Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wembley Heartbreak for City… 19 Years Ago Today

May 25th 1992 Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers @ Wembley Stadium – Second Division Play Off Final…

 Although the 1992 Play Off Final was many City fans first trip to Wembley to see their side, and holds plenty of good memories, it ended with a 1-0 defeat for Brian Little’s side.
David Speedie duped referee George Courtney into giving a penalty against Steve Walsh, former Fox Mike Newell converted the spot kick and a season’s worth of effort from Tommy Wright, Ian Ormondroud, Kevin Russell, Simon Grayson et al went up in smoke.

I can’t quite believe that it was nineteen years ago…


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Emile Heskey Back at City?

There is a certain logic to the rumours linking Emile Heskey with a return to his home-town club. The big striker enjoyed a fantastic time at Filbert Street during Martin O’Neill’s Golden Age, before leaving for Liverpool in 2000.

Although that move was the beginning of the end of those great times, City did have a war chest of £11M to spend, unfortunately it was not placed in capable hands.
So should Heskey return?
The man who dipped into his own pocket to help save the club in the dark days of 2002 has royal blue credentials, even though he did claim to be a life-long Liverpool fan when he departed for Anfield. 
A second coming would appeal to the romantics among City support, but would he still be able to do the job?
The raw teenager we used to know is now 33 and not getting regular first team football at Villa.
Depending on how much he has left in the tank he could either be a roaring success against Championship defences… or injury prone and a non-event. They do say never go back. Steve Guppy tried it and probably wished he hadn’t…

So what would you do? Bring Emile back…. or not?  

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City’s Far East Profile is Raised…

Don’t forget to send us a postcard from your travels this summer…

First up is Joel Bevans….

I’ve been a City fan since the age dot. Mum and Dad took me along from an early age and I  was instantly hooked! I am an avid reader of The Fox and have been a Foxile for a number of years. 

I got married in July 2010 and have been on a backpacking honeymoon, around the world.  I recently passed through Bangkok Airport and was thrilled to see stacks of LCFC merchandise including shirts, t-shirts, hats, mugs, DVD’s and key rings. I felt like I was back in the Club shop, well I suppose I was, just a little further afield.  The cherry on the top was the flatscreen showing full 90 minute coverage of City’s games. Brilliant!
 
 

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City End With a Flourish

Leicester City 4:2 Ipswich Town

City ended the 2010-11 season in style with a 4-2 win over Ipswich on Saturday, leaving their fans wondering what might have been…

It was typical end of season fare, an afternoon when applause rang around the ground time and again and not just for the four goals. Alan Birchenall, on completing his 31st charity run was given a lifetime contract by the club, now immune to the whims of just-visiting cost-cutters who didn’t understand the role he playes and his invaluable link with players past.
Richie Wellens also got a warm ovation on receipt of his Player of the Season award, as did Aleksander Tunchev when he came on for Vitor on the half hour for his first decent spell on the field in many months.

City, with one change – Van Aanholt in for Mee – had a superb first half although it could have been different had Ipswich not wasted two early chances.
A slip-up from Vitor presented Norris with a one-on-one chance with Weale, but he missed the target.
Van Aanholt and Yakubu both went close as play raced from end to end in a lively opening, and then Weale produced a fine double save to prevent Connor and then Wickham giving the visitors the lead. 
Instead, it was City who went ahead in the 26th minute, with Gallagher delivering a perfect cross from the left, met by the head of King at the far post for his 15th goal of the season.
 City were then forced into two changes with Vassell and Vitor limping out of the action to be replaced by Kamara and Tunchev.
Tunchev came close to a glorious comeback but sent an acrobatic volley just over the bar.
The re-shuffled City side did extend their lead in the  41st minute, however, when Abe centred from the left, King struck the right hand post, and the rebound went straight to Yakubu who netted the 11th goal of his loan spell.
Just before the break the home fans were celebrating again as King crossed from the right and Abe found the bottom left hand corner with a sidefooter for his first City goal.
3-0 and crusing at the break, but some familiar defensive failings came back to haunt City in the second half
as the visitors came back to 3-2 with two goals in three minutes.
In the 68th minute Bruma handled while attempting to head away a corner and Leadbitter sent his spot kick low to Weale’s right.
In the 71st minute the away corner were conga-ing in delight after a suicidal back pass from Van Aanholt and a slip from Weale allowed Connor to make it 3-2.
Happily, any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished just moments later when brilliant work from Van Aanholt down the left – exchanging one-twos with Gallagher and Yakubu –  saw him cross for King whose effort was saved by Fulop, but fell for Kamara to net from close in.
This was followed by a twenty man brawl after a poor challenge on Yakubu but only yellow cards were shown when peace was eventually restored.
Ipswich’s challenge was seen off this time and the remainder of the game was about fun in the sun for the two sets of fans with Ipswich becoming perhaps the first ever set of away fans to join in with the wave.
 


It was difficult not to get excited about next season at this stage. With a team that has often looked superb at home (not often enough away) there is clearly a solid base to be improved upon and a budget that should allow Sven Goran Eriksson to do the job. Even the new kit – unveiled in this match – has something about it that suggests ‘promotion’…
Sven was well aware of this season’s failings: “We need to build on the good stuff. Our team is good to watch with some brilliant passing and combinations but that is not good enough to get you promoted. If we did not make so many mistakes we would easily be in the play-offs. We have to do it better next season.”

Leicester: Weale, Vitor (Tunchev 30), Naughton, Van Aanholt, Bruma, King, Abe, Wellens (Oakley 77), Yakubu, Gallagher, Vassell (Kamara 27). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Moreno, Howard, Smith. 
Ipswich: Fulop, McAuley, Delaney, Leadbitter, Kennedy, Healy, Martin (Peters 74), Norris, Edwards,Scotland (Carson 64), Wickham. Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Brown, Murray, Drury, Civelli

Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorks). Attendance: 24,859.

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City Draw at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1:1 Leicester City

City’s final away match of the season saw a tame 1-1 draw at Doncaster, with the mathematics ensuring a repeat of this fixture next season….

Rovers needed a point to ensure survival (or didn’t, as things turned out) while City’s play-off hopes were already extinguished.  That didn’t stop 2,300 City fans making the journey, however.
 
City enjoyed a bright start, Vassell having one effort ruled out by a linesman’s flag and Gallagher unable to hit the target when well-placed.
Former Doncaster midfielder Wellens then created two chances but Yakubu and King were both blocked by the home defence.
Coppinger and Mason both went close as Rovers picked up towards the break, but the sides went in goalless at the break.
That deadlock only lasted for five minutes into the second half. Brooker, a half time substitute, took full advantage of a loose ball that sat up for him 25 yards out, firing a half-volley beyond the reach of Weale.
City introduced a sub of their own, bringing Kamara on for Gallagher, but he couldn’t pull off a similar trick, wasting a good effort after good work from Wellens.
It was another sub, Howard on for Abe, who set up City’s 76th minute equaliser. A good run from Vassell down the right present Howard with the ball on the edge of the area and he slipped a clever pass through for Yakubu to stab the ball past Sullivan.
Mason forced a good save from Weale, with Rovers still needing the point at this stage, until news of Barnsley’s equaliser at Sheffield United relieved the tension among the home supporters.
The game petered out to a 1-1 draw, Donny delighted to be staying in the Championship, City less so.

Sven was looking forward: “Now we have to produce a big performance at home against Ipswich Town in front of our fans and then we have to start to think about next season, learn from this season and the little mistakes we have been doing, and try to do it better next season.”

Doncaster: Sullivan, O’Connor, Friend, Thomas, Dumbuya, Gillett (Stock 81), Coppinger, Oster, Mason (Hird 89), Euell (Brooker 46), Hayter. Subs Not Used: Shiels, Wilson, Kilgallon, Maxted.  
Leicester: Weale, Vitor, Naughton, Mee (Berner 66), Bruma, King, Abe (Howard 61), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher (Kamara 52), Vassell. Subs Not Used:Moreno, Tunchev, Smith, Dyer.

Referee: D. Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 11,757.

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