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Leicester storm to victory over Manchester United

Leicester City 5:3 Manchester United
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

City became the first team in Premier League history to defeat Manchester United after trailing by two goals, at the KPS on Sunday. A rampant second half display blowing United away…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the line-up that won at Stoke, with Schmeichel, Cambiasso, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing Hamer, Mahrez, King and Schlupp.
City had plenty of firepower with Ulloa, Vardy and Nugent in the side and clearly planned to go on the offensive but after a bright opening spell they suffered a setback in the 13th minute.
A slick United move had already seen Di Maria thread Van Persie through on goal, but Schmeichel saved the Dutchman’s effort; but he couldn’t deny him two minutes later. Falcao beat De Laet down the left and delivered a far post cross for Van Persie to nod home.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

Three minutes later it looked as though the afternoon might turn sour when United went further ahead. Di Maria exchanged passes with Rooney before producing a sublime chipped finish over Schmeichel and into the net.
But City weren’t cowed and struck back soon afterwards, the sheer persistence of Vardy seeing him cross from the goal-line on the right. Ulloa was waiting at the far post  to plant a header past De Gea to put his side back in the game.
Blind forced a save from Schmeichel and Di Maria screwed an effort wide when well-placed, but City made it to the half way point just a goal behind and with plenty of hope.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
However, it was all United after the break, Falcao rattling the crossbar after being set up by Rooney.
The visitors then restored their two-goal lead in the 57th minute when Herrera applied a deft touch to a Di Maria shot to leave Schmeichel stranded.
City now had a huge task ahead of them to get anything from the game, but they did that, and more.
The incredible fightback began in the 62nd minute…
Vardy raced down the left and put in a robust challenge on Rafael, robbing him of possession. Rafael then nudged him in the back in the area and referee Clattenburg pointed to the spot.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.
Two minutes later the KPS was (literally, in parts) rocking as Cambiasso slotted in the equaliser after seizing on a loose ball from a blocked Hammond shot.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

It was all City now and De Laet set up King, on for Cambiasso, for a shot that flew narrowly wide.
In the 79th minute De Laet robbed Mata on the halfway line and played a perfect ball for Vardy, who raced in on goal before giving De Gea no chance with a smart finish for a goal that his incredible performance had deserved.
Vardy still wasn’t finished and beat Blackett down the right before a clumsy challenge in the area from the United defender earned him a red card. With Nugent off the field, Ulloa stepped up and did just as good a job from the spot to put the game beyond a bewildered looking United.

After more manic celebrations many City fans were taking photos of the big screens, unable to believe the 5-3 scoreline.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
This was the fifth game of City’s ‘tough start’. They have 8 points and lie 7th in the Premier League…

Nigel Pearson commented on one of City’s greatest ever performances:

“For us to win away at Stoke and then follow it up by beating one of the major forces in British football is very satisfying. When you add into that coming from 3-1 behind, it is testament not just to our quality, but also the spirit and self-belief.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Cambiasso (King 71), Vardy (Schlupp 85), Nugent (James 75), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Blackett, Evans (Smalling 30), Blind, Herrera, Di Maria (Mata 76), Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao (Januzaj 71). Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Shaw, Valencia, Fletcher.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,784.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Chelsea overcome brave Leicester resistance

Chelsea 2:0 Leicester City

Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,

City were a match for one of Europe’s best sides for just over an hour at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, before goals from Costa and Hazard sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea…

Nigel Pearson brought Hammond in for Drinkwater and Schlupp for Knockaert and, although this line-up could be described an understrength, City looked undaunted by this visit to the title favourites.
The early chances went to the home side, Oscar had a shot blocked by Morgan, and then Cahill had two efforts blocked by red shirts that were giving their hosts very little breathing space.
Schurrle then headed a Hazard cross over, before City broke upfield.

Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
Mahrez saw a fierce shot beaten away by Courtois and then Schlupp had an effort deflected wide.
At the other end Costa had a curling shot blocked by Morgan, and City could be well pleased with their efforts as the half-time whistle heralded a goalless half.

Mourinho had apparently given his side something of a ‘pep-talk’ at the break and they appeared to have moved up a gear.
Oscar fired against the post, and then Ivanovic was denied by a superb Schmeichel save as City were stretched for the first time.
But they should have taken the lead five minutes later when a speedy breakaway set up Nugent in a one-on-one with keeper Courtois, but the Belgian keeper managed to block with his legs.
Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
Schurrle then went close with a curler, before Schmeichel denied Ivanovic again this time tipping away a long-range shot.
City were still looking dangerous on the break but Courtois again saved from Nugent after last year’s leading scorer had been set up by Mahrez.
As play swung from one end of the field to the other Fabregas then forced another save from Schmeichel who tipped his attempted chip over the bar.
However, Chelsea began to turn the screw further and City’s resistance was broken in the 62nd minute.
In a busy penalty area Costa guided home from close range after Ivanovic’s low cross made it across the goalmouth.
Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
City stuck to their task, and Pearson brought on Albrigthton and Taylor-Fletcher for Mahrez and Hammond, but Chelsea went further ahead in the 77th minute. Fabregas sending Hazard through for a run and shot beyond Schmeichel’s reach.

Schmeichel then made another fine save from Willian to keep the scoreline at respectable levels.

It was a predictable enough defeat against Chelsea’s Megastars, but City fans could take great pride in their side’s performance, which boded very well for the rest of the season.
Nigel Pearson told Sky Sports: “We are aware of the fact that when chances have come our way, it’s not quite happened for us. But the encouraging thing is that we are being creative. I think today we have put them under quite a bit of pressure and even when they started to take a bit of control in the second half, we still had our moments. There are positives to take from today, certainly.”


Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Schurrle (Ramires 64), Oscar (Willian 70), Hazard, Costa (Drogba 79). Subs: Cech, Zouma, Luis, Mikel.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 68), Hammond (Taylor-Fletcher 72), King, Schlupp, Nugent, Ulloa (Wood 84) Subs: Hamer, Hopper, Knockaert, Wasilewski.
Referee: Lee Mason. ATTENDANCE: 41,604.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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David Nugent signs two-year deal with City

Leicester City have announced this afternoon that leading goalscorer David Nugent has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

The 29 year old has been leading scorer in all of his three seasons at Leicester, and last year’s total of 20 league goals was the highest since Gary Lineker was at the club.
The popular Liverpudlian told the LCFC official site: “I’m delighted to have signed for two years and I’m really looking forward to testing myself with the rest of the squad in the best league in the world.”

Nugent, who played in every league game for City last season,  has been out of the Premier League for four years, making appearances for Portsmouth and Burnley in 2009-10.

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PHOTO: Simon Kimber

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Leicester’s Champions Parade: Picture Special

Leicester City paraded the Championship trophy through the city centre in front of thousands of fans on Monday…
Here are a selection of Simon Kimber’s photos from a memorable day…

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

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Leicester beat QPR and close in on the title

Leicester City  1:0 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

City are one win away from the Championship title after a keenly contested 1-0 victory against QPR at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his starting line-up with Knoackaert and King back in, and City got off to their customary attacking start, though Mahrez two early efforts were both blocked.
Knockaert sent a couple of chances skidding wide of the right hand post, before Schmeichel was tested by shots from Maiga and Kranjcar.
After that the game was becalmed for a long spell. apart from a hectic goalmouth scramble which saw Schmeichel deny Kranjcar before De Laet finally managed to clear.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Assou-Ekotto then escaped with a yellow for a lunge on Mahrez, before City’s best chance of the half just before the break.
Knoackaert and King seized on a Henry error in defence but the Welsh midfielder’s low angled drive was cleared off the line by  Onuoha.
Mahrez’s follow up shot flashed across the goal line.
In the last action of the half Kranjcar then opted to pass when well placed for a shot and the teams went in goalless.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

The opening spell had few chances but some increasingly tasty challenges and Nigel Pearson decided to shuffle his pack in the 67th minute, Dyet and James coming on for Knockaert and Hammond.
City instantly went ahead after a great move down the right. Nugent, Mahrez and Drinkwater combined beautifully leading to Nugent bearing down on goal and firing a low shot past Green for his 21st goal of the season.
Moore then came on for the injured Schlupp, but QPR’s threat was diminished when Assou-Ekotto picked up a  second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on King.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Green saved well from Mahrez at the near post, and the French-Algerian also looked to have been tripped in the penalty area, but City didn;t need the second goal and victory put them within touching distance of the title.
Nigel Pearson observed: “It’s nice to be able to produce a season in which we have fulfilled our potential.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 67), King, Schlupp (Moore 77), Knockaert (Dyer 67), Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent.Subs Not Used: Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Phillips, Wood.
QPR: Green, Simpson, Suk-Young, Onuoha, Hughes, Kranjcar (Morrison 82), Henry, Benayoun (Wright-Phillips 46), O’Neil, Assou-Ekotto, Maiga (Zamora 71). Subs Not Used: Dunne, Keane, Murphy, Donaldson.

Referee: Scott Duncan. Attendance: 27,386.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187, FOX 188 and FOX 189…

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Leicester looking like Champions at Burnley

Burnley 0:2 Leicester City

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City moved a big stride closer to promotion on at Turf Moor on Saturday, with a convincing 2-0 over second placed Burnley.

An unchanged City side enjoyed a bright start to the game, and injury-hit Burnley suffered a set-back as early as the 8th minute when Vokes had to limp out of the action.
Schmeichel then had to be alert to come out and meet Stanislas after he was sent in on goal.
Drinkwater then saw a well-struck volley blocked by Shackell.
Vardy then broke dangerously but eventually the attentions of three defenders and a perhaps a tug on the sleeve denied him the opener.
In the 34th minute Vardy then had to go off with an injury, but his replacement Wood was son setting up Nugent for the opener.
Nugent strode forward before cutting in and delivering a perfect swerving shot beyond the reach of Heaton and into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a vital goal in a tight encounter and City went in with the lead at half-time after Kightly put one over the bar for the Clarets.

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Knockaert, set up by Mahrez, sent a 25 yarder against bar, while Schmeichel did well to block an Arfield effort at the other end.
City were looking very good at this stage, with Wood, Knockaert and Schlupp all going close, before Taylor-Fletcher replaced Nugent up front.
Although Burnley desperately tried to press forward and preserve their unbeaten home record it was City who got the vital second goal with 12 minutes to go.  Wood latched on to a hopeful punt forward from Knockaert and outmuscled Duff before sending a delightful half-volley soaring over Heaton and into the net in front of over 3,000 travelling fans.
The party started, and everything about this City side says, not just promotion, but Champions.

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stanislas (Wallace 62), Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 79), Barnes, Vokes (Edgar 8). Subs Not Used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Lafferty, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Hammond 87), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Vardy (Wood 34). Subs Not Used: King, Dyer, Moore, Logan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 16,794.

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You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187 and FOX 188…

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Leicester beat the weather and Boro to stay on course

Leicester City 2:0 Middlesbrough

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Although a storm at kick-off ruined the first half as a spectacle, two second half goals against Middlesbrough sealed a seventh consecutive win for City at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side, but it soon had to be reshuffled.
A violent storm broke over the ground as the two sides came out and heavy rain soon made the playing surface waterlogged.
In the 5th minute Moore raced to meet a Knockaert free-kick at the far post and, sending his effort just wide, he slid into the left hand upright. After attempting to carry on he had to concede defeat and was replaced by Wasilewski.
He wasn’t the only casualty of the storm, with the ball refusing to roll along the ground, both sides had to limit their ambitions to simply propelling it forward.
There were few chances among the hoofing: Vardy attempted to lob Given in the Boro goal; and there was a scramble in City’s penalty area that was cleared.
The rain abated and the groundsmen forked the pitch at half time, and the real game began an hour late.
Although Boro had the first chance – Jutkiewicz’s header from close in going straight at Schmeichel – it was City who took a vital lead seven minutes into the second half. Nugent cahsed a long ball from Nugent down the left, and robbed Ayala right on the goal line, before cutting a ball back for Vardy to slot home an easy chance.
Vardy’s enthusiasm was undampened by the conditions and one head long charge into the penalty area against three defenders saw him upended by Williams in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately Nugent could not add to his tally from the penalty spot this season, placing his kick too close to Given.
But City got a second a minute later when a James free-kick delivered from the left was headed home from close in by De Laet.
Phillips and Mahrez then made their KPS bows, replacing Dyer and Vardy, although the game was alreadey won, as City had passed another difficult test.
They equalled the all-time club record of seven league wins on the trot and went 8 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 9), De Laet; Knockaert, Dyer (Mahrez 79), James, Drinkwater; Vardy (Phillips 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Middlesbrough: Given, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Varga, Jutkiewicz (Kamara 59), Ledesma (Chalobah 75), Whitehead, Carayol, Ayala, Adomah. Subs Not Used: Butterfield, Emnes, Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeuo.

Referee: S  Martin. Attendance: 26,047.  

We are extending our popular ‘The FOX as a late Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life’ into January – minus the Christmas wrapping.…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186 and FOX 187, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped.

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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 2014…

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