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City Triumph at Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 1:2 Leicester City

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City produced a superb performance at Loftus Road on Friday night, coming from behind to win 2-1, Matty Fryatt netting both the goals…

Nigel Pearson made two changes for the visit to in-form QPR, with Berner replacing McGivern at left back and N’Guessan in for Gallagher. 
There was a sense of deja vu as City lined up against blue and white hooped opposition for the second time in five days, and an entertaining, open, attacking encounter unfolded right from the kick off.
Play swung from one end to the other… Borrowdale found the side-netting with a shot on the turn; then Waghorn was inches away from connecting with a Fryatt cross from the right. Routledge broke clear, but sent his shot wide, while Waghorn had a chance saved by Rangers’ keeper Cerny.
In the 14th minute Waghorn then found the net but the celebrations were halted by the linesman’s flag. 
The end to end stuff continued and Weale brilliantly tipped away a Faurlin free-kick at full stretch. 
The breakthrough came for the home side in the 32nd minute, Taarabt and Simpson unzipping City’s backline with a neat passing move that ended with the Moroccan striker slotting home from 15 yards.
Moments later Taarabt almost doubled Rangers’ lead but his shot went narrowly wide.
Instead it was City who bounced back… Waghorn and Wellens combined well down the left, N’Guessan delivered a perfect cross from the left, and Fryatt nipped between two defenders to nod home from inside the six yard box.
City looked the stronger side after the break – Waghorn was again a split-second too late to reach an N’Guessan cross, and N’Guessan narrowly failed to nod in a Wellens cross at the far post.  
At the other end Buzsaky went close with a long range effort, but it was City who were next to trouble the scorers.
R’s keeper Cerny presented City with an absolute gift in the 64th minute. His weak clearance intended for Ramage was intercepted by Fryatt who raced towards goal. This was his third one-on-one on the keeper in five days, but this time he made no mistake clipping the ball past Cerny  and into the net right under the noses of a delighted travelling support.
Weale made a fine save from Routledge as QPR went in search of an equaliser. He got a cut above the eye for his pains and the time it took to bandage him up accounted for much of the 5 minutes that were added on. City weathered the home side’s pressure well and there were no real dramas. A late free-kick for the home side went straight into the wall and City had completed a hugely impressive points haul of 6 from two tricky looking away fixtures.
Nigel Pearson commented: “I’m sure Matty will be delighted to get two goals, but the bigger picture is about results. I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance. We are where we are on merit – although we won’t be by Saturday evening. We can be satisfied with how the season has gone so far – and we are only a third of the way through.”

QPR: Cerny, Borrowdale, Ramage (Vine 67), Stewart (Hall 54), Gorkss, Leigertwood, Routledge, Buzsaky, Taarabt (Agyemang 86), Faurlin, Simpson. Subs Not Used: Ainsworth, Heaton, Alberti, Parker.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King, Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Gallagher 75), N’Guessan, Waghorn (McGivern 89). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Logan, Howard, Kermorgant, Morrison.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 17.082.

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The Best Trip to QPR – Joe Waters’ Debut

Whatever happens at Loftus Road tonight it is unlikely to top Saturday March 9th 1974…

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Young Irishman Joe Waters woke up on Sunday morning to find photographers from the national newspapers beating a path to his door. The previous day the Limerick-born twenty year old had been thrown into City’s first team for the first time as a late replacement for the injured Alan Birchenall.
Not just for any old game, but the FA Cup Quater-final against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Joe took this opportunity by the scruff of its neck and scored both goals in a 2-0 win in front of the Match of the Day cameras and was made famous overnight.
The photographers took some unseemly photos of Joe, complete with seventies hairy chest rug, sitting up in bed tucking into a fried breakfast surrounded by the papers, with his name in every headline.

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Davids Deal Off

Edgar Davids and Leicester City could not agree terms and the Dutch international will not be coming to Filbert Way.

Good.

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Jimmy Walsh – Cover Star

Here’s a question, what will happen soonest? Leicester City will feature on the front cover of the Radio Times again, or the World will end…

1961 Radio Times

Earlier this  year The FOX interviewed City’s captain in that 1961 FA Cup Final, Jimmy Walsh…

FOX: You established yourself in the first team under Matt Gillies and you played alongside Arthur Rowley…

JW: Yes I did. How to describe Arthur Rowley? I have never seen anybody who could hit the ball harder. That was number one. If he got the ball anywhere near the box then it was a goal. If he got it in the middle of the field then he would maybe fall over it! He was a powerful chap but he could turn on a sixpence and ‘BANG’ the ball was in the net. He was very accurate with his shooting. Deadly accurate, again I’ve never seen anyone who could hit the target like Arthur.
There’s no one today who could hit the ball like him, and that was with the heavy ball. They were like cannonballs then and they flashed into the net. 

FOX: What were your strengths as a striker?

JW: I would say I was quite quick and I could nip onto chances. If there was a loose ball I would get there first. I should have scored more goals than I did and I blame my eyesight for that. I did score quite a few goals. I had more shots on goal than anybody else. But it was only near the end of my career that they found out that my eyesight was bad. It had always been bad, even when I played for Celtic, but I didn’t know it. I thought everybody was the same. Someone would say ‘Is that the number 14 bus?’ and I would say ‘What bus?’

FOX: You were one of the first players to experiment with contact lenses…

JW: . They tried out these contact lenses on me that I could wear to play in but they were nothing like the ones they have today. These were hard, and the size of your whole eye! After you’d been running around for a bit you’d get fluid on them and you wouldn’t be able to see at all. It was a disaster. I played about three or four games in them but it was worse than my bad eyesight. There was an Irish bloke once who played in glasses but everybody laughed at him, so that wasn’t an option!
At least he could see the ball, I couldn’t.
Contact lenses now are very good, but they were a new idea back then and the ones I had to try you wouldn’t believe.

FOX: Once Matt Gillies started to do his magic Leicester City became a feared and respected side… 

JW: Matt was very popular and well respected as a manager. If you think of the ‘big four’ now then Leicester were in that for a while. And he was a very clever guy… well he told me he was!

FOX: Did you get on okay with him?

JW: Oh yes, fine. And he made me captain didn’t he? So he must have liked me.

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FOX: City made it to the FA Cup Final in 1961 and you led them out at Wembley, how did that feel?

JW: It was a bit of a strange day because we were a bit bemused by Matt’s team selection. I still don’t understand it to this day. He dropped Ken Leek, who had scored in every round. I don’t know why he did it. Ken and I had played together for three years and I thought it was a reasonable success. We’d got to a Cup Final so we can’t have been that bad. All of a sudden he just dropped him. That’s something I could never quite forgive Matt for because I think it cost us the Cup. Every time we had played against Spurs Leek and I had always scored goals. So they were quite happy when they found out Leek wasn’t playing.
I felt sorry for Hugh McIlmoyle who took his place. He’d done nothing wrong but he was on a hiding to nothing. None of the players wanted Leek to be dropped and Hughie knew that, but what do you do?

 FOX: Did you still enjoy it?

JW: Well, that sickened it a bit. Something about that Cup Final was never right.
We had a banquet at night and I think people were happy that we had given it our best shot, even though we’d lost. 

FOX: There was talk that it was for disciplinary reasons…

JW: As far as I know Ken didn’t do anything wrong. Having thought hard about it the only little thing I could come up with is that Ken could be a bit daft sometimes. When we got to the Final Ken said: “Right, I’m only going to play in FA Cup Finals and international matches for the rest of the season!”
Perhaps a director or someone overheard him and took it the wrong way?
Whether that was it I don’t know but I can’t think it was disciplinary action because he just behaved the way he always behaved. 

FOX: You weren’t helped when Len Chalmers was injured early on, in the days before substitutes… 

JW: Yes, it was a pretty poor challenge from Les Allen, which would probably have got him sent off today.
That finished us I think. Playing with ten men at Wembley against the League Champions.

 FOX: What was the atmosphere like after the game?

 JW: Well, it’s hard to describe how you feel after you have lost an FA Cup Final. They were over the moon of course, having done the Double. They came in our dressing room with the Cup. I don’t know if they were rubbing it in, or just being sociable! Danny Blanchflower brought it in.

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Murray Brodie – Eight Day Wonder

Murray Brodie may not have had the longest City career, but you can’t knock his strike rate…

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An injury to Andy Lochhead in October 1969 led to Frank O’Farrell handing a debut to 19 year old Glaswegian Murray Brodie.
His scored in his first game, a 3-1 win against Watford on Filbert Street.
The following Wednesday night Brodie was handed the number ten shirt again, and scored again, as City notched a 2-1 home win over Middlesbrough.
Brodie retained his place for the trip to Deepdale on Saturday, but picked up an injury early on in the game and was replaced by David Tearse. City lost 2-1 with Archie Gemmill scoring both Preston’s goals.
And that was it, two goals in three games in eight days and Murray’s City career was done.
He did prove that he was no fly-by-night however, racking up 514 appearances for Aldershot over the next thirteen years…

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FOX 167 Out Now – Interviews with Gordon Banks and Kasabian

FOX 167 – OCT/NOV issue – Out Now… fox167Featuring Interviews with Leicester City & England goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks, and Tom Meighan from Kasabian; Fox Covers From History; Fully Programmed from 1983; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Fox Philosophy; the Chris Lymn Column; the Johnny Duncan Scrapbook; Our Man in a Van; the Best of Bentley’s Roof and FortySomething…

all for two quid…

Excerpt from the Gordon Banks Interview…

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FOX: You won a huge number of cup ties during that time and got through to the Final of the League Cup in 1964 and 1965. There was no Wembley final for what was quite a young competition then, how was it regarded?

GB: We wanted to win it, and so did every other club. There was no putting the reserves out and stuff like that. That was my first winners’ medal when we beat Stoke over two legs and winning it was a great feeling.
We were winning games, growing in confidence and becoming better players.

FOX: It was around this time that you got your first England call up. Can you remember how you found out about it?

GB: I was down at the ground. We had this little room with a snooker table in it which we met up in once we had finished training. We were having a game of snooker when Matt Gillies came in.
He came up to me, shook me by the hand and said: “Congratulations, you’re in the England team.”
I couldn’t quite believe it and I thought how does he know that when the squad haven’t even assembled yet? Obviously Alf Ramsey must have said something to him. It came as something of a shock to me but also it was a great delight, obviously.
I remember feeling very, very proud.   

Excerpt from the Tom Meighan Interview…

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FOX: Leicester City… is it a family thing?

TM: Yes, I started going down with my old man when I was about 9 years old, so yes it’s a family thing. My first game was Port Vale at home, I think we won 4-0. It was the ZDS or something so there were only about 5,000 there. Shocking!
We used to go in the old Members Stand, me and the old man, we used to sit in the middle bit because we knew Richard Smith and some of the other players. We used to go in the Player’s Lounge afterwards. The old man used to give the doorman a bottle of whiskey once a year and that was enough for us to get the nod through every game! It was a little old place that Player’s Lounge, there would be Steve Walsh in there, and all the player’s wives crammed in. We’d have some good nights in there.

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City Extend Royal’s Misery

Reading o:1 Leicester City

Reading failed to convert their chances and paid the price as a Waghorn header earned three points for City at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night…

Nigel Pearson brought last week’s matchwinner Paul Gallagher in for Lloyd Dyer, while Martyn Waghorn made his first start, taking Steve Howard’s place up front.
The opening 20 minutes saw an even contest, although Reading gradually took control of the run of play and had the better chances to score… Rasiak’s low shot on the turn went two inches wide; McAnuff cut in from the right and fired a shot against the inside of the left hand post; and Weale pulled off a fine save to deny Church.
Gallagher managed to brush the top of the net with a speculative shot from distance but there were few chances for City until late in the half.
However, in the last minute of the first half City hit back with a sucker punch that floored the luckless Royals. Waghorn got a glancing header to Oakley’s flag kick and found the net to the delight of those City fans who had travelled to Berkshire rather than watching on the tv.
Seconds later Fryatt missed a chance to double the lead, hitting the ball against  Federici after Wellens sent im through in a one on one with the keeper. 
Early in the second half Fryatt found himself in an almost identical situation but fired his shot straight at Federici again.
The lively McAnuff continued to cause problems but City’s back line held firm. One cross flew across the goal but no one was on hand to convert it and Long also went close.
On the hour Howard replaced Fryatt and Campbell replaced Waghorn, but they saw little action with Reading pushing forward, desperate to get something from the game.
City did a professional job however and it was the visitors who dominated in the dying minutes of the game with Campbell going close at the near post and Howard firing a shot inches wide of the left hand post.
The final whistle saw City up to fifth place, just three points behind leaders Newcastle.

Reading: Federici, Mills, Bertrand, Pearce, McAnuff, Tabb, Howard, Matejovsky, Sigurdsson (Long 65), Rasiak, Church (Kebe 65). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Cisse, Karacan, Cummings, Gunnarsson.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Hobbs, Neilson, McGivern, King, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Berner 85), Fryatt (Campbell 59), Waghorn (Howard 59). Subs Not Used: Logan, N’Guessan, Kermorgant, Morrison.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire) Attendance: 16,192.

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