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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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The Champions cards that we produced to celebrate City’s greatest achievment in the
history of all sport, ever, have now sold out. But do not despair if you didn’t manage to lay your hands on a set. We have now made them available as an A4 sized print which you can have either framed, or the print on its own to frame yourself…frame
The framed print costs £11.80 inc postage — pay via Paypal HERE
while the unframed one is £6.50 inc postage — pay via paypal HERE 
or send a cheque or cash to our new address:
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The FOX Issue No 200 – OUT NOW!

The 200th edition of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine is in the shops now…

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Featuring: an interview with former City captain, Matt Elliott; Fully Programmed from August 1989; Fox Diary – winning the league, going to Wembley – stuff like that; the latest from the Foxes Trust; the trip to Bruges via the medium of #lcfc Twitter; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; Rewind goes back to September 1997 – Atletico Madrid at home; Foxed in the Head – on whopping lies you were told, Madrid, Liverpool and Bruges; John Hutchinson’s new series on Following the Fosse; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and Fanatical Frank goes to Bruges…

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all for less than the price of a pint…

Matt Elliott Interview extract…

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FOX: The following season you played quite a few games up front as an emergency striker. Did Martin O’Neill ask you if you fancied it?
ME: Typical Martin O’Neill methods! He didn’t used to name the team until an hour and a half before kick off, we didn’t know the team on a Friday. You could usually name 9 or 10 of the starting line-up but you were never quite sure whether he was going to rest someone, or whatever. He’d often spring mini surprises, like putting a young lad like Stuart Campbell into the starting XI. It kept players on their toes. If someone knows he isn’t in the squad on Friday he might fancy a night out and anything could happen with injuries or whatever and he could get pulled into the squad.
As regards me playing up front, John Robertson came up to me in the changing rooms before a game against Chelsea and said: “The Gaffer wants a word with you.”
I thought, oh no, what have I done now? So I went to see him in hi soffice and he said: “Matty, how do you feel about playing centre-forward today?”
This is an hour and a half before kick-off and we hadn’t discussed it all at before in training!
I said: “Pardon?”
He said: “Centre-forward, you can do a job up there.”
I said: “I’ll play anywhere you want me to.”
He said: “Do you fancy it?”
I said: “Yes, sure I do, it sounds good.” It was quite exciting really. Not much pressure on me, if I made a mistake it wasn’t going to cost us a goal.
He said: “Don’t worry, it’s only the World Cup winning centre-half partnership of Desailly and Leboeuf!”
They’d won the World Cup with France about two months before.
Robbo said to me: “Just go up there and cause havoc, son.”
I think we got a draw that day. I had a bit of a set-to with Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, who weren’t too happy with the physical aspect of my game and we had a few words going down the tunnel. They ended up locking themselves in the away dressing rooms, I chased them in there and they shut the door on me! Luckily the officials didn’t see that one.

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FOX 200 can be bought from the following shops..
LEICESTER: Churchgate News; Centre News, Humberstone Gate; Mahavir News, Cardinals Walk; S&A News, Downing Drive.
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Or you can buy one via Paypal HERE and have it posted to you.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email: garysilke@sky.com

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FOX 195 and 196 selling out fast

We are down to the last few of FOX 195 and 196 – our first all-colour issues…

It isn’t too late to get your hands on them and catch up with Leicester City’s table-topping exploits, interviews with Carl Muggleton and Kevin Phillips, the adventures of Fanatical Frank and 50Something and much more…

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But be quick, when they’re gone they’re gone.

You can receive both copies through the post for just £5.75 including p&p – paying online via Paypal HERE.

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The FOX 195 – The Leicester City Fanzine – Out Now!

The FOX 195 is in the shops now and will be on sale before tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace. 

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It is our first ever all-colour issue, and it only took us 28 years…

Featuring: An interview with former-City goalkeeper Carl Muggleton; Fully Programmed from 1996-97; Fox Diary with not a defeat in sight; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitter, starring Christian Fuchs; Rewind goes back to 91-92; Foxed in the Head – travels to Highbury, Norwich, a mystery church and the Odeon Cinema in 1973; Michael Rayns is our guest columnist; John Hutchinson continues his series on City and World War II; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and Frank has a Cockernee knees-up….

all for considerably less than a pint…

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Extract from the Carl Muggleton interview…

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FOX: At what stage did you suspect that you would actually make it in the game?

CM: Well, funnily enough I think I realised when I got injured and had to have a cartilage operation when I was 15. John McVey was the physio at the time, and I had to go and see him and the club arranged for me to have the op and really looked after me. I thought, well they are looking after me well, they obviously want me.
They the club arranged for me to have one day a week at Belvoir Drive under goalkeeping coach Alan Hodgkinson, I had to drop a subject at school to fit it in. I was sort of an apprentice for a day so I’d have to do some jobs but then I would join in with the goalkeepers, Mark Wallington, Ian Andrews, Jerry Roberts. It was absolutely fantastic, sometimes I’d get to join in with the 5-a-sides with the first team players… Alan Smith, Gary Lineker. You didn’t get fed at Belvoir Drive in those days so we would end up catching a bus into town with Andy Feeley, have a sandwich and then eventually make my way back home and try and catch up with all the homework I hadn’t done.
After a year of that I was told I had got an apprenticeship, so it was head down and get on with the football after that.

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Get your Summer Special and FOX 195 delivered to your door by return of post, followed by the rest of this season’s issues as they come out.
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Leicester City Fanzine – The FOX Summer Special 2013 – ON SALE TODAY!

The FOX Summer Special 2013 will be on sale at this afternoon’s game against Leeds United…

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Packed with (middle to late)  summer fun, this issue features: an interview with Roger Davies who recalls his not very successful stay at Leicester; a review of last season even though they didn’t bring a DVD out; our thoughts on the new Puma range including our kit; Your Guide to the long and winding road of the Championship; Tales From the Riverbank;  Fox Photos; Rewind – kids in the team group; Our thoughts on the great SkyJacking of 2012-13; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; The ever-insightful Chris Lymn Column; how Youn9y’s book came about;  new column Foxed in the Head; new John Hutchinson series The Managers; your letters, e-mails and messages… and Fanatical Frank’s trip to Vicarage Road…

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All for less than the price of a pint…. £3.

Extract from the Roger Davies interview…

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FOX: Having had such a good time in Belgium you left early in your second season to join Leicester. What happened there?

RD: Well, he left me out of the team one week and I was a bit pissed off to be honest. But I think I was getting a bit homesick as well. John Lyall at West Ham had rung me, but nothing came of that, and then Leicester came in with this quite big bid. Leicester was close to where I lived, and it was a good club, so I thought it looked like a great move. Frank McLintock and a couple of directors came over to Bruges to see me and after a brief talk it was soon done and dusted.

FOX: We were in the middle of an appalling season, how did he sell Leicester to you?

RD: I don’t think he had to really, I really wanted the move and didn’t pay much attention to how they were doing. I was looking more at the calibre of players, who were good enough to be doing much better. Keith Weller was still there, Steve Kember was a good player, they brought Geoff Salmons in. Dabid Webb, Jeff Blockley, Dennis Rofe… these were all good players. Eddie Kelly, Billy Hughes, Steve Sims… why did we lose so many games?
Look at those players, even with an inexperienced manager we should have done a lot better. I think I had a decent start and got Man of the Match my first game against Derby, and then played well at Ipswich the second game, but after that it was completely gone. Somebody said to me afterwards it was like putting a spoonful of hot water into a bucket of cold. We all lost confidence and just could not turn it around. Having come in as a record signing I have to admit it was the worst spell of my career. It was the only time I lost my confidence. The ball was coming to you and you weren’t just trusting yourself to do what came naturally. As you were receiving the ball you were thinking ‘Do I really want this?’ or ‘Don’t make a mistake’.
I was pretty successful everywhere else, for Derby and Bruges and in the States, but I’m sorry Leicester fans, I didn’t do it on purpose.

To get hold of your copy, a free set of postcards, and the rest of the issues as they are published this season,  then subscribe to The FOX for the 2013-14 season via Paypal by pressing this blue button… 

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What do you get the Leicester fan who has everything?

You can now give a The Fox – the Leicester City fanzine – as a Christmas present…

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Our new offer includes:

All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

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Use the green button to pay online via Paypal…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

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February Sales!

Following on from our popular January offer we have another bargain bundle of Fox stuff for February… 

This features the following publications:

The Best of The Fox Issues 31 – 40  Fanzine highlights covering the period from February 1993 to February 1994…
The Best of Unforgettables  Nearly 50 articles and cartoons of your favourite City players…
Completely Frank  The first compliation of Fanatical Frank strips going from 1993 to 1997…
Completely Frank 2  Covering the period 1997 to 2006…
ThirtySomething  All the ThirtySomething strips from the start in 1996 up until 2004.

All these are available for just £10.00 including postage.

You can either pay via Paypal: garysilke@sky.com

Or send a cheque made out to ‘The Fox’ to:

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

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