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Winning start to Ranieri’s reign

Lincoln 1 City 3

Report by Colin Hall

Goals by Riyad Mahrez, Andrej Kramaric and Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City a 3-1 victory at Lincoln in the club’s first game of the 2015-16 pre-season.

The evening began on a sombre note with the disappointing - though not entirely unexpected - revelation that Esteban Cambiasso would not be returning to the Foxes.

It is not clear whether this decision was influenced by the appeal of potential challenges elsewhere, or a reaction to a summer of turmoil at Filbert Way. Nevertheless his departure is a huge blow to our hopes of Premier League consolidation.

With captain Wes Morgan absent on international duty, Kasper Schmeichel led the side in its first game under the charge of new manager Claudio Ranieri. New signings Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki also featured in the starting line-up, making solid starts to their City careers.

City looked rusty and disjointed in the opening 20 minutes and it was little surprise when the hosts took the lead. Liam Moore charged down a close-range shot with his hand and Schmeichel was not quite able to keep out Alan Power’s spot-kick.

Eventually, though, Premier quality began to tell, with Mahrez particularly prominent in attack. He refused to be riled by a series of crude tackles from home defenders, and his anticipation allowed him to fire home an equaliser, pouncing on a loose ball following a challenge on Okazaki.

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Claudio Ranieri

With his first press conference as Leicester City manager due on Monday (27th), fans have now had nearly a week to discuss the merits and pitfalls of Claudio Ranieri’s appointment.

Trust Chairman, Ian Bason, has found himself in demand with the media, at first being interviewed on Radio Leicester only a few minutes after the club first released the news via Twitter. The next day, Rob Dorsett from Sky Sports interviewed him live on the lunchtime bulletin, quickly followed by the Leicester Mercury seeking his views.

The BBC website has recently published a summary of viewpoints including one from Ian along with former City players Gary Lineker, Robbie Savage and Frank Sinclair, who also refers to views from his Chelsea connections. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33519662

As the new season is fast approaching, we are all hoping to see the team perform as they did towards the end of last season, equally the fans need to continue to create the intensity of atmosphere and with that in mind the Foxes Trust board now believes it’s time for all fans to get behind the new manager and wish him every success.

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Season Tickets For Parking Finally Available

At the end of last week the club finally released details of car parking prices for next season and fans who had parking places for last season have up until Friday July 24th to renew them.

The Foxes Trust has received more complaints from members about the delay in releasing details than any other single topic for a number of years, as the car park season tickets are normally available to buy at the same time as renewing season tickets.

This has particularly frustrated members who feared they would not be able to attend games if they were unable to get their places on the King Power Stadium car park, due to being unable to walk greater distances.

The Trust raised the issue a number of times with the club including at the Fans Consultative Committee in May, and kept re-emphasising the need to allow the booking of car park places to proceed.

Details on the cost and timings are available on the club website http://www.lcfc.com/news/article/seasonal-car-parking-renew-now-2533915.aspx

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Trust Members Summer Newsletter

The latest Foxes Trust members newsletter is currently being sent out.

For members who opted to have newsletters via e-mail, emails were sent out early on Thursday 2nd July, so worth checking your e-mail inbox and downloading the 6 page edition. If you believe you have chosen to receive an e-mail edition, but have not received an e-mail, then please contact dave.statham@foxestrust.com

If you have chosen to receive a printed version of the newsletter, you should receive them via post within the next few days

The Trust Board welcomes feedback from members at anytime, so would be pleased to have comments about any of the topics covered in the summer edition

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End Of Season Review 2014-15 – Last Minute Edition

A late edition from Colin Hall really does conclude our series of end of season reviews from our members who make up our team of match reporters.

At the start of the season, what would you have regarded as a successful return to the Premiership? I'd have gladly settled for a mid-table finish, ideally with a decent cup run. Sadly the latter element proved elusive, but the welcome and belated upturn ensured that we were able to more or less fulfill initial expectations of our league position.

Were your expectations raised following the 5 – 3 victory over Man Utd? Much as I enjoyed that afternoon, the result owed as much to the failings of our visitors – and their defence in particular – as to the quality of our own performance. We needed to follow up the victory with a positive result in our next game at Palace, and that didn't happen. We'd shown in the early games that we could compete with the top sides in the league, but the defeat at Selhurst Park left wounds which took a long time to heal.

With Villa at home being the only victory in the first 3 months of 2015, did you think we would stay in the division going into April? To be honest, no. Our results, both home and away, had been a long way short of what was needed. In particular, the failure to beat Hull looked to have pushed us past the point of no return. But clearly the win against West Ham marked a real turning point in the season.

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