FOX 189 – the April edition of the Leicester City fanzine is in the shops and will be on sale at City’s promotion-celebrating game against Brighton tonight…
FOX 189 features: an interview with Mike Whitlow looking back on his time in at City under Brian Little, Mark McGhee and Martin O’Neill; Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 2003-03; Fox Diary – no defeats to report; Mark Mellor reports on the City fans’ trip to Anderlecht; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind features Micky Adams – the last man to lead City in the Premier League; Foxed in the Head in on the buses; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson looks at Jock Wallace’s departure in The Managers; your letters, Facebook and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots – our favourite photos from the last month; and FortySomething is waiting for the maths….
all for £2…
Mike Whitlow Interview Extract…
FOX: Do you remember much about the Blackburn Play-Off Final?
MW: Yes, Steve bloody Walsh gave a penalty away and David Speedie dived and they scored. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life!
Kenny Dalglish was a legend and he did a good job with that team.
With all those Play-Off Finals and the League Cup there is always one vivid little bit that you will remember out of the whole day.
The Swindon game was the moment they got that penalty and I hammer Pooley for this because he still says he never touched him. I tell him, “You nearly knocked his ruddy head off, like Carl Froch!” “I never touched him!”
There was also the Claridge Shin against Crystal Palace. He still swears it didn’t go in off his shin.
And Paul Williams missing that header on the line in the Derby game. Out of all that game you remember one little bit.
FOX: Did you know you were the only player who appeared in all City’s play-off semis and finals, twelve games in all?
MW: No? That’s good. Simon Grayson must have been close too then.
FOX: After the final whistle against Swindon when you had done so well to come back from 3-0 down and then still lost the camera picked you out and you looked fairly traumatised…
MW: I was absolutely gutted, because we were dead and buried at one point. Let’s be fair, Glen Hoddle was incredible in the first half. He was pinging it everywhere, 40 yards, on a sixpence. The deservedly ripped us to shreds, if we are truthful.
But we came out for the second half with the attitude of ‘Yes, COME ON!’
We came right back in it, and then Steve Thompson got the equaliser. Then the big ball comes in over the top and they get a penalty. If someone had whacked it in the top corner then you’d have to say fair play. But to go down to another penalty like that was gutting. There wasn’t much between the teams that day, but another opportunity to get into the Premiership was missed. They grabbed it and we didn’t.
That’s why I am absolutely made up for Nigel Pearson at the moment, because he was getting some stick last year and he didn’t deserve it. He’s a bloody nice bloke, he was at Sheffield Wednesday that week we went up there for that trial. He’s an honest, hard working bloke. Give him the pat on the back he deserves, because what he has done this year has been fantastic.
PHOTO: Simon Kimber