Monthly Archives: February 2010

City Gain Sweet Revenge Over Forest

Leicester City 3:0 Nottingham Forest

City delighted a full house at Filbert Way on Saturday with a 3-0 win over east midlands rivals Forest…

Although Nigel Pearson had tried to play down the ‘revenge’ element of this meeting there was only one thing on the minds of the 30,000 plus who made their way to the stadium… that 5-1 stuffing at the City Ground in December… and they were desperate for some payback.
Pearson continued his squad rotation during this busy spell with Oakley and Gallagher in for Solano and N’Guessan.
Before kick off there was a warm minute’s applause in honour of recently departed Bobby Smith, and then we were down to business. It was typical derby fare with both sets of fans in good voice and 100 mph stuff on the pitch.
So frenetic was the action that there were very few chances created in the first half. Waghorn went on a magnificent run through the middle but then sent his shot high and wide.
At the other end Weale saved comfortably from a Majewski shot, but the City defence snuffed out Forest’s attacking moves with Hobbs, especially, looking majestic.
The best chance of the half saw a Majewski free-kick launched into the area and Earnshaw sent a header against the bar, Brown heading clear. Majewski then picked up a yellow card for one dive too many.
Although Forest had their best spell in the ten minutes up to the break they couldn’t find a way through and the teams went in goalless at the break.


Early in the second half it was City’s turn to hit the woodwork, when Morrison met a Waghorn free-kick with his head from close in but found the underside of the bar. The linesman flagged for offside, however.
Gallagher then sent a shot over the bar when well placed, but City were building up a head of steam and finally took a 68th minute lead. Gallagher delivered a free-kick into the area and there was a scramble for the ball at the far post. Wellens emerged with the ball and was pursued by three red shirts across the penalty area. A clever back heel found Berner on the six yard line and he had the space to lash a shot into the roof of the net.
If this goal delighted the home crowd, then ten minutes later they were ecstatic… Gallagher stepped up to take a free-kick twenty yards out and curled it beyond Camp’s reach into the top left hand corner.
Two minutes later life got even better for City fans as Forest’s defence were breached again.
Dyer held the ball up well before laying a ball into Berner’s path; the Swiss defender’s shot from the edge of the area was diverted past Camp with a clever touch from King and it was game over with a huge roar from the sell-out crowd.  
The last ten minutes consisted mostly of substitutions with Kermorgant, Adams and Howard coming on for Wellens, Waghorn and Gallagher who all enjoyed standing ovations from a very happy crowd. 
Forest had one late chance for a consolation goal but Weale saved well from McKenna, and most of their fans had gone home by then anyway.


Revenge is a dish best served cold and it was a fantastic afternoon for City fans who had felt the pain of that 5-1 defeat… but, more importantly, City are now six points clear of 7th place.
Nigel Pearson commented: “Local derbies always have a bit of an edge with the fans, but the bottom line is that it was an important game for us in the sense that at this stage of the season, if you’ve got some momentum you’ve got to maintain it. We’re looking good at the moment.”

Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Oakley, Wellens (Kermorgant 86), Gallagher (Howard 89), Waghorn (Adams 89). Subs Not Used: Logan, Solano, Bruce, N’Guessan.
Forest: Camp, Morgan, Perch, Wilson, Gunter, Cohen, Anderson (Tyson 45), McKenna, Majewski (McGoldrick 74), Blackstock, Earnshaw. Subs Not Used: Smith, Adebola, Chambers, McGugan, Moussi.

Referee: Lee Probert (Gloucestershire). Attendance: 31,759.

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Focus On: Alan Young

Alan Young comes under the Shoot! spotlight…

“A couple of pints and home by 8…”  Yeah, right!

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City Hold Out at Snowy Keepmoat

Doncaster Rovers 0:1 Leicester City

City completed the third of three tricky away matches with a hard fought win at The Keepmoat that takes them up to fifth spot and extends their unbeaten run to seven games…

Nigel Pearson made only one change to the side that slugged out a point at Argyle and brought in Solano for his first start in a City shirt in place of Gallagher. The match was played throughout in arctic conditions with the temperature hovering around zero and a blizzard swirling around in the South Yorkshire sky.
Despite this City settled quickly and played some good football in the opening period with Solano at the heart of a lot of good moves with his touches and prompting opening up Rovers’ defence. In the 8th minute he put Dyer through for a shot that was well saved by Sullivan and with City commanding possession and looking confident, it was no surprise when they took the lead.
Waghorn showed once again that he is a clinical finisher when he is given good service as he chased a long clearance, held off a challenge from Ward and beat Sullivan to the delight of the 1,800 or so travelling City fans behind the goal. It was City who looked more likely to score again as they pressed forward and caused Rovers’ defence more problems with quick passing, Wellens and King both came close to extending the lead and City’s defence restricted Rovers to shots from outside the box. The only difficult moment came when Berner brought down Sharp just inside the City half as he broke clear, Referee Woolmer choosing to book Berner instead of the sending off that the Rovers fans were baying for.
In the second half Rovers got their passing game together and began to get behind City’s defence causing some moments of panic in the box and bringing several good saves from Weale who blocked shots from Hayter, Roberts and Coppinger in a ten minute spell as Donny turned up the heat. City were restricted to breakaways and from one of these Sullivan saved superbly from Waghorn’s shot on the run.


As the match wore on Rovers started to fade and the win looked more likely for City who defended superbly at times and looked like a unit and not four strangers. The final whistle heralded the end of three away matches on the spin and a five point return. It hasn’t been pretty at times but one young man has emerged with a growing reputation and that is Jack Hobbs who had another massive game for City tonight and is starting to look like a player with a bright future.

Doncaster: Sullivan, Chambers, Ward, O’Connor, Roberts, Wilson (Guy 82), Coppinger, Oster, Mutch (Spicer 82), Sharp, Shiels (Hayter 46). Subs Not Used: Smith, Hird, Dumbuya.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Solano (Gallagher 60), Wellens, N’Guessan (Adams 60), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, Howard, Kermorgant, McGivern.

Referee: A Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 11,027.

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Bobby Smith RIP…

The sad news reaches us that Bobby Smith has lost his battle against cancer, passing away aged just 56.

Jock Wallace signed Bobby in December 1978 and he was one of three debutants on New Years Day 1979 at home to Oldham, along with youngsters Gary Lineker and Dave Buchanan.
Smith immediately established himself in the first XI and provided some valuable experience in a very young side.
The following season was a great one for Bobby, he played a huge part in City winning the Second Division Championship and was second top scorer with 12 goals, just two behind Alan Young.
However, the following couple of seasons saw him in and out of the side and Bobby had loan spells at Peterborough and Hibs, until his City career revived with the arrival of Gordon Milne. he found a new berth at full back and was fully involved with City’s promotion to the First Division in 1983, making many top flight appearances over the next three seasons.
Bobby moved back to Hibs in October 1986 and played for several other Scottish clubs before retiring to run a pub in 1990.
Lately Bobby had been working as a cabbie in the Edinburgh area and one City fan we know deliberately paid more for a ’round the houses’ route so that he could talk to Bobby about his time at Filbert Street for longer. 

We would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to all Bobby’s family and friends. Rest in Peace.

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Pompey Crimes

Many City fans will recall one night back in May 1993 when we travelled to Portsmouth for the second leg of our play-off semi final. Thanks to Julian Joachim’s wonder goal in the first leg City were 1-0 up in the tie and a 2-2 draw at Fratton Park secured a trip to Wembley.
Portsmouth fans weren’t happy that City had scraped into the play-offs in 6th place, miles behind them in terms of points. They were still less happy when they failed to reach the final and there were riotous scenes outside Fratton Park that night.
Many City fans were victims of violence that night, with the police unwilling or unable to intervene. Some had their cars turned over, others spent time in hospital.

Seventeen years on there might not be much sympathy for Portsmouth’s current plight among many City fans. 
But, having experienced the pain of administration ourselves we don’t want to see any team go under. Every team has its decent majority of fans, so we wouldn’t wish to see the end of Pompey this week. 
Relegation, perhaps, but not administration or liquidation. 

Good luck Portsmouth.

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The Last Paper Storm

Towards the end of the 1991-92 season the paper storm really started to take a hold on City fans.
Every game, as City made it into the play-offs was accompanied by more and more people spending the minutes approaching kick-off tearing paper up into small pieces ready to chuck into the air when the team came out of the tunnel.

This got to the point where this blizzard would get into your eyes and mouth and when you took your clothes off at night there would be bits of paper all over your carpet.
Then chief exec Barrie Pierpoint told supporters to stop it because it was difficult to tidy up and was a fire hazard in the old wooden stand.  
Surprisingly, and a bit shamefully, the City fans obeyed this directive and the paper storm died over night.
Another nail in the coffin of supporters’ spontaneity…

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No Place Like Home Park

Plymouth Argyle 1:1 Leicester City

In complete contrast to last Saturday’s demolition of Scunthorpe, City found themselves pleased to get out of Devon with a point and happy to hear the final whistle in this scrappy, turgid encounter.

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for a potentially tricky encounter with struggling Argyle and the game wasn’t very old before it became clear that the pitch would be the main talking point of the day; it was truly awful and City were reduced to the long ‘out ball’ over the heads of the midfield to a struggling Waghorn.
It wasn’t pretty and the only chance of note was a shot from Dyer that hit the post following a mazy run; but within two minutes City had the lead following a farcical moment in the Argyle defence. Another long ball was running harmlessly along the flank being watched by Kari Arnason who chose to play the ball back to David Stockdale. Unfortunately for the home side Arnason failed to look up first and then watched in horror as his back pass sailed in to an unguarded net past Stockdale who had come to meet the anticipated pass at the corner of the area. It was a lead that City scarcely deserved but we were happy to take it.
Before half time Argyle were level following a good move down the right flank that resulted in a long cross from Clark to the middle of the City penalty area where the impressive Craig Noone met the ball with a thumping header past Weale.
The second half saw Plymouth coping better with the conditions and playing with more purpose and they turned the heat up on City who defended desperately at times. Fallon has a header that hit the side netting, Weale spilled a free kick and Arnason, incredibly, put the rebound over the bar from two yards out.
In reply City’s best chance was a close-in header from Berner that seemed certain to go in but somehow went wide. 
In the closing stages Argyle poured forward as first Joe Mason had a shot tipped on to the bar by Weale and then Berner made a goal line clearance on the post from a Fletcher shot as City failed to clear the ball from a set piece.
The final whistle brought relief for City who struggled to deal with the conditions. Critics might point to the game at Blackpool two weeks ago when both sides produced a superb game on a poor pitch so maybe City were simply having an off day today and we shouldn’t dwell too long on the pitch. Either way, we should be pleased with a point on a day when Plymouth will feel that they should have won.
Plymouth: Stockdale, Barker, Johnson, Johnson, Clark (Cooper 76), Fletcher, Duguid, Arnason, Noone, Mackie, Fallon (Mason 6). Subs Not Used: Judge, Sawyer, Summerfield, Bolasie, Larrieu.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Solano 83), Waghorn (Kermorgant 67). Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, N’Guessan, Howard, Neilson.

Referee: R East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 11,581.

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