Filbert Street Site

Foxes Trust Chairman, Ian Bason, appeared on the Radio Leicester breakfast show this morning to discuss the current state of the former home of our club at Filbert Street

Ian was interviewed alongside a local resident who expressed her concern about the ongoing eyesore that residents experienced, the full interview can be heard here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p067t9k4

At the end of the interview, Radio Leicester’s Helen McCarthy read a statement from the developers who promised to clear up the site this week.

The Foxes Trust has been maintaining periodic dialogue with the developers, since former board member Steve Smith built the relationship with both the developer and the council to enable the only new road created on the site to be named Lineker Road, following an appeal for suggestions from fans and then creating an approved shortlist with the council, which was then voted on by fans using several outlets, with the greatest number of votes collected via the Leicester Mercury.

During those early discussions Steve also gained agreement with the developers that the second phase of the development would include physical recognition that the site was the former spiritual home of our club, the initial thinking being that a Fox design would be incorporated into some planned metal railings.

The second phase of the development has still to materialise, however Trust vice-chairman, Matt Davis has maintained contact with the developers and an agreement is in place that when the construction does proceed, that some physical recognition of the site would be included, with details to be finalised depending on the format of the development.

It is also agreed with the developers and the council that any further road(s) that are included in the future phase will be named following further fan consultation controlled by the Foxes Trust.

As part of the heritage work of the Foxes Trust, the Trust monitors current, future and former sites of the club. The Trust holds an Asset of Community Value (ACV) for the current King Power Stadium and promotes the importance of an expanded Memorial Garden and the creation of a physical museum in any future enhancement of the site.

Having discussed the plans for the new training ground with the club, the Trust fully backs the move to the new site

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A breath-taking end to the season

Spurs 5 City 4

Report by Kate Thompson

This match epitomised the ‘curate’s egg’ nature of Leicester City’s season.  The attacking was impressive, with four excellent goals, but the defending was woeful.  Sadly, Simpson was badly at fault for the first Spurs goal and should have done more to stop their equaliser, and Gray gifted them another.

It all started so well with a goal inside three minutes.  A foul on Gray on the left wing led to a good cross from Mahrez, which Vardy headed into the corner of the net.  However, within only a few minutes, Simpson tried to pass the ball out of defence but only succeeded in giving it to a Tottenham player.  A quick pass to Kane and it was 1-1. 

Within less than ten more minutes, Riyad had put us ahead again when his awareness allowed him to hammer the loose ball into the net.  This is how it stayed until half-time; apparently Spurs were booed off by their supporters but I didn’t hear this. 

Arguably the best goal of the match came almost immediately after the restart when Ineanacho shrugged off the attentions of a Spurs defender to score a fantastic goal in front of the Leicester fans. 

Unfortunately, the poor defending by City allowed Tottenham to take the lead, first through Lamela and then by an unfortunate own goal from Fuchs’ knee.  Finally, Lamela scored again to make it 4-3 – all three Spurs goals coming in 11 minutes of madness. 

We were not finished though and a trademark Mahrez/Vardy move made it all square again; Riyad slipped a ball through to Vardy, who managed to stay onside, and he smashed it into the net. 

You couldn’t take your eyes off the game for a moment and it was Kane again (who else?) who scored what turned out to be the winner in the 76th minute.  There were further chances for both sides but the score stayed at 5-4 to Spurs after an exciting match, but one littered with errors from both sides. 

I can’t help but reflect that if City had played like that against some of the so-called smaller teams, we would have finished much higher up the table.

For the record, Simpson was replaced by Choudhury in the 56th minute, Gray by Diabete in the 61st and Ineanacho by Barnes in the 85th.  The unused substitutes included two more under-23s, in Ndukwu and Hughes. 

Like many City fans, I would have taken 9th and two good cup runs at the beginning of the season but the ‘new manager bounce’ when Puel was appointed raised expectations.  The jury is still out and I, for one, really can’t decide whether he should go or stay.  Fortunately, it is not my decision!

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Wanyama, Lucas Moura, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane. Subs: Son, Sanchez, Vorm, Llorente, Alli, Foyth, Davies.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Adrien Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Gray, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Barnes, Diabate, Choudhury, Hughes, Ndukwu.

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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Spurred on for the 38 away games rollercoaster ride!

View from the opposition – Spurs:

A bit about you

Name: Kat Law

Current home town: Buckhurst Hill, Essex

Birthplace: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

How long have you supported your team? 37 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground? 

Probably the first person struggling to answer this question! We’ve been nomads this season, playing at Wembley after our home was demolished last May and counting down the days until we move into our new home in the Autumn.

My favourite thing is that our new home is adjacent to the site of White Hart Lane and that the ashes of our greatest ever manager, Bill Nicholson, have been re-interred at the exact point where the old ground overlaps the new. In the most modern stadium in the land, it’s important to remember your history.

Favourite match played by your team & why?

1981 Cup Final v Man City. The reason I support Spurs

Favourite player of all time who played for your club? 

Ricky Villa. See above 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  

Toby Alderweireld. Outstanding centre half who would grace any defence in Europe. Controversially dropped for large chunks of the season after contract talks failed. Hugely popular and will be a big loss if not resolved this summer 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  

Christian Eriksen. A class act and our creative spark 

Player in our squad you most fear and why?

Mahrez and Vardy have the pace and drive to cause us problems

Up and coming prospect in your squad?  

Not been a vintage season for the kids. Winks is injured and Kyle Walker-Peters hasn’t yet made an impact on the first team but hopefully that’ll kick on next year 

How do you think you'll do against us? Be nice to sign off with a win but the last game of the season often throws up some unexpected results

General Questions:  

Last August where did you think you'd finish this season?

5th or 6th. We’ve effectively played 38 games away from home

Which teams did you honestly think would go down? 

Huddersfield, West Ham and Watford 

Describe your season in less than 15 words? 

Usual rollercoaster and highly respectable finish, but ultimately no silverware

At the start of the season did you think Man City would win the league and if not who did you think would? 

Probably, or Man United 

If you could change 3 things at your club what would they be? 

Ticket pricing, fan representation on the Club board, our FA Cup semi-final hoodoo

What is the name of your Trust? THST

What role do you play? Co-chair 

Why did you get involved?

Because I firmly believe fans should have a voice in the running of their clubs. And I have a loud voice 

What is your website for more details? www.THSTOfficial.com

How are you involved in football on a national level?

Member of Supporters Direct’s England and Wales Football Council, FA Council supporter representative

What national projects are you currently involved in? FA Cup ticket pricing, away ticket pricing for concessions and young adults, kick off times and broadcast scheduling, safe standing, FA Cup

Replays and mid-season break, regulatory reform, flexible train fare initiative for football fans  

Any other comments? Wishing you and your fans a great summer and looking forward to welcoming 3000 of you to our new ground next season. Maybe give the Cheese Room a miss, though 😉

Going to Wembley (Spurs) ?

Wembley HA9 0WS

By Car

Take the North Circular road from the M1 and B4557 to Wembley Stadium

Approx 100 miles, 1 hours 30 mins

Parking

It is recommended that any visitors wishing to drive to the stadium only use the Official Wembley Stadium Car Parks. To reserve your space, please visit wembleyofficialparking.com . To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your space early. The Pink carpark is designated the AWAY supporters car park, spaces cost £40. A protective parking scheme operates in the local residential streets on Stadium event days. Only vehicles with the appropriate resident or business event day permits will be allowed to park in the area. The local council has stated that illegally parked vehicles will be issued with large parking fines and towed away.

Unauthorised Car Parking

Note: there are a number of unauthorised car parking operators within the Industrial Estate on the approach to the Wembley complex. We would strongly advise that you do not use them and choose Official parking for the following reasons;

Insurance risk: They may not be correctly insured to operate commercial car parks, this means you are not covered on their site if they are at fault.
Patrols: They do not patrol the car parks during or after the event.
Car crime: There are numerous reports of car crime in unofficial car parks.
Poor lighting: They are poorly lit as are the approach roads for pedestrians.
Wembley Stadium is a public transport destination and all visitors are advised to utilise public transport wherever possible.

By Rail:

Take the tube from St Pancras to Marylebone and Chiltern Railways from there to the stadium

Trains take around 3hours, £64-00 offpeak return

Bags

Please note only small bags 30cm x 30cm can be taken into the stadium and there is no luggage drop off facility.

Where to drink

There are a number of pubs and bars within 15 mins walk of the stadium

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.

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FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

LEICESTER CITY 3 ARSENAL 1

Match Report by Paul Weston

I hate to say it but I did not look forward at all to going to City’s last home match as I drove my usual 2.5 hours from Suffolk. This season has drawn to a close with a sense of frustration and disappointment. When going to a City football match there is usually the thrill of what might happen and a hope to see some exciting play to lift the spirits. After many home games and the totally inept performance by players and manager against West Ham I held no hope for the match against Arsenal who were belatedly giving Arsene Wenger a good send off.

And what of our manager? After an encouraging start he had somehow managed to suck the spirit and energy out of our team. Who knows whether it is his methods or the players unable or unwilling to play his way but the performances had recently been awful and so, so boring. The amount of injuries stacking up and a suspension have not helped his cause either so the cupboard was rather bare for team selection.

Against this backdrop the match seemed secondary. Rumours of Puel losing his job had been rife for weeks and, as I write, David Wagner’s name seemed to be the favourite, with Benitez a fans choice. The decision is critical for the future and there is a lack of trust that, if Puel stays, the right sort of players will be recruited for next season. There is also the likelihood of many out-of-favour players returning from loan just to complicate the situation.

The team for the match rather selected itself from who was standing and fit. The main pleasant surprise was to see Jakupovic in goal for his first league game. Why has it taken so long for him to be selected? Simpson returned at right back. Midfield looked vulnerable with Silva and Choudhury in the centre. Iheanacho, Mahrez, Diabete and Vardy provided the attacking threat.

The game that then unfolded was a complete revelation- and how! Yes, City won in the end but it had everything that was not present in the last few months of home matches. There was pace, intensity, movement, great passing, crosses, shots, incidents and saves galore and the crowd responded well. It felt like the City team we knew and love had returned. What had changed? Was it different tactics from the manager or had the players thrown off the shackles after the embarrassing lap of appreciation after the West Ham match?

It took a while for City to get the ball from Arsenal at the start of the match as their crisp passing at first carried on around City players. However, City started to get into the game with Diabate and Fuchs in particular pressing forward. In the 15th minute what looked at first like an overhit cross from Fuchs was brilliantly headed back by Diabate for Iheanacho to shoot home. At last a goal!

City were threading balls through quickly for Vardy and Iheanacho to move onto, instead of passing back and square. Iheanacho broke through the centre and was hauled down by Mavropanos. It was an obvious red card and sending off despite Wenger’s protestations. Perhaps it was compensation for the red card Creswell should have received in the last match? Welbeck, City’s nemesis, was withdrawn in the Arsenal team reshuffle.

Gaps then started to open up as Arsenal were down to 10 men, and City should have taken more advantage, as Vardy, Iheanacho and Maguire all went close. Diabete was a real threat and Fuchs was continually in support. At the same time Arsenal always broke swiftly for goal and were still a threat. Jakupovic commanded his goal well, despite a few early scares, and Arsenal were kept at bay. The first half ended 1-0 to City, although Iheanacho could have had a hat-trick. One outrageous shot from the half way line, when he should have passed to Vardy, showed a level of confidence that was good to see. The crowd responded with cheers at half time, instead of the boos at the previous match.

Silva had what looked like a bad injury just before half time so we were delighted to see him reappear for the second half, especially as he was having a good influence on the game. Arsenal were still playing well, despite their 10 men, and drew level in the 53rd minute when, despite a fine save from Jakupovic, Aubameyang scored from the rebound. However, the City players heads did not drop and, urged on by the crowd, they continued to play with the same intensity as in the first half. It was great to see Choudhury, urged on by the crowd, biting into tackles and growing in confidence as the match progressed.

Gray was brought on for Diabete, who had had a fine match. Demarai Gray has in my opinion, not developed this season. In fact it has seemed that he has lost confidence. However, just having taken the field he burst into the penalty area and was brought down. Vardy scored emphatically from the penalty. 2-1 to City!

The remainder of the match was cut and thrust with Arsenal pressing for an equaliser and City attacking on the break. It was just like old times! Too many times Vardy was just caught offside, though, when another goal was on the cards.

And then in the 90th minute Choudhury played a good ball out to Mahrez on the wing. Up to that time Mahrez had had one of those games when nothing he tried had quite worked out. This time, however, he twisted and turned and drilled the ball across Cech for a stunning goal. 3-1! If that is the last time we see Mahrez in a home game for City then it was a good way to remember him.

The last home match of the season ended with a victory at last and the whole team paraded around the pitch to cheers from the crowd, buzzing after a great game. It had reintroduced the feel-good factor.

Who knows if this performance will affect the Chairman’s decision on the manager’s future which needs to be made soon? It shows that the players, even with significant injuries in the squad, have the ability if they play with energy, passion and speed from the beginning and are prepared to take risks. The question is – is this the Puel way?

Finally, a word about Robert Huth, who was introduced to the crowd before the start of the match. Sadly, he had not been able to play a part in this season and we have missed him. We wish him well with grateful thanks for the significant part he played in City’s greatest ever season.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Diabate, Silva, Choudhury, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Gray, Dragovic, Iborra, Benalouane, Thomas, Barnes.

Goals: Iheanacho (14),  Vardy (75), Mahrez (90)

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mavropanos, Holding, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Iwobi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Nelson, Nketiah, Osei-Tutu, Willock.

Goal: Aubameyang. (53)

Sent Off: Mavropanos (20)

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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