Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mandaric Faces Third Charge

The Leicester Mercury’s front page headline today reveals that Milan Mandaric has again been accused of cheating the public revenue…

The latest Crown Prosecution Service charge against Mandaric, alongside former Portsmouth Football Club chief executive Peter Storrie, followed an investigation by City of London Police and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Mandaric’s legal team issued a statement: “We are surprised and disappointed that the CPS has brought this charge against Milan Mandaric. It is without any foundation and will be robustly defended. Mr Mandaric has devoted many years of his life to English football, first at Portsmouth and now at Leicester City. We are confident he will emerge from these events fully vindicated and with his reputation for integrity and plain dealing completely intact.”

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Subscribe to The FOX for the 2010-11 season and you will receive a free limited edition print portraying a dream line-up of City greats…

Subscribe to The FOX for 2010-11 and you’ll receive your 8″ x 10″ print with the Summer Special in July, followed by the Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar and April/May issues all posted to you on publication day.
Please could you also vote for your ‘Player of the Season’, ‘Villain of the Season’ and ‘Goal of the Season’, results of which will be announced in the Summer Special, along with any other observations you may wish to make on The FOX, City, football and life in general…     

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Leicester’s Field of Dreams

Much of what was the playing surface of Filbert Street remains an undeveloped wasteland overun with weeds…

You can get a tantalising glimpse through the hole in the fence roughly where Pen 2 was.

If you shut your eyes very tight you can see Alan Young scoring against Watford on his debut.

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Not So Magnificent Seven

It’s that time of year… seven squad members have not been offered new contracts at City.

The biggest, and least surprising, name on the list is that of former captain Stephen Clemence, who signed from Birmingham in July 2007. Towards the end of his first season he suffered a calf injury. During the summer he had an operation on his Achilles’ heel which he never properly recovered from and he played no part in the past two seasons. Effectively ended two years ago, his playing career is now officially over.

Wayne Brown’s future remains in doubt following a bizarre political row in which some teamates were offended at the centre-half’s boast that he voted BNP in the General Election. Notts County are thought to be interested should Brown not kiss and make up with those he offended.
Definitely staying is 35 year old Nolberto Solano who has impressed enough this season to be offered a new six month contract.
There is no word on Nigel Pearson’s contract negotiations, with the City boss having just one year left on his current deal. He commented: “The ball is very much in the club’s court in terms of the next stage. We will see how things develop.”

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A Song For Yann Kermorgant

Who would have thought that just two days after the event we would be able to laugh about the ‘Kermorgant Experiment’?
We are forever indebted to the genius of David Henson who has produced another wonderful piece… ‘A Song For Yann Kermorgant’… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iad3gV-9C1U
What he has done with the ‘total eclipse of the heart’ line will keep me laughing all day.

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Penalty Heartbreak for City

Cardiff City 2:3 Leicester City (4:3 pens)

A huge performance from City was not enough to get them to Wembley: after winning 3-2 on the night to level the tie they then crashed out at the penalty shoot-out stage…

Nigel Pearson reunited his old strike partnership of Fryatt and Howard for this play off showdown, with Waghorn and Spearing making way.
The game kicked off in a white hot atmosphere and Cardiff were in charge for th eopnein gspell, carving City’s defence up time after time.
After just 4 minutes Whittingham went clear, but sent his shot narrowly wide with only Weale to beat.
Two minutes later Whittingham forced Weale into a good save from a free-kick and then it was Chopra’s turn to go close, sending an effort wide when well placed. Boothroyd then fired a shot inches wide, before the home side made the breakthrough in the 21st minute.
Boothroyd nodded a long ball into the path of Chopra, who tucked the ball under the advancing Weale for a simple finish that left City with a mountain to climb.
They set about climbing that mountain three minutes later…
Fryatt got on the end of a through ball, the ball looped up onto Howard’s head and he nodded it back to Fryatt who fired in a shot on the run from 12 yards. Marshall half blocked it but the ball had enough momentum to trundle slowly over the line and it was the Leicester corner’s turn to celebrate.
City had their tails up now and ten minutes later they levelled the tie. A long free kick from Gallagher was nodded goalwards by Howard and the ball hit Hudson’s head and looped over the keeper and into the net for an unlikely own goal.
There were chances for Fryatt and Whittingham late in the half but the teams level on aggregate at the break.
That state of affairs did not last long into the second half as City delighted their noisy following making it 3-1 on the night in the 49th minute. 
Gallagher’s corner from the right was cleared back to him and he delivered a precise cross to the far post where King was waiting unchallenged to nod the ball home.  

For a while Cardiff’s heads went down and the crowd were quiet, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball cleared off Cardiff’s line, but City couldn’t add a fourth.
The home side then levelled the tie in the 70th minute and  City Wembley dream began to unravel.
Referee Howard Webb and his linesmen failed to spot Chopra in an offside position before he was brought down by Bruce in the area. It was par for the course for Webb who’s officiating had grown increasingly erratic as the game progressed.  Whittingham sent Weale the wrong way with an assured penalty and the whole stadium was transformed into a cauldron.
Bothroyd smashed a shot against the bar after a good run; Hobbs blocked a Chopra shot on the line and then Whittingham sent a free-kick against the bar as Cardiff piled on the pressure.  
However, City almost booked a trip to Wembley late on when Howard saw his well struck volley beaten away by Marshall. The Bluebirds’ keeper then punched a Waghorn corner onto his own post in time added on, but there was no avoiding extra time.

The pace slackened a little in the additional half hour, but both sides had chances to win the tie.
A low drive from McCormack was tipped round the left hand post by Weale, and Etuhu forced a good save from the City keeper at his near post. Spearing then found Waghorn in space on the left and he chested down well before volleying wide of the right hand post. 
But the two sides could not be seperated and the evening moved on to the dreaded penalty shoot-out…
At first things seemed to be going well for City. The shoot-out took place at the end where the visitors were housed and Berner coolly planted the ball past Marshall.
Chopra responded in kind and then Howard sent Marshall the wrong way, before McCormack levelled with another textbook spot kick.
Solano then sent an unstoppable shot past Marshall before Ledley’s low shot just evaded Weale to square at 3-3.
Then Kermorgant stepped up, and what was going through his mind we may never know.
He opted for a ridiculous delicate chip that Marshall shooed away with one hand and the Cardiff City stadium erupted.


It was a horrible moment, compounded when Kennedy took a proper penalty to put Cardiff in the driving seat.
Waghorn, with possibly his last kick in a City shirt hit a decent enough shot but Marshall flew to his left to tip it away and the season was over.
An inconsolable Waghorn had to be half dragged away as the home fans poured onto the pitch.
It was a devastating end to what will be looked back upon as a season of quite some achievement.

Nigel Pearson summed up the evening and the campaign: “Tough – it’s tough on the players. I think tonight our performance epitomised us this year. I think the commitment, desire, application was first rate. I can’t ask a great deal more. Once you get to a penalty shoot-out it’s about dealing with it and they’ve been better than us in it. There are a lot of very, very disappointed players in there and although the emotion’s a bit raw at the moment, I’m proud of what they’ve achieved this season.”

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Quinn 89), Hudson, Kennedy, Burke (Etuhu 60), Whittingham (McCormack 89), Ledley, Blake, McPhail, Chopra, Bothroyd. Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Gyepes, Wildig, Capaldi.
Leicester: Weale, Berner, Bruce, Hobbs, King, Dyer (Waghorn 72), Solano, Wellens, Gallagher (Spearing 72), Fryatt (Kermorgant 89), Howard. Subs Not Used: Logan, Vaughan, N’Guessan, Morrison.
Referee: S Bennett (Kent). Attendance: 26,033.

 

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City Trailing at ‘Half Time’

Leicester City 0:1 Cardiff City

City have a big job to do in Cardiff on Wednesday having lost the home leg of the play-offs 1-0 at Filbert Way…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side with Weale, Berner, Waghorn, King and Dyer returning to the starting line-up, with Waghorn ploughing a lone furrow up front.
Cardiff edged the first half. City’s plan to thread the ball through to Waghorn never bore fruit and the visitors created more clear cut chances.
Boothroyd sent a shot narrowly wide; as did Chopra when well placed. Chopra then turned a Burke cross onto the post from close in with the goal at his mercy five minutes before half time.
But for a five minute attacking spell and a series of corners City had not looked like the home side in the first half.
The second half saw City pressing forward more and Spearing fired a shot well over from a good position, but Cardiff still looked dangerous and Boothroyd sent a header just over the bar.
Wellens fired a long range effort inches wide of the post and then there were loud appeals for a penalty when McNaughton appeared to handle a Solano cross.
Cardiff then struck the first blow of the tie in the 77th minute. A free-kick out on the right was delayed after Whittingham had tried to steal ten yards. The ref sent him back, but he inched forward again while City failed to set up a wall. Whittingham’s low shot beat Weale and put the Bluebirds ahead, to the delight of their 3,000 followers.
Only now did City take the game by the scruff of its neck and begin to play like the side that had won its last five matches.
Fryatt, on for Dyer, chased a through ball and after McNaughton and Kennedy got in each other’s way the City striker was presented with a gilt-edged chance for an equaliser. With only Marshall to beat Fryatt lamely shot straight at the
keeper and the chance was gone.
There was another big shout for hand ball before Gallagher failed to convert a chance that fell to him of the left, curling the ball wide of the far post.
As the game entered five minutes of time added on there was more agony for City as Bruce’s firm, goalbound header was somehow clawed away by the flying Marshall.
Despite this late rally, inspired by a 15 minute cameo from Kermorgant, the final whistle sparked jubilant scenes in the visitors corner, and despite some poor refereeing decisions it was difficult to argue that they hadn’t deserved it.
Nigel Pearson refuted suggestions that City had sat back: “I don’t think we were cagey and we have tried to play on the front foot for the whole of the tie. It was disappointing to concede and not to have grabbed an equaliser, but there is lots of football still in this and Cardiff will know that as well.”

Leicester: Weale, Berner, Bruce, Hobbs, King, Dyer (Fryatt 62), Solano, Wellens (N’Guessan 85), Spearing, Gallagher, Waghorn (Kermorgant 76). Subs Not Used: Logan, Oakley, Adams, Morrison.
Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Blake, Hudson, Kennedy, Burke ( Etuhu, 75 ) , Whittingham, Ledley, McPhail, Chopra ( McCormack 89), Bothroyd. Subs Not Used: Quinn, Enckelman, Gyepes, Wildig, Capaldi.

Referee: A G Wiley (Staffordshire). Attendance: 29,165.

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