Annual FOX Subscriptions now available

We are simple folk here at Fox Towers, we have previously only offered a season subscription to the fanzine. But now we have decided to offer a further option of a year long subscription so you can hop on at any time, starting with the current issue and renewing a year later. 

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For just £16.95 you will receive every issue of The FOX for twelve months, including the Summer Special, posted out to you on publication day.

If you subscribe now, FOX 202 will be posted to you straight away, and you will also receive a free set of City postcards.

You can pay online via Paypal HERE  (UK price)

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Toothless Foxes seen off by Swans

Swansea City 2:0 Leicester City

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Leicester plumbed new depths in their nightmare start to 2017, going down 2-0 to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday evening…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes from the last Premier League outing, with Gray and Albrighton in for Musa and Okazaki, against a resurgent Swansea side.
Swansea applied some early pressure with a free-kick and a couple of corners, during which former City-loanee Dyer had to limp out of the action.
City hit the Swans on the break a couple of times, but an Ndidi shot was blocked and Mawson intercepted a dangerous Vardy ball to Gray.
City were chasing down well at the midway stage of the half and Vardy and Gray both had shots blocked. But the home side began to press as half time approached.
Schmeichel produced a fine save to block a Routledge volley and then Sigurdsson sent a long range effort narrowly wide.

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Swansea broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. A free-kick from the centre-circle was launched forward, Huth got his head to the ball, but Fernandez immediately returned it into the the penalty area and an unmarked Mawson fired a thumping volley home.
This was bad news for a side who hadn’t scored a Premier League goal since New Years Eve, and things got worse in first half time-added-on.
Sigurdsson’s incisive ball set up Olsson on the left for a fierce shot that beat Schmeichel at his near post.

The second half began with Slimani and Chilwell on for Albrighton and Fuchs.
City still looked very subdued however, and Schmeichel had to be alert to save another long range shot from Sigurdsson.
City finally carved out a chance in the 63rd minute when Mahrez sent Slimani in on goal, but he couldn’t beat Fabianski who had come swiftly off his line to meet him.

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City pressed forward again, and good work from Gray saw the ball delivered into the box, but after some pinball, Ndidi fired a shot well over.
Time was running out for a City comeback and when a decent move involving Ndidi and Slimani teed up Vardy, he sliced his shot as the defenders closed in.

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The last faltering attempts to get forward came to nothing and City had lost their fifth league game in a row, failing to score in over ten hours hours of play.
Without dropping into the relegation zone, City are now in serious danger of relegation and something has to change.
Claudio Ranieri hinted that could now happen: “Of course I must change something because it is not possible to continue in this way.
It is difficult when you achieve something so good you want to give them one chance, two chances, three chances. Maybe now it is too much.”

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, Cork, Carroll, Dyer (Routledge 7), Llorente (Ayew 72), Sigurdsson, Routledge (Narsingh 89). Subs Not Used: Amat, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Kingsley.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Amartey 70), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Chilwell 46), Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Slimani 46), Gray, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, King, Okazaki, Zieler.

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 20,391. 

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Leicester into the 5th round after finally seeing off Rams

Leicester City 3:1 Derby County aet

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City managed a morale boosting victory against Derby in this FA Cup 4th round replay at the KPS on Wednesday night, although the Championship side took the tie to extra time…

Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to his side, and Steve McClaren eight, showing that neither club considered the FA Cup a priority, but they eventually served up a highly entertaining game.
The first half did little to warm an admirably large crowd on a freezing night.
In the early exchanges, Gray crossed for Amartey to nod over the bar, and Anya skinned Wasilewski down the left but his cross was too high for Blackman.
Johnson then put Zieler under pressure from a high ball, but it bounced off the Derby man for a goal kick.
The game settled into a stalemate for a while, with City looking to hit the Rams on the break and Gray sent Musa into the area where he was bundled over by Shackell. There were loud appeals, but it didn’t quite look like a penalty.
City began to get the upper hand towards the break as an unfamiliar line-up got better acquainted. Gray was having a fine game and his low cross from the right following a great run, should have seen Musa sidefoot City ahead from close range, but he was slow to react.
There were more loud calls for a penalty five minutes before the break, when Chelwell was shoved in the back by Keogh, but referee Mike Jones waved play on again.
Derby had the final word in the first half with Butterfield forcing a save from Zieler, but De Sart wasted a good chance from the resulting corner, sending a mis-hit shot spinnng into the Kop Stand.

The deadlock was broken a minute after the break. Gray delivered a superb cross from the left, Albrighton nodded it back from just beyond the far post, and King headed home from point blank range. It was the lift that City needed and was greeted with a huge roar.
Derby were then awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after a ball-winning challenge on Blackman by the impressive Benalouane, but Camara’s free kick was punched away by Zieler.
Five minutes later the visitors were awarded another free kick in a similar position when Albrighton was judged to have waved his foot too close to Butterfield’s head.
This time Camara’s shot looked to be covered by Zieler, but a big deflection off Chilwell in the wall left the German keeper stranded and the Rams were back in the game, to the delight of their large following.
Both sides were keen to avoid extra time and the action was end to end for a while.
Ranieri brought Mahrez on for Kapustka, who’d had a decent debut, while Nugent was given a good reception by the home crowd when he replaced Blackman.
With six minutes remaining, the ref got another big decision wrong. Musa raced after a ball down the right and Mitchell came out to meet him. Musa got to the ball first but his touch was clearly handled by the Rams keeper outside the area. It should have been a red card, but instead it was Musa who was shown yellow for his outraged reaction.
City were attacking in waves now, and there was another scare for Derby with a minute to go when Musa’s cross from the left was chested against the right hand post by Lowe as he attempted to shepherd the ball out for a corner.

Derby survived City’s late attacking spell, but fell behind four minutes into extra time in spectacular fashion. Mahrez threaded a fine ball through to substitute Ndidi, who strode down the middle before unleashing a 25 yard rocket in off the right hand post for his first goal for the club.
The other 90th minute sub didn’t fare so well soon afterwards, when Gray’s low cross saw Slimani unbalanced and unable to take the tap in that had been presented to him.
Derby were still battling and Russell headed narrowly wide from a Christie cross, but City were controlling the play and seeing plenty of the ball. King forced a good save from Mitchell who tipped his top corner effort round the post.
With 114 minutes on the clock, City finally settled this epic cup tie with a superb goal. Gray cut in from the left flank into the area, and wriggled past Keogh and Vydra before despatching the ball across Mitchell into the top right hand corner.
There was no way back for Derby, and City had a date with Millwall in the fifth round after a night that had lifted the mood around the club.

Claudio Ranieri’s gamble had paid off: “Derby played good football and we won. This is what we needed and I wanted. We want to do well in all competitions. We want to go forward in the FA Cup. The Premier League is not so good but we have to stay in the Premier League. This fresh air is good for the players.”

Leicester: Zieler, Amartey, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Mendy (Ndidi 90), King, Albrighton, Kapustka (Mahrez 81), Gray, Musa (Slimani 90). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Hamer, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Derby: Mitchell, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Lowe, de Sart, Butterfield, Johnson (Vydra 53), Camara (Russell 74), Blackman (Nugent 82), Anya. Subs Not Used: Carson, Ince, Baird, Pearce.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 31, 648.

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The FOX Issue No 202 – in the shops and on sale today

The 202nd edition of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine will be on sale before this evening’s game against Derby…

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Featuring: an interview with former City striker, Steve Howard; Shinji in the Fox Gallery; Fully Programmed from February 1996; Fox Diary – it’s all gone a bit wrong; the latest from the Foxes Trust; BBC Sports Personality of the year via the medium of #lcfc Twitter; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; Rewind goes back to August 1993; Foxed in the Head – TV clashes, Trips to Wolves and Porto, and forgotten players; John Hutchinson’s series on Following the Fosse tracks all the club’s former offices around Leicester; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and Frank’s Check-a-trade trip to Cheltenham…

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all for less than the price of a pint…

Steve Howard Interview extract…

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FOX: Although it was new to the fans and most of the players, you had some experience at League One level, did that stand you in good stead? 

SH: Although Matty was the captain that season, and was good at it, I also tried to play a leading role on the pitch and in the dressing room. I would say to the lads in the dressing room, “Look it’s one season, that’s all it is. Let’s get out of this league.”
Some of the places were a culture shock for them. Southend, before they got there new changing rooms. Eighteen lads are trying to get changed in this cupboard and are going “What the …?”
And I was saying, “Just get on with it.”
It was a great season. We did what was expected of us.

FOX: Some big clubs took the drop down there around that time, like Forest and Leeds, and they didn’t come straight back…why did Leicester win the league with a bit to spare?

SH: I think our circumstances didn’t really change. There was a bit of money around and they had decent facilities. When Leeds went down they were in a mess and players weren’t getting paid some weeks. Leicester were stable and basically a good club. You felt special walking in the door, like I did at Derby. I loved being a Leicester player.

 

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‘Embarrassing’ Leicester collapse against Manchester United

Leicester City 0:3 Manchester United

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Three goals in eight minutes, either side of the break, were enough to see City buried by United at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side, with Musa and Okazaki in for Gray and Albrighton, and City got off to a decent start.
City probed United’s defence with free-kicks and corners, but United had the first shot on target when Rojo curled an effort straight at Schmeichel.
Vardy then sent Musa into the area, but Bailly produced a fine tackle to deny him a shot on goal.
At the other end Mkhitaryan teed up Rashford, but the youngster fired a hurried over from a good position.
Mata was very lucky not to see red for a two footed and late challenge that sent Vardy spinning through the air on 28 minutes, and United had gradually taken control of the game.
In the 35th minute an Ibrahimovic turn set up Pogba, who fed Rashford in the area. Schmeichel got down smartly to his low shot and turned round the foot of the post.
It was all United now, but any hopes that City could make it to the break on level terms were cruelly dashed.
In the 42nd minute Mkhitaryan knocked the ball round Huth on the halfway line and sprinted for goal, outpacing Morgan and angling a shot in off Schmeichel’s right knee.
If this was a big blow for City, then worse was to follow just over a minute later.
Valencia’s low cross from the right, found Ibrahimovic unmarked and he side-footed past Schmeichel from the penalty spot.
Just before the break Okazaki had a shot blocked by Pogba, but Ndidi’s well-struck follow up was too close to de Gea to trouble him.

It was difficult to see a way back for a side that hadn’t scored a league goal in 2017, and things got worse early in the second half.
City, with King and Gray on for Musa and Okazaki, were defeated by the 49th minute.
Mata and Mkhitaryan combined well in the box to unzip City’s defence with ease and Mata prodded the ball under Schmeichel from close range, putting the game to bed.

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It was damage limitation now, and Schmeichel got down well to an angled drive from Rashford.
City spent the rest of the game chasing shadows, a Mahrez free-kick into the sidenetting being the closest they came to a consolation goal.
The only other incidents involved bookings to Herrera, Pogba, Valencia and de Gea, as United showed a level of commitment that had long deserted City.
Schmeichel produced a fine save late on to deny Pogba and he was one of the few City players who deserved any credit on the night.
The City keeper was brutally honest after the game:
“Let’s not talk about last season. It’s gone. There are a lot of factors that go into it but this season has not been good right from the start. We are a group of players low on confidence but not low on fight. It is not a comfortable situation. It has been terrible, embarrassing. It is time for each one of us – from the top to the bottom of this club – to stand up and be counted. If we don’t, we will be relegated.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Mahrez, Okazaki (Gray 46), Musa (King 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Albrighton, Kapustka, Zieler, Benalouane.
United: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo (Blind 46), Mata (Fellaini 77), Ander Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rashford (Young 83), Ibrahimovic. Subs Not Used: Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Romero.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 32,072. 

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Leicester fears grow as Burnley are handed a late winner

Burnley 1:0 Leicester City

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City took a big step towards the relegation zone on Tuesday night, when a controversial late goal saw them lose 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his starting XI for this rainy night in Lancashire, bringing in Mahrez, Ndidi and Gray.
City had the better of the opening ten minutes, with Burnley having to defend threats from Gray and Mahrez, but the Clarets soon began to take charge.
Barnes went close a couple of times, before the impressive Gray hit the sidenetting of Schmeichel’s goal from an angle.

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Vardy had one chance on the break, but could make nothing of it, while Barton attempted a couple of long range efforts – one well wide, and one skimming the roof of the netting.
The home crowd were then angered by a push in the back by Drinkwater on Keane, as the centre-half shaped to nod in an easy header from close range.
In a rare chance for City, Morgan headed an Albrighton free-kick over the bar and the sides went in goalless at the break.

Burnley dominated the second half, with City’s passing awry and no clear plan of a route to goal, other than pumping the ball up the field.
Barton flashed an effort narrowly wide, Arfield also went close, and Gray forced a good save from Schmeichel.
City broke upfield and Mahrez cut inside his marker from the right and delivered a shot that stung Heaton’s palms; but Vardy didn’t seize on the rebound swiftly enough and the England keeper blocked his effort.
The pair tangled on the edge of the area soon afterwards, but Vardy’s hanging leg to find contact didn’t fool Mike Dean and the penalty appeals were waved away.

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The pressure on City’s defence stepped up and it was all hands to the pump as fierce shots from Gray and Keane were blocked by blue shirts and Mee sent a header narrowly over.
Ranieri had brought Musa and Okazaki on for Gray and Albrighton, but they couldn’t turn the tide and City were struggling to gain any possession as Burnley looked to continue their impressive home record.

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Schmeichel made a fine save to deny Gray, but the resistance ended in the 87th minute.
A corner from the right was nodded down into a crowded goalmouth by Keane, and Vokes clearly handled the ball before firing into the net from three yards out.
Despite heated protests from the City players, the goal was given.

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Some late pressure from City, with Schmeichel coming up for a series of corners, came to nothing, and the Champions had lost their third league game in a row.
To make matters worse, wins for Palace and Swansea now saw City just two points above the relegation zone.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “Today was a battle and we battled, face to face. Only the bad decision of the referee… and then, what can we say? Sometimes it is a good decision for us, sometimes it is a bad decision. It is football and we can say only, ‘go back and work more.'”

Burnley: Heaton, Barnes (Vokes 79), Lowton, Ward, Barton, Boyd, Defour (Arfield 34), Gray, Hendrick, Mee, Keane. Subs Not Used: Robinson, Darikwa, Flanagan, Gudmundsson.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Okazaki 76), Mahrez, Gray (Musa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Benalouane, Mendy, King.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 19,202.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Late Morgan goal keeps Leicester in the Cup

Derby County 2:2 Leicester City

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A late equaliser from Wes Morgan forced a 4th round replay for City in a entertaining 2-2 draw at Pride Park on Friday night…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes for this East Midlands derby with Ndidi, Mendy and Gray making way for Chilwell, King and Albrighton.
After a lively opening at a cold and rainswept Pride Park, City were gifted an 8th minute lead. Huth met an Albrighton corner with his head, the ball deflected off Baird to Bent guarding the goal line. It looked like a straightforward clearance, but Bent took a wild swipe at the ball and sliced it into his own net. The City players celebrated amongst themselves as Bent stood and scratched his head.

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But the Championship side responded well to this setback and Bent made amends at the other end in the 21st minute, rising above Chilwell to meet a Hughes cross with a glancing header that left Schmeichel grasping thin air.
City almost regained the lead instantly when Okazaki charged forward and struck a fierce shot from just outside the area that Carson did well to tip over.
Although Vardy also had a shot deflected wide, the Rams were the better side up to half time and delighted the home support, taking a 40th minute lead.
A header out of defence from Simpson fell for Bryson who easily carved his way through the City defence before slotting a low shot across Schmeichel and into the bottom right hand corner.

Claudio Ranieri introduced Gray for Fuchs in the second half and a more positive line-up saw the Champions dictating the play.
An Albrighton chip from the right was headed goalwards by Okazaki, but a deflection off Keogh’s arm took it wide of the post.
Moments later another Albrighton cross from the right was punched out by Carson to Gray, but his shot from 7 yards went straight into the body of the Rams keeper.

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Okazki then went on a run down the right, finding Vardy on the edge of the area who in turn teed up Gray for a low shot that thumped against the right hand post. The rebound fell for Okazaki whose shot was blocked by Johnson, returning to the Japan international, but his second shot went straight at Carson.
A rare chance came for Derby on the hour when Baird launched a ball to the far post, but but Russell’s header found the side-netting from a tight angle.
Mahrez, on for Okazaki, then caught out the Derby defence with a quick throw to Drinkwater, who crossed for Vardy to connect well with a header, but the orange shirt of Carson was attracting the ball like a magnet and he didn’t have to move to save it.
Musa, on for Albrighton fired a shot wide and it looked as though time was running out for City, who were struggling to find a way past the Rams who had everyone behind the ball.
But they rescued the tie with four minutes remaining.
Gray’s well-delivered corner from the left saw Morgan outwit his marker to direct a header past Carson from six yards out.

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5,400 City fans were still celebrating that goal when there was a late scare at the other end. Camara jinked his way into the area and his attempted pass hit Huth on the thigh, the ball jumping up to hit his hand. Thankfully Mark Clattenburg waved play on, and both sides had to be content with a replay.

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Ranieri didn’t mind this extra burden on the fixture list: “It’s important for our confidence. I am very happy with our attitude and our character. When we show this character anything can happen.”

Derby: Carson, Bryson (Camara 87), Keogh, Russell (Vydra 84), Ince, Bent, Baird, Johnson, Pearce, Hughes (Butterfield 63), Olsson. Subs Not Used: Christie, Shackell, De Sart, Mitchell.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Gray 46), Albrighton (Musa 74), Drinkwater, King, Chilwell, Okazaki (Mahrez 64), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Benalouane, Mendy, Ndidi 
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 25,079.

 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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