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Having it Large

This 1969 issue of The Football League Review features Frank Large on the cover, wearing the shirts from each of his league clubs.
It was unusual for a player to turn out for so many teams back then, though these days it is pretty common with the loan system used to full effect (Trevor Benjamin has clocked up twice as many clubs).

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Frank’s shirts are: Halifax Town, QPR, Northampton, Swindon, Carlisle, Oldham, Northampton, Leicester, Fulham, Northampton, and after this photo Frank moved to Chesterfield.
Frank was only at Filbert Street between November 1967 and June 1968 but he left a big impression with his bravery, his wholehearted performances and his goals, scoring 11 times in 32 appearances.  Especially memorable were his two goals in a dramatic 4-3 FA Cup victory over Manchester City at Filbert Street.
The big striker left City as part of the deal that brought Allan Clarke to Leicester and he was missed in a season that ended in relegation.
At the end of his much travelled career Frank retired to Ireland and sadly passed away in 2003 aged just 63.


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Dyer Goal Settles Riverside Encounter

Middlesbrough 0:1 Leicester City

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City bounced back from their home defeat to Preston with a victory at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night… 

Nigel Pearson changed nearly half his side for this long midweek trip: Morrison replaced Neilson at right back; Hobbs returned for the injured Tunchev in central defence; , King replaced tonsilitis victom Wellens in midfield; Dyer took N’Guessan’s place; and Kermorgant made his full debut replacing Howard up front.

A poor first half unfolded in front of the Riverside’s lowest ever gate, with few chances for either side.
Johnson got round the City defence early on and forced a save from Weale, and Brown blocked O’Neill’s follow up effort.
An Arca free-kick from a decent position saile dharmlessly over.
City’s best chance of the half fell to Kermorgant whose hurried shot went wide.
The half time whistle was greeted by boos and a worrying number of  limping City players making for the tunnel – Gallagher, King and especially Fryatt.
The second half brought more of the same uninspired fare and both managers brought on two subs around the hour mark – Pearson replacing his front pairing with Waghorn and Howard. Lita and Yeates came on for Boro, prompting the feeling that either the player we had on loan or the player who turned us down would be bound to score against us.
But they didn’t, despite Boro enjoying a much more lively attacking spell. Wheater sent a header too close to Weale when well placed; Johnson wasted a good chance with a badly taken free-kick and Weale produced a fantastic save to deny St Ledger from close in.
Just when it looked as though City would surely succumb to the pressure they had a great chance of their own. Jones failed to hold on to an Oakley free-kick and Hobbs sent the rebound against the post. 
A minute later, with seven minutes remaining, they had another chance and they took it. Oakley went on a good run and squared for Dyer to produce a neat finish.
700 City fans went wild at this rather unexpected turn of events and were soon in full voice advising Gareth Southgate that he would be: “Sacked in the morning!”
City survived five minutes of time added on and two late scares with Weale again pulling off a great save from Yeates before Wheater sent another effort wide when it looked easier to score.
It may not have been a great game, but it was a great result for Nigel Pearson’s side.

Boro: Jones, St Ledger, McMahon, Wheater, Williams, Bennett (Digard 86), Johnson, Arca (Yeates 62), O’Neil, Aliadiere, Emnes (Lita 62). Subs Not Used: Coyne, Hines, Grounds, Franks.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Oakley, Gallagher (Adams 71), Fryatt (Howard 61), Kermorgant (Waghorn 61). Subs Not Used: Logan, N’Guessan, Neilson, McGivern.

Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 18,577.

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Top Ten Moments at the Walkers…

We know we are guilty of mourning Filbert Street’s passing on here, so let’s have Ten Great Moments since the move from Filbert Street to Filbert Way…

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1.  10/8/02 – Opening Day – the first 30,000 plus crowd in many years, the excitement of being in our new home, and a great 2-0 win over Watford thanks to two goals from Brian Deane.

2. 14/12/02 – Despite Stevie Claridge’s first minute goal, City thrash Dennis Wise’s Millwall 4-1. 31,904 City fans fill the ground, but away fans are banned.

3.  27/4/03 – Micky Adams and his side celebrate promotion to the Premiership after a 1-1 draw against Norwich City.


4. 15/9/03 – City stuff Leeds 4-0 and Lilian Nalis scores a magnificent opener, all in front of the Sky cameras.

5. 8/11/04 – Craig Levein’s first home game in charge brings a 3-0 win over neighbours Coventry with goals from Nalis, Tiatto and Heath.

6. 26/11/2005 – An otherwise drab season is lit up by a fine 4-2 win over Sheffield United, Hume (2), Smith and Hammond finding the net.

7. 4/3/06 – City win a thriller against Hull 3-2, with Joey Gudjonsson scoring from the half way line.


8. 25/8/07 – It all clicks together for Martin Allen’s side as they beat Watford 4-1, with goals from Hume, Campbell, Sheehan and De Vries. 

9. 13/4/09 – Steve Howard’s late header against Leeds brings a 1-0 win and huge step towards the League One title.

10. 24/4/09 – Nigel Pearson’s side are presented with the League One trophy after a 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe, bouncing back from Division Three at the first attempt…


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From The FOX 162 – Oct/Nov 2008

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They say you never forget your first time, and mine went like this: Billy Bremner playing for Scotland against Brazil on the cover, Jairzinho in the background; an article by Bobby Moore; You are the Ref; colour action from the 1974 World Cup featuring Australia, Scotland, Holland, Zaire, DDR and Yugoslavia; stats on the previous nine finals; a tearful article by Bremner on Scotland’s exit; ‘Goal Lines’ – letters to the editor; ‘Football Funnies’ chosen by Stewart Houston of Manchester United; Kevin Keegan revealing how he was beaten up by officials at Belgrade airport, smashing some attractive Bulgarian pottery he had bought for his family; ’Focus On’ Paul Gilchrist of Southampton (Miscellaneous Likes – Motor racing, oil painting, music); ’Bob Wilson Was Wrong to Retire’ by Alan Ball; Spotlight on the 73-74 season; At Home With John Radford of Arsenal and his Dutch wife Engel; ’Rangers Can Win the title next Season’ by John Greig; and a grinning Colin Bell of Manchester City on the back page.
I was allowed one comic a week, for as long as I can remember. Disneyland was my first choice; then I graduated to the Beano, followed by Roy of the Rovers when I shifted schools and fell in with football fans. Then, in July 1974, while immersed in the West Germany ’74 World Cup, I considered myself man enough to change to Shoot! (incorporating ‘Goal’). I was instantly hooked. For just eight pence the gateway to the wonderful world of Soccer opened up and you were inside. You could read the innermost thoughts of regular columnists Kevin Keegan, Danny McGrain, Billy Bremner and Alan Ball. You could puzzle over the fiendish problems posed in ‘You are the Ref’. Realise there were people just like you all over the country when you read ’Ask the Expert’: “Which goalkeeper has the biggest pair of hands in the First Division?” “I pronounce John Mahoney’s name as ma-ho-ney, but my father says it is an Irish name and should be pronounced Mar-ney. Who is right?” You could study the lavish full colour photos of these gods in action. And best of all were those too rare occasions when a photo of a Leicester City player would be featured, immediately to be removed from the magazine and stuck on the bedroom wall with a blob of blu-tac in each corner. And then, but once a year, came that most thrilling of days when Leicester were the team group featured in the centre pages. Three rows of City players, in crisp white socks and shorts, and shirts in the shade of Royal Blue that they don’t seem to make any more; the Double Decker brooding in the background… perfect. It is difficult to explain now why a simple colour photo was so prized, but this was in the days when the programme was nearly all black and white, newspapers were entirely in monochrome and, unless your family was particularly well off, you only had a black and white TV. Those eight pages of colour in Shoot! were like an oasis in a grey desert. For six years my Shoot! collection grew and grew by the week, filling several boxes, until 1979 when my head was turned by an attractive newcomer called ‘Match Weekly’. I dropped Shoot! like a hoody drops a knife before a stop and search, and kicked it away into the gutter. Match had some fresh new ideas; it’s full colour was somehow fuller; and they seemed keen on Jock Wallace’s City side, often featuring them on their way to the Second Division title. Despite my defection, and having to share the market with Match, Shoot! still enjoyed good circulation figures. Although in a general downward trend, in 1996 they were still selling 120,000 copies a week despite a new wave of competitors such as 4-4-2, Match of the Day, 90 Minutes and Total Football.. By 2007 however, they were down to 33,000. After nearly forty years as a weekly magazine (first launching in the 1968-69 season) IPC made the drastic decision to re-launch as ‘Shoot Monthly’. This didn’t work out and the axe finally fell in June of this year. Sadly the modern version of Shoot! was a terrible effort that deserved to die. Aimed squarely at a marketing man’s idea of ‘kids’, the thoughtful articles, sense of the game’s history and sparing colour had been replaced with shrieking luminous graphics; ‘20 MEGA POSTERS’ and an invitation to deface a poster of Ruud Van Nistilrooy entitled ’Make Ruud Rotten!’ A magazine designed for a generation whose attention span can apparently be measured in milliseconds, it wasn’t worthy of carrying it’s predecessor’s name.
So I won’t be mourning the Shoot! that has recently died, but the one that used to be the best football magazine in the world. The one that would have me running up to the newsagents on a Saturday morning in eager anticipation. So Shoot!, I’m sorry I dropped you for Match and I regret that the kids of today will never know the simple pleasure we found from thumbing through the latest issue.


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Preston Breach City’s Fortress…

Leicester City 1:2 Preston North End

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Preston became the first side in over a year to take three points from Filbert Way on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Hobbs dropped in favour of Tunchev.
The first half saw play switching constantly from one end to the other, with neither side able to convert their chances.
Wellens fired a shot over the bar, while at the other end Preston carved up City’s defence with a fine passing move but an unmarked Chaplow slipped at the vital moment.
A superb turn from Fryatt saw him on on goal but he was denied by Lonergan, while Weale denied Brown with a fine save.
Gallagher and Oakley both sent shots over the bar before Preston took a 41st minute lead.
A mispalced clearance from Wellens put the ball back into the danger area and Preston neatly teed the ball up for Mellor whose low drive beat Weale to his left. 
The visitors almost doubled their lead before the break but Weale denied Mellor with a fine save.
City were second best for most of the second half. Preston passed well, were quicker to the ball and also knew how to play the ref, getting every decision their way.  City lost their shape and were disconnected up front.
N’Guessan became the latest City player to fire the ball a yard over the bar and then Berner sent a shot wide, but City found themselves two goals down in the 65th minute. From a City corner Preston broke swiftly upfield  and Mellor set Chaplow up to extend their lead.
Howard, N’Guessan and Wellens made way for Waghorn, Dyer and Kermorgant as City set about trying to rescue their proud home record, but it wasn’t to be, despite a late rally.
City finally found the net in the 90th minute when a Gallagher shot was blocked and Berner smashed home the rebound.
Any thoughts of an equaliser were dispelled when Neilson sent a woeful effort sailing over the bar and City’s attacking momentum was lost.
After more than a year without defeat this was a poor way to surrender the record with City out played, out thought and out fought.

Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Tunchev, Neilson, Gallagher, Oakley, N’Guessan (Waghorn 63), Wellens (Kermorgant 77), Fryatt, Howard (Dyer 62). Subs Not Used: King, Logan, Hobbs, Adams.
Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Chilvers, Collins, Nolan, Wallace, Shumulikoski, Chaplow, Sedgwick, Mellor, Brown. Subs Not Used: Carter, Henderson, Parkin, Elliott, Hart, Mawene,

 Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Attendance: 20,623.

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Free Kicks the David Pleat Way

A vintage cartoon from The FOX no 8 April 1990, by the talented Simon Smith, digitally recoloured and re-mastered for the internet age.
There was, at the time, a certain frustration with some of David Pleat’s over-elaborate free-kick routines which left the players looking confused and the scoreboard untroubled…

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The East Stand, Filbert Street

There was a lot of criticism about the East Stand at Filbert Street. It was the size of a bike shed. Well okay.
Compared to the Double Decker and Main Stand/Carling Stand it let the side down. Martin O’Neill always said that he would make potential new signings walk out of the tunnel backwards so that they didn’t see it before they had signed. But bear this in mind…pickaxe

It was built by one bloke with a pickaxe and another bloke with a wheelbarrow. So really it was quite some architectural achivement…

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