Monthly Archives: June 2012

Leicester ‘Highlights’ DVD is out…

2011-12 may well go down as one of the most disappointing seasons in Leicester City’s history, what with all the pre-season expectations and that, but still I find myself handing over £13 to go through it all again…

It is the usual slick, professional job, with every goal from every game as promised, as well as a large number of Kasper Schmeichel saves, and more sending-offs than ever before.
But what slightly sticks in the craw is the blurb on the back, which takes ‘looking on the bright side’ to a whole new, deluded, level.

“The Foxes feel good factor is well and truly back!”

“Dream doubles over Derby and Coventry as well as the 4-0 thumping of Forest, confirmed Leicester as the number one club in the East Midlands…”

“A sensational run to the sixth round of the FA Cup… and being oh so tantalisingly close to a place in the play-offs…”

Come on… don’t insult our intelligence. It was a poor season. We’re either going to buy the DVD to stick it on the shelf with all the others, or we’re not.
Sugar coating it won’t get a single extra sale….

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A full review of the season, and the DVD, will appear in The Fox Summer Special 2012…

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City are left to get on with it…

For once the Leicester City fixture list has not been picked to bits with the announcement of Sky’s opening games…

They kick off with Cardiff City (in red) v newly promoted Huddersfield Town on Friday, August 17.
This is followed by:
Sat Aug 18: Leeds v Wolves (12.45pm)
Fri Aug 24: Bolton v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)
Sun Sep 9: Coventry v Stevenage (1.15pm)
Sun Sep 9: Crawley v Portsmouth (3.30pm)
Fri Sep 14: Charlton v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
Fri Sep 21: Blackburn v Middlesbrough (7.45pm)
Fri Oct 19: Sheffield Weds v Leeds (7.45pm)

Suits us just fine…

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Contribute to The FOX Summer Special 2012

Work is underway on The 22nd annual FOX Summer Special…

If you would like to contribute anything to this year’s issue then please submit it by e-mail to: garysilke@sky.com
or post to:  The Fox, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

by Friday 13th July…

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41 Years ago today – Jimmy Bloomfield arrived at Filbert Street

Leicester fans of a certain age hold very fond memories of the side that Jimmy Bloomfield built… 

Barring the Charity Shield in his first game they never lifted any silverware, so it is difficult to explain quite how colourful and exciting those times were, but those who were there at the time will know.

Last year The FOX had an interview with Jimmy’s son David, here is an extract of what turned out to be an excellent and revealing piece.

FOX: Whereabouts did you live in Leicester?

DB: We lived in Oadby, just off Manor Road, Cranbourne Gardens. It was Manor Road ‘unadopted’ at the time, which made it a really bumpy ride for my bike or later my Mark II Cortina. I think its part of the University now?

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.

FOX: Did you have a certain amount of reflected celebrity status, being the City manager’s son?

DB: Yes. I mean they all knew who I was, before I got to know anybody in the school. But I’d had that at all my schools because my father was quite a well known player, so I was quite accustomed to it. I quite liked it, to be perfectly honest.
I remember in my first game of football they were trying to kick me and I did respond to that. I had more of a London twang at the time, which warned them off.
It’s a funny thing, it makes some people dislike you more and some like you more, not for anything that you have done.

FOX: The public perception of Jimmy was that he was always a very mild-mannered, even tempered sort of individual, is that your impression of him?

DB: Yes, well football was always talked about at home. My mother was always interested in the game too so it would have been bizarre not to talk about it.
Dad always said the only thing that could make him swear was football. If a player had done something diametrically opposed to what he had told him to do then that would rile him. But he wasn’t a ranter and a raver, that was never his style.
I’ve worked for the FA as press officer for quite a while and I remember Terry Venables saying: “If you lose your temper, where do you go after that?”
I think ranting and raving might work once or twice but after that it goes over people’s heads.

For a copy of The FOX with the full interview send £3 to: The Fox, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ or pay via Paypal £3.25 to garysilke@sky.com 

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New Leicester City Photo Archive is Launched

Our new online Leicester City photo archive – FOX PHOTOS – is now open to the public…

Check out fifty years of Leicester City images on our new site here.

We have been working for some time to get the archives of Neville Chadwick and Dave Morcom out of the filing cabinets and into public view, and now have over 500 images spanning six decades up on the site.

We will be continuously adding images to the site and hope to build up a comprehensive online pictoral history of Leicester City FC unrivalled by that of any other club.

So have a browse, enjoy, reminisce, look for your face in the crowd and send us your feedback. You can also order prints of any of the images you can see, which will help towards the costs of the site and improving the finances of The Fox.

Up the City!

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Leicester Kick-Off 2012-13 at home to Posh

City have been handed a home opener by the fixture computer with Peterborough United visiting the King Power Stadium on August 18…

The last time City were home to Posh for the season’s curtain raiser was the 1993-94 season (David Speedie’s debut) which ended with promotion…

Trips to Charlton and Blackburn follow in August, the Boxing Day fixture is at Hull and the final game of the season is away at Nottingham Forest.

See here for the full fixture list …

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Leicester City kick off 2012-13 by the seaside…

This morning’s League Cup draw has given City an away tie in Devon…

Torquay United will host City’s first game of the season, with the game taking place in the week commencing 13th August.
No doubt many City fans will enjoy a stop over in Torbay, though Plainmoor only has a capacity of 5,000 so tickets may be in short supply.

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