The 217th edition of The FOX – is in the shops now or we can post it to you…
It features: A revealing interview with Leicester born and bred centre-half Alan Woollett; Opening Shots – the new normal; Fully Programmed from the beginning of the end of the Martin O’Neill era; Fox Diary – right up until the day that football stopped; the latest news from the Foxes Trust; Foxed in the Head – on the Barbour Jacket, trips to Oldham, rare away kits, and YouTube delights; Rewind – the day we made our own earthquake; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; Brian Leitch on his close encounter with the mighty Jock Wallace; John Hutchinson, on a wet but glorious night in Nottingham; your letters and Bentley’s Roof, and FiftySomething’s life under lockdown…
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Alan Woollett Interview extract…
FOX: Although City ended up getting relegated at the end of that 1968-69 season you did make it to the FA Cup Final. What do you remember from that day?
AW: I was brought back into the side for the semi-final against West Brom at Hillsborough. I was always given the job of trying to mark the opposition’s best man out of the game, George Best, Kevin Keegan, and for this game it was Bobby Hope. Frank said: “I don’t want to see him. Stick with him wherever he goes. If he goes to the toilet, you follow him. I don’t care if you don’t touch the ball all afternoon, but I don’t want him dictating things.”
We scored with about two minutes to go, Clarkey scored it and it must have bobbled along the ground three times before it went in. Bobby Hope turned to me and said, “Good luck in the final, it must be your year having seen that.” But as it turned out, it wasn’t. We had some great chances in the final but we couldn’t put any of them away and we lost 1-0. I’ve got the game now on a DVD, it took me years to get that. Nobody had it. I wrote to Jimmy Greaves because he was at ITV and he told me there was a mastertape but it would cost too much to set it up. But I did get it eventually from a firm up in Preston. It’s pretty much as I remember it, to this day I don’t know how Peter Rodrigues missed that chance.
We still had a load of league games to play after that final and ended up at Manchester United on the last day. For some reason they didn’t put me on Besty, even though they usually did. To be honest Besty beat us on his own. We lost 3-2 and we were down. Bobby Charlton came up to me at the end of the game and he said, “Well, we did all we could for you.” They were strolling around a bit to be honest.
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