Leicester claim League title at the Reebok

Bolton Wanderers 0:1 Leicester City

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,

Leicester City claimed the Championship title with two games remaining thanks to a win at Bolton on Tuesday night.  Substitute Lloyd Dyer’s 63rd minute rocket was the only goal of the game…

Nigel Pearson brought Konchesky and James in for Schlupp and Hammond and City started the game in determined fashion. Mahrez caused the home side some problems leading to narrowly off-target efforts from King and Knockaert.
Mahrez then had a go himself and almost caught Bogdan out in the Trotters’ goal.
After Nugent headed another Mahrez cross wide, the game entered a calmer spell, with only a long range effort from Drinkwater seriously testing Bogdan up to the break.

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,
Dougie Freedman introduced Beckford for the second half, but it was Nigel Pearson’s 56th minute reshuffle that changed the game.  With Wood and Dyer on for King and Mahrez, City had to weather one off target effort from Jutkiewicz, before they took a 63rd minute lead.
Cutting in from the left Dyer fired home a fantastic right-footer that gave Bogdan no chance and got the party started.

Bolton rarely threatened after that, and although Knockaert and Wood were denied by Bogdan, a single goal proved to be enough.

Leicester were now out of Burnley’s reach and were crowned worthy League Champions, coming top of this division for the first time in 34 years.
All that was left to do was crack open the champagne and celebrate with their ecstatic 2,300 followers…

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 22 April 2014,

Bolton: Bogdan, White (Beckford 46), Wheater, Mills, Knight, Ream, Spearing, Trotter, Lee, Hall (Kellett 71), Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Threlkeld, Robinson, Lester, Iliev.
Leicester: Schmeichel De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Koncheksy, King (Wood 56), Drinkwater, James, Mahrez (Dyer 56), Knockaert (Hammond 80), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Phillips

Referee: David Webb. Attendance: 16,569.

All photos: Simon Kimber

You can catch up on this promotion season and receive a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints….

You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187, FOX 188 and FOX 189…

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the promotion special issue coming out at the end of the season…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

 

 

 

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Leicester beat QPR and close in on the title

Leicester City  1:0 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

City are one win away from the Championship title after a keenly contested 1-0 victory against QPR at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his starting line-up with Knoackaert and King back in, and City got off to their customary attacking start, though Mahrez two early efforts were both blocked.
Knockaert sent a couple of chances skidding wide of the right hand post, before Schmeichel was tested by shots from Maiga and Kranjcar.
After that the game was becalmed for a long spell. apart from a hectic goalmouth scramble which saw Schmeichel deny Kranjcar before De Laet finally managed to clear.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Assou-Ekotto then escaped with a yellow for a lunge on Mahrez, before City’s best chance of the half just before the break.
Knoackaert and King seized on a Henry error in defence but the Welsh midfielder’s low angled drive was cleared off the line by  Onuoha.
Mahrez’s follow up shot flashed across the goal line.
In the last action of the half Kranjcar then opted to pass when well placed for a shot and the teams went in goalless.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

The opening spell had few chances but some increasingly tasty challenges and Nigel Pearson decided to shuffle his pack in the 67th minute, Dyet and James coming on for Knockaert and Hammond.
City instantly went ahead after a great move down the right. Nugent, Mahrez and Drinkwater combined beautifully leading to Nugent bearing down on goal and firing a low shot past Green for his 21st goal of the season.
Moore then came on for the injured Schlupp, but QPR’s threat was diminished when Assou-Ekotto picked up a  second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on King.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Green saved well from Mahrez at the near post, and the French-Algerian also looked to have been tripped in the penalty area, but City didn;t need the second goal and victory put them within touching distance of the title.
Nigel Pearson observed: “It’s nice to be able to produce a season in which we have fulfilled our potential.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 67), King, Schlupp (Moore 77), Knockaert (Dyer 67), Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent.Subs Not Used: Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Phillips, Wood.
QPR: Green, Simpson, Suk-Young, Onuoha, Hughes, Kranjcar (Morrison 82), Henry, Benayoun (Wright-Phillips 46), O’Neil, Assou-Ekotto, Maiga (Zamora 71). Subs Not Used: Dunne, Keane, Murphy, Donaldson.

Referee: Scott Duncan. Attendance: 27,386.

All photos: Simon Kimber

You can catch up on this promotion season and receive a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints….

You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187, FOX 188 and FOX 189…

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the promotion special issue coming out at the end of the season…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

 

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Leicester earn a point at Reading

Reading 1:1 Leicester City Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, City had to settle for a point at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night with a fine goal from Danny Drinkwater cancelling out Pearce’s early opener… Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side with Vardy returning from injury along with De Laet, Schlupp, Dyer and Hammond. The home side had the best of the opening spell with Pogrebnyak having an effort blocked by Wasilewski and Gunter firing over his hurried follow-up. City did have the ball in the net after ten minutes, when Schlupp’s low cross from the left when turned in by Vardy, but his position inside the six yard box was slightly offside. Instead it was Reading who took the lead soon afterwards when Pearce headed an Obita free-kick beyond Schmeichel’s reach and into the bottom right hand corner. It was almost 2-0 just before the half hour when Schmeichel and Wasilewski both threw themselves at a McAnuff shot from close in and managed to block. Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, Two minutes later City struck back with a bolt out of the blue.  Drinkwater received a ball from Hammond and flipped it up before half volleying a cracking drive from 30 yards that left McCarthy motionless in the Royals’ goal. City then came agonisingly close to going in at half time with the lead, but Morgan couldn’t direct his free header from a Mahrez corner downwards and it sailed over the bar. Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, Early in the second half Nugent sent a shot narrowly over the bar; while at the other end Pogrebnyak sent his header against the post. McCarthy then denied Drinkwater from close range as City started to take a hold of the game. Morgan then put another header over and a period of sustained pressure from a series of corners failed to produce a second goal. With Wood on for Vardy and Taylor-Fletcher replacing Nugent City continued to press forward. Then substitute Leigertwood picked up his second yellow in a short appearance for a foul on Mahrez, and from then Reading were content to defend their point. Drinkwater sent another low shot narrowly wide in time added on, but City had to settle for being a point closer to the title. Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Bridge, Pearce, Morrison, Hector, Williams (Leigertwood 61), Obita (Robson-Kanu 74), McCleary (Drenthe 84), McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs Not Used: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, Le Fondre. Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (King 72), Vardy (Wood 65), Dyer, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent (Taylor Fletcher 80). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Moore, Knockaert, Logan. Referee: S Hooper. Attendance: 20,072.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Seagulls pop Leicester’s party balloon

Leicester City 1:4 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

A near full-house at the KPS were denied a promotion party as Brighton stunned City ending a 21 game unbeaten run with a 4-1 defeat…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Phillips, Moore, Konchesky and King in the starting line-up, but City didn’t look right from the kick-off.
Brighton applied the early pressure and were worthy of their 17th minute lead. Slack defensive work allowed Ward the time and space to nod in the opener from close range.
Things got worse 7 minutes later when Ward crossed for Lingard to head past Schmeichel and silence the large crowd, who were already contemplating a rare defeat.
Ulloa then went close for the visitors and Lualua forced Schmeichel into a good save, before City rallied a little before the break.
But Drinkwater had a shot blocked and King headed over leaving City trailing by two goals as they went into the tunnel.

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

The second half saw Wood and Dyer on for Phillips and Knockaert and Wood almost pulled a goal back when latched on to a Moore throw from the right, but sent his shot against the post.
Brighton were still looking dangerous though, and Wasilewski cleared a Stephens shot off the line.
City were still struggling to get any fluency in their game and any chances they did create were wasted. King sent a free-kick too close to Kuszczak, and Drinkwater sent the sort of chance he usually gobbles up, sailing into the Kop.
It was Brighton who got the all important third goal, and the game was up.
Ulloa, sent through by Stephens, beat the onrushing Schmeichel to the ball, which ended up nestling in the back of City’s net.

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

And when Ulloa made it 4-0 with ten minutes to go there was an exodus towards the exits.
Those that remained did manage to lift the atmosphere a bit and were eventually rewarded with a goal from substitute Taylor-Fletcher after a good run and cross from Dyer.
In a season of many highs it was a hugely disappointing night, but one that the players must swiftly shrug off as they pursue the title.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Mahrez (Taylor-Fletcher 74), King, Drinkwater, Knockaert (Dyer 46), Nugent, Phillips (Wood 46). Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Miquel, Logan.
Brighton: Kuszczak, Greer, Andrews, Stephens, Calderon, Ward, Ulloa, Upson, LuaLua (Lopez 88), March (Forster-Caskey 82), Lingard (Mackail-Smith 87). Subs Not Used: Dunk, Chicksen, Ankergren, Forster-Caskey, Ince.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 29,722.

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FOX 189 – Leicester City fanzine in the shops and on sale tonight

FOX 189 – the April edition of the Leicester City fanzine is in the shops and will be on sale at City’s promotion-celebrating game against Brighton tonight…

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FOX 189 features: an interview with Mike Whitlow looking back on his time in at City under Brian Little, Mark McGhee and Martin O’Neill;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 2003-03; Fox Diary – no defeats to report; Mark Mellor reports on the City fans’ trip to Anderlecht; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind features Micky Adams – the last man to lead City in the Premier League; Foxed in the Head in on the buses; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson looks at Jock Wallace’s departure in The Managers; your letters, Facebook and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots – our favourite photos from the last month; and FortySomething is waiting for the maths….

all for £2…

Mike Whitlow Interview Extract…

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FOX: Do you remember much about the Blackburn Play-Off Final?

MW: Yes, Steve bloody Walsh gave a penalty away and David Speedie dived and they scored. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life!

Kenny Dalglish was a legend and he did a good job with that team.
With all those Play-Off Finals and the League Cup there is always one vivid little bit that you will remember out of the whole day.

The Swindon game was the moment they got that penalty and I hammer Pooley for this because he still says he never touched him. I tell him, “You nearly knocked his ruddy head off, like Carl Froch!” “I never touched him!”

There was also the Claridge Shin against Crystal Palace. He still swears it didn’t go in off his shin.

And Paul Williams missing that header on the line in the Derby game. Out of all that game you remember one little bit.

FOX: Did you know you were the only player who appeared in all City’s play-off semis and finals, twelve games in all?

MW: No? That’s good. Simon Grayson must have been close too then.

FOX: After the final whistle against Swindon when you had done so well to come back from 3-0 down and then still lost the camera picked you out and you looked fairly traumatised…

MW: I was absolutely gutted, because we were dead and buried at one point. Let’s be fair, Glen Hoddle was incredible in the first half. He was pinging it everywhere, 40 yards, on a sixpence. The deservedly ripped us to shreds, if we are truthful.
But we came out for the second half with the attitude of ‘Yes, COME ON!’

We came right back in it, and then Steve Thompson got the equaliser. Then the big ball comes in over the top and they get a penalty. If someone had whacked it in the top corner then you’d have to say fair play. But to go down to another penalty like that was gutting. There wasn’t much between the teams that day, but another opportunity to get into the Premiership was missed. They grabbed it and we didn’t.

That’s why I am absolutely made up for Nigel Pearson at the moment, because he was getting some stick last year and he didn’t deserve it.  He’s a bloody nice bloke, he was at Sheffield Wednesday that week we went up there for that trial. He’s an honest, hard working bloke. Give him the pat on the back he deserves, because what he has done this year has been fantastic.

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Leicester see off Owls’ stiff resistance

Leicester City 2:1 Sheffield Wednesday

Leicester v Sheff weds, Sky Bet Championship, 4 April 2014,

City came within touching distance of promotion, beating a spirited Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to the side that drew at Wigan with Wasilewski,  Schlupp, James, Drinkwater and Mahrez all back in the side.
And City got off to a great start, going ahead in the 10th minute.
Wood sent Mahrez in down the right, and he cut in left before curling a precise shot beyond the reach of Kirkland.
Despite City being in charge of the first half, and changes for Knockaert, Nugent and Wasilewski coming and going, the Owls hit back with a 37th minute equaliser.
Antonio cut in from the left before firing in a hard and low shot which Schmeichel got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Palmer then took a yellow for the team crashing into Mahrez on the halfway line when a beautiful touch looked to have sent him clear.

Leicester v Sheff weds, Sky Bet Championship, 4 April 2014,

City kept pushing forward after the break, and their efforts were rewarded on the hour. Mahrez was brought down 20 yards out and Knockaert delivered a perfect free-kick into the top left hand corner to restore the lead.
Nugent then went close with a fierce drive, but City couldn’t add to the scoreline and had to be wary of the occasional threat from Wednesday.
During the six minutes of time added on there was a frantic scramble in City’s goalmouth which saw efforts from Lee, Best and Antonio blocked by Schmeichel, Wasilewski and Morgan all within three seconds.
But City survived that to take the points, in their 21st consecutive unbeaten game.
Depending on Saturday’s results they might already have done enough to be promoted to the Premier League…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Schlupp, Knockaert (Dyer 90), Mahrez (Hammond 79), Wasilewski, Nugent, Wood (Taylor-Fletcher 59). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Phillips.  
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Antonio, Onyewu (Llera 46), Maguire, Mattock, Lee, Palmer, Lavery (Nuhiu 72), Loovens (Coke 57), Best. Subs Not Used: Johnson, Helan, Martinez, Afobe.

Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 26,103.

All photos: Simon Kimber

 

You can catch up on this promotion season and receive a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints….

You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187, FOX 188 and FOX 189…

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the promotion special issue coming out at the end of the season…

xmas 13 a

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

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Back in the Premier League – AT LAST!

And with six games left to play. 
What a fantastic effort from our owners, manager, coaches and players this season… 

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And the fans were brilliant as usual.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea… here we come.

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