Monthly Archives: February 2012

The FOX – 25th Anniversary issue – OUT NOW!

The FOX – the Leicester City fanzine – is twenty five years old… issue 179 is in the shops now…

Join in our silver anniversary celebrations with a special edition of The FOX, featuring:
an interview with former-City boss David Pleat; What Was the Year? Quiz; Odd One Out; Fully Programmed from 25 years ago; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind – Meadow Lane and the ZDS; the Chris Lymn Column; an extract from our new book ‘GOT, NOT GOT’; John Hutchinson’s From the Archives; 25 years of The FOX; enter our comptition to won a classic Filbert Street turnstile block model; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots; and FortySomething…

A quarter of a century, and we’re still here…

You can subscribe to The FOX and catch up on what you have missed this season here or just order the 25th Anniversary edition by paying £2.75 to garysilke@sky.com on Paypal.

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Danns Does for Derby

Derby County 0:1 Leicester City

A strike from Neil Danns proved to be the difference between the two sides as City beat Derby at Pride Park on Thursday night, though the margin should have been greater…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Konchesky in for Kennedy, and no place for Mills on the bench. 
City carried on where they left off at Norwich, putting in a superb first half performance against a Derby side on a poor run.
Danns appeared to have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy and his first effort forced an awkward parry from Fielding in the Rams’ goal.
City were in control despite Derby’s efforts to close them down and took a 16th minute lead on the break.
Konchesky came out of defence with the ball and fed Dyer on the left. His burst of pace took him past Green and his low cross found Danns coming in at the far post for a well-controlled volley that defeated Fielding.
Danns, given too much room by Derby,  fired in several long range efforts after that, but Barker deflected one and Fielding managed to tip two away at full stretch. Try as they might City couldn’t extend their lead before half-time, while Derby were struggling to string three passes together, to the frustration of the home crowd.
 The second half saw Derby improve, and an early chance saw Morgan slicing a Roberts cross dangerously near to his own goal.
City should have gone further ahead when Nugent neatly controlled a Marshall cross and found himself clear in front of goal but he hurried his effort wide when he had more time than he realised.
Morgan & Co in City’s defence were getting busier, though Schmeichel was still hardly getting a touch, though they had too much for Green and Tyson who could not find a way through.
At the other end Beckford’s persistence provided him with a shot from an acute angle which Fielding blocked.
Bamba came on for a limping Peltier to help defend the lead and although Derby built up a bit of pressure and forced a series of corners City looked just as likely to score and they hit the woodwork three times in the latter stages.
Nugent got his head to a Marshall corner but Fielding managed to tip it onto the bar; and then Dyer cutting in from the left managed to hit the post and bar within a second.
Fortunately City didn’t pay for their profligacy in front of goal, Dann’s effort being enough to wrap up their fourth consecutive victory against Derby and delight the noisy away following.

Derby: Fielding, Green, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Carroll, Hendrick, Bryson (Robinson 81), Ward, Tyson, Ball (Davies 76). Unused Subs: Buxton, Legzdins, Naylor.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier (Bamba 72), Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall (Drinkwater 79), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Delfouneso 72). Unused Subs: Howard, Kennedy.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).Attendance: 28,205.
 

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Superb City Storm into Quarter-Finals

FA Cup 5th Round: Norwich City 1:2 Leicester City

A magnificent performance from City saw them defy the odds to hurdle Premier League Norwich at Carrow Road and reach a place in the last eight of the FA Cup…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Morgan and Marshall making their full debuts and Danns and Kennedy recalled.
It seemed that Norwich only giving Leicester half their entitlement of tickets had given us a rallying point, aided by a few comments from Nigel Pearson. City got off to a determined start, while the travelling 2,400 sang: “Your ground’s too small for us.” and “You stole all our seats.”
They were soon celebrating the opening goal when a spell of early pressure brought four corners, the last of which was delivered by Marshall from the left and nodded home by St Ledger.


The sense of injustice in the away end was added to when Norwich were awarded a penlty in the 22nd minute. Schmeichel came out to gather a ball, and Bennett backed into him, going down under a slight bit of contact. Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot and insult was added to injury when the City keeper produced a fantastic save from Hoolahan’s spot-kick only for the Irishman to be presented with an unmissable rebound.
City pressed on, taking the game to their high-flying opponents, but were subject to a further outrage on the half hour. Another well-flighted flag kick from Marshall caused condusion in the Canaries’ defence and Morgan’s back heel crossed the goal line by a couple of feet until blocked by the chest of Ward. City’s appeals were waved away and the sense of injustice festered in the away section at the break.
City continued to be the better side after the break and any expected onslaught from the home side never materialised. Their best chance fell to Barnett but Wellens stuck out a leg to block his effort on the line from point blank range.
Justice was finally done in the 71st minute when a sixty yard ball out of defence from St Ledger was put into Nugent’s path with a perfect cushioned header from Beckford. Nugent ran through the centre of Norwich’s defence before sending a low shot low to Steer’s right and into the net.

Following the raucous celebrations City had a while to hang on. A goalbound Martin effort was blocked by a yellow shirt and Hoolahan could only fire the loose ball into Schmeichel’s arms. From his long drop-kick Drury got into a tangle allowing Beckford in down the left but his fierce shot hit the angle of post and bar.  
There was just one heart-in-mouth moment for City in the closing stages when Wilbraham’s low shot was saved at full stretch by Schmeichel and Konchesky dived in to clear the rebound.
But City were never greatly stretched and the final whistle heralded their progression to the quarter finals for the first time in seven years.
Nigel Pearson echoed the sentiments of his team’s delighted supporters:
This is still a very prestigious competition. When you get to the latter stages you start dreaming you can be successful.”

Norwich: Steer, Martin, Barnett, Ward, Drury, Bennett, Fox (Johnson 78), Hoolahan, Pilkington, Jackson (Vaughan 62), Morison (Wilbraham 62). Unused Subs: Ruddy, Crofts, Surman, Lappin.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Kennedy (Konchesky 66), Marshall (Delfouneso 66), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford. Unused Subs: Smith, Mills, Howard, Moussa, Hopper.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral). Attendance: 26,658.

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City Stung by Hornets

Watford 3:2 Leicester City

City’s play-off hopes look ever more distant after a 3-2 defeat at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.
An unchanged City set out looking for their first back-to-back wins in a year, but suffered an early setback. In the 5th minute a Peltier fouled Garner on the left. Murray swung in a free-kick that was glanced beyond Schmeichel by the head of Mariappa.
Six minutes later City were level when Nugent cut in from the left and beat Loach with an accurate drive, Beckford helping to distract the keeper. 
By the 18th minute the 1,400 City fans were celebrating again as Beckford and Nugent, showing an increasing understanding, combined to give City the lead.  Beckford’s flick to Nugent on the edge of the area set him up nicely for a full-blooded half-volley that flew past Loach.
Drinkwater then went close as City pushed forward looking to extend their lead.
However, the teams would go in level at the break after a Watford enjoyed a slice of luck. A Murray free-kick took a big deflection off the wall, leaving Schmeichel stranded.
Nigel Pearson brought on Morgan for Peltier and Danns for Drinkwater at the start of the second half as the game tightened up.
St Ledger, now operating down the right, capped a good run with a fine cross but Beckford missed a big opportunity to regain the lead for City.
Loach was tested by efforts from Beckford and Gallagher, and Morgan went close with a header, before the home side began to gain the upper hand in the final twenty minutes.
Eustace almost caught Schmeichel out with a chip but the Dane managed to reach it after some furious back-pedalling.
The decisive moment of the game arrived with ten minutes to go, when substitute Forsyth fired home a low shot from 18 yards.
City desperately tried to find a leveller but Wellens sent an effort off target before some late controversy.
Nosworthy tripped Beckford just inside the area, but Doyley was shown the red card and referee David Webb awarded a free-kick on the 18 yard line.
Gallagher could not repeat his trick against Cardiff and City’s league season was all but over.
A bullish Pearson did not agree:  “I’ve just told the players that I don’t want to hear anybody talking about the season being over. It doesn’t enter my mindset as far as I’m concerned and I don’t expect anybody else within our ranks to be talking in those terms as well.”

Watford: Loach, Hodson, Nosworthy, Mariappa, Doyley, Murray (Forsyth 46), Eustace, Hogg, Kacaniklic (Dickinson 90+4), Iwelumo, Garner (Buaben 81). Unused subs: Gilmartin, Yeates.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier (Morgan 46), Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher, Wellens, Drinkwater (Danns 46), Dyer (Howard 85), Nugent, Beckford. Unused subs: Logan, Marshall.

Referee: David Webb (CountryDurham). Attendance: 11,800.

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Gallagher Goals see off Cardiff

Leicester City 2:1 Cardiff City

Paul Gallagher, back in the starting XI for the suspended Danns, scored both City goals in a 2-1 over Cardiff at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…

City dominated the game right from the start but didn’t have much luck in front of goal after some neat approach play. Gallagher sent a shot wide and a Mills header also failed to find the target.
Despite the one way traffic from a fluid City side the home fans had to wait until five minutes before the break for the first goal.
Konchesky sent a fierce half volley goalwards but it was blocked by Marshall.
Gallagher floated in the resulting corner which saw hesitancy in the Cardiff defence leading to a scramble that saw Wellens barged over for an obvious penalty. Gallagher did his usual neat job from 12 yards to give City an overdue lead.
Moments later it looked as though Cardiff had levelled when Miller lobbed the ball over Schmeichel and into the net,  but celebrations in the Welsh corner were halted by an offside flag.
City started where they had left off in the second half with Dyer setting up Nugent for a shot which Marshall did well to reach. Beckford, then beat two Cardiff defenders before seeing Marshall block his shot at the near post.
City extended their lead in the 70th minute after Dyer had been brought down by Cowie 20 yards out. Gallagher’s swinging shot over the wall and into the top left hand corner left Marshall a spectator.
City being City, we weren’t allowed a comfortable close to the game. With 13 minutes remaining a Peltier push on Gestede saw the second penalty award of the game and Whittingham crashed it home to give the Bluebirds some hope.
City weathered a bit of late pressure but hung on for the three points that their impressive display had earned.
Nigel Pearson commented: “We were dominant and a little unlucky to concede a penalty because there was a foul on Kasper leading up to the incident. I think we played with confidence and created some good chances as well. There have been suggestions we look jittery when we concede a goal but I thought we coped with that well and stayed the dominant side to win well.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher (Howard 90+2), Wellens, Drinkwater, Dyer (Marshall 71), Nugent, Beckford. Unused subs: Delfouneso, Logan, Morgan.
Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Gerrard, Turner, Taylor, Cowie, Gunnarsson (Kiss 7 (Mason 65), Whittingham, Conway, Vuckic (Gestede 46), Miller. Unused subs: Parish, Blake.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Bolton). Attendance: 21,375.

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February Sales!

Following on from our popular January offer we have another bargain bundle of Fox stuff for February… 

This features the following publications:

The Best of The Fox Issues 31 – 40  Fanzine highlights covering the period from February 1993 to February 1994…
The Best of Unforgettables  Nearly 50 articles and cartoons of your favourite City players…
Completely Frank  The first compliation of Fanatical Frank strips going from 1993 to 1997…
Completely Frank 2  Covering the period 1997 to 2006…
ThirtySomething  All the ThirtySomething strips from the start in 1996 up until 2004.

All these are available for just £10.00 including postage.

You can either pay via Paypal: garysilke@sky.com

Or send a cheque made out to ‘The Fox’ to:

The Fox, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

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City see red as Brighton take the points

Brighton & Hove Albion 1:0 Leicester City

City ended Saturday’s match against Brighton at the Amex with eight men on the field as a tight game descended into a farce…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side for City’s first visit to Brighton’s impressive new stadium, with Drinkwater in for Gallagher.
City enjoyed a lot of possession in the early stages of the game as Brighton seemed content to sit back and await their chance.
Neither keeper was troubled until the 15th minute when Brezovan comfortable fielded a Konchesky free-kick.
Gradually Brighton stepped up their attacking game and they had the ball in the net in the 25th minute, but Sparrow’s effort was ruled offside.
Wellens was then to blame for allowing Mackail-Smith in to set up Sparrow, but the City midfiedler raced back to make amends and challenged just as Schmeichel came out bravely to block.
Mackail-Smith then squandered a chance from close in, before Nugent sent a header inches wide to wrap up the first half action.


We’ll never know how this even-matched game would have turned out as City were reduced to ten men just seven minutes into the second half.
Beckford appeared to be annoyed at how easily Seagulls defender Dunk had gone over and gave him a slight nudge to encourage him up. This had the linesman wildly flagging for the ref’s attention and a red card was waved after consultation.
Nigel Pearson brought Morgan on for his debut, and City looked pretty comfortable for most of the reminder of the game.
Buckley went close as he broke down the right chasing a Vokes ball, but Schmeichel beat away his angled drive and althought the rebound returned to Buckley he fired it over the bar.
City were still creating chances of their own and Drinkwater cut in dangerously from the left but couldn’t find Nugent with his cross when he should perhaps have had an attempt on goal himself.
With five minutes to go the sides were evened up when Sparrow was dismissed for a wild challenge that caught the newly introduced Marshall on the shin.
Another City sub Delfouneso, also took a heavy knock and was off the field when the home side summoned their cruel 90th minute winner. 
Nine man City were stretched by a Seagulls attack and Vicente managed to pick out Buckley near the left hand post with time and room to line up a cool finish past Schmeichel.
It got worse for City in injury time when Danns hauled down Vicente on the edge of the area, was judged to have been last man, and recieved the third red card of the game.
It was harsh on City, who had battled hard for something from this game, and also for their supporters, who faced a long and arduous trip home through arctic conditions.

Brighton: Brezovan, Calderon, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd (Mattock 63), Sparrow, Navarro (Vokes 63), Bridcutt, Buckley, Mackail-Smith (Vicente 70), Barnes. Unused Subs: Ankergren, Forster-Caskey.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky (Morgan 59), Drinkwater, Danns, Wellens (Marshall 67), Dyer, Nugent (Delfouneso 76), Beckford. Unused Subs: Logan, Gallagher.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 20,223.

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