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Ben Marshall departs for Ewood Park

Leicester’s forgotten man Ben Marshall has moved to Blackburn Rovers in a £750,000 deal.

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The 21-year-old, who joined City from Stoke in January 2012, has signed a four-year contract with Blackburn Rovers after City agreed an undisclosed fee for his sale, believed to be around £750,000, possibly rising to £1 million.

Although Marshall made a big impact with a series of spectacular goals, quickly earning him his own song among City fans, his form faded towards the end of 2012-13 and he has not featured in the first team this season.

He leaves City with stats of 9 goals in 61 games – better than most who have passed through in recent years…

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Fox Fanzine Subscriptions – 2013-14 Reminders

We have quite a few Fox subscribers who have not yet renewed for the 2013-14 season… 

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With increased postage costs it will cost a fortune to send out that many reminders – so hopefully we can jog a few people’s memories via this message.

If you haven’t received the Summer Special in the post by now then it means you haven’t renewed…

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Leicester ease past Carlisle with five goal display

Carlisle United 2:5 Leicester City

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An unfamiliar Leicester line-up eventually overcame Carlisle’s resistance, thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Wood, to see them into the League Cup third round…

Nigel Pearson made six changes to the side that beat Birmingham for this long midweek trip with Logan replacing Schmeichel in goal, debuts for Miquel and Bakayogo, the captain’s armband going to Dyer, a start for Knockaert and the return of Danns.

But it was the home side who started strongly. Potts sent a long range effort narrowly over before the Cumbrians took a 15 minute lead.
After Danns lost possession in midfield, Berrett set up Amoo for a fine finish past Logan.
City gradually exerted a greater influence on proceedings and equalised in the 38th minute.  Drinkwater sent Wood in down the right, and he turned Thirlwell before firing past keeper Gillespie.
Just before the break Wood should have put City ahead but blazed a great chance over so it was all square at half time.

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That didn’t last long, however, with Dyer outpacing the Carlisle defence to put City ahead just two minutes into the second half.
Four minutes later another burst of Dyer acceleration set Knockaert up to make it 3-1.
City were enjoying themselves now and extended the lead further on the hour. When Vardy was brought down in the area by Potts, Wood stepped up to convert the spot kick and make it 4-1.
Four minutes later, Waghorn, on for Vardy, set up Wood for his hat-trick goal which he gleefully fired across Gillespie.
Berrett got a late consolation for Carlisle  cutting in from the left  and curling a fine shot beyond Logan, but it was a fine win for City and a just reward for the fans who travelled so far on a Tuesday night.

Carlisle: Gillespie, Butterfield Livesey, Thirlwell, Black, Amoo (Symington 74), Berrett, Potts, Noble (Guy 56), Robson, Miller (Beck 80). Unused Subs: Gillies, Edwards, Todd, Fleming.
Leicester: Logan, Moore, Whitbread, Miquel, Bakayogo (Schlupp 84), Knockaert, Drinkwater, Danns, Dyer, Vardy (Waghorn 62), Wood (Hopper 66). Unused Subs: De Laet, King, Gallagher, Smith.

Referee: Graham Salisbury. Attendance: 3,308.

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Summerspecial… doon’t fergit yer Summerspecial!!

Subscribe to The FOX – the Leicester City fanzine – for the 2013-14 season and you will receive The FOX Summer Special 2013 and a set of four free postcards by return of post… 
Packed with (middle to late)  summer fun, this issue features: an interview with Roger Davies who recalls his not very successful stay at Leicester; a review of last season even though they didn’t bring a DVD out; our thoughts on the new Puma range including our kit; Your Guide to the long and winding road of the Championship; Tales From the Riverbank;  Fox Photos; Rewind – kids in the team group; Our thoughts on the great SkyJacking of 2012-13; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; The ever-insightful Chris Lymn Column; how Youn9y’s book came about;  new column Foxed in the Head; new John Hutchinson series The Managers; your letters, e-mails and messages… and Fanatical Frank’s trip to Vicarage Road… ss2013 ad Honestly, it’s a right bargain… To get hold of your copy, a free set of postcards, and the rest of the issues as they are published this season,  then subscribe to The FOX for the 2013-14 season via Paypal by pressing this blue button…  subscribe button

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Late Show Dispels the Blues…

Leicester City 3:2 Birmingham City

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City left it late against Birmingham at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, but eventually battled their way to a 3-2 win…

Schmeichel was named skipper in the absence of the injured Morgan who was replaced by Whitbread. City retained the 4-3-3 line-up that earned a victory at Derby last week.
The first chance fell to City early on when Vardy raced clear of the Blues’ defence only to be bravely blocked by goalkeeper Randolph who then received a lengthy spell of treatment.
But despite a bright start from City it was the visitors who took a 12th minute lead with their first meaningful attacking move. The back-line looked to be missing Morgan a little as Ferguson squared from the left for a simple finish for Green.
Content to sit on this lead the story of the remainder of the first half was Birmingham defending in depth and City reduced to taking off target pot-shots from distance.
Wood, Drinkwater, James and Schlupp all peppered the Family Stand with their wayward efforts.
Vardy’s persistence down the left then saw him battle his way past Mullins and two other yellow shirts before firing a shot at the near post, which Randolph blocked.

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But City couldn’t summon an equaliser before half-time and Nigel Pearson changed things round for the second half – Knockaert and Dyer replacing Wood and Drinkwater and the formation switching to 4-4-2.
Most of the action took place in Birmingham’s half and a great run run and cross down the left from Dyer saw Knockaert going close at the far post; shortly after Nugent had a fierce effort blocked.
However an extended period of City pressure led to nothing and then Schmeichel had to act smartly to tip a Spector free-kick round the post.
Referee Eddie Ilderton’s series of poor decisions were angering the home fans, especially when Robinson clearly tripped Nugent on the 18 yard line. The only debate seemed to be whether it was inside or onside the area, but the ref waved play on.
The mood lifted in the 77th minute however when Vardy received a Dyer pass 20 yards out and drilled it into the bottom left hand corner past Randolph.
The fans nearly raised the roof five minutes later when King delivered a similar finish having been set up by a Nugent pass.
In injury time City added a third when Ilderton harshly judged that Bartley had brought Dyer down in the area when it looked like a clean tackle.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards and, although Burke curled home a fine reply for Birmingham moments later, City had earned a fine victory that saw them sitting in second place in the table.

Nigel Pearson, who turned 50 this week, reflected:  “It’s early in the season so I wouldn’t say it’s a case of building momentum, it’s about finding your feet and trying to get off to a good start which we have done. I don’t think that our performances have been what we’re looking for, but the important thing at the minute is that we’re able to win tight games and that’s always a quality which isn’t easy in this division.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Moore, Whitbread, Schlupp, Drinkwater (Dyer 46), James, King, Vardy, Wood (Knockaert 46), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Danns, Bakayogo, Miquel, Logan.
Birmingham: Randolph, Eardley, Robinson, Burn, Mullins (Burke 86), Novak, Elliott, Spector, Adeyemi, Green (Shinnie 58), Ferguson (Bartley 78). Subs Not Used: Ambrose, Doyle, Reilly, Allan.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton. Attendance: 21,229.

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Leicester Make History at Pride Park

Derby County 0:1 Leicester City

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City just edged a tight game at Pride Park, with the winning margin being a Lee Grant own goal ten minutes before the break…

Nigel Pearson made two changes with Wood and Schlupp coming into a 4-3-3 formation, replacing Whitbread and Konchesky.

The Rams pushed forward early on but City had the best chance when a Wood shot deflected off Nugent but was saved by Grant.
In the 20th minute a lucky ricochet from a midfield challenge sent Vardy in on goal but Grant was smartly out to block his effort.
With chances few and far between Schmeichel then got down well to deny Forsyth at the near post.
City then enjoyed a slice of luck taking a 35th minute lead.  From a James corner Moore nodded the ball back across goal. Vardy’s speculative back heel  was cleared off the line by Coutts, but only as far as his goalkeeper’s back for a bizarre own goal.
Soon after Wood headed narrowly over as City threatened to extend their lead.

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Nugent went close early in the second half but Derby had a better spell for a while.
Hughes and then Bryson went close, before Schmeichel produced a brilliant save to deny Freeman and another to block Keogh.
Knockaert and Dyer then came on for Wood and James.
Vardy was a thorn in the Rams side battling his way through only to see his effort saved by Grant, before being replaced by Waghorn for the last ten minutes.
City managed to weather a late storm, with Schmeichel to the rescue a couple of times, to claim all three points and win the first two away league games for the first time in the club’s history.

Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Coutts (Ward 71), Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Sammon 78), Freeman, Hughes, Buxton. Subs: Legzdins, Smith, Jacobs, Eustace, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Schlupp, James (Dyer 71), King, Drinkwater, Vardy (Waghorn 78), Wood (Knockaert 71), Nugent. Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Bakayogo, Logan.

Referee: Robert Madley. Attendance: 23,437

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Leicester and Leeds in Stalemate…

Leicester City 0:0 Leeds United

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Leicester and Leeds played out a 0:0 draw with few highlights at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Whitbread, Konchesky, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing of St Ledger, Wood, Danns and Dyer.
In a lively opening City’s best chance fell to Vardy who was sent through by Nugent, but Pearce blatantly obstructed him, pucking up a yellow card. Nugent then sent his header over from James’ free-kick.
Virtually nothing of note happened for the rest of the half with the only entertainment provided by Leeds’ large and lively travelling support.

Very little happened after the break either.
Dyer and Knockaert came on for De Laet and James… but still City only came up with a half chance when Drinkwater sent a shot on the turn well over.
Vardy then sent an effort over the bar, before being replaced by Wood. The New Zealander came very close to earning City all three points when a strong run took him past two defenders before he launched a shot against the right hand upright with Kenny beaten.
The visitors also had a late chance to wrap it up but Schmeichel reacted well to save a Smith header.

It was a 90 minutes of perspiration but no inspiration… hopefully enough to dissuade Sky from moving any more of our games for a while.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Dyer 57), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, James (Knockaert 62), Vardy (Wood 75), King, Moore, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Schlupp, Danns, Logan.
Leeds:Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Murphy, Green (Tonge 90), Austin, Hunt (Poleon 65), Varney (Smith 77), Warnock, McCormack. Subs Not Used: Drury, Ashdown, White, Brown

Referee:Keith Stroud. Attendance:22,725.

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Leicester City Fanzine – The FOX Summer Special 2013 – ON SALE TODAY!

The FOX Summer Special 2013 will be on sale at this afternoon’s game against Leeds United…

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Packed with (middle to late)  summer fun, this issue features: an interview with Roger Davies who recalls his not very successful stay at Leicester; a review of last season even though they didn’t bring a DVD out; our thoughts on the new Puma range including our kit; Your Guide to the long and winding road of the Championship; Tales From the Riverbank;  Fox Photos; Rewind – kids in the team group; Our thoughts on the great SkyJacking of 2012-13; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; The ever-insightful Chris Lymn Column; how Youn9y’s book came about;  new column Foxed in the Head; new John Hutchinson series The Managers; your letters, e-mails and messages… and Fanatical Frank’s trip to Vicarage Road…

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All for less than the price of a pint…. £3.

Extract from the Roger Davies interview…

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FOX: Having had such a good time in Belgium you left early in your second season to join Leicester. What happened there?

RD: Well, he left me out of the team one week and I was a bit pissed off to be honest. But I think I was getting a bit homesick as well. John Lyall at West Ham had rung me, but nothing came of that, and then Leicester came in with this quite big bid. Leicester was close to where I lived, and it was a good club, so I thought it looked like a great move. Frank McLintock and a couple of directors came over to Bruges to see me and after a brief talk it was soon done and dusted.

FOX: We were in the middle of an appalling season, how did he sell Leicester to you?

RD: I don’t think he had to really, I really wanted the move and didn’t pay much attention to how they were doing. I was looking more at the calibre of players, who were good enough to be doing much better. Keith Weller was still there, Steve Kember was a good player, they brought Geoff Salmons in. Dabid Webb, Jeff Blockley, Dennis Rofe… these were all good players. Eddie Kelly, Billy Hughes, Steve Sims… why did we lose so many games?
Look at those players, even with an inexperienced manager we should have done a lot better. I think I had a decent start and got Man of the Match my first game against Derby, and then played well at Ipswich the second game, but after that it was completely gone. Somebody said to me afterwards it was like putting a spoonful of hot water into a bucket of cold. We all lost confidence and just could not turn it around. Having come in as a record signing I have to admit it was the worst spell of my career. It was the only time I lost my confidence. The ball was coming to you and you weren’t just trusting yourself to do what came naturally. As you were receiving the ball you were thinking ‘Do I really want this?’ or ‘Don’t make a mistake’.
I was pretty successful everywhere else, for Derby and Bruges and in the States, but I’m sorry Leicester fans, I didn’t do it on purpose.

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City leave it late at Wycombe

Wycombe Wanderers 1:2 Leicester City

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A close encounter at Adams Park on Tuesday night saw City progress to the second round of the League Cup with a St Ledger winner deep into injury time…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that won at Middlesbrough with Nugent, Danns, Dyer and Moore in for Vardy, Drinkwater, Konchesky and Whitbread and City got off to a comfortable start.
Not that they were easily visible in their new all-grey change strip against the setting sun.
The City fans, making up approximately half the 3,000 crowd were soon celebrating a 14th minute lead when Lewis tripped King in the area for an obvious penalty which Nugent planted firmly past Ingram.
That should have set City up for a comfortable evening but just seven minutes later Kuffour fired home a spectacular effort from the edge of the area to put the Chairboys back in the game.

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It was an even contest up until the break when De Laet tested Ingram wityh a near post shot and Morgan nodded the resulting corner just over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half Knockaert came on for James and livened things up, putting Nugent through to tee up Danns for a shot which Ingrams tipped away at full stretch.
Dyer also forced a save from Ingram and then Wood delivered a tame shot after making space for himself well.
But extra-time loomed as 90 minutes were up on the clock after Schlupp had wasted an effort and Knockaert had a goal disallowed.
With seconds of the game left, and City fans facing a late night, up stepped  Sean St Ledger to make amends for his own goal at Middlesbrough. A Knockaert corner was nodded down by Moore and blocked by Ingram, but the Irishman was in the right place to stab home the loose ball from close range.

City had not always been convincing in this first week of the new season, but you can’t argue with two victories.

Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Dunne, Stewart, Hause, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, D. Morgan (Kretzschmar 89), Kuffour (Cowan Hall 90), Craig (Pittman 75). Subs Not Used: Horlock, S. Wood, Arnold, Fletcher.
City: Schmeichel, Moore, De Laet, St Ledger, Morgan, Danns, James (Knockaert 51), King, Dyer, Nugent (Schlupp 61), Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Waghorn, Gallagher, Hopper, Bakayogo. 

Referee: T Robinson. Attendance: 3,158.

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A Game of Two Halves sees City win at Boro

Middlesbrough 1:2 Leicester City

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City got the 2013-14 season off to a winning start, coming from behind to win 2-1 with goals from Drinkwater and Vardy in a transformed second half…

The main talking point before the game was the exclusion of Knockaert, not only from the team but the squad.
City started the season with the 3-5-2 formation that had been trialled in pre-season games with Morgan, Whitbread and St Ledger forming the back three. They were to have mixed fortunes.
Vardy partnered Wood up front with Nugent not quite 100% fit.

Boro had the better of the early exchanges in front of a sparse crowd, and then City were forced into a change in the 18th minute. Whitbread suffered a head injury and was stretchered off, replaced by Moore.

It was a poor half for City who showed very little going forward and they went a goal down ten minutes before the break. St Ledger got his second own goal of the week, battling with Jutkiewicz to meet a cross from the left he made contact with the ball and sent it past Schmeichel.
City’s keeper then kept them in the game producing a fine save from Leadbitter in first half injury time.

After a poor opening half City then rewarded their 1,600 travelling supporters with a transformed display after the break.
As City began to create some forward movement here were big calls for a penalty in the 55th minute when Drinkwater was brought down by Whitehead in the area.
He only had five minutes to wait for a goal however, after some pinball on the edge of the area he coolly seized on the loose ball to beat Steele from 20 yards.
In the 67th minute City then delighted their followers, leading a lead that had looked highly unlikely at half time. Nugent, just on for Wood, played Vardy in down the right and although his first touch looked a bit heavy his pace took him ahead of his marker and he clipped the ball over Steele and into the top right hand corner for a fantastic finish.
Boro looked deflated by this and City looked the more likely to add to the score: Nugent forcing a good save from Steele and Vardy firing a shot against the right hand upright.

Nigel Pearson commented: “It’s nice to get off to a winning start, but that’s what it is, it’s a start. The points that you drop in August are just as costly and the ones you drop in April and May.”

 

A long season lies ahead, but City have got 2013-14 off to the best possible start.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Leadbitter, Woodgate, Varga, Carayol (Haroun 61), Jutkiewicz, Friend, Whitehead, Parnaby (L. Williams 82), R. Williams, Emnes. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hoyte, Ledesma, Gibson, Smallwood.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Whitbread (Moore 18), Konchesky, De Laet, James, Drinkwater, King, Vardy, Wood (Nugent 61). Subs Not Used: Marshall, Dyer, Waghorn, Schlupp, Logan. 
Referee: Mr. Andrew Madley. Attendance: 17,223.

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