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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…


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…


all for less than the price of a pint…

Steve Howard Interview extract…


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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Leicester Release Half a Dozen

Leicester City today announced that six players were to be released: Darius Vassell,  Steve Howard, Matt Oakley, Chris Weale, Aleksandar Tunchev and  Elliott Chamberlain.

There were no real surprises in this list of the long-term injured and out of favour and, with the recent influx of young players arriving, the squad’s average age has just dropped significantly.
Howard and Oakley will be best remembered for their contribution to the League One title-winning season, whereas Vassell and Tunchev’s City careers were truncated by injury; while Weale’s loss of form was almost dramatic.

We wish them all well in whatever they take on next…


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City See Off Rams in Style

Leicester City 2:0 Derby County

City delighted a big crowd with a stylish performance earning a 2-0 win against neighbours Derby at Filbert Way on Saturday…

Sven Goran Eriksson made one change to his side with Howard starting instead of Waghorn. It would have been two changes but Vitor injured himself in the warm-up and Hobbs retained his place.
The afternoon didn’t get off to a great start, with the Remembrance Day minutes silence wrecked by people too stupid to see the irony of screaming at someone to be quiet.  
City started brightly against the in-form Rams and had the ball in the net after six minutes but Vassell’s celebration were cut short by the linesman’s flag.
Davies and King both went close as City piled on the early pressure, before taking the lead in the 13th minute.  
Wellens, who had perhaps his best game in a City shirt to date, sent King through with a defence splitting pass and the youngster produced a cool finish to beat Fielding.
City continued to dominate, King almost put a finishing touch to a Cunningham cross and Gallagher sent a long range effort whistling over the bar.
In a rare Derby attack Commons sent a long range effort a yard wide of the right hand post, and Hobbs managed to clear a dangerous Cywka cross. Moore then sent a shot over when well placed on the left, but City took their 1-0 lead in with them at the break.
City continued in the same vein in the second half with Vassell and the overlapping Naughton proving to be a handful, but no one could get a head to their crosses.
Green went close with a header for the Rams and then Dyer, on for Vassell in th e64th minute, beat two defenders in the area before sending his low shot too close to Fielding.
With twenty minutes remaining City had the chance to ease the nerves when Naughton burst into the area and was clumsily tripped by Commons.  Howard made no mistake from the spot for the second time in four days, blasting a nerveless effort to Fielding’s right.
That was game over, with Derby heads going down and the only question mark was whether City could add a third to underline their superiority. Gallagher went close a couple of times but the home crowd were more than happy with a convincing 2-0 victory against fourth placed Derby.   
Sven was delighted: “We deserved the win. We started very well, then in the last 15 minutes of the first half Derby came back well and created a lot of problems. We talked at half-time, came back and created many chances. I’m pleased because we beat a very good football team and we had to be 100% to beat them. I thought the players were fantastic today.”

Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Abe, Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 64), Howard (Waghorn 89). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Fryatt, Moussa, Morrison.
Derby: Fielding, Leacock, Moxey, Brayford, Barker (Anderson 78), Cywka (Doyle 85), Bailey, Green, Pearson (Kuqi 69), Moore, Commons. Subs Not Used: Deeney, Savage, Bywater, Pringle.

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Attendance: 25,930.

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City Scrape a Point Against Blades

Leicester City 2:2 Sheffield United

After a strong opening twenty minutes City somehow ended up relying on a 92nd minute Howard penalty to rescue a point against Sheffield United at Filbert Way on Wednesday night…

City, with one change to the side – Hobbs in for the injured Vitor – could hardly have got off to a brighter start against a struggling Sheffield United side. The lively Waghorn almost gave City a 2nd minute lead with a fierce near post shot that Simonsen just managed to block. 
City then took an 8th minute lead, when Waghorn was fouled on th eedg eof th earea by Bartley. Gallagher stepped up to deliver a perfect curling free-kick into the top left hand corner, giving Simonsen no chance.
King then had two half chances to extend City’s lead, with a Naughton through ball having a little too much weight on it, and a header glanced wide.
As it was, the Blades somehow managed to shake themselves out of an abject performance to take an unlikely lead in at the break. 
In the 29th minute City’s back line were caught out on the break and Reid squared for an unmarked Yeates, the former City man equalising with a simple finish.
This seems to knock City’s confidence and they looked shaky as United took the lead four minutes before the break.  
Yeates struck again from a free-kick, with a similar effort to Gallagher’s, and as the small band of visitors celebrated there was a rising sense of frustration among the home crowd.
The second half continued in much the same vein with City, being bullied all over the park and unable to get a grip on proceedings. Ten minutes into the half, with no sign of improvement Eriksson brought Dyer and Howard on for Waghorn and Vassell.  
Although Dyer was sporadically effective, United were still in charge and cynical fouls and time-wasting kept them on top. At one stage Reid was substituted and managed to do a jog that was slower than a walk.
Gallagher almost found the bottom right hand corner from a free-kick but Simonsen produced a fine save.
King went close and Howard couldn’t convert a cross that fell for him six yards out.
As the game entered four minutes of time-added-on it looked as though United would claim the three points but Yeates, their two-goal hero, provided a twist in the tale handling the ball in the penalty area.
Howard stepped forward to convert a confident spot-kick and rescue a point from a poor performance that had promised much.
Sven Goran Eriksson observed: “I think we were a little lucky but we showed a lot of character to chase the equaliser at the end. It was a strange game because we played good football and scored a good goal in the first 20 minutes. Everything looked like a nice evening, almost easy, but it is never easy in this division.”

Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Abe (Fryatt 74), Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 55), Waghorn (Howard 55). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Moussa, Morrison.
United: Simonsen, Jordan, Nosworthy, Bartley, Lowton, Yeates, Britton, Quinn, Montgomery, Reid (Ertl 79), Cresswell (Bogdanovic 86). Subs Not Used: Wright, Kozluk, Calve, Taylor, Evans.

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 20,445.

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King Turns the Tide at Elland Road

Leeds United 1:2 Leicester City

It was a game of two halves at Elland Road on Tuesday night as City fought back from a goal deficit to hurdle Leeds and make it into the League Cup 3rd round draw…

Paulo Sousa made five changes to the side that lost at Burnley on Saturday, bringing in Logan, Lamey, Moussa, Morrison and Gallagher, while former-fox Max Gradel made the Leeds starting line-up.
Gradel proved to be a thorn in the side, delivering a good cross for Becchio in the first chance of the game.
Another recent City-player Alex Bruce then nodded wide from a Kilkenny corner when he should have put Leeds ahead. The home fans didn’t have long ot wait howver. After 32 minutes a determined looking Gradel delivered a fine cross and Somma, unhindered by markers, glanced his header home.
Johnson then went close to extending the lead, but Logan saved. Just before the break City could have snatched an equaliser with a rare chance but Howard headed wide from an excellent Berner cross.

Paulo Sousa shuffled his pack for the second half, bringing King on for Moreno and reverting to a 442 – and it worked. King repaid his manager as soon as the action resumed. Gradel went on a dangerous run into the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Logan. The rebound fell to Becchio but his shot was cleared off the line by King.
Inspired by the young Welsh international City gradually fought their way back into the game and levelled in the 66th minute. King and Moussa combined well to set up Wellens who beat Higgs from the edge of the area.
The Leeds keeper then did well to deny Howard who almost converted a low Gallagher cross from close in.
Hobbs and Somma both wasted late chances and it looked as though the game was drifting towards extra time when City enjoyed a slice of luck. Collins needlessly handled what was at best a hopeful ball forward, Howard stepped up to the ochie and sent Higgs the wrong way and City into the third round.

It was a great result for a spirited City side and for manager Paulo Sousa who was already experiencing a little pressure…  “We started off very well in the first half with a lot of personality but a small mistake led to the goal and after that we became a little bit disturbed. We were in trouble until the end of the half but we made changes, both tactically and mentally, at half-time and we were able to win the game. This is something we have deserved since the start of the season.”
Leeds: Higgs, Connolly, Collins, Bruce, Bessone, Kilkenny, Johnson, Howson (Hughes 72), Gradel, Becchio (Watt 72), Somma. Subs Not Used: Naylor, Schmeichel, White, Bromby, Grella.
Leicester: Logan, Berner, Hobbs, Lamey (Neilson 89), Morrison, Moreno (King 46), Moussa (Kennedy 68), Wellens, Gallagher, N’Guessan, Howard. Subs Not Used: Oakley, Crncic, Parkes, Ambrusics.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 16,509.

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City Beat Posh Neighbours

Peterborough United 1:2 Leicester City

City ended the day with a four point lead over seventh place Blackpool after winning a scrappy encounter at Peterborough with goals from Steve Howard and Andy King…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for the short trip to already relegated Peterborough.
Quite early on it became clear that we weren’t going to see an exciting game of free-flowing football, on a terribly bumpy pitch. The ball spent much of its time in the air either hoofed forward out of defence or in protracted games of midfield head tennis.
Chances were rare and the first one fell to Posh, but Green didn’t connect well with a shot and Weale saved comfortably.
At the other end a chance opened up for Gallagher but he fired his effort over the bar.
Torres then capped a fine run with a poor final ball and Berner cleared a Morgan header off the line.
It looked as though the sides would go in goaless at the break when City made a 40th minute breakthrough.
Wellens fed Howard down the right and the big striker sent a low shot beyond the reach of Posh keeper Lewis and into the bottom left hand corner.  

Howard then had another chance just before the break but sent his shot over.
Peterborough pressed forward after the break with City sitting back. Mackail-Smith almost went clear but for a tackle from Brown and Hobbs had a busy spell heading several high balls clear. United’s pressure paid off with an equaliser in the 64th minute.  Unable to get through the City defence Rowe simply ran round it, latching on to Wright’s through ball and placing the ball past Weale from a couple of yards out.
City soon made amends for this slack bit of work however. Three minutes later Gallagher sent over a hanging cross from the left, Morrison nodded it back across goal from the far post and a completley unmarked King had the simple task of heading over the line from two yards out.
Weale saved bravely at the feet of the impressive Mackail-Smith as Posh sought a second equaliser but City were not ot be denied the points.
With Blackpool losing at Newcastle City’s position now looked much stronger than it had at 3 o clock.
Nigel Pearson summed up: “It was a pretty ugly game, but all that matters at this stage of the season is picking up results. We managed to do that and people can make their own minds up about whether we deserved it.”

Peterborough: Lewis, Morgan, Griffiths, Bennett, Geohaghan, Torres (Wright 57), Lee, Rowe, Green, Simpson, Mackail-Smith. Subs Not Used: McKeown, Crook, Appiah, Mills, McCrae.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, Andy King, Wellens, Spearing (Oakley 86), Gallagher (Adams 86), Howard, Waghorn (Vaughan 62). Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, N’Guessan, Kermorgant.

Referee: G D Scott (Oxford). Attendance: 9,651.

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City Beaten Again

Cardiff City 2:1 Leicester City

City suffered their third consecutive defeat at Cardiff on Tuesday night, despite a battling second half performance.

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side for this wintry midweek trip to South Wales with Brown, Powell, Kermorgant, Dyer and Oakley out and Neilson, Solano, Spearing, Gallagher and N’Guessan in.
This re-jigged line-up went a goal down after just nine minutes however. Whitingham fed th eball to Atuthu who made room for himself to fire in a shot. Weale could only parry it into the path of McCormack who fired it home.
This was not a good start for a side on a poor run and for a while Cardiff threatened to run riot.
Burke went close with a shot and then King cleared a McCormack effort on the line.
Substitue Matthews then went on a long run beating five black shirt before firing over.
Just when it looked as though City had limited Cardiff’s first half lead to a single goal, there was late drama.
McCormack had a shot saved by Weale, Rae latched on to the rebound and squared for Whittingham to make it 2-0.
Seconds later Waghorn appeared to have got the ball at least a yard over the goal line directly from a corner, but the linesman didn’t give it and Cardiff charged down the other end, Burke crossing for Etuhu who wasted a golden opportunity with a poor header.
City started the second half in determined fashion, with Howard on for N’Guessan, and it took him only seven minutes to score. Waghorn swung another good corner over, Bluebirds’ keeper Marshall flapped at it and it fell for Howard to pull a goal back with a low drive from close in.
City looked a different team in this half and piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.
It looked as though the breakthrough had come in the 70th minute when Vaughan (just on for Waghorn) was sent clean through by Solano, but Gyepes dragged him down with a crude challenge just outside the area, sacrficing himself to save the points. Gyepes did indeed see red and Gallagher made nothing of the free-kick.
The last 20 minutes were all Leicester, but they couldn’t find a way through against a dogged Cardiff rearguard action, with one man off and another injured.
Wellens, Spearing and Vaughan all went close but the Bluebirds held out through 5 minutes time added on to make it three defeats in a row for Nigel Pearson’s side. The City boss refused to be downhearted however: “There are a lot of positives from tonight’s performance. We have worked very hard to get ourselves in this position and I am not feeling downbeat about it. I have seen enough encouraging signs from the second-half performance to suggest that we can finish the season very strongly.”

Cardiff: Marshall, Quinn, Gyepes, Kennedy (Capaldi 60), Burke, Whittingham, Rae, Blake (Matthews 35),  McPhail, McCormack, Etuhu (Feeney 65). Subs Not Used: Chopra, Enckelman, Taiwo, Wildig.
Leicester: Weale, Hobbs, Neilson (Adams 83), Morrison, King, Solano, Wellens, Spearing, Gallagher, N’Guessan (Howard 46), Waghorn (Vaughan 69). Subs Not Used: Powell, Logan, Oakley, Kermorgant.

Referee: F Graham (Essex). Attendance: 20,438.

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