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Leicester end 2014 with a long-awaited win at Hull

Hull City 0:1 Leicester City

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A Riyad Mahrez goal was enough to gain City their first victory since September against Hull at the KC Stadium on Sunday…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side, Cambiasso and James returning to the midfield in place of King and Drinkwater, for a basement battle that Hull boss Steve Bruce claimed was “bigger than the FA Cup final.”
Hull created the chances in a busy opening spell for Hamer who saved efforts from Aluko, Brady and Ramirez.
The lively Schlupp then had the ball in the net after winning a tussle with Livermore, but the ref ruled that he had impeded the defender.
However, just after the half hour McGregor was picking the ball out of his net again as City took the lead.
Nugent fed the ball to Mahrez  who lined up a precise left-footed curler beyond the reach of the keeper and just inside the left hand post. This was lifeline for City, and the first task was to reach half-time with the lead. Mahrez forced a good save from McGregor before Elmohamady scooped the ball over from close in when it looked easier to score.
So City reached half-time with their precious lead intact.
Bruce brought  Jelavic on for Ramirez for the second half, and it wasn’t long before City made their own change up front, with Wood replacing Ulloa. The New Zealander soon bore down upon goal, but was denied by a Davies challenge.
Although Wood then went close with another effort Hull were beginning to apply some pressure and Pearson switched things round with 20 minutes remaining: Cambiasso and Mahrez coming off for De Laet and Drinkwater.
As City conceded ground to a home side desperately seeking an equaliser it made for a horribly nervy end to the game.
Firstly Livermore struck the right hand upright with a shot, before Morgan blocked his effort from the rebound.
Then it was hearts in mouths again as Hernandez headed against the same post before the ball was scrambled clear.
City were then reduced to ten men when Konchesky clashed with Elmohamady when on a yellow, but matters were evened up soon afterwards when Quinn ended a promising break involving Wood and Nugent with his hand and was dismissed for preventing a goalscoring opportunity.
City held fast during 5 minutes of time added on and the final whistle heralded their first victory since September.

While no one could claim that City aren’t still in serious trouble it was, at least, a first step in the right direction…

Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Davies, Meyler (Ince 62), Brady, Livermore, Aluko (Hernandez, 62), Ramirez (Jelavic 46), Elmohamady, Quinn. Subs Not Used: Harper, Figueroa, Maguire, Sagbo.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski Morgan, Konchesky, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 71), James, Mahrez (De Laet 71), Nugent, Schlupp, Ulloa (Wood 55). Subs Not Used: Hammond, Moore, Knockaert, Smith.

Referee: P Dowd. Attendance: 23,809.

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We are going to extend this subs offer into early January.…

You will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted by return of post.
You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

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Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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No Boxing Day cheer for Leicester as Spurs take the points

Leicester City 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur

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City’s win-less run extended to 13 games with a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side with Ulloa and Nugent replacing Cambiasso and Vardy.
But this new line-up found themselves a goal down with a minute on the clock. After a swift break down the left by Chadli he found Kane in the middle. The former-City striker easily eluded a flat-footed challenge from Morgan before beating Hamer from close in.
With City struggling to piece a decent move together Kane went close to doubling the lead for Spurs but sent his curling effort narrowly off target.
City’s first chance arrived in the 18th minute when good work from the lively Schlupp set Ulloa up. The Argentinian flicked the ball up before launching a fine half-volley that was just a little too close to Lloris, who tipped it over the bar.
It was a more even contest now and the action swung from end to end.
Hamer pulled off a good save from a well-struck Chadli shot, and then Morgan blocked an Eriksen effort; before Drinkwater robbed Stambouli of possession but delivered a wildly off-target shot when well placed.
Schlupp then burst through the Spurs defence again but his shot didn’t trouble Llori.
Roared on by another full-house, City cranked up the pressure towards the break. Drinkwater teed up Ulloa with a chance but Lloris forced him wide and he sliced his shot into the side-netting. Lloris then got down well to block a low shot from Mahrez.
City’s best chance of the half saw Mahrez crossing for Ulloa who sent a firm header crashing against the woodwork.
Kane then sent a header skimming the right hand post in the last action of the half.

Although City went down the tunnel trailing by a goal, they soon set that right in the second half.
Mahrez beat Bentaleb down the right and found Ulloa at the near post. The Argentinian stabbed the ball home before gleefully celebrating his seventh goal of the season.
City went close to taking the lead in the 52nd minute when Mahrez lifted a 20 yard free-kick over the wall, but struck the bar.
However, City were to shoot themselves in the foot once again in the 71st minute. Substitute James conceded a free-kick out on the left, bringing Kane down. The two-man wall turned its back on Eriksen’s shot which then beat Hamer at his near post.
Pearson brought Vardy on for Nugent and he soon forced a save from Lloris. His next effort landed on the roof of the net, and then he was brought down in the area by Vertonghen for what looked like a nailed on penalty, but the ref didn’t agree.
With time almost up City had a golden opportunity to equalise when a Mahrez cross found Morgan in space at the far post, but he lost all composure and ended up sitting on the ball.
Time ran out for City, who had played very well in spells, but had overall fallen short of Premier League standard, and been the architects of their own downfall.
The miserable run extended to thirteen games without a win… For how long will this be allowed to continue?

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky (Knockaert 83), Wasilewski, Morgan, Simpson, Schlupp, King (James 46), Drinkwater, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent (Vardy 75). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, Cambiasso, Smith.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Lamela, Kane (Paulinho 84), Fazio, Chadli (Soldado 63), Eriksen, Stambouli (Mason 46), Bentaleb. Subs Not Used: Chiriches, Vorm, Townsend, Davies.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 31,870.

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Leicester gift points to West Ham

West Ham United 2:0 Leicester City

West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014
City’s win-less run stretched to twelves games with a 2-0 defeat against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side against an in-form West Ham and Sam Allardyce’s side applied some early pressure.
Sakho went close in the 6th minute, but then City had a decent spell of their own with Schlupp and Vardy causing the Hammers defence some problems. Carroll should have put the home side ahead in the 23rd minute but wasted a chance after being well teed up by Downing.
However, a minute later he was given a gift-wrapped Christmas present from Konchesky. The City left back set him up perfectly with a careless back-pass and he beat the advancing Hamer with a neat finish.
City kept at it and Mahrez forced a good save from Adrian, but the only other statistic up to the break was a booking for Vardy after a foul on Song.
West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014 Eleven minutes after the break it was all over as Downing produced a fantasic finish that gave Hamer no chance.
Pearson responded with a triple substitution, bringing on Ulloa, Knockaert and Nugent for Konchesky, Cambiasso and Vardy, but by now they were struggling to get a touch of the ball as the Hammers had their tails up.
Nugent provided one decent piece of play when a couple of feints took him past two defenders, but he fluffed his shot.

He then forced Adrian into a great save from a close-range volley, and once again City had to accept defeat.
West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014
The Premier League season that we had looked forward to so much, has now turned into a disaster.

West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins (Collins 69), Cresswell, Kouyate, Nolan (Amalfitano 86), Song, Downing, Sakho (Valencia 79), Carroll. Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Zarate, O’Brien, Cole.

Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky (Knockaert 61), Cambiasso (Ulloa 61), Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp; Vardy (Nugent 61). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, James, Smith.  Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 34,977.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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It’s not too late to give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life thanks to our new offer…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped. You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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or send a cheque for £15 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

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“Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City”

It’s bad enough that we are bottom of the Premier League … don’t make Christmas even worse by not asking for ‘GNG:LCFC’…

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Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to Filbert Street’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a City-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days – Foxes stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more – revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Leicester City. If you were a Junior Fox, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from Gordon Banks lifting the World Cup to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Worthington, Weller and Walsh, Lineker, McAllister and Shilton – and the marvels of the Lost World of Football…

Available from Leicester branches of: HMV, Waterstones, WH Smith and Tesco.

And online HERE.

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FOX 192 – The Leicester City fanzine – in the shops NOW!

FOX 192 – the December edition of the Leicester City fanzine is now in the shops…

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FOX 192 features: an interview with pioneering football agent, and former-City chairman Jon Holmes; Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1975-76; Fox Diary – it’s not pretty; the latest from the Foxes Trust; our new column on what is going on in Twitter-land; Rewind features Sticks Ormondroyd and the swap deal for Kitson; Foxed in the Head – hitching to Liverpool, forgotten players and more YouTube treasure; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson applies his magnifying glass to another slice of the club’s history; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots; and Fanatical Frank is gearing up for Christmas….

all for £2…

What they are saying about the Jon Holmes Interview:

“The interview with Jon Holmes is not only the best one yet, but also a very fine bit of football writing.”  – MoanyVolpone

“Excellent read. Can’t believe Levein signed Gibert from Plymouth by mistake thinking he was their other fullback!” – wallington

“Thought it would be yet another interview with an ex-chairman, who dare not say much for fear of treading on his mates’ shoes, but on the contrary, he made no bones about what he felt about certain folk or situations. Top marks indeed!”  – Mistryman

“Priceless stuff! His verdict on Akinbiyi and Trev is fantastic – and explains a lot!” – Filbo65

“Great interview. I wonder if the Thai guys have ever considered asking Jon Holmes for advice? Gold dust.” – hampshirefox

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Jon Holmes Interview Extract…

FOX: Like any other profession there must be good, bad and indifferent agents?
JH: I’m not sure what it is like now as I am out of the football, just doing the broadcasting side of it.
It was tough in the early days because clubs didn’t want agents around at all. We turned up at Stoke to discuss Shilts’ move and they to me: “Oh, we can’t talk to you.”
So we said: “Okay then, goodbye.”
And they changed their minds. Players had a right to have
people representing them but clubs just didn’t want to acknowledge this.
Then they brought this disastrous licensing scheme in, which was based on the ability to put money up, rather than your ability to actually do the job.
Then they brought a ridiculous exam in, which was all about ludicrous, obscure FA regulations.
Then we got the stage where clubs were paying for the negotiations because players weren’t allowed to. The money they were beginning to earn they should have been paying for them like they would pay for a lawyer or what have you.
I don’t really get why clubs have to pay such vast sums to agents. They say, well you have to source players. But you could employ a whole army of good scouts for what they pay out to agents. It’s all wrong, clubs shouldn’t be allowed to pay agents at all. In the States their regulations are much better sorted. The player’s union sorts the basic contract out and then they have agents who can only be paid by the players. It is all much straighter. The problem here also lies with a lot of the owners, who have proved the ‘fit and proper person’ test to be a joke.
Look at Roman Abramovich, whose, shall we say, ‘unorthodox business techniques’ were exposed in the Berezovsky trial.
But football fans don’t give a damn, unfortunately.

FOX: What headaches have been presented to you by your players?

JH: I had one player, who will have to remain nameless, who owned five cars but only knew where two of them were.
I said to him: “Where are they?”
“I’ve lost them.”
“Where were you when you last saw them?”
“Playing cards.”
“So you lost them in a card game?”
“Yes.”
“But that doesn’t mean, since the cars were on lease, that you can stop making the payments for them.”

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It’s not too late to give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life thanks to our new offer…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped. You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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or send a cheque for £15 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

 

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Leicester defeated by Champions

Leicester City 0:1 Manchester City

Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014

Leicester put in a decent performance against Champions Manchester City on Saturday, but yet another defeat left an air of resignation hanging over the KPS…Nigel Pearson made four changes to his starting line-up with Hamer, Morgan, Drinkwater and King in for Schmeichel, Moore, James and Ulloa.
Manuel Pellegrini had to change his plans when Dzeko injured himself during the pre-match warm-up.
Leicester started brightly with a couple of explosive runs from Vardy – one saw his cross for Schlupp cut out by Kompany;  and then he burst into the Man City penalty area though Mangala did enough to ensure he fired wide of the right hand post.
Cambiasso then missed the target after an error from Mangala before the visitor’s defence settled in.
After a fierce Toure shot was blocked by  Simpson, Leicester were inches away from taking the lead when a long range free-kick from Cambiasso whistled past the right hand post with Hart beaten.
Hamer’s first serious action came after half an hour  when he came off his line well to get a fist to a Silva free-kick. It fell for Pozo 20 yards out but Hamer had recovered his ground to comfortably field his first time shot.
Hamer then got down well to parry a low Toure effort, but could do nothing about the Champions opening goal five minutes before the break.
Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014As Man City broke upfield, Nasri crossed for Lampard, who was completely unmarked in the middle and only had to place the ball past Hamer for the lead.
After all the effort of the first half, a defensive mistake had cost Leicester dear again.
The second half was broken up by endless free-kicks with the ref reluctant to allow any contact.
Silva missed the target from a decent chance, while up the other end a Mangala challenge on Vardy brought penalty appeals more in hope than expectation.
Ulloa, Powell and Knockaert were all introduced into the action, but Man City were content to sit on their lead and attack on the break.
Ulloa managed a shot on the turn, and Knockaert fired a free-kick was into the wall, but Hart had very little to do.
Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014Ulloa sent an effort over the bar after a Morgan nod down the game was up.

Leicester were in no way embarrassed by their illustrious opponents, but another poor piece of defending ensured that they got nothing for their efforts and they remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Director of Football Terry Robinson did not survive the weekend, leaving the club on Sunday evening. We await further developments, though it is difficult to see any course of action that could preserve our long-awaited and hard fought for place in the top flight.

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Knockaert 79), Morgan, Vardy (Powell 72), King, Schlupp (Ulloa 64), Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Moore, Smith.
Man City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (Demichelis 77), Fernando, Nasri, Lampard (Milner 60), Mangala, Silva, Clichy, Toure, Pozo (Navas 73) . Subs Not Used: Kolarov, Caballero, Fernandinho. 

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 31,643.
ALL PHOTOS: SIMON KIMBER
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You can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped. You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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or send a cheque for £15 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

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Give The FOX as a Christmas Present to the Leicester fan in your life…

You can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped. You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

xmas 13 a

 

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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or send a cheque for £15 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

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