The Big Kick Off – Good Omen for Leicester City

Nigel Pearson’s side prepare to entertain Peterborough when league action commences tomorrow afternoon… the last time Leicester City played Peterborough United at home on Big Kick Off Day was the 1993-94 season…

Disorientating times down at old Filbert Street. The 1920s built Main Stand had succumbed to the wrecking ball and the new Carling Stand was growing up in its place but some way off being ready for spectators.
If a three-sided ground, with no away fans to sing at, made for a bit of a bewildering atmosphere, there was also the forbidding prospect of seeing our arch-nemesis pulling on the sacred royal blue Fox Leisure shirt…

Just over a year after his notorious dive for Blackburn Rovers at Wembley in the 1992 Play Off Final David Speedie was a Leicester player.
It was an unthinkable signing at the time and it had divided the opinion of City fans over the summer. The “Cheat Fell Over!” chants from the Kop were met with a theatrical yawn by the pocket battleship and he had won them over within a quarter of an hour. Firstly, by sending Gary Mills in on goal, before he was tripped for a 13th minute penalty and then setting up a second for Tony James two minutes later.
Speedie was no longer the Devil incarnate, and with his abrasive style, and 12 goals, he went on to contribute as much as anyone to what proved to be a promotion season – ending in victory over Derby County at Wembley…

after nine years outside the top flight, we’ll take any good omen we can get.

This article first appeared in the Leicester Mercury – where you can read the Gary Silke column every Thursday…

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