The 207th edition of The FOX – is now in the shops…
Featuring: An exclusive interview with former City striker Matty Fryatt on the day he announced his retirement; Fully Programmed from February 1973; Fox Diary; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the impact of VAR from the Foxes Trust; Rewind – The birth of Fox Leisure; Foxed in the Head – doesn’t go to West Ham in 1974 but makes it to Peterborough; Farewell to Rodney Fern; ; The Leicester/Vfl Bochum connection explained by Chris Baker; John Hutchinson on the Boys of ’61; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; and FiftySomething is up for the Cup…
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Matty Fryatt interview extract…
FOX: Martin Allen was soon on his way, then Gary Megson swiftly came and went. How did you get on with Ian Holloway?
MF: Well, at that point we had Steve Howard, Barry Hayles, Iain Hume, myself and DJ Campbell.
He knew that we all effectively had goals in us, but you can’t play five forwards. Sometimes he would put Iain on the right wing, me on the left wing, Steve and DJ in the middle and perhaps Barry in the hole. Or perhaps you would play for one half and then someone else would come on. It was never settled and it was a bit lopsided. If you are a forward playing wide then you aren’t thinking about crossing the ball, you’re thinking how can I get in on goal. I wasn’t blessed with electric pace so I couldn’t beat a full back and get a cross over. Then you’d play one game and then not be seen for the next three. Then you’d be back in, at right wing, or up front, or in the hole. It really was all over the shop. I don’t think he ever worked out what to do with his forward line, and we didn’t really have any wingers.
When you look at that team that went down, it was a disgrace. I know we had a record number of points for going down, but it shouldn’t have happened. And I was absolutely diabolical that season, I couldn’t finish a chance to save my life. But there was so much chopping and changing, even after we had won a game.
FOX: The last game of the season at Stoke saw the club relegated to the third tier for the first time ever. Were the players aware of the enormity of that game?
MF: I think deep down, we were relegated before the game, although it wasn’t a bad performance on the day. I think the game before, losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at home, was the one that did it. After that the feeling was that we were down, that’s how I felt anyway. It was just awful.
FOX: Nigel Pearson was given the job of getting us out of League One, and this coincided with a big upturn in form for you…
MF: I just couldn’t wait for that previous season to end, and needed to get away from football for a bit. I went away on a break and I was determined that I would come back, get to peak fitness, get myself into a good mindset, and prove to everyone what I was about. I wasn’t thinking about what league we were in, I was just determined not to have another poor season.
Fortunately it just kicked off from the opening game when I got two goals against MK Dons. My confidence was back and from then on my thinking was, how many will I score today?
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