nodded home at the far post.
Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014
City struggled to impose themselves on the visitors in the second half, and Sean Dyche’s men created a couple of chances.
Jutkiewicz went close with a header, and then Schmeichel had to be very alert to charge out of his area and beat Sordell to a through ball.
Pearson shffled his pack, bringing Nugent, Knockaert and James on for Ulloa, Mahrez and Hammond, but still City were unable to take charge.
Vardy was denied a couple of times when he looked set to burst through the middle, and then Heaton produced a great save to deny Moore after he got a firm header to a Knockaert flag kick.
After lengthy treatment for Trippier who had to be stetchered off, the game entered a sixth minute of time-added on when a James foul earned Burnley a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014
Wallace appeared to be offered a good portion of the goal by Schmeichel’s position and he duly took it, sending his free-kick over the wall and into the net.
One last rally by City came to nought and they had to settle for a point when three had looked to be there for the taking.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 78), Vardy, Schlupp, Moore, Ulloa (Nugent 63), Mahrez (Knockaert 72). Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Wood.
GOALS: Schlupp 33, Mahrez 41 
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Keane 86), Shackell, Duff, Mee, Kightly (Wallace 78), Arfield, Boyd (Sordell 67), Ward, Barnes, Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Lafferty, Long, Hewitt.
GOALS: Kightly 39, Wallace 90 
Referee: Philip Dowd. Attendance: 31,448.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester Defeated by Soaring Eagles

Crystal Palace 2:0 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,

After last week’s heroics, City never really turned up at Selhurst Park, beaten by two headers from set-pieces soon after the break…

Nigel Pearson stuck with the same side that humbled United, but they came up against a very well drilled Warnock defence that meant that chances were few and far between.

The first real chance of the game came in the 13th minute, when an Ulloa header set Vardy up. His first touch took the keeper out of the equation but three defenders raced to block the City striker’s shot. The rebound fell to Nugent but his attempted curler beat the far post.
In a very tight encounter both sides were reduced to long-range efforts Jedinak and, at the other end, Nugent both failing to trouble the keepers.
It was Palace who began to apply some pressure towards the break, the nearest they got to an opener was when Cambiasso had to block a Jedinak effort on the line.
Schmeichel then had his palms stung by a vicious Puncheon 30 yarder.
Cambiasso set Vardy up with a chance just before half-time, but he missed the target and 0-0 was a fair enough scoreline at the break.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,

Although City had the first chance in the second half,  Nugent having a shot blocked by Ward, the game soon swung dramatically in favour of the Eagles.

In the 51st minute. Dann rose above the City defence to nod on a corner, and summer-target Campbell touched it past Schmeichel from close in.
Three minutes later another ball was delivered from the left after Morgan fouled Bolasie. Jedinak met Puncheon’s free-kick, heading across Schmeichel and in at the far post.

For a City side that looked out of sorts, with passes going astray and a long ball tactic that was gobbled up by the giants in Palace’s defence, the game already looked out of their reach.

With half an hour remaining, Simpson replaced De Laet and Mahrez came on for Cambiasso, but still City struggled to make any impression on the red and blue wall. James also came on for Hammond but City were being kept easily at bay.
When Vardy didn’t get a penalty after being shoved in the back by Ward we knew that the game was up.
Simpson had a good effort blocked, but City were never able to create any real pressure late on and succumbed to their second defeat of the season.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,
Gary Lineker summed it up with his: “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” comment on Match of the Day.
We knew there would be days like these, and to suffer one and still be in the top half means that we aren’t doing too bad.
Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Bolasie (Guedioura 90), Campbell (Chamakh 73), Jedinak, McArthur, Delaney, Ledley, Kelly, Puncheon. Subs Not Used: Mariappa, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Simpson 64), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Hammond (Jamies 71), Cambiasso (Mahrez 64), Drinkwater, Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Schlupp.
Referee: Keith Stroud. Attendance: 24,311.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester storm to victory over Manchester United

Leicester City 5:3 Manchester United
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

City became the first team in Premier League history to defeat Manchester United after trailing by two goals, at the KPS on Sunday. A rampant second half display blowing United away…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the line-up that won at Stoke, with Schmeichel, Cambiasso, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing Hamer, Mahrez, King and Schlupp.
City had plenty of firepower with Ulloa, Vardy and Nugent in the side and clearly planned to go on the offensive but after a bright opening spell they suffered a setback in the 13th minute.
A slick United move had already seen Di Maria thread Van Persie through on goal, but Schmeichel saved the Dutchman’s effort; but he couldn’t deny him two minutes later. Falcao beat De Laet down the left and delivered a far post cross for Van Persie to nod home.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

Three minutes later it looked as though the afternoon might turn sour when United went further ahead. Di Maria exchanged passes with Rooney before producing a sublime chipped finish over Schmeichel and into the net.
But City weren’t cowed and struck back soon afterwards, the sheer persistence of Vardy seeing him cross from the goal-line on the right. Ulloa was waiting at the far post  to plant a header past De Gea to put his side back in the game.
Blind forced a save from Schmeichel and Di Maria screwed an effort wide when well-placed, but City made it to the half way point just a goal behind and with plenty of hope.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
However, it was all United after the break, Falcao rattling the crossbar after being set up by Rooney.
The visitors then restored their two-goal lead in the 57th minute when Herrera applied a deft touch to a Di Maria shot to leave Schmeichel stranded.
City now had a huge task ahead of them to get anything from the game, but they did that, and more.
The incredible fightback began in the 62nd minute…
Vardy raced down the left and put in a robust challenge on Rafael, robbing him of possession. Rafael then nudged him in the back in the area and referee Clattenburg pointed to the spot.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.
Two minutes later the KPS was (literally, in parts) rocking as Cambiasso slotted in the equaliser after seizing on a loose ball from a blocked Hammond shot.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

It was all City now and De Laet set up King, on for Cambiasso, for a shot that flew narrowly wide.
In the 79th minute De Laet robbed Mata on the halfway line and played a perfect ball for Vardy, who raced in on goal before giving De Gea no chance with a smart finish for a goal that his incredible performance had deserved.
Vardy still wasn’t finished and beat Blackett down the right before a clumsy challenge in the area from the United defender earned him a red card. With Nugent off the field, Ulloa stepped up and did just as good a job from the spot to put the game beyond a bewildered looking United.

After more manic celebrations many City fans were taking photos of the big screens, unable to believe the 5-3 scoreline.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
This was the fifth game of City’s ‘tough start’. They have 8 points and lie 7th in the Premier League…

Nigel Pearson commented on one of City’s greatest ever performances:

“For us to win away at Stoke and then follow it up by beating one of the major forces in British football is very satisfying. When you add into that coming from 3-1 behind, it is testament not just to our quality, but also the spirit and self-belief.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Cambiasso (King 71), Vardy (Schlupp 85), Nugent (James 75), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Blackett, Evans (Smalling 30), Blind, Herrera, Di Maria (Mata 76), Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao (Januzaj 71). Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Shaw, Valencia, Fletcher.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,784.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester Rule at the Britannia

Stoke City 0:1 Leicester City
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
City’s first win of the season arrived on Saturday thanks to a second half Ulloa goal at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke…Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that drew with Arsenal, and that was enforced, with Schmiechel picking up a knee injury while playing for Denmark, Ben Hamer made his League debut.

Stoke had the better of the opening spell and Nzonzi made impressive progress down the middle before sending his shot wide.
In the 17th minute Crouch should have done better with a glancing header from a Moses corner that missed the target from 10 yards.
Walters was next to threaten for the Potters, but didn’t connect with his shot allowing Hamer a comfortable save.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,

In a rare chance for City King sent a long-range effort narrowly wide, but Stoke were soon threatening again and Crouch sent an acrobatic volley just over the right hand angle.
Further chances for Shawcross and N’Zonzi were thwarted and City were probably more relieved to hear the half time whistle than their hosts.

Nigel Pearson had a reshuffle at the break and Drinkwater and Cambiasso emerged from the tunnel for the second half, replacing Mahrez and King.
Although Moses wasted a good early chance for Stoke, blazing over when well-placed, it was a much improved Leicester performance, with Cambiasso the  architect of some great moves.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
And it was the visitors who delighted their followers with a 65th minute opener.
Ulloa retained the ball in a crowded situation and fed it to Konchesky down the left, his low cross reached Ulloa at the far post, and he somehow reached back to the ball a yard behind him and clipped it into the net.
City had 25 minutes to hold on to a precious lead, and that is what they did.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
De Laet blocked a N’Zonzi’s shot, before Hammond almost made it 2-0 with a low 20 yarder that went two inches wide of the left hand upright.
Hammond then couldn’t quite direct his header from a beautifully delivered Cambiasso free-kick.
A great run from Moore, ended with Ulloa sending De Laet in on goal but he couldn’t keep his shot down.
As Stoke grew more desperate the pressure ramped up and Hamer  twice preserved City’s lead – parrying a fierce Diouf shot and then blocking a point blank effort from the same player during a late scramble.
City were not to be denied their first Premier League win since May 2004 however, and this well-fought victory saw them reach the top half of the table.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters (Muniesa 84), Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses, Bojan (Diouf 74), Walters (Assaidi 82), Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Adam.
Leicester: Hamer, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Drinkwater 46), Hammond, King (Cambiasso 46), Schlupp (Vardy 76), Ulloa, Nugent. Subs: Smith, Wasilewski, Knockaert, Wood.Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 27,500.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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