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Jamie Vardy on target for England

Jamie Vardy earned England a penalty and then produced a superb diving header to put England 2-0 up against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night…


England went 1-0 up in the 9th minute when Lallana sent Vardy through with a fine pass, and although the City striker miscontrolled with his first touch Spanish keeper  Reina obligingly brought him down. Lallana took the spot kick to put England ahead.
Three minutes after the break Vardy ended his 14 game goal drought.
Henderson chipped in a far post cross from the right and Vardy launched himself at the ball, finding the net with a thumping header.
He celebrated what should have been a win with a ‘Mannequin’.
Sadly, the England defence did a similar impression late on. Soon after ITV’s Glenn Hoddle had awarded Vardy Man of the Match, Aspas found the top corner to make for a nervy ending.
Then, in the fifth minute of time added on, Isco wriggled through to eqalise from close in and deny Gareth Southgate a winning end to 2016.

Hopefully Jamie Vardy will be able to carry this scoring form over to Vicarage Road for City’s visit on Saturday.



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Leicester draw a blank against Cherries

Leicester City 0:0 AFC Bournemouth

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City drew 0-0 with Bournemouth on a frustrating afternoon at the KPS, but reached Claudio Ranieri’s target of 40 points…

Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa partnering Vardy up front and Inler making way.
After some early Bournemouth pressure, Mahrez attempted what would have been goal of the season as he got onto the end of an Albrighton cross with an acrobatic overhead kick that went a yard over the bar.
The Cherries went even closer at the other end when Stanislas retrieved a ball from the bye-line that Simpson had given up on. King headed his cutback across goal and was inches wide of the far post.

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The 26th minute brought a golden chance for City when a shot from Ulloa was blocked and fell for Vardy yards out. Perhaps conscious of the onrushing Boruc, the normally lethal Vardy sent his shot against the inside of the left hand post.
Chances came and went for both sides up to the break: Ulloa sent a header from a Mahrez cross wide, while Stanislas and Gosling both missed the target when well placed.
Vardy then fired the last chance of the half across goal and the sides went in goalless at the break after an even contest.

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City, with Dyer on for Ulloa, were on top in the second half but couldn’t penetrate a well organised Bournemouth side on a day when the ball just wouldn’t run for them.
Five minutes after the break Vardy burst through but got the ball caught up in his feet, still recovering to force a fine save from Boruc low to his left.
Morgan then ghosted in at the far post at a Mahrez corner but side-footed his effort over the bar.
City’s chance to go ahead appeared to have come just before the hour when Drinkwater sent Vardy through, he appeared to have outpaced the defence but Francis managed to get in a challenge which sent the England man flying. Referee Marriner pointed to the spot and Francis was dismissed, which subsequently looked harsh on a second viewing.
Mahrez then squandered the chance, seeming to confuse himself with his stuttering run up more than Boruc, who pulled off a fine save to his left.

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Okazaki and De Laet were both introduced into the action in the closing stages, but City couldn’t find a way through Eddie Howe’s side.
Kanté, Okazaki and Drinkwater all fired off-target shots, while Vardy’s subtle glancing header went agonisingly close.
Late on, Vardy was tripped by Gosling for a claim that was stronger than the penalty City were awarded, but Marriner decided on a goal kick and City had to settle for their 40th point of the season.

Claudio Ranieri rewarded his players for reaching that goal: “A draw is not OK as it is only one point, but it is OK as we have 40 points which was the goal — it is champagne for my players!”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (De Laet 74), Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Kanté, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton (Okazaki 65), Ulloa (Dyer 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: King, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler.
Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Arter (Distin 60), Daniels, Smith, King (Murray 51), Stanislas, Ritchie. Subs Not Used: Federici, Pugh, Rantie, MacDonald, Tomlin.

Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 32,006.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


The FOX 196 – the December edition – is in the shops now…

Our second all-colour issue is now in the shops, or you can buy it online.

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Featuring: The record breaking Jamie Vardy; an interview with former-City striker Kevin Phillips; Fully Programmed from Christmas 1984; Fox Diary with hardly a defeat in sight; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitter, starring Christian Fuchs; Rewind goes back to Wembley 1996; Foxed in the Head – travels to Newcastle and recalls the time when we had to sell our best players; Simon Kimber is our guest columnist; John Hutchinson continues his series on City and World War II; our new series The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects begins; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and 40Something turns 50Something…

all for considerably less than a pint…

To buy a copy of FOX 196 click HERE.

To subscribe for a full season click HERE.

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Leicester dumped out of the FA Cup at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s bowed out of the FA Cup at Villa Park on Sunday with a poor performance in front of 6,500 travelling fans…

Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that played at Arsenal, with Wasilewski in for the cup-tied Huth, so a five-man defence lined up against a very goal-shy Villa side.
Villa got off to a better start, with new boss Tim Sherwood sat in the stands and featuring regularly on the big screens, though Weimann sent their best chance sailing over the bar.
City then went close from a James corner, Wasilewski’s glancing header had Given beaten but brushed the right hand post.
In a half of few chances City’s next came on the half hour when a Cambiasso dummy made space for James to fire in a vicious shot that Given did very well to get his fingertips to, sending the ball inches wide.
Benteke got the ball into City’s net just before the break but Villa celebrations were halted by an offside flag and the sides went in goalless after a half that wouldn’t have gripped the nation.

Attacking the Holte End, and having had their first half-time team talk from Sherwood, Villa looked more likely to open the scoring, especially as City were having terrible trouble retaining possession. Delph sent a header over the bar and then Schwarzer smothered a Benteke effort.
Delph then sent a shot from a free-kick wide.
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Nigel Pearson made a change on 65 minutes, bringing Ulloa on for Wasilewski, but just three minutes later Villa took the lead.
Bacuna cut in from the left and delivered a fine shot beyond Schwarzer and into the far corner to break the deadlock and delight the home fans.
It could have been 2-0 soon afterwards, but Upson put in a fine last-ditch challenge to prevent Benteke from adding to the scoreline.
City best chance of a reply came when an Ulloa effort was saved by Given, who then blocked Kramarić’s follow-up. A few attacks were mounted to no great effect as City by now looked very ponderous and disjointed.
Villa added a second as the clock reached 90. Morgan failed to cut out the ball over the top and substitute Sinclair sealed the home side’s place in the quarter-finals after a Schwarzer fumble.

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Somewhat perversely, as soon as the game was beyond them City found the net at last. Kramarić sent an outstanding header past Given from a Schlupp cross to give City’s huge following something to cheer, but it was too late to make a difference.

The final whistle was heralded with chants of: “What a load of rubbish!” from an extremely disenchanted away crowd.
Being able to ‘concentrate on the league’ won’t fill anyone with any joy…

Villa: Given, Hutton, Cissokho, Clark, Vlaar, Bacuna (Sinclair 77), Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Weimann (Grealish 83), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Guzan, Okore, Cole, Sanchez, Lowton, Grealish.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski (Ulloa 65), Morgan, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp, Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Hammond, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Hamer, Moore.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 28,098.


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The Fox Summer Special 2014 – OUT NOW! – Len Glover Interview

The Fox Summer Special 2014 is now in the shops and will be on sale before the Everton game tomorrow…

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Packed with (middle to late)  summer fun, this issue features: an interview with City legend of the wing Lenny Glover; a review of the glorious 2013-14 via the medium of the highlights DVD; our thoughts on the new Puma kit; Your Guide to the long and winding road of the Premier League; Tales From the Riverbank; Our Man in Rio’s World Cup report; A bank holiday in Town Hall Square; Book reviews; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; Chris Lymn looks forward to the Premier League, sort of; Foxed in the Head gets stuck in south London; new John Hutchinson series Fox Tales on Winston Churchill’s Leicester experience; your letters, e-mails and messages… and the latest adventures of FortySomething…

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The FOX will be following the fortunes of Leicester City in 2014-15, as we have since the 1986-87 season, so if you want each copy posted to your door then take out a subscription now.
You will have the option to buy our Champions cigarette card set (which will be posted out NOW with the Summer Special) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50.

To subscribe either print out the subs form at the bottom and post it to us, or click on the ‘with or without cards’ options below to pay online via Paypal.

People wishing to subscribe for overseas addresses outside of the UK please e-mail: garysilke@sky.com

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Leicester dismiss Rams in fine style

Leicester City 4:1 Derby County

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City went seven points clear at the top of the Championship after a fantastic performance earned them a 4-1 win over Derby at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson brought Dyer, Nugent, Morgan, Drinkwater and Moore back into the starting XI for this mouth-watering local derby between the league’s two form sides.
It was City who had the best chance of a frantically paced opening, when a break upfield saw Nugent setting up Dyer for a shot which Grant did well to block.  James was well placed to meet the rebound but snatched his shot wide.
City looked to be in fine form as one assault on the Rams goal followed another. James sent a 20 yarder just over the bar; before Nugent evaded to close marking to fire in a clever shot on the turn, but Grant was equal to it.

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The lead was already overdue when it came in the 25th minute. A fantastically determined run from De Laet opened up the Derby defence and he exchanged a one-two with Nugent before beating Grant with a precise drive.
City continued to pile forward and the busy Grant saved from Dyer and Nugent, before Vardy hit the angle of post and bar.
City were denied by the woodwork again soon afterwards when Moore got in on the act, beating Grant with a header from a James corner, but not the goalframe.

Somehow, City were unable to add to the scoreline before the break, and the home crowd were left hoping that we wouldn’t pay for all those missed chances.

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They needn’t have worried, as City doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. Vardy’s hard work robbed Keane of possession in the area and the loose ball fell for Nugent to fire past Grant from ten yards out.
After the first quieter spell of the game Derby hit back just before the hour mark when Buxton headed home a Hughes corner.
The visiting fans only had a minute to celebrate before City restored their two goal lead. Forsyth brought Vardy down right on the edge of the area and the ref pointed to the spot. Nugent fired it high to the keeper’s left to underline City’s superiority.
Four minutes later City delighted their fans with a fourth, with Vardy racing onto a Nugent ball and slotting it under Grant for a stylish finish.
The game was over and City were enjoying themselves with some party pieces from Knockaert, but they couldn’t find a fifth. Substitute Wood, coming back from injury, came closest but mis-cued his shot. 

It was the best performance of the season to date from City, and suggested that a 7 point lead at the top of the Championship was no accident.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky (Schlupp 71), Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 79), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Logan, Wasilewski.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Hendrick, Martin (Sammon 75), Ward (Bennett 55), Hughes, Buxton (c), Dawkins (Bamford 55), Wisdom, Keane. Subs Not Used: Eustace, Freeman, Legzdins, Bailey.  

Referee: D Coote. Attendance: 23,140.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

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

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

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How you can help The Fox – The Leicester City Fanzine…

As usual at this time of year The Fox finances are in a parlous state…

 Having followed the fortunes of Leicester City for 26 years we’d rather like to carry on, and here are a few ways you can help us do that.

fox cover1. Subscribe… press the big blue button on the right to pay online via Paypal:  You will receive all the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182,  FOX 183 plus a set of 8 Leicester City postcards). This will be followed by the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…
If you don’t want to pay on-line you can send a cheque for £15 to: The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ.

2. Post Sponsor… now that the price of a second class stamp has gone up to 50p our it costs us £275 to send out our subscriber issues.
We can send your A5 business flyer out to our 550 subscribers for £150 – which helps us meet these costs.

3. Associate Sponsor… you can get the name of your company on the front cover of every issue of The Fox by becoming an associate sponsor. This costs £950 per season. Previous associate sponsors have included ‘Netgear’.

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4. Adverts… A full inside page advert in The FOX costs £750 per season. A half page costs £400.

If you are interested in any of these offers then please e-mail us at: garysilke@sky.com

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I Felt Your Presents…

Revisiting one of our favourite Christmas articles…

We asked you for your best and worst City-related Christmas Presents – here is a selection box of your stocking thrillers and plum duffs… 

I was about nine when I received the 1984-85 away kit. Dark green and gold pinstripes. Shorts and socks too. Slept in it that night and many nights after. Sad eh…?

My favourite was the signed aerial print of Filbo, just before its demise.  It captures matchday with West Stand and Family Enclosure full, overlooking a perfect carpet of a pitch.
There are thousands of fans outside walking to the match past the little terraced houses that surrounded the old ground.
I’m looking at it on the study wall right now!

I got a framed ‘Leicester’s Sporting Celebration’ picture, with the City, cricket and Tigers – 1997/98 – I think that was the year we all won something. O’Neill, Heskey and Claridge represent the City…. Happy Days!
How long before we have to wait for something like that to happen?

When I was about eight years old I was given a plain blue shirt with a white collar and with a shield badge hand-sewn (nearly straight) on it. Sniff! Proper presents, none of this Playstation megabyte malarkey!

Has to be my copy of ‘Of Fossils & Foxes’  (the one that came out pre-Brian Little era). I didn’t say much that Christmas at all, great reading for a statto…

I seem to remember being thrilled to the core of my very being by getting the Subbuteo Leicester team when they upgraded it to the Admiral kit and we got our own unique number… 192.
I was proud that our Subbuteo team was unique and not lumped in with Everton, Millwall, Chesterfield etc.
But Subbuteo then passed that off as our kit long after the white shoulder stripes had gone. I think it was Roy’s Toys and Sports in Wigston used to have a chart of all the different kits on the wall. This changed periodically and each time there was a new one I was
always dismayed to see the same out of date stripes representing Leicester, when in actual fact we were wearing the all time classic Umbro outfit. Several years ago, well after I had grown out of Subbuteo, some friends gave me a team in the Martin O’Neill era kit with v-neck and red Walkers logo, also a classic.

In a ‘Secret Santa’ prezzie-buying thing at my last workplace, I was bought a Corinthian figure of…. Dennis Wise in the ‘LG’ kit.
The little so and so that bought it for me never owned-up! I did find a use for it for a short while though – the handle for the cord that switched our bathroom light on and off broke, so I tied the cord around Dennis’s neck, and used him as a handle instead.

In 1978 I was 13 and opened up the present from my parents… a Nottingham Forest home kit. Gulp! I didn’t quite understand how bad that present was until my elder brother came round on Christmas afternoon! Lordy, lordy the LANGUAGE! I did get the 1979-80 City kit the year after and still have it in the loft somewhere.

Sadly I got some shares in LCFC plc …the nail clippers in my Tesco’s luxury cracker were worth more.

Christmas 1970, City hat, scarf and rattle, just about broke my wrist trying to crank it above my head.

A bottle of ‘Team Spirit’ aftershave. Given to me as a joke, but I’m not prejudiced and thought the stuff didn’t smell that bad. I wore it when I ran out of my normal stuff, which coincided with me meeting a lovely Italian girl. She was classy, she was beautiful, she was sexy, but she was also a bit of a snob. Two weeks into the relationship she says, “I love the way you smell. What kind of aftershave do you use?” I told her. She laughed and loved me even more for not being bothered about it.
Thanks LCFC. You won’t hear me knocking Fox Leisure products…

My brother got a football-shaped money box that you had to paint yourself. I nicked it once he had painted ‘Leicester’ on it. Happy Chrimbo… A nice framed photo of Filbert Street from the ex. She got the right hump when it took pride of place above the bed!

I had the classic Admiral tracksuit, and wore it for years, long after flares went out of fashion. I also remember getting the all white kit that we experimented with for a couple of years. But my favourite shirt had to be a 1970 round neck ala David Nish which I wore to destruction.

Quite recently I got a framed aerial photo of both Filbo and the Walkers Stadium, taken in that brief period when the Walkers was finished and Filbo was still standing. Unique I believe. It hangs proudly above my monitor.

In the mid-70s I got that Admiral tracksuit with the chevrons and  big Foxes badge and even bigger collars. I also got an LCFC autograph book which seven year old me posted to Filbo with a detailed letter of who should sign it. Shame I didn’t enclose a stamped addressed envelope or even a return address. D’OH!

It was Christmas 1991 when a long time friend presented me with an unlikely City souvenir for a present. It was a bottle of ‘City Ale’ that was a limited production to commemorate City gaining promotion in 1983 and brewed by Ind Coope, the then sponsors. According to label I am the owner of bottle number 1370. The label on the front of the bottle carries the old style City shield and the label on the back declares in no uncertain terms that ‘This strong ale was brewed by Ind Coope Ltd to celebrate the promotion of Leicester City Football Club to the first division of the Football League’. Below that are the signatures of Terry Shipman (then Chairman of City) and JM Race who was the MD of Ind Coope 24 years ago. Oh, and the date ’14th May 1983′ which was the date that we drew 0-0 with Burnley to clinch promotion. Actually the date should really have been about two weeks later when the Football League declared that Fulham’s match at Derby would not be replayed having been abandoned on 88 minutes with the score 2-0 to Derby  which confirmed our promotion. It still sits in amongst my books and programmes gathering dust and, to date, unopened. Heaven knows what the contents would taste like after 24 years (cynics might suggest that it won’t taste much worse than it did after 24 days) but I cannot imagine what kind of occasion would warrant the lid coming off this particular piece of history in a bottle, I mean just how drunk and desperate would you have to be when the booze runs out at the next party? “okay lads we have a choice – 24 year old City Ale or Advocaat?”

Best ever was a Peter Shilton green goalkeepers shirt, made by Admiral with two white stripes running up the sleeves and down the body. It was circa 1972/74 and it was really smart with nothing else around like it. Shame I didn’t do it justice ‘between the sticks’.
Also Cheetah Sports Boots, laced and tied up at the sides, made in Barwell at Wards I think. Everyone got a pair, even the Heathfield High School Rugby Team Players… Poofs

With thanks to: Cosby Fox, NorthLeicsBlue, Walsh5, glosfox, Steve_LE4, HazelGroveFox, JerseyRon, Kekroka,  Charnwood LCFC, roy of wigston, sohfoxy, EST Fox, Isopen, Wessy Boy,  nrsouth_fox, TorpointFox, Mistryman, FoxtonLox, Wallington, custardboy, DubaiFox, & FilbertsDad…

Merry Christmas all…

You probably can’t get any of these things anymore.. but you can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer.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 issueFOX 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…

You can either post the form below enclosing a cheque, or use the green button to pay online via Paypal…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

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