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FOXES FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

LEICESTER CITY 5 QPR 1

Report by Paul Weston

An expectant crowd gathered at the King Power for what had turned out to be a stress-free match after the resilient draw against Sunderland had brought The Great Escape to a fantastic conclusion. The Birch commendably had hobbled his way yet again around the pitch for his 35th charity run to warm applause from the crowd.

Pearson selected the same side as at Sunderland and the team came out to a roar from the crowd who had been well lubricated by the free beer donated by the owner. It was a sea of blue with noisy clackers and flags provided for everyone. Each team member was greeted with acclaim especially for Jamie Vardy- England’s Number 1- who would have thought it a few months ago?

Although QPR had plenty of possession throughout the match City always carried the greater attacking threat with the wingbacks Schlupp and Albrighton bombing down the flanks and tackling back with great energy. Ulloa just missed with a curler.

However, it did not take long for Mahrez to meander through the QPR defence and send in a shot which the goalie obligingly fumbled for Vardy to slot home. 1-0 and the crowd was rocking. Then, from another Schlupp raid down the wing and cross, Albrighton thumped in a shot which arrowed into the net leaving McCarthy with no chance. 2-0 at half time and City was well in control.

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LCFC FCC Meeting – April 2015 Minutes Part Two

Leicester City Football Club Fans Consultative Committee Meeting – King Power Stadium

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Today features the second part of the minutes, at this stage the meeting commenced an open discussion session..

Discussion Points:

Season Ticket Campaign:

The rolling debit scheme has been very well received by supporters.  In fact 45% of our Season Ticket Holders this season are registered on the Direct Debit Scheme.  Everyone will receive individual letters with their payment details over the course of the next few days.

Richard Tullis asked if there will there be any mailing in relation to season tickets.  JT advised that the season ticket information is currently on-line but there will be a postal mailing at the backend of the campaign which will be sent only to those supporters who haven’t yet renewed.

Fosse Club Premium – David Seddon asked the Club to reconsider introducing concessions in this area if we are in the Championship next season. He felt that as season ticket holders have made a commitment and paid up front they should feel valued.  SW advised that we are always very careful that season tickets remain the best value way to watch games and that match tickets will never be cheaper on a pro-rata basis. Fosse Club Premium has some additional benefits such as reserved seating inside the Weller Lounge and we will not be re-introducing any concessions in this area.  

All committee members should feel free to let us know of any ideas to add value to your season ticket and should e-mail fcc@lcfc.co.uk 

SW clarified the situation regarding supporters with disabilities renewing their season tickets.  As they are already DSA members they will be able to re-new their season tickets directly with the Club.  Once we go on general sale (Tuesday 26 May), any new supporters with disabilities will be asked to become a DSA member in the first instance, to assist with vetting.  However if a supporter decides they don't want to join the DSA, the Club cannot force supporters to do so. When new season tickets go on sale DSA information will be included in the marketing communications.

As part of our business planning we, of course, have to consider a Championship budget scenario.  The Club will consider offers for season ticket holders including hospitality clients as well as potential match by match ticket deals if we are in the Championship next season but we reiterate that we are fully focussed on retaining our Premier League status and we hope not be require any Championship contingency scenarios.

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LCFC Fans Consultative Committee Meeting – April 2015 Minutes Part One

Leicester City Football Club - Fans Consultative Meeting - Training Ground Facility

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Due to the length of the minutes taken, we have split them into two separate articles, the second half of the minutes will be published tomorrow (Fri 22ndh)

Opening Comments:

Jamie Tabor opened the meeting and everyone introduced themselves to the committee. The minutes from the previous FCC meeting held on 26 November 2014 were accepted.

Welcome by the Chief Executive Officer:

Susan Whelan apologised for the lateness of the meeting which was scheduled to have taken place in February and advised that the next meeting will take place at the end of May to put us back on track with our quarterly meetings.

SW asked everyone to address their questions through the Chair (Jamie Tabor).

A couple of questions that had been raised by members are not on the agenda which are as follows;

Team performance and the position of the Manager - we have 9 games left to play and 6 of those are at home.  We are most definitely not giving up at this point and believe we have a good chance of staying up.  The team themselves have asked for media coverage this week to emphasise their commitment to retaining Premier League status.

Every supporter will be given a hand clapper for the game on Saturday to really get behind the team and to make King Power stadium a fortress.   We realise there is a mixed view between supporters regarding the clappers but we want to show our support and encouragement for the team and help to build the atmosphere in the stadium.

FFP and Trestellar - This story ran in the Leicester Mercury.  We have made a compliant FFP submission and it is absolutely normal that the Football League take time to look at all the documents. 

Most European Clubs use a separate commercial rights model and a lot of larger clubs separate their sponsorship arm from the Club. The Club has always been transparent regarding the deal and we have no concerns.

BBC Radio Leicester coverage - The only missing element of the coverage is a 5 minute interview between Ian Stringer and the Manager and the players at the end of each game.  That is a matter between LCFC and the radio station.  There is a great deal of media coverage across other communication channels and we feel that the Club is sufficiently accessible to supporters on all media platforms.

Premier League Shareholders Meeting – The Premier League have announced that they will give back £1 billion to the “football family” including parachute payments, from the UK TV revenues.

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And Finally QPR

Next Up – QPR 24 May 2015

Manager        Chris Ramsey

Founded       1882             Ground         Loftus Road Stadium

Address       Loftus Road Stadium South Africa Road London W12 7PJ

Capacity        18,489      

Squad:

1        GK      Robert Green

3        MF      Armand Traoré

4        DF      Steven Caulker

5        DF      Rio Ferdinand

6        DF      Clint Hill

7        MF      Matt Phillips

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Not the greatest match, but…

Sunderland 0 City 0

Report by Kate Thompson

For once, the result – and those elsewhere – was more important than the game.  Compared with the highs of the last few weeks, it could be seen as a damp squib but a hard-earned point was enough to ensure a place in next season’s Premier League, something that seemed impossible less than two months ago. 

It was a dour old game and City didn’t have a single shot on target but you could argue that it was one of their hardest matches of the season.  Sunderland needed the points even more than we did and while a point was enough for Leicester, Sunderland still need at least one more from two tough away fixtures. 

For once in the heady two-month miracle, City were second best but I can’t imagine a single Leicester fan (either the 3,000 in the ground or all those listening elsewhere) cared too much about that.  We had done the seemingly impossible and beaten overwhelming odds, and nothing can detract from that.

The only change to the team against Southampton was the fit-again Andy King in for the unfortunate Matty James who had to have an operation on his damaged cruciate ligament; it was nice to see him join the players on the pitch – with crutches – at the end of yesterday’s game. 

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