Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year To All Our Visitors

The Fox would like to wish a happy and succesful New year to all its readers and visitors.

2009 has turned out to be a pretty successful year on the pitch for Leicester City. Just seven league defeats in 12 months has meant that watching City has become far more enjoyable than recent years with consistency in results and performances, and average attendances over 20,000 would seem to bear that out. 2009 saw a trophy presentation on the pitch at Filbert Way albeit it was the League One Trophy but ask any fans of Leeds United and Forest and they will tell you that getting out of ‘Div 3’ isn’t as easy as it looks!

 The side is now settled and the core of the side that won League One is still delivering the points in The Championship under the leadership of Nigel Pearson who has not been found wanting at this level. All in all it was a good year to be a City fan.

So what can we expect in 2010? We are currently sitting in 5th spot in the Championship which is higher than most of us hoped or expected in August. There is guarded optimism amongst supporters that a play off spot is now a realistic expectation and as the club emerges from its own recession is it too much to hope for a trip to Wembley at the end of May? It may be that managing increasing expectations is the biggest challenge that the club now faces.

Happy New Year everyone

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Trevor Benjamin Reaches 25 Not Out

The former City forward was in the news recently…

 

When Trevor Benjamin signed for Bradford Park Avenue recently he set a record for the number of clubs a professional footballer has represented – an astonishing 25! For those that care about this stuff his clubs (in order) are:

Cambridge United, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, West Brom, Gillingham, Rushden and Diamonds, Brighton, Northampton, Coventry, Peterborough, Watford, Swindon, Boston, Walsall, Hereford, Gainsborough Trinity, Northwich Victoria, Hednesford, Wellingborough, Kidsgrove, Tamworth, Harrogate, Woking and Bradford Park Avenue

Leicester fans had a first look at Trev when he signed from Cambridge United in 2000. Unfortunately he suffered on the back of two unshakable problems; he was bought using the Heskey millions and he was given a big build up by Peter Taylor (the man who signed him). Trev was described as ”…one for the future..” by Taylor, words that have bitten him on the backside more than once as successive managers have realised that Trev has never been any better than he was the day he walked through the door at Filbert Street.

Trevor Benjamin was a handy sort of player if you wanted to rattle defenders with a big presence up front and what he lacked in touch and skill he made up for with bags of effort but it simply wasn’t enough even in a poor Leicester side and Craig Levein cancelled his contract in 2005 after a series of unsuccessful loan spells. Since then Trev has ‘collected’ an astonishing 18 clubs in a little under 5 years to bring his total to 25 clubs. Maybe not a record that any professional footballer would want. But at 30 years old there is still time for Trev to collect a few more.

Despite all of this it is hard not to like the guy and his honest endeavour in a blue shirt was enough for most City fans to remember him fondly even if it is hard to recall too many moments of magic. His time at Leicester saw 11 goals in 81 appearances and featured some useful strikes including a goal in the 1-1 draw at Rotherham that saw City go top of the table ahead of Pompey for a week and also his only Premier League goal in a 3-0 win at Middlesborough.

Let’s hope that Trev can settle down again and shake-off his reputation as football’s equivalent of an odd-job man.

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Doncaster Postponement May Be a Blessing

For the second time in nine days City fans were frustrated by the postponement of an away fixture due to a frozen pitch. At 10.30 this morning referee, Alan Woolmer, and the two managers inspected the Keepmoat Stadium surface and agreed to call off today’s Championship fixture. It is hard to imagine that Nigel Pearson will be too disappointed with the postponement in view of the injury problems that have blighted his defence in the last week. Both Wayne Brown and Jack Hobbs were doubtful for today’s game and the prospect of a makeshift defence for a difficult fixture means that this postponement may be regarded as a blessing for City.

Travelling City fans will be hugely frustrated by another unexpected ‘call-off’. Fans arriving in Donny unaware of the situation were hearing the news whilst bathed in warm, winter sun and scratching their heads as to why the match was not on.

No date has yet been agreed for the rearranged fixture.

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Boxing Day Treat at Filbert Way

Leicester City 2:1 Sheffield United


City survived a defensive re-shuffle to claim all three point against Sheffield United at Filbert Way on Boxing Day…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side with Neilson and McGivern returning for Berner and Brown; Hobbs and Morrison forming the centre-half partnership. Hobbs went down injured in the first minute but recovered after lengthy treatment.
An exciting, end-to-end game unfolded in front of a decent sized Boxing Day crowd. Former City-player Jordan Stewart should have put the Blades ahead early on when he had a sight of goal and some space, but his shot thumped straight into Weale’s chest.  
At the other end a wild slice from Montgomery was heading for the top left hand corner but Bunn managed to tip it over the bar at full stretch. 
Bunn had to perform another fine save in the 25th minute when Morrison connected beautifully with a shot from 35 yards. The resulting corner was delivered from the left byOakley; Bunn came out to claim it and missed, and Morrison muscled his way in to head home at the far post.
Eight minutes later City made it 2-0. Fryatt found himself some space on the right and cut into the area. He beat one challenge and was then heading away from goal when he was tripped by Montgomery. The ref pointed straight to the spot and Fryatt confidently stroked the ball into the bottom right hand corner with Bunn diving the wrong way.
City almost took a 3-0 lead down the tunnel when Wellens sent a looping 20 yarder crashing onto the crossbar.
Both sides made a change at the break: O’Neill coming on for Hobbs who was still feeling his early knock, and Camara coming on for the Blades.  
This immediately had an impact on the scoreline. While City’s unfamilar backline were still getting organised, Camara poked the ball over the line from close in with his first touch. 
With the new defence having failed its first test City’s lead was looking fragile, but they managed to regain their shape and were soon putting Bunn under pressure. A great run and shot from Dyer was tipped away by the Blades keeper; then Neilson’s driven cross was missed by a couple of inches by King.
Bunn then saved good efforts from Howard and then Fryatt, Howard sending the rebound sailing into the Kop.
At the other end Weale parried a fierce effort from Ward over the bar.
In a nervy ending Morgan glanced a header wide when it looked easier to score and City took all three points.   
City moved up to fourth place and Nigel Pearson commented:  “I’m pleased we are still in the play-off picture but I am sure there are 10 or 12 managers who think they still have a chance. It’s very tight and it only takes a couple of bad results to drop out of it.”

Leicester: Weale, Hobbs (O’Neill 46), Neilson, Morrison, McGivern, King, Dyer (Gallagher 89), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt, Howard. Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, N’Guessan, Adams, Kermorgant.
United: Bunn, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor (Camara 46), Stewart, Walker (Geary 49), Quinn, Montgomery (Evans 73), Harper, Cresswell, Ward. Subs Not Used: Bennett, France, Reid, Little.

Referee: D Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 23,999.

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Merry Christmas to all our Visitors…

thefoxfanzine blog wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year…

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Levein Lands Scotland Job

Craig Levein, who was manager of Leicester City from November 2004 to January 2006, has today been appointed Scotland coach.

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson wasn’t happy with the way the SFA approached his manager: “We have been treated shabbily but Craig has done a great job for us and leaves the team, and the club as a whole, in a much better position than it was when he arrived here.”
Sadly, that couldn’t be said of his time at Leicester…
City were just below a play-off place in the Championship when Micky Adams handed in his shock resignation, but were threatened with relegation when Levein was sacked.
The former Hearts and Scotland defender was a popular appointment and got off to a promising start at City, Coventry were beaten 3-0 in his first home game. But he appeared to misjudge the widening gap between Scottish and English football and the signings he brought south like: Alan Maybury, Mark de Vries, Stephen Hughes , Momo Sylla and Patrick Kisnorbo failed to perform with any kind of consistency.
City finished 15th in 2004-05,  but were sinking into the relegation mire when he was replaced by his assistant Rob Kelly in January 2006.
He is now charged with the mountainous task of reversing the slide of Scottish football and getting them to Euro 2012. 
We wish him luck… he’ll need it.

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Snowbound Filbert Street…

Filbert Street under a heavy fall of snow in the late 1930’s. 

The horse and cart makes it look like a scene from Doctor Zhivago… 70 years on we are still having games frozen off.

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