Monthly Archives: May 2012

Unhappy Anniversary to all Leicester City fans…

After yesterday’s enjoyable crowing over Derby we come to earth with a bump, remembering the 19th Anniversary of one of the most remarkable games in Leicester City’s history…

Leicester v Swindon 1993 Play-Off Final… 

Under Brian Little things had greatly improved… we still had bad days of course, like the 5-1 at Cambridge, but you knew that it would be put right and we’d still be heading the right direction.

So the only time I was genuinely turned inside out during his time was that remarkable Play Off Final against Swindon. Never was the Leicester City Rollercoaster so violently given to soaring and dipping.

3-0 down and national disgrace became 3-3 and manic, shouting celebrations among the 40,000 City fans.
Then the rug was pulled away from under our feet again and we crashed to the ground. Steve White’s dive was even more painfully obvious than David Speedie’s the year before.

I physically, and in a very real sense, lost the power of speech for several days.

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Happy 18th Anniversary to all Leicester fans…

From The FOX Summer Special 1994 – illustrations by Smitt…

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Martin O’Neill returns to Leicester for pre-season friendly

Leicester City’s pre-season programme continues to take shape with further games being announced…

24 July – Hinckley United @ Greene King Stadium – 7.30pm

28 July  – ShrewsburyTown @ Greenhous Meadow – 3pm

1 August – BurtonAlbion @ Pirelli Stadium – 7.45pm

4 August – Lincoln City @ Sincil Bank – 3pm

11 August – Sunderland @ King Power Stadium – 3pm

Although this list lacks some of the glamour of Real Madrid’s visit last summer, the return of Martin O’Neill with his Sunderland side is sure to cause some interest…

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Pre-Season kicks off with LCFC v LCFC

Leicester City have announced that the first game of their pre-season programme takes them to Sincil Bank to face Conference side Lincoln City on Saturday 4th August…

This fixture reminds us of previous trips to Sincil Bank… this article was written in 2006…

It has become my annual ritual to go to one of City’s pre-match friendlies away from home, not more, not less. More than one is getting a bit mad, there are other things to do with the Summer, but none is a bit lazy.

This is simply to catch up with my football friends that I don’t otherwise see; have a beer in a town we don’t normally visit; watch the new players and the new kit in action and generally have a relaxing evening and a laugh.

What this exercise should never ever be, is an attempt to find an indication of how well City are going to do when the proper season kicks in. You might as well try and read the tea leaves in the bottom of your cup as try and read a pre-season friendly. If anything, the worse we are pre-season the better the campaign that follows.

So on Monday 24th July, a mere two weeks after Italy lifted the World Cup in Berlin, we headed for Lincoln on an unbelievably hot evening. Most people go to Lincoln to visit the magnificent cathedral, the world’s tallest building from 1300 to 1549 and described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as “..the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles.” Not us though, we just had a look out of the car window as we drove past it in search of the considerably more modest Sincil Bank. We’d come to see a combination of Leicester City’s first team and fringe players taking on League Two’s Lincoln City, rather than one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe…

 

The last time I visited the home of Lincoln City was in 1988. It was a summer of great expectation for City fans – after David Pleat had taken over in January a poor team had undergone a transformation. Pleat’s side played some fantastic football and it was promotion form all the way through to May when we beat Middlesbrough, one of the best sides in the division, at Ayresome Park.

We were expecting 1988-89 to bring promotion and City’s performance at Lincoln suggested that things were on course with a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Peter Weir, Mike Newell (2) and Paul Reid.

Sadly this proved to be a false dawn, City struggled their way through 1988-89 and finished 15th.

We saw the game from two different vantage points, after being told that there was no segregation we opted to stand on the home terrace. Just before half time a large group of locals surrounded us and told us we had been ‘sussed’ as the wrong LCFC. This didn’t require the detection skills of Hercule Poirot as we had enthusiastically applauded our goals, but they looked in no mood for debate. This was no ‘Friendly’ as far as they were concerned. The Lincs constabulary plucked us from danger and gave us a free upgrade putting us in the Main Stand seats.

Back in 2006 the bunch of kids away to our left in Lincoln shirts aren’t quite as threatening, but things are getting embarrassing. The beers we had in the George & Dragon are beginning to wear off and we are 3-0 down, with the League Two side rampant and threatening to add to the score.

Of course it doesn’t MATTER. When Rab Douglas handed Lincoln an 18th minute lead, parrying a long range shot up and over his head turning round just in time to see the ball trickling apologetically over the line, most of the 300 City fans laughed and applauded – not something that would have happened in a serious game. By the third, however, the laughter had dried up.

City’s barnstorming second half comeback brought a blush-saving 3-3 draw, with notable contributions from O’Grady, Hammond and Dodds, but I’m afraid you’ll get no predictions for the forthcoming season from me. I thought Dennis Wise looked like a great signing after a 2-1 win at Northampton in 2001…

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Leicester Release Half a Dozen

Leicester City today announced that six players were to be released: Darius Vassell,  Steve Howard, Matt Oakley, Chris Weale, Aleksandar Tunchev and  Elliott Chamberlain.

There were no real surprises in this list of the long-term injured and out of favour and, with the recent influx of young players arriving, the squad’s average age has just dropped significantly.
Howard and Oakley will be best remembered for their contribution to the League One title-winning season, whereas Vassell and Tunchev’s City careers were truncated by injury; while Weale’s loss of form was almost dramatic.

We wish them all well in whatever they take on next…

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Leicester Break Record to Land Vardy

Leicester City have broken the Non-League transfer record to bring prolific goalscorer Jamie Vardy to the King Power Stadium…

A million pound fee has been agreed for the 25 year old, which could raise to £1.7M if he continues his meteoric rise.

Sheffield-born Vardy has an incredible record in non-League football scoring 66 goals in 107 appearances for Stockbridge Park Steels; 29 in 41 for FC Halifax Town; and 31 in 36 for Fleetwood Town, playing a big part in their runaway Conference title win.

£1M for a non-League player could be considered something of a gamble, but the lad certainly seems to know where the goals are, and they are the same size in the Championship.

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City Seal Agreement on Manchester United Duo

The first activity of the close season saw City announce that they had reached an agreement with Manchester United that would bring Ritchie De Laet and Matty James to the KPS…

Nigel Pearson told the official LCFC website:  “Ritchie and Matthew are both players we have been monitoring for some time and we are very pleased to be able to bring them both to the Club. Both are hungry, young players with winning mentalities, experience of Championship football and a desire to be successful. They will add considerable quality to the squad.”

This certainly seems like an encouraging start to the summer transfer activity bringing in two young, well-schooled players…

Antwerp-born Da Laet is a primarily left-sided defender, who has already pulled on a number of different club shirts. Although he is only 23 he has turned out for Royal Antwerp, Stoke City and Manchester United; also making loan appearances for Wrexham, Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich. He has also played for the Belgian national side twice.
Being from Belgium, with that hairstyle, may we be the first to give him the nickname TinTin.

Lancashire-born Matty James is a midfielder who was a regular in United’s reserves, but only made one, non-playing, appearance on the first team bench. He has, however, made 28 appearances for Preston during two loan spells.

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