FOX 173 – the December/January issue – is now in the shops…
This issue features: An interview with David Bloomfield, son of Jimmy Bloomfield; Panini 81 stickers; your essential small ads; Odd One Out; Fully Programmed with Ooh Tommy Wright!; Fox Diary – the Sven has landed; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind to Turkey and paper hats – Oadby 1975; the Chris Lymn Column; The Gordon Banks Scrapbook; Our Man in a Van; Colours; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; and FortySomething’s Christmas…
Extract from the David Bloomfield interview…
FOX: How old were you when you moved to Leicester?
DB: I was about 13, my Dad was manager at Orient and we lived in Epping. He had established them as a level two club having won what was Division Three the year before. Then Leicester came in for my Dad and I think they had to pay Orient a compensation fee of about £10,000.
I was very keen to go because I thought that with Leicester being in the top flight I would be able to augment my autograph book.
Towards the end of Leicester’s promotion season in 1970-71 they had come down to Orient and beaten us and they made a bit of an impression on me, with their stars like Peter Shilton and Rodney Fern.
When Leicester came in for Dad we had a family meeting about it, as we always did about these things, and everyone voted in favour of it.
It was quite a step up in status and salary so it was a bit of a no-brainer really.
We liked it at Orient and we had a lot of roots in the London area, but that wasn’t much of an issue, really.
FOX: Did you ever have any second thoughts?
DB: No, I think we all enjoyed it right from the off. We found the schools in Oadby were good, so we didn’t regret it for a moment. The PE Teacher at Oadby used to pick on me a bit. If City lost then he would be on to me, saying, “When is your Dad going to sign a decent player?” I said: “Oh, when we have a decent PE lesson, sir.”
I was in his black books a bit and I got a shocking report from him. His name was Forster, can’t remember his first name, we didn’t know such things then.
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