The FOX 198 – the April edition – is in the shops now…
Our fourth all-colour issue is now in the shops, will be on sale before the Southampton game, or can be bought online.
Featuring: an interview with former City captain Jeff Blockley; Fully Programmed from October 1980; Fox Diary – the incredible Premier League adventure continues; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitter; Rewind goes back to April 2014; Foxed in the Head – on being chased by Hornets, stickers and Leicester fans down the ages; Chris Lymn on LCFC – the brand; John Hutchinson continues his series on City and World War II; our new series The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects continues; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and 50Something is under siege by bandwagoneers…
all for considerably less than a pint…
“One of this convoy, a Norwegian ship ‘SS Sueland’ was hit by a U-boat torpedo on the starboard side and sunk in two minutes, pitching the survivors in to the water.
They clung on to debris before being picked up. On the way to rescuing the survivors, HMT Leicester City was blindly dropping several depth charges.but the U-Boat escaped. Seven men from the ‘SS Sueland’, including the captain, were killed.”
FOX: In January 1975 you moved from Arsenal to Leicester who were bottom of Division One. How did Jimmy Bloomfield sell it to you?
JB: He didn’t really have to, to be honest with you. I wanted to leave Arsenal and I really wanted to play for my home-town club and I knew a lot of the players here. He didn’t have a hard sell at all.
FOX: Are there parallels with last season’s Great Escape when Robert Huth came in to shore up the defence?
JB: Very much, I think Jim brought me in to organise the back-line and be captain. There was me, Graham Cross, Dennis Rofe and Steve Whitworth and we blended into a good unit with a system of playing fairly high and tight. We had good communication, and were able to set the offside trap for any strikers trying to get behind us. After sorting the defence out he then brought Chris Garland in and he scored plenty of goals and Frank Worthington started scoring again and the whole side got their confidence back.
FOX: There was a game away at Tottenham where it all suddenly seemed to come together and we won 3-0 with Mike Stringfellow getting on the scoresheet…
JB: Yes, Stringy could hardly walk by then but he got a goal!
As we said earlier it is all about confidence. We started winning matches after that, playing with more freedom. You saw it last season. If you have players who want to play then it doesn’t matter what formation they play in. Having seen how they played then I was one of those people who were very surprised when they let Nigel Pearson go, but I suppose it was all down to that business in Thailand.
Claudio Ranieri has come in and brought all that knowledge with him and has done fantastically well. It all seems to be so simple. I’d love to be in that changing room to hear how he sets his side up, because they all seem to be able to drop in and do whatever he wants them to do. Huth was a big, big signing last year, he organised the defence and Wes Morgan looks a lot better alongside him, he has his confidence back.
The whole side look incredible, and they are keeping it up with each passing game. It is remarkable to watch. I’ve just been to Australia and watched the Watford game out there. They never really looked like scoring against us. They are supposed to be doing well this season, but they were nowhere near us really. Leicester’s players seem really to have bought into it. No one is mardy if they aren’t in the first team, no one has had their heads turned by talk of moves to big clubs.
It is very hard keeping a whole squad happy.
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