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Burnley 0:1 Leicester City

Burnley dec 12City won for the second time in December when they ground out a win in a tight struggle at Turf Moor.

Nigel Pearson recalled Lloyd Dyer ahead of Andy King on the left and there was a starting place for Liam Moore in place of the injured Zak Whitbread as City looked to finish 2012 on a high note. The most notable incident in the opening stages of the game though was the loss for Burnley of Charlie Austin, leaving the field after just 7 minutes. Burnley’s reliance on this prolific player was reflected in the mood of the home fans as he limped away.

City capitalised on this and applied some early pressure with Ben Marshall getting a good shot away after a mazy run down the right; Lee grant in the Burnley goal was equal to that effort with a diving save but could do nothing about City’s opener on the half hour. A long throw from Ben Marshall was beautifully controlled by Wes Morgan in the area, he turned and sent the ball across the goalmouth where David Nugent applied the deftest of touches from close in to nudge the ball in to the corner of the net.

Burnley’s response to this setback was a solitary Patterson effort, comfortably saved by Schmeichel and a mis-hit effort from Ings. The second half opened with the home side showing more urgency but the end product was still missing and Schmeichel was not called upon to make any serious saves until Patterson’s low drive at the near post forced him to block with his legs. As the home side pressed for an equaliser in the final quarter of the game so more space opened up for City and an end-to-end game ensued with City always the more likely to extend their lead. Burnley’s best efforts were dealt with by Schmeichel or a body was on hand to block the effort as City defended superbly. At the other end De Laet tested Grant with a fierce shot and then Dyer drew a superb stop from the keeper before Futacs made space for himself and unleashed a rising shot that clipped the bar in the final minute. Burnley still had time for one more effort on goal and Patterson fired a close range shot too close to Schmeichel as City fans behind the goal held their breath.

It was a deserved win for City even though they were never at their best and ‘winning ugly’ will suit Nigel Pearson just fine after some good displays recently that have brought no reward. 2012 will close with City in a play-off spot and seemingly emerging from a poor run of results. With striker Chris Wood confirmed as the next City signing and more to come it seems that Pearson is being backed with funds to strengthen the promotion push and from this position it would be hugely disappointing if City were not to be in the promotion or play off mix in May.

Happy New Year!

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Marney, McCann, Wallace (Vokes 57), Ings, Treacy (Stock 83), Austin (Paterson 8). Subs: Jensen, Edgar, O’Neill, Bartley.

City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 82), Nugent (Futacs 86). Subs: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.

 Attendance: 13,050. Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into the first week of January – it includes:

All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

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Leicester agree terms with Kiwi Chris Wood

After weeks of rumours City have now confirmed that they will be signing West Brom’s New Zealand international Chris Wood.

chris woodThe 21 year old striker has agreed terms with Leicester and the transfer will go ahead as soon as the January transfer window opens.
Auckland-born Wood moved to England in 2009 signing for West Brom and like many young players now he has racked up a fair number of loan clubs, appearing for Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol City and, most recently, Millwall.

Wood has a steadily more impressive goals/games ratio, netting 11 times in 19 appearances while at the Den.
He has also been capped 29 times by his country, scoring 10 goals and played at the 2010 South Africa World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into the first week of January – it includes:

All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

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Hull Held

Hull City 0:0 Leicester City

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Leicester earned a deserved point at the KC Stadium with a tight and hard-working defensive performance in a match that neither side did enough to merit all 3 points…

Nigel Pearson made his intentions clear before kick-off when he recalled James in place of the injured Vardy and left his other striking options on the bench. This left David Nugent as the solitary striker ably supported from midfield by King, Marshall and Knockaert who got forward whenever possible.
City, as in previous matches recently, began brightly and for 20 minutes they played with confidence and control. Knockaert saw several long range efforts drift just wide before Drinkwater’s goal-bound strike was blocked by the outstretched hand of Jakupovic in the Hull goal.
When the Swiss keeper repeated his heroics a few minutes later, just keeping out another swerving Knockaert shot, it looked as if it wasn’t going to be City’s day.
Hull finally got in to the game in the period leading up to half time and created pressure and chances; Faye planted a free header wide from a corner, Simpson was put through by Koren and rounded Schmeichel only for De Laet to arrive from nowhere to clear the ball off of the line and then Aluko brought a superb, low save out of Schmeichel with a well-struck shot.

The second half was less compelling as a midfield slog developed in the pouring rain. As the game settled in to a stalemate it City almost broke the deadlock when Faye sliced Moore’s cross wide of his own post much to the relief of the, now subdued, home support. City also came close when Waghorn and Knockaert combined beautifully in a rare moment of class, to set up Marshall for a fierce shot that was saved low down by Jakupovic.
The Hull ‘keeper had to be at his best again when he somehow kept out Gallagher’s dipping free-kick; it was Gallagher’s first touch having just come on. In between these efforts Simpson brought another fine save from Schmeichel.

The final whistle brought an unsatisfactory conclusion to the match with both sets of fans and managers declaring their contentment with a point but both knowing that a bit more ambition could have yielded all three. The bare statistics show that City have now taken just 3 points from a possible 12 and have failed to score since the 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Dec 8th.
Despite this dip in form City are still fifth but fans, management and players alike all know that there has to be an improvement in results soon if we are to be regarded as serious promotion contenders.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 84), Hobbs, Elmohamady, Koren, Evans (Cairney 71), Quinn, Brady, Simpson, Aluko (Rosenior 84). Unused Subs: Amos, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 46), Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, King (Gallagher 82), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert, Nugent (Waghorn 65), Marshall. Unused Subs: Dyer, Logan, Schlupp, Futacs.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Attendance: 20,321.
 

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into the first week of January – it includes:

All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

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City lose out to leaders Cardiff

Leicester City 0:1 Cardiff City

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City were edged out of this contest against league leaders Cardiff by a single goal at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson’s side had an excellent opening quarter of the game, with one-way traffic following towards Cardiff’s goal.  After Drinkwater had sent a long range effort sailing over the bar Nugent tested Marshall with an angled drive.
Marshall then did well to tip away a Morgan header from a corner; before City struck the woodwork twice in two seconds:  King firing against the post and Vardy instantly hitting the bar on the rebound.  An offside flag saved City’s blushes.
Knockaert then almost surprised Marshall with a swerving shot but he parried it to safety.
Cardiff then exhibited why they are the league leaders, taking a 25 minute lead with their first meaningful foray forwards.
City struggled to contain Kim down the right and his cross found Bellamy who produced a clinical first time finish from just inside the area.
Just as at Millwall, City’s heads seemed to go down and they could never match that opening spell again.
Vardy did manage to loop a header onto the bar just before the break, however.

The second half saw Cardiff dealing comfortably with City’s efforts to find an equaliser, while another immense contribution from Morgan ensured that the Welsh said didn’t add to their lead.  King also produced a brilliant last ditch challenge to deny  Gunnarsson from close in.
Vardy limped off early on, to be replaced by Waghorn, and then double substitution in the 62nd minute Dyer and Knockaert were replaced by Marshall and Lingard, but whatever combinations of players City had, they didn’t have enough to summon up an equaliser against an impressive Cardiff side.
Results elsewhere meant that City stayed fifth, but something is needed to lift them after a poor spell, possibly some activity in th eJanuary transfer window…

Nigel Pearson commented: “When you create as many goal-scoring opportunities as we did you would expect to score but today we came up against a side that, to be fair to them, defended well and had a lot of experience.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 62), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Lingard 62), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 51). Unused Subs: Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.
Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Conway, Mutch (Gunnarsson 76), Whittingham, Kim (Cowie 51), Helguson (Gestede 55), Bellamy. Unused Subs: Lewis, McNaughton, Noone, Mason.
 
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Attendance: 25,055.
 

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What do you get the Leicester fan who has everything?

You can now give a The Fox – the Leicester City fanzine – as a Christmas present…

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Our new offer includes:

All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

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Leicester Edged Out By Lions

Millwall 1:0 Leicester City

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A Taylor tap-in proved to be the difference between Millwall and Leicester at the Den on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side for this trip to South East London, with Vardy in for Waghorn who had his appendix out last week.
City got off to a decent start but couldn’t keep it going against a tough home side on a bobbling pitch.
Vardy set up King for an early opportunity but his progress was blocked by Lowry.
At the other end former City man N’Guessan sent a free header from a free-kick over the bar when he should have done better; and then Schmeichel saved from Trotter.
City’s best chance came when Vardy crossed to the far post from the left and Nugent’s volley struck keeper Forde from close in.
The last chance of a fairly uneventful half saw Schmeichel saving from N’Guessan, neither side really deserving to go down the tunnel a goal ahead.
Millwall were the better side in the period after the break, Wood sending a pull back from Lowry over the bar, and they took a 67th minute lead.
Trotter undid City on the break with a clever move down the left that saw him exchange passes with substitute Andy Keogh before squaring the ball to present  Taylor with the easiest of tap-ins from close range.
Nigel Pearson, having already brought Marshall on, then introduced James and Futacs with three up front.
But City never really troubled Millwall’s defence with Shittu having the upper hand over Futacs.
Marshall’s 30 yard free-kick tested Forde, but he gathered at the second attempt, and Nugent sent an effort narrowly wide of the left hand post, but even 5 minutes of time added on couldn’t help City claw back a point.

Nigel Pearson commented: “I see the game as a bit of a missed opportunity for us. We did quite well in the first half but conceded a sloppy goal which is difficult to take. Going into the game, we thought we had a good chance to get something out of it but we couldn’t find that bit of quality in the final third, but you’ve got to give Millwall credit, they played with great spirit and defended everything we threw at them.”

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Trotter, Abdou, Malone (Taylor 46), N’Guessan (Keogh 66), Wood (Batt 79). Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wright, Feeney, Smith.
Leicester:Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 64), King (James 70), Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 70), Vardy, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Schlupp, Moore, Lingard.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).  Attendance: 10,189. 

you can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer.All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issueFOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

You can either post the form below enclosing a cheque, or use the green button to pay online via Paypal…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…


 

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I Felt Your Presents…


Revisiting one of our favourite Christmas articles…

We asked you for your best and worst City-related Christmas Presents – here is a selection box of your stocking thrillers and plum duffs… 

I was about nine when I received the 1984-85 away kit. Dark green and gold pinstripes. Shorts and socks too. Slept in it that night and many nights after. Sad eh…?

My favourite was the signed aerial print of Filbo, just before its demise.  It captures matchday with West Stand and Family Enclosure full, overlooking a perfect carpet of a pitch.
There are thousands of fans outside walking to the match past the little terraced houses that surrounded the old ground.
I’m looking at it on the study wall right now!

I got a framed ‘Leicester’s Sporting Celebration’ picture, with the City, cricket and Tigers – 1997/98 – I think that was the year we all won something. O’Neill, Heskey and Claridge represent the City…. Happy Days!
How long before we have to wait for something like that to happen?

When I was about eight years old I was given a plain blue shirt with a white collar and with a shield badge hand-sewn (nearly straight) on it. Sniff! Proper presents, none of this Playstation megabyte malarkey!

Has to be my copy of ‘Of Fossils & Foxes’  (the one that came out pre-Brian Little era). I didn’t say much that Christmas at all, great reading for a statto…

I seem to remember being thrilled to the core of my very being by getting the Subbuteo Leicester team when they upgraded it to the Admiral kit and we got our own unique number… 192.
I was proud that our Subbuteo team was unique and not lumped in with Everton, Millwall, Chesterfield etc.
But Subbuteo then passed that off as our kit long after the white shoulder stripes had gone. I think it was Roy’s Toys and Sports in Wigston used to have a chart of all the different kits on the wall. This changed periodically and each time there was a new one I was
always dismayed to see the same out of date stripes representing Leicester, when in actual fact we were wearing the all time classic Umbro outfit. Several years ago, well after I had grown out of Subbuteo, some friends gave me a team in the Martin O’Neill era kit with v-neck and red Walkers logo, also a classic.

In a ‘Secret Santa’ prezzie-buying thing at my last workplace, I was bought a Corinthian figure of…. Dennis Wise in the ‘LG’ kit.
The little so and so that bought it for me never owned-up! I did find a use for it for a short while though – the handle for the cord that switched our bathroom light on and off broke, so I tied the cord around Dennis’s neck, and used him as a handle instead.

In 1978 I was 13 and opened up the present from my parents… a Nottingham Forest home kit. Gulp! I didn’t quite understand how bad that present was until my elder brother came round on Christmas afternoon! Lordy, lordy the LANGUAGE! I did get the 1979-80 City kit the year after and still have it in the loft somewhere.

Sadly I got some shares in LCFC plc …the nail clippers in my Tesco’s luxury cracker were worth more.

Christmas 1970, City hat, scarf and rattle, just about broke my wrist trying to crank it above my head.

A bottle of ‘Team Spirit’ aftershave. Given to me as a joke, but I’m not prejudiced and thought the stuff didn’t smell that bad. I wore it when I ran out of my normal stuff, which coincided with me meeting a lovely Italian girl. She was classy, she was beautiful, she was sexy, but she was also a bit of a snob. Two weeks into the relationship she says, “I love the way you smell. What kind of aftershave do you use?” I told her. She laughed and loved me even more for not being bothered about it.
Thanks LCFC. You won’t hear me knocking Fox Leisure products…

My brother got a football-shaped money box that you had to paint yourself. I nicked it once he had painted ‘Leicester’ on it. Happy Chrimbo… A nice framed photo of Filbert Street from the ex. She got the right hump when it took pride of place above the bed!

I had the classic Admiral tracksuit, and wore it for years, long after flares went out of fashion. I also remember getting the all white kit that we experimented with for a couple of years. But my favourite shirt had to be a 1970 round neck ala David Nish which I wore to destruction.

Quite recently I got a framed aerial photo of both Filbo and the Walkers Stadium, taken in that brief period when the Walkers was finished and Filbo was still standing. Unique I believe. It hangs proudly above my monitor.

In the mid-70s I got that Admiral tracksuit with the chevrons and  big Foxes badge and even bigger collars. I also got an LCFC autograph book which seven year old me posted to Filbo with a detailed letter of who should sign it. Shame I didn’t enclose a stamped addressed envelope or even a return address. D’OH!

It was Christmas 1991 when a long time friend presented me with an unlikely City souvenir for a present. It was a bottle of ‘City Ale’ that was a limited production to commemorate City gaining promotion in 1983 and brewed by Ind Coope, the then sponsors. According to label I am the owner of bottle number 1370. The label on the front of the bottle carries the old style City shield and the label on the back declares in no uncertain terms that ‘This strong ale was brewed by Ind Coope Ltd to celebrate the promotion of Leicester City Football Club to the first division of the Football League’. Below that are the signatures of Terry Shipman (then Chairman of City) and JM Race who was the MD of Ind Coope 24 years ago. Oh, and the date ’14th May 1983′ which was the date that we drew 0-0 with Burnley to clinch promotion. Actually the date should really have been about two weeks later when the Football League declared that Fulham’s match at Derby would not be replayed having been abandoned on 88 minutes with the score 2-0 to Derby  which confirmed our promotion. It still sits in amongst my books and programmes gathering dust and, to date, unopened. Heaven knows what the contents would taste like after 24 years (cynics might suggest that it won’t taste much worse than it did after 24 days) but I cannot imagine what kind of occasion would warrant the lid coming off this particular piece of history in a bottle, I mean just how drunk and desperate would you have to be when the booze runs out at the next party? “okay lads we have a choice – 24 year old City Ale or Advocaat?”

Best ever was a Peter Shilton green goalkeepers shirt, made by Admiral with two white stripes running up the sleeves and down the body. It was circa 1972/74 and it was really smart with nothing else around like it. Shame I didn’t do it justice ‘between the sticks’.
Also Cheetah Sports Boots, laced and tied up at the sides, made in Barwell at Wards I think. Everyone got a pair, even the Heathfield High School Rugby Team Players… Poofs

With thanks to: Cosby Fox, NorthLeicsBlue, Walsh5, glosfox, Steve_LE4, HazelGroveFox, JerseyRon, Kekroka,  Charnwood LCFC, roy of wigston, sohfoxy, EST Fox, Isopen, Wessy Boy,  nrsouth_fox, TorpointFox, Mistryman, FoxtonLox, Wallington, custardboy, DubaiFox, & FilbertsDad…

Merry Christmas all…

You probably can’t get any of these things anymore.. but you can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer.All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issueFOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

You can either post the form below enclosing a cheque, or use the green button to pay online via Paypal…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

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