Monthly Archives: April 2010

Jack Hobbs is Worthy Player of the Season

Young defender Jack Hobbs doubled up at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony earlier this week.

Not only did the 21 year old centre-half win the Supporters Player of the Year Award, he also shared the Players’ Player of the Year with Andy King.
Both were richly deserved for the former Liverpool man, who has been a huge presence at the heart of City’s defence and he can take as much credit as anyone with City making it to the play-offs. 
Hopefully Jack and Andy will be wearing City shirts for many years to come…
On loan striker Martyn Waghorn was crowned Young Player of the Season; while Paul Gallagher scooped the Goal of the Season Award for his free-kick at home to Nottingham Forest.

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Images of Promotion – Every One a Great Memory

Now that Leicester City have made the play-offs we’re getting in a promotion mood…

Can you place these promotion photos…?

Some of these photos are copyright Neville Chadwick Photograpy. Contact Neville to buy copies of these photos and many more from his archives…

e-mail: info@chadwicksphoto.co.uk
website: www.chadwicksphoto.co.uk

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City Win Play Off Spot

Preston North End 0:1 Leicester City

 

On a warm, sunny day in Lancashire, Leicester secured a play off berth much to the delight of the players and couple of thousand travelling fans with more fancy dress then you could shake a stick at!

Nigel Pearson gave Vaughan his first start and the returning Dyer replaced the injured Wellens.
City were slow to settle and looked nervy and off the pace at times whilst Preston lacked urgency and so a fairly tame first half unfolded save for one awful challenge by Wallace on Morrison for which the Preston player was booked but Morrison didn’t last until half time and was replaced by Solano before the break.
The goalmouth action was limited to a few chances at either end but Vaughan was guilty of wasting City’s best opening when an acrobatic effort by Hobbs was parried away by Lonergan and fell kindly to the on-loan youngster and Vaughan somehow put the ball in to the side netting from six yards. The main talking point at half time, however, was a disallowed goal from a drop ball. Play was stopped when Wallace needed treatment and the match restarted with a drop-ball on the halfway line which was unchallenged as the intent was clear that Gallagher should play the ball back to Lonergan in the Preston goal. Unfortunately Gallagher overhit his back pass which sailed over the off-guard keeper and in to the net. Referee Hegley then “bottled it” and ordered the drop ball to be taken again when clearly there was nothing actually wrong with the accidental goal. This time Gallagher’s back pass was caught just under the bar by the embarrassed Lonergan.
The second half saw a more urgent approach from City who stepped up their game and started to dictate the pattern more, especially in midfield. Waghorn was guilty of a horrendous miss after Gallagher had set him up with a perfect cross on to his toe but he skied his six yard shot over the bar. The goal wasn’t long in coming though when King picked up the ball on the halfway line in the 63rd minute and set off on a direct run to the edge of the Preston area where he was heavily challenged but he got up and won the ball back and planted a curling right foot shot past sub ‘keeper Henderson in to the bottom right hand corner. Cue pandemonium in the away end as suddenly it didn’t matter about scores elsewhere.

City should have increased their lead as first Waghorn and then Vaughan, failed to convert one-on-one chances when they were clean through. But by now Preston looked spent and City saw out the game comfortably as the defence once again did a magnificent job. The final whistle brought scenes of joy and the vocal City fans were rewarded as the players and management walked across to join in the party. It is a remarkable achievement to secure a play off spot at the first attempt back in the Championship and to go on and claim a Premier League place will be a big ask but as any Leicester fan knows, anything can happen in the play-offs…

Preston: Lonergan (Henderson 46), Ward, Jones, Davidson, St. Ledger, Williams, Ross Wallace, Treacy (Mellor 66), Mayor, James, Parkin (Brown 66). Subs Not Used: Hart, Mawene, Miller, Dougan.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison (Solano 36), King, Dyer (Adams 71), Spearing, Gallagher, Vaughan (N’Guessan 83), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, Kermorgant, McGivern.

Referee: G Hegley (Hertfordshire). Attendance: 14,926.

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13 Years Ago… One Night in Sheffield

After a disappointing 1997 League Cup Final at Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser from Emile Heskey, Leicester and Middlesbrough replayed at Hillsborough ten days later on 16th April.
20,000 City and 20,000 Boro fans descnded on Sheffield to witness an exciting encounter between to evenly matched sides… one moment seperated them. Steve Walsh won an aerial duel with Nigel Pearson and Steve Claridge was in the right place at the right time (again) to guide the ball into the net.

It was City’s first major honour in 33 years and, incredibly, Martin O’Neill had delivered on his promise of getting City into Europe just 16 months into the job.
Apparently Juninho still wakes up in a cold sweat after dreaming that Pontus Kaamark is following him around….

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City Draw Hornets’ Sting

Leicester City 4:1 Watford

City took a big stride towards the play-offs at Filbert Way on Saturday, comfortably beating Watford 4-1 with goals from Martyn Waghorn, Paul Gallagher, Jay Spearing and James Vaughan despite playing the second half with ten men…

Nigel Pearson stuck with a winning formula, picking the same side for a third game running.
The opening half hour saw an even contest with Gallagher going close a couple of times; Weale saving well from Lansbury and Graham sending a shot narrowly wide.
But City got a fortunate break in the 35th minute when DeMerit was judged to have brought Wellens down in the area, when it looked as though the Watford man had reached the ball first.
Waghorn took the spot kick and confidently stroked the ball to Loach’s left.
Five minutes later City doubled their lead when a shot from Howard was blocked and the ball looped up high in the air before being volleyed sweetly into the bottom left hand corner by Gallagher from 18 yards out.
There was more drama in time added on when Howard was guilty of a clumsy challenge on Jenkins. He was unfortunate to get a straight red card, perhaps partly due to the fact that the foul had taken place in the away fans corner, and they reacted strongly having already been wound up by a battle with the stewards.
So City faced a whole second half with ten men and Vaughan replaced Gallagher.
However, City didn’t seem to need eleven men and they stretched their lead just six minutes into the second half.
A weak clearance went to Spearing who had time to chest the ball down and then volley it past Loach for his first City goal, before setting off on a delighted celebratory run.
In the 67th minute City’s other young on-loan Merseysider also got on to the scoresheet for the first time. Vaughan’s pace and persistence saw him beat Mariappa to the ball before slotting it past Loach to wrap up the three points.
The Hornets’ only consolation came in the 77th minute when Taylor nodded in at the far post from a corner, but it had been City’s afternoon.
Although Blackpool won and are still in the race for a play-off place, City’s fate is in their own hands, and they are looking very assured at present.
Nigel Pearson remained cautious: “We are not quite there yet, but we are in a decent position. We’ve worked hard to be in this good position and now we’ve got to make sure we see that through.”

Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Wellens (Adams 58), Spearing, Gallagher (Vaughan 46), Howard, Waghorn (Kermorgant 65). Subs Not Used: Logan, Solano, Bruce, N’Guessan.
Watford: Loach, Demerit (Taylor 56), Mariappa, Harley, Bennett, Hodson (Helguson 50), Eustace, Lansbury, Cowie (Bryan 69), Jenkins, Graham. Subs Not Used: Lee, Hoskins, McGinn, Noble. 

Referee: Nigel Miller (Co Durham). Attendance: 24,765.

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FOX 170 – On Sale Now – Chris Powell Interview

FOX 170 – the April/May issue – is now in the shops will be on sale at tomorrow’s game against Watford…

This issue features: An interview with City player-coach Chris Powell; a Tribute to Bobby Smith; Soccer Stars 76-77 – the full set of stickers; Fox Covers from History – the 80’s; Fully Programmed; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; An old war-horse in Fox Philosophy; the Chris Lymn Column; The Peter Shilton Scrapbook; Our Man in a Van; your letters and Bentley’s Roof and Fanatical Frank as you never thought you’d see him…

Excerpt from the Chris Powell Interview…

FOX: In 2001 Sven Göran Eriksson, picked you to play for England. The London Evening Standard weren’t very kind with a ‘Chris Who?’ headline. Did it come as a surprise to you to be picked at 31 years of age?
CP: When Sven first came in he said he was going to watch every club, and I believe that he did. I know he’d been to a few Charlton games and I was playing very well at the time. We thought Sven was probably keeping an eye on Richard Rufus who was performing very well at centre-back. I did wonder if he was watching me but I couldn’t really see it at my age. And Charlton players didn’t get chosen to play for England.
I turned up at training on Friday, drove in and there were journalists everywhere. The Daily Mail had apparently said there would be a couple of shock names in the squad and one was me, but I hadn’t seen the papers that morning and had no idea. As soon as I got out of the car the press officer was there saying, don’t say anything, come straight in. The word was that I was in, but I had to get on with training, we were playing away at Coventry the next day.
When I finished training Alan Curbishley called me up and said: “We need to see you.”
I thought, they’re not dropping me are they?
I went up to see him and he said: “I’ve got a fax from the FA with your name on it, you’re in the England squad.”
I’ve still got the fax at home. I started shaking to be honest. Then I came down and told the lads and they were really complimentary. Then I realised the eyes of the football world were on me. I’ve always tried to be accessible to the press, but my phone didn’t stop ringing all day and in the end I had to turn it off.
I knew everyone was watching out for me to make a mistake against Coventry and I was getting nervous. Curbs and Mervyn Day said to me: “Don’t worry, you’ve played really well for us, this is where you have got to learn to cope with a different sort of pressure.”
We drew 2-2 with Coventry and I played alright.
The press took two different angles – some said it was great that Sven was looking at different clubs for his players, others said it was wrong that he was choosing players from an unfashionable club.
Then I found out that I was actually starting the game and the pressure increased even further. It went really well, but then I had to come off at half time with a calf injury. Sven told me afterwards that he would have kept me on for the full 90 minutes. It was the best 45 minutes of my life…

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Permanent Frank…

To the bloke who wanted a Fanatical Frank tattoo, here is the image you were asking for… I wouldn’t do it myself like, but feel free, and send us a photo…

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