Monthly Archives: August 2009

Heaven’s Gate

I don’t know about you, but the more Filbert Street fades into the past, the more I miss it.
Here is a photo of the turnstile block on Filbert Street. Built in the 1920’s It was described as ‘classical’ and ‘distinctive’ by Simon Inglis in his ‘Football Grounds of Britain’.


Sadly it had to make way for the Carling Stand in 1993 (which in turn didn’t make its tenth birthday) but rumours persist that it may have been preserved and lies in a builder’s yard somewhere. If this is true it would be nice to see it make a comeback, like the Statue of Liberty did.
I will always remember craning my neck to the right whenever I was on the bus into town to catch that briefest glimpse of  ‘Leicester City Football Club’ picked out in blue on white.

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Best Advert Ever…

Adverts don’t usually get football fans right at all, but this Aviva Insurance ad featuring Plymouth Argyle fans travelling to Newcastle is wonderful in every way.  “Newcastle away today, I mean that’s a long old poke annit?”

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Paul Whitehouse’s Green Army driver is right up there with any of his creations. If we all promise to take out Aviva insurance do you think they would do an ad for each club in the Championship?


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Dickov to Rams

Paul Dickov is set to move to Derby County on loan until January.


The arrivals of Yann Kermorgant and Paul Gallagher have put Dickov further down the pecking order of forwards, and the Rams currently have a striker crisis. Dickov has not featured a great deal for City since he re-signed for the club at the start of the 2007-08 season.
The Scottish international will not be permitted to face City when the two clubs meet at Filbert Way in October.

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Fox Covers: Getting Shirty

This is FOX 76 from February 1998…

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The Martin O’Neill Era was in full swing. In next to no time City had got promoted to the Premier League, won the League Cup, played in Europe, and beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford. One by one the glory-hunting Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool shirts at school and on the park were being replaced by royal blue Fox Leisure shirts. It seemed as if the overwhelming tide had turned…  This cartoon, by Russ Carvell, was no exaggeration.


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What a Wonderful World…

Here is the Leicester City page from FKS’s ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars – 1968-69’ album.
It features: Willie Bell, Allan Clarke, Graham Cross, Dave Gibson, Len Glover, David Nish, Bobby Roberts, Peter Rodrigues, Peter Shilton, John Sjoberg, Mike Stringfellow, Bobby Svarc, Tom Sweenie, Alan Tewley and Alan Woollett.
Sadly there wasn’t a Rodney Fern sticker so he had to sign in the blank space, top left.

68-69 fks

This was the first nationally available collection by FKS and if you remember buying the packets from the newsagents then bad news – you are nearly 50.

For five points, which of these players appears in a ‘Half Man Half Biscuit’ lyric?


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Preston Dump City Out of League Cup

Preston North End 2:1 Leicester City

City failed to build on a good start and crashed out of the League Cup at Preston…

City were beaten for the first time this season in a League Cup 2nd Round tie at Deepdale on Tuesday night.
Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side, with Morrison, Powell and (for the first time this season) Tunchev starting in defence and Adams and King replacing Dyer and Wellens in midfield.
But this re-jigged City side got off to a great start, when Adams got on the end of a N’Guessan cross to give City a 6th minute lead.
Sadly for City this lead only lasted 8 minutes as a Brown shot took a big deflection off a City defender, leaving Weale stranded.
The rest of the half saw an entertaining, end to end game. Weale pulled off good saves from Brown and Nolan, while at the other end Morrison had a header cleared off the line and Fryatt went close with a shot.   
The second half was more one-sided with City doing most of the defending.
Weale made a another good save from Sedgwick, but could do nothing to prevent Brown nodding home a Nolan cross in the 65th minute.
Nigel Pearson introduced Dyer, Dickov and new boy Kermorgant to try and get City back in the game, but Preston remained in charge.  
Fryatt went close, and Weale came up for a late corner, but City couldn’t find a way through and are out of the League Cup for another year.

Preston: Lonergan, Hart, St Ledger, Chilvers, Nolan, Sedgwick, Shumulikoski, Carter (Chaplow 78), Parry, Brown, Elliott (Mellor 78). Subs Not Used: Henderson, Davidson, Jones, Wallace, Parkin. 
Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Morrison, Tunchev, Powell, N’Guessan (Dyer 75), Oakley (Dickov 79), King, Adams, Fryatt, Gallagher (Kermorgant 79). Subs Not Used: Logan, Gradel, O’Neill, Hobbs.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorks). Attendance: 6,977.

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Great Start Continues for City…

Leicester City 1:0 Barnsley


City overcame a stubborn Barnsley side at Filbert Way on Saturday afternoon, another goal from Matty Fryatt earning the three points.

New signing Paul Gallagher replaced the injured Steve Howard and Lloyd Dyer was in for Nicky Adams.
A tight and fairly uneventful first half unfolded. Dyer beat two defenders before sending a shot wide and Fryatt was denied by Tykes’ keeper Steele. At the other end Weale had one decent save to make from Deveaney but the sides went in at the break goalless.

There was a very moving tribute from Keith Weller’s family at half time when they made an appearance with Alan Birchenall, thanking the City supporters for their messages sent to Keith during his battle with cancer.

City emerged for the second half looking mor ebusiness-like and within eight minutes they were a goal up.
Wellens chipped a ball forward for Fryatt who plucked it out of the air with some brilliant control before firing it past Steele and into the net for his third goal of the season. Kasabian’s ‘I’m on Fire’ replaced the Fratellis ‘Chelsea Dagger’ as the apparently obligatory ‘goal celebration music’ to some very confused looks from those who like that sort of thing.
City almost stretched their lead soon after when a Hobbs header found the side-netting.
But Barnsley refused to lie down and racked up several chances. Most of their shots flew high over the bar, but a couple of efforts were two close for comfort.
Gallagher’s only real chance of th eafternoon saw him latch on to a ball from Wellens but his shot was tippe dover by Steele. N’Guessan also had Steele leaping across his goal to make another fine save.
There were a few nervous moments late on but Campbell-Ryce had a chance to equalised blocked.

This was a narrow victory for City, but the three points saw them in sixth place at the end of the day.

Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Brown, Hobbs, Berner, N’Guessan, Wellens, Oakley, Dyer (Adams 65), Fryatt (Dickov 87), Gallagher (King 81). Subs Not Used: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, Gradel.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell (Kozluk 22), Foster, Moore, El Haimour, Devaney (Hammill 72), De Silva, Hallfredsson, Campbell-Ryce, Hume (Macken 72), Gray. Subs Not Used: Preece, Odejayi, Butterfield, Potter.

Referee: Andy Penn (West Midlands). Attendance: 21,799.

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City Sign Paul Gallagher

City completed the signing of Paul Gallagher today for an undisclosed fee.
The Glasgow-born, but Blackburn-raised, striker joined Blackburn in 2002 but has spent most of his career out on loan. He has had two spells at Stoke and also played at Plymouth and Preston. 


The 25 year-old’s roving days may be over as he has now signed a three-year deal with City.
With City’s current striker crisis he should make an appearance against Barnsley on Saturday.

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Yann Kermorgant to Sign for City

As usual Nigel Pearson isn’t giving too much away: “We are currently discussing one or two options in regard to him and we will see where that takes us. We are always working at additions to the squad so we will see what happens.”
But it appears that Yann Kermorgant is on the verge of signing a deal with City.
With DJ Campbell on his way out of the club and Steve Howard and Martyn Waghorn both suffering hamstring injuries at Bramall lane on Tuesday night City are desperately short of striking options.
27 year old Kermorgant has been training with City and scored in the reserves 4-1 over Sheffield United in the week. Reserve team manager Gerry Taggart was impressed: “I think he showed with his quality finish and his all-round play that he is a class act. He has a great range of passing and is strong in the air as well. He is a good player.”

Brittany-born Kermorgant is currently a free-agent having most recently played for Stade Reims, and is recovering from an injury which would make it unlikely that he would be fully match fit for a few weeks.

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Four Lions

Soon after Don Revie took over the England job in 1974 he organised a get-together of 85 England hopefuls in a Manchester hotel telling them: “Nobody is really out of the reckoning and there will probably be additions to the squad.”
Representing Leicester City were Keith Weller, Steve Whitworth, Peter Shilton and Frank Worthington… photographed here at Belvoir Drive.

12 9 74 KW SW PS FW Eng call up

 The full list of players was as follows:

Arsenal: A Ball, C George, P Storey; Birmingham City: T Francis, H Kendall; Burnley: P Fletcher, R Hankin, A Stevenson; Chelsea: C Garland, W Garner, J Hollins, S Kember; Coventry City: D Mortimer; Derby County: K Hector, R McFarland, D Nish, S Powell, C Todd; Everton: M Buckley, R Latchford, M Dobson; Ipswich Town: K Beattie, D Johnson, M Mills, T Whymark; Leeds United: A Clarke, N Hunter, P Madeley, D McKenzie; Leicester City: P Shilton, K Weller, S Whitworth, F Worthington; Liverpool: R Clemence, E Hughes, K Keegan, R Kennedy, A Lindsay, P Thompson; Manchester City: C Bell, M Horswill, D Tueart, R Marsh; Middlesbrough: D Armstrong, D Mills, W Maddren; Newcastle United: M Burns, T Hibbitt, A Kennedy, M Macdonald, T McDermott, J Tudor; Queens Park Rangers: S Bowles, G Francis, I Gillard, P Parkes, D Thomas, J Beck; Sheffield United: T Currie; Stoke City: J Greenhoff, A Hudson, M Pejic, G Salmons; Tottenham Hotspur: M Peters, S Perryman; West Ham United: M Day, B Bonds, T Brooking, K Lock, J McDowell, G Paddon, T Taylor; Wolverhampton Wanderers: S Daley, B Powell, G Palmer, J Richards, A Sunderland; Aston Villa: J Gidman; Manchester United: B Greenhoff, S Pearson; Nottingham Forest: J Robertson; Southampton: M Channon; Sunderland: D Watson; West Bromwich Albion: L Cantello; Crystal Palace: P Taylor…

This list inspires several thoughts… there is not one single black player named… what was the thoroughly Scottish John Robertson doing there?.. and note that all the teams listed after Wolves are outside the top flight – including Manchester United… and if Fabio Capello wanted to gather 85 Englishmen together in similar fashion would he actually be able to find that many?

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