Foxes Trust World Cup Predictor League – The Final

And so, a wonderful tournament has come to the end with France probably not worthy winners. Our ‘own’ N’Golo Kante had not been heard off 3 years ago, now he has 2 Premier League Titles, an FA Cup and a World Cup. England have rekindled their spirit and Harry Maguire has been one of the stars of the tournament.
Foxes Trust WC 18 Predictor League attracted 26 entrants although 9 had not entered predictions by semi-final stage, most of the 9 dropping out after the Group stages.
Nationally (England) there were 56,458 participants in the FIFA Predictor competition with the winner XxxPaolo totalling 7,223 points.
Internationally there were 606,234 participants with the winner Dew.Vavavoom amassing an impressive 8,211 points.
So, the winner of the Foxes Trust league was TeddybearUtd (5715 points), proving that the cuddly toy does have a backbone and lots of stamina. Having been up there from the start and, although briefly threatened by Foxedtheoppo (4851) and Morninfox (4293), the Teddybear rallied and then romped away.
Congratulations to the winner who, I can confirm, is a member of The Foxes Trust (and obviously has too much time on their hands), and sincerely thank you all for participating.
The Foxes Trust are proposing to run a Premier League Predictor League starting in time for the 2018/19 Season that starts on 10th August with City’s first match at Old Trafford, you are invited to participate, so watch out for its launch.
Enjoy the summer and re-charge the batteries for hopefully a successful season!

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3.         Agenda Items from FCC Members

3.1       Stadium Matters (Home)

Matchday Atmosphere


JT asked FCC members for their comments/feedback on matchday atmosphere and whether the clapbanners should be retained.

–            The clapbanners have lost their effectiveness because their novelty value has diminished.

–            They are popular with children, could be used in the Family Stand, available for collection from a kiosk rather than placed on every seat.

–            The clapbanners drown out the singing and the quality of the songs has subsequently dropped, as fans don’t learn the words .

–            Away fans hate clapbanners

–            The 2017-18 season clappers weren’t so loud (SJ: last season the clappers had 8 folds but 14 folds give the optimum sound.)

–            Are the clappers recyclable? (SJ: they can only be recycled as a fuel because of the film coating. Removing the film would make them recyclable but less noisy.)

–            Consider alternating face masks and clappers

–            2017-18 season saw less singing and less clappers being used; this could be attached to the performance on the pitch.

–            The players enjoy the clappers and feel energised.

Show of hands: the majority want to keep the clappers

                  Additional comments/suggestions on Matchday Atmosphere

–            Birch provides great encouragement on the pitch.

–            The sound system at the stadium is very poor; there should be more encouragement over the PA system

–            The Club should release the video of the fox, perhaps as a download in aid of Foxes Foundation

–            In Italy and Spain, the clubs have people with microphones to lead the singing (JT: there is no regulation against this and Crystal Palace do it. SW: the Club worries that using the microphones could be seen as too contrived.)

–            Put encouraging slogans on the LED’s.

–            There is a risk that fans who don’t want to sing could be made to feel uncomfortable.

–            There should be more pre-match education on what is acceptable and unacceptable, ie racism, LGBT-phobia.

–            Create fanpark with seating, food, screens showing the early kick-off, camera booth, where fans could gather pre-match. This could also encourage home and away fans to mix.

–            Screens could be used to educate fans, show highlights of games when the Club beat the visitors

–            Fancam – for Safeguarding reasons, the Club must get permission before using footage. The Terms & Conditions state that by purchasing a ticket, the purchaser gives permission for their image to be included in photographic content. However, the Club should ensure that vulnerable groups are seated in a particular area to make sure they are not covered by the fancam.


Safe Standing

The Club is helping the Premier League with its work on safe standing. Crowd management issues with safe standing could result in a more rigid scenario.

FCC members commented as follows:

–          Fans in the East Stand stand any way

–          It would be good if the Club could be a frontrunner in safe standing

–          Standing in a seated area is not safe because it is easy to fall forward

–          There are plenty of examples of safe standing around the world; these stadiums have been purpose-built to accommodate standing

Show of hands in favour of safe standing: 5/17

People not sitting in their designated seats

Q.  Too many people don’t sit in their designated seats and the Club should take responsibility for ensuring that fans at away games sit in their correct seats.

A.  It is the responsibility of the away club to manage their own stadium but the Club can communicate to LCFC fans travelling away, that they must sit in their own seats.


Q.  Should the Club improve its stewarding of away fans?

A.  The Club’s away end is the same as that of every other ground and has had a very good safety record.


Q.  It’s difficult for friends to buy seats together.

A.  The Club can only sell block by block if the game is going to be sold out. For away games, the away club dictates which blocks can be sold.


Q.  The biggest problem of away games is stopping people from selling on their tickets, then people stand in the front rows blocking the view for others.

A.  This is very difficult to manage. The only option is to make people collect their tickets pre-match in person; perhaps this could be implemented a few times a year.


Q.  The Club is very good at sending marketing messages so it could use this media to send educational messages.

Q. Many of the people at games are drunk.


Q.  What is the latest on official reselling?

A.  Refunding is the big problem. The ticketing provider is confident the resale option can be delivered for next season as long as it meets the Club’s standards of data security.


Q.  Would the Club consider using Apple Paypal for refunds?

A.  The Club is looking into introducing Apple Paypal and Apple Wallet for the new Fanstore, as well as mobile ticketing for matches.


The Club is in the process of updating its Environmental Policy Statement to ensure it is working towards the requirements of ISO 14001 standard and aims to achieve this standard within three years. Since 1 January 2018, the Club has achieved a recycling rate of 94.5%. With new equipment and practices, the Club aims to achieve 98% for 2019.

Delays at Turnstiles, particularly in the Away section

The game against Sheffield United was the only instance last season which saw delays at the away turnstiles. This was caused by the very late arrival of the visiting fans. Fans should arrive in good time to allow for rigorous security searches; all grounds are conducting searches because of the heightened threat of terrorism.

Q.  The stewards don’t conduct thorough searches – one FCC member cited an instance when her bag wasn’t properly searched.

A.  JT asked her to email Jim Donnelly to discuss. Additionally, Leicestershire Police are reviewing the quality of searches

Organisation of Family Stand Checks

These are conducted on a random basis, depending upon games.

Q. A considerable number of games are moved from Saturday to mid-week evening games, meaning that season ticket holders in the Family Stand have a problem if they don’t want to bring their children to a late game. One FCC member has experienced problems with upgrading early in the season.

A. Season ticket holders in the Family Stand are allowed to upgrade 4 times per season. JD and JT will follow up.

Relocation of Burger Van in front of commemorative bricks

JD has already moved one. He will arrange for the electrics for the van to be relocated in the close season.

Wifi and Mobile Phone Signal

SC advised that the Club had been approached by two providers and discussions were underway.

Comments/Questions from FCC Members:

–     The Club should block wifi on matchdays to boost the atmosphere.

–     Would wifi create a problem for betting, by allowing information to be sent quicker than the broadcasts? Leicestershire Police said this was already a problem.

Show of hands – who would like 4G at the stadium on matchdays? 0/17

            SW said this was an example of the invaluable feedback that comes from the FCC meetings.


3.2          Ticketing Matters

                Matchday Ticket Prices

    The Club will review the price of children’s tickets, for example the difference in price between tickets for 11- and 12-year olds. The Club is 11th in the Premier League Pricing Table.

                Comments/questions from FCC members:

Q.  There was no benefit this season in having a membership as several games went to general sale. Could members be given a discount?

A.  The loyalty scheme gives members the possibility of becoming season ticket holders.


Q.  Can we allow season ticket holders to buy additional tickets.

A.  The Club doesn’t have the stadium capacity to do this.


The ability to see Friend and Family Priority Points

This option will be available from next season.

JD will investigate reports of problems viewing family members’ points.


Visibility of Seat Numbers on interactive map

     Seat numbers SK4 are difficult to see on the interactive stadium map. The Club is trying to make the map more mobile friendly.


3.3          Football Matters

                Andy King’s Testimonial

    Andy King is still an LCFC player. If or when the time does come for him to leave, the Club will ask him and his family if he would like a testimonial.

3.4          Miscellaneous

                U18 Season Ticket Holders are excluded from the Mascot Draw

    The mascot draw was devised to add value to the membership scheme. It currently includes 7-11 year olds. The Club will extend this offering to season ticket holders in the 7- to 11 year age group.

Q.  How many mascots are there each game?

A.  There are 3 mascots (2 are paid for + 1 which is drawn). Sometimes all 3 mascots are special cases. Currently every 7- to 11-year old member is added into the mascot draw. There are now 500 children on the list for the paid-for spaces.


                Electronic Matchday Magazine

   The Club continues to monitor the matchday magazine and is looking at options. It’s difficult to stop people from sharing and cloning digital content.


  Separating Pedestrians and Vehicles on Matchdays

Q.  Could the Club rope off a safe walkway for pedestrians in front of the stadium to separate them from vehicles?

A.  This was raised at the last game’s debrief session and the HO Security is reviewing.


JT thanked everyone for taking part in the meeting and for their invaluable feedback.

All FCC members will be invited to the next FCC meeting in six months’ time. Meanwhile there will be Your 90 Minutes on a monthly basis. Anyone wishing to attend should email Jim Donnelly on


Fans – Alan Digby (Foxes Trust), Becky Taylor, Cliff Ginetta (Leicester City Supporters Club), Dinesh Prajapati, Dominic Palmer, Graeme Smith (Foxes Pride), Jack Munton (Union FS), Joshua Malam, Malcolm Carter, Nicholas Heard, Olusola Oni, Paul Angrave, Peter Wilson, Richard Smith, Samantha Guyler, Shaun Jackson

Leicestershire Police – Alistair Grimsley, Dave Stevens

LCFC – Susan Whelan (CEO), Mags Mernagh (Director, Estates & Infrastructure), Simon Capper (Finance Director), Jamie Tabor (Head of Bradn, Marketing & Digital Business), Jim Donnelly (Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer), Liam Docherty (CRM Manager), Stuart Johncock (Head of Supporter Engagement), Esther Walker (Executive Assistant to CEO)


Fans – Adrian Neal, Andrew Keates, Christine Graham, Claire Harrison, Naresh Patel, Sandra Fixter (Disability Support Association)

LCFC – Andrew Neville (Director of Football Operations), Anthony Herlihy (Director of Communications), Caroline McGrory (General Counsel), Jon Rudkin (Director of Football), Jonathan Gregory (Commercial Director), Kevin Barclay (Operations Director), Richard Lymbery (Operations Director, Levy Restaurants UK)

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This was the final article of a three part publication of the minutes, the earlier articles were published on Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th of July

The Foxes Trust would like to express its appreciation to the club for the timely publication of the minutes 

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2.3   Foxes Rewards

Foxes Rewards replaced the old 10% retail discount scheme at the start of the 2017/18 season. Season Ticket Holders receive 10% rewards on all retail purchases, while Fox Members receive 5% in Foxes Rewards. Supporters can view their Foxes Rewards balance at

JT said he had seen comments asking why the points’ statements were issued on 31st May and the Fanstore was closing on 1st June. JT stressed that the timing was purely coincidental and was the result of the Club’s Year End being 31st May.

Comments/Questions from FCC Members:

Q.  Can Rewards be waived in favour of Foxes Foundation or can unused Rewards be donated to Foxes Foundation?

A.  This is a very good idea and will be investigated.


Q.  Can long-term supporters be offered recognition? It would be nice to acknowledge long-term support or perhaps give long-term supporters a discount in recognition of a certain milestone.

A.  Under GDPR regulations, the Club must have a definite business case for keeping data long-term.


Q.  Could people opt in/out?

A.  It’s difficult to ascertain how long people have been Season Ticket Holders. As part of the website development, the Club retained data for 4 years to keep records of loyalty points; older data was destroyed.

SW commented that this was a nice idea; the Club would need some way of identifying long-term supporters; perhaps long-term supporters could receive an exclusive, commemorative badge.

JT noted that next year (2019) marks 100 years since Leicester Fosse became known as Leicester City Football Club. It was suggested that the Club’s historian, John Hutchinson, should be involved in activities to mark the centenary, eg inviting supporters to tell their stories.


Q.  For people who can only afford one kit, the old 10% discount was more beneficial than having points in their account, particularly as the points expire each year.

A.  The Foxes Reward scheme was introduced to modernise the benefits, to give extra flexibility and extra rewards, eg £5 and £10 bonuses were given last year, the system includes the potential for “double-points” weekend, etc.


Q.  Part of the objection to the Foxes Rewards system would be removed if the points didn’t expire every year. Could the points be allowed to roll-over?

A.  It’s difficult to keep rolling over. LD explained that having a cut-off point is an industry standard and the 31st May expiry date had been very carefully considered. He said the Club would take these suggestions onboard.


Q.  One FCC member cited the example of a lady who spends a considerable amount of money buying Christmas presents every year, earning points which she would like to spend the following Christmas but can’t because they expire. Positioning the cut-off date at the end of the season is not a good time as people would like to use their points when the new kit comes in. Could the cut-off be rescheduled to 1st January?

Q.  Could the life of points be extended to 24 months?

Q.  What happens if someone makes some purchases 2 days before the expiry date?

A. Normally points are credited after 28 days but points for purchases made after 25th May each year are credited immediately.

JT invited everyone to attend a Your 90 Minutes session on Foxes Rewards.

2.4       Training Ground and Stadium Expansion     

MM said a public consultation was held on Saturday 7th April, at LCFC vs Newcastle, to present the plans for a new state-of-the-art training facility to be built on a former 180-acre golf course at Seagrave.  KSS who designed the training facilities at Spurs and Liverpool have been appointed as architects. The brief is to create the best world-class training facility, including a full-sized indoor pitch, academy and the UK’s first pan-sports turf academy. The Club has been working with authorities for several months on traffic, environmental issues etc, in preparation to submit the planning application on 13th June. It hopes to commence work in October. MM confirmed that the environment and the use of renewables are key requirements of the design.

MM said plans to expand the stadium were announced as part of the celebrations for Khun Vichai’s birthday. The Club expects to submit the planning application in September. The plan includes expansion of one stand and additional complementary development on the site. A public consultation over the planned expansion will be held at a home game (tbc) during next season.

SW added that the Club previously purchased 6 ½ acres which has been used as a car park and fan village. She explained that the Club is engaged in finding out what the city of Leicester needs and working with the City Council. The final plan must develop a destination and fill the capacity of the stadium. The planning process for seats will begin one year before completion. The plan takes into consideration access and egress requirements.

SW noted that Safe Standing is also an issue and one on which the Premier League has taken the lead and carried out considerable research; current proposals are being discussed in parliament. SW pointed out that standing tickets do not cost less, do not increase capacity, those opting for standing areas will have to stand for the whole time and surveys have shown that only 5% actually want the standing option.

    Q.  Will bus services be increased if the stadium expansion goes ahead?

A.  The masterplanning studies take into account the reduction in parking spaces and the Club is working with the Council on Park & Ride schemes, road closures etc.


Q.  The last train from Leicester to London leaves too early for those attending mid-week 7.45pm KO games.

A.  AG responded that Leicestershire Police have previously asked for train times to be changed to accommodate visiting teams and for football specials. Unfortunately the train companies don’t have the necessary resources.


     Q. Will fan experience be at the heart of the expansion plans?

     A.  Yes and fan experience will be the topic for the next Your 90 Minutes.


    Q.  The choice and quality of food on matchdays isn’t very good.

A.  Any comments and feedback on catering are welcomed and should be sent to JD at


Q.  How does the Club plan to fill the additional capacity, sell season tickets and memberships?

     A.  Everything is on the table and there should be choices for supporters.


    Q.  What is the level of demand for season tickets?

A.  SW confirmed that 63.5% of season tickets for 2018/19 had been sold in the first 5 days of sale but she added that the Club needed dynamic sales schemes in the future to ensure capacity and would welcome comments/feedback from the fans. As well as this, development in the city must continue. In 2016/17, when the Club was playing in the Champions League, there was huge cooperation between the Club, the council, the cathedral etc. The development plan aims to create a safe, dynamic environment with good food and beverage facilities. MM added that the number of seats hasn’t yet been decided because the design work is ongoing.


FCC members commented on the importance of having places where families can come, get food and drinks, saying there should be more family areas. They said the ticket pricing policy for children and the 18-22 year olds is fantastic. SW agreed it was important to provide facilities for families, adding that the Club could learn from other clubs and from sporting arenas in the US where fans’ entertainment was a key element of every matchday.

Q.  Can away fans be made aware that they are sitting next to the Family Stand in order to reduce the use of bad language? Will the expansion plans include moving the Family Stand?

A.  The away fans have to sit where they do for the sake of getting them out quickly at the end of a game.

Q.  Would some signage about the proximity of the Family Stand help?

A.  Perhaps a note could be included with away fans’ tickets, saying they are sitting next to the Family Stand and asking them to be respectful. It was acknowledged that signage and notes were unlikely to have much effect. The police believe the situation with away fans has improved but the idea persists that football in general allows unacceptable behaviour. The Club takes every possible step, including filtering out known troublemakers, to ensure that its own fans behave well at away games. The Club has also made every effort to ensure that adults and children sitting in the Family Stand come in together but it is very difficult to enforce the regulations. The Club is changing its policy on unaccompanied 16-17 year olds who will no longer be allowed in the Family Stand.

2.5       EHRC Report and Equality 

The Club worked very hard for 18 months to reach Intermediate Level of the Premier League Equality Standard, an achievement that celebrates Leicester’s diversity. Work is already underway towards Advanced Level and again involves the Disability Support Association, Foxes Pride, the HR department and the Club’s Equality & Diversity group. The Club has appointed Lucy Robins as Equality & Diversity Manager who will develop a working group of supporters. SJ invited the FCC members to get involved.

The European Human Right’s Commission Report was published on 16 May 2018. The report said LCFC was found to have a positive attitude and approach to improving the facilities for its disabled supporters. Every Premier League club has undertaken to make their clubs accessible. LCFC performed very well in its first meeting with the Commission on Accessibility and the Club’s report is available online. Additional aspects such as an autistic room are being considered in the expansion plans and other measures, such as dog bowls for guide dogs and lower shelves for wheelchair users, can be implemented sooner. Any feedback should be sent to Jim Donnelly. 

The Club received two nominations at the Sports Business Awards, its first nominations on a sports-wide basis. Together with DJS Research, LCFC was nominated in the Best Fan Engagement Programme and took bronze in the Best CSR or Community Scheme for improving the match day experience for disabled fans.  As a result of the research which included a mystery shopper equipped with a camera, the Club has improved the accessibility of toilets, ensured that supporters with disabilities have convenient parking spaces and improved the accessibility of food and drinks counters. The Club is now looking at providing an at-seat service.

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            Part Three of the Minutes will be published on Fri July 6th covering topics requested by fans representatives to be agenda items

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Jamie Tabor welcomed all the attendees to the first session of the new FCC. The Club has hosted twelve sessions of “Your 90 Minutes” over the last twelve months. These focus group sessions discuss a specific topic and consistently generate very constructive feedback. The next session will focus on Matchday Atmosphere. Anyone wishing to participate should email

JT explained that the format of the FCC meeting is informal and urged all attendees to ask any questions and to give their opinions. He stressed that the keyword for the Club was transparency. He said attendees would be privy to confidential information and asked them not to divulge this or post anything online until after official announcements.

All attendees introduced themselves.

JT made apologies for those unable to attend, noting that many of the Directors were on holiday as the meeting coincided with the end of the season and the half-term break.

1.      Chief Executive Officer

Susan Whelan welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a recap of the season which got off to a good start with the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, followed by the signing of Adrien Silva who despite the technical difficulties surrounding his signing had settled in at the Club very well. The Club then had to bid farewell to Craig Shakespeare. With the arrival of Claude Puel, the Club’s fortunes rose again and the Club finished in the top half of the Premier League, in 9th, narrowly missing out on Europe for next season. The Club’s vision is to invest and grow and to stay in the top half of the Premier League. The U23’s achieved good results, and the Club is seeing an excellent productivity rate from the Academy to the First Team. The Academy also retained Category 1 status.

In June 2017, the owners bought the Belgian Tier 2 club, OH Leuven. This was an important move for LCFC as it gives additional opportunities for LCFC players to play and gain experience. SW and JR are on the OHL Board of Directors.

The Club has launched a new website and digital platform which it is hoped will revolutionise the services to and communication with supporters.

The Club is about to announce adidas as the new kit sponsor. The agreement is a breakthrough for the Club and SW hoped the fans would be as proud of and happy with the new kit as the Players. The Fanstore closes at the end of the month for a complete redevelopment and will re-open on 1st July.

The Club is embarking on two major development projects, with the purchase of 180 acres of land for a new Training Ground, and plans to expand the stadium. The new Training Ground will enable the Club to bring all the teams together on one site and offer the best opportunities to the players. The planning application is due for submission in two weeks. Consultants are working on the optimum plans for the site, to ensure that the spirit of the Club is maintained. The consultation process is expected to last for the next two weeks.

The Club has taken the requirements for GDPR very seriously and is compliant. All data and personal details will be treated with respect.

The Club has achieved Intermediate Level of the Premier League Equality Standard, allocating resources and forming a dedicated team which is now working towards the Advanced Level in October 2018.

The Club will have a women’s team, an ambition hitherto prevented by the lack of pitches. The Club is keen to work with the existing female teams who should be congratulated on their good work. The Club worked with Leicester City Women’s Football Club on their successful bid for Tier 2.

2.      Agenda Items from LCFC

2.1          New Fanstore and Kit

The Fanstore is closing on Friday 1st June for refurbishment and the new shop will open on 1st July. For the month of June, Ticketing and Retail activities will be operating on the concourse. The home kit will be launched via online pre-sale from Friday 1st June and goes on sale on 1st July at the official opening of the new Fanstore. JT explained that the shop refurb marks a significant commitment to the Club from King Power. He said the Club would continue to develop the different ranges such as Fox & Crop, Kasabian etc. LD said the shop would be reshaped to give the impression of greater space and with the main objective of improving customer experience.               

The new design will open up the area housing the tills; SW added that the new layout will make all in-store transactions more efficient. Progress on the shop refurb will be posted on the website. Completing the work within four weeks is a challenge but will culminate in a grand opening attended by the Club’s Legends, with family entertainment, food and beverages plus click + collect for the new shirts.

JT confirmed that the home kit will be blue (!) and asked FCC members not to share this information, explaining that the Club was contracted to Puma until 31st May. The strapline is #NewHorizons.

 Questions from FCC Members on the new adidas kit:

 Q.  Is the Club aware that adidas was selling the new shirt?

 A.  adidas has admitted the error and suspended sales.


 Q. Is the adidas sponsorship deal more lucrative more that with Puma?

 A.  The Club considers the agreement with adidas as the right brand alignment.


 Q.  Can fans buy the Premier League gold patches to put on the new shirts?

 A.  Only the current Premier League champions (winners of the previous season) can use the gold patches on their shirts.


  Q, How much does the shirt cost?

  A.  £54.99


   Q.  Will there be associated adidas clothing?

   A.  The range will include training wear, bench coats, tracksuits but no footwear.


    Q.  How long is the relationship?

A.  3 years with an option for a 4th year. SW said this is the first year of the relationship between the Club and adidas who are very happy with the new shop design. She noted that adidas are very good at providing       marketing and fan engagement support. JT explained that adidas have different tiers for their kit and having a bespoke kit is a mark of prestige for the Club. The agreement maintains the Club’s integrity and the kit will be renewed on a one-year cycle.


Q.  What are the colours of the Away and 3rd kit?

A.  Confirmation of the launch date and colours of the Away and 3rd kit will be confirmed in due course.


    Q. Is the new kit environmentally friendly, ie with the packaging?

A.  adidas is leading the way in the non-use of plastic but the Club will ask adidas about its policy on the use of plastic. SJ said LCFC has become the first club to engage with the Premier League’s Sky Ocean Rescue programme. A club representative will be attending a Sky Ocean Rescue conference in July. The programme has two angles, namely engaging at school level and how we use plastic in general.


         2.2          GDPR / Personal Data

LD said the Club had taken a very strong stance on GDPR and achieved compliance by the 25th May deadline. The Club is working with the Direct Marketing Association on accreditation. All 3 new website have been constructed with GDPR in mind and all the personal details on the database are protected; individuals decide what data to give and how they wish to be contacted. Information data, eg change in KO time, will still be communicated.

One FCC member said they had changed their email address on the website but were still receiving emails to the old address. JD said he had changed the address manually. LD suggested the issue could be selection of the primary address and will check the account details.


Wednesday 30 May 2018 – King Power Stadium


Fans – Alan Digby (Foxes Trust), Becky Taylor, Cliff Ginetta (Leicester City Supporters Club), Dinesh Prajapati, Dominic Palmer, Graeme Smith (Foxes Pride), Jack Munton (Union FS), Joshua Malam, Malcolm Carter, Nicholas Heard, Olusola Oni, Paul Angrave, Peter Wilson, Richard Smith, Samantha Guyler, Shaun Jackson

Leicestershire Police – Alistair Grimsley, Dave Stevens

LCFC – Susan Whelan (CEO), Mags Mernagh (Director, Estates & Infrastructure), Simon Capper (Finance Director), Jamie Tabor (Head of Bradn, Marketing & Digital Business), Jim Donnelly (Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer), Liam Docherty (CRM Manager), Stuart Johncock (Head of Supporter Engagement), Esther Walker (Executive Assistant to CEO)


Fans – Adrian Neal, Andrew Keates, Christine Graham, Claire Harrison, Naresh Patel, Sandra Fixter (Disability Support Association)

LCFC – Andrew Neville (Director of Football Operations), Anthony Herlihy (Director of Communications), Caroline McGrory (General Counsel), Jon Rudkin (Director of Football), Jonathan Gregory (Commercial Director), Kevin Barclay (Operations Director), Richard Lymbery (Operations Director, Levy Restaurants UK)

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Part Two of the Minutes will be published on Weds July 4th covering Foxes Rewards, Training Ground and Stadium Expansion and the EHRC Report and Equality, the minutes will be published over three articles in total

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End Of Season Review 2017-18 and Finally

A last minute entry in our series of articles from our match reporting team, Colin Hall provides his thoughts on last season and start planning for the next.
Before the season started what were your hopes on what we could achieve?
I hoped that with the investment made during the summer, we'd achieve a significant improvement on the previous campaign, and perhaps do well enough to reach the last four of one of the cup competitions.
While nobody expected us to reach the heights of 2015-16 again any time soon, the FA Cup remains a holy grail for many supporters, and every year brings hope that our wait for the trophy will finally be ended.
I'm not convinced that many of our recent managers, including the current incumbent, have ever really grasped just how much it would mean to us, and the city in general.
Given the way the season progressed from early relegation threat, to hopes of European football to then a season petering out, then throw in a couple of good cup runs, how would you rate last season overall out of 10 and why?
No better than a 6, I'm afraid. With all the quality and talent at the club (no fewer than TEN of the squad will be taking part in this summer's World Cup), it was particularly disappointing to fall short of the 50-point mark for the second season running.
Ironically, our points total and final league placing were identical to those achieved in 1996-97 – which is rightly regarded as one of the greatest seasons in our history. Yet while the team of that era exceeded expectations at the time (and of course also brought us silverware), its present-day equivalent fell some distance short.
Whenever we looked like gaining momentum, events seemed to derail us, such as the Silvagate affair, the dire home display against Crystal Palace or Manchester City's half-hearted bid for Riyad Mahrez at the end of January.
Although the cup exits were both to the eventual winners of the respective competitions, we really should have made home advantage count in at least one of those games. But the self-belief that was such a feature in the side two years ago was simply not there – perhaps a consequence of the lack of leadership both on and off the field.
Harry Maguire won the Player of the Year Awards, would he have been your choice and who else do you think deserves praise for their performances?
He has a lot to thank Gareth Southgate for. Given an opportunity in the national side after some solid early-season performances at club level, he performed well in friendlies against high-profile opposition and deserved his place in the World Cup squad.
In more competitive settings, though, Harry's still something of a work in progress. Our defence has gone from the 3rd-strongest in the league in 2016 to the 5th-weakest now, and given that he played every minute of every game – which says a lot about his fitness and discipline – he has to take his share of responsibility for that.
Overall, I felt Wilfred Ndidi showed slightly more consistency during the course of the season, and it came as little surprise to see him also earn national recognition. Although he rarely reached the levels we saw so often from N'Golo Kante, he nevertheless acquitted himself well in a midfield which wasn't always seen at its best. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez also made important contributions to the side, even though neither were quite at the heights they reached in the title-winning season. Many fans of Premier clubs continue to envy them and both will be badly missed when they're gone (which, sadly, in Mahrez's case could be very soon).
What were your views on the signings made during last season?
Eldin Jakupovic didn't make the impact he would have hoped for, spending much of the season as 3rd choice keeper behind Kasper Schmeichel and the now-departed Ben Hamer. He also came perilously close to conceding a last-minute winner at Fleetwood which could have had dire consequences for both him and his manager.
In contrast, Harry Maguire proved, as we've seen, that a move to City can still be career-enhancing. But Kelechi Iheanacho often struggled for confidence and form, and only really lived up to his hefty price tag during the closing games of the season. Like many before him, he found it difficult to settle alongside Vardy, but if he can do so next season, we will have one of the league's better attacks.
Vicente Iborra quickly became a cult figure and was clearly an upgrade on other central midfielders at the club. However, he sometimes struggled to cope with the pace and intensity of this league. Adrien Silva's season was effectively wrecked by circumstances beyond his control, so I'll reserve judgement on him.
Alexandr Dragovic looked solid in central defence, but dressing-room politics restricted his appearances in a City shirt, while although Fousseni Diabate showed pace and promise after his arrival in mid-season, he made limited impact on Premier defences
Which player do you think made the most progress last season and why?
I was delighted to see Ndidi continue where he'd left off the previous campaign. He was a mainstay of the midfield and I hope he will continue to be so for years to come. There are still some rough edges to his game, but these should fade away as he continues to mature.
Elsewhere in the squad, Hamza Choudhury was the most impressive of the younger players given opportunities in the side, though the similarities between his game and Ndidi's would make it difficult for them to feature together on a long-term basis.
Which player did you think underperformed the most last season and why ?
After impressing so much during the title campaigns and at Champions League level, Kasper Schmeichel was a real disappointment. He often looked uncertain at dealing with setpieces, and his distribution was also a weakness.
Maybe the impending World Cup was a distraction for him, or perhaps his time with goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell has run its course. Whatever the cause, it is to be hoped that both he and the management can sort things out before the start of next season.
Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell were both given plenty of chances by the manager – sometimes when their form didn't really warrant it – but neither seemed entirely convincing for us. How much longer will they be given to deliver on the promise they showed in previous seasons?
What was your personal highlight of the season?
The Arsenal home game was satisfying for many reasons – first of all because we won, ending a particularly wretched series of home performances and results, but also because it signalled the end of the decades-long hoodoo that club under Arsene Wenger had held over us.
It was also good to see fans pay a warm amd respectful tribute to one of the most iconic figures in Premier League history, and to hear him respond in positive fashion towards that.
Moving onto next season
The main question towards the end of the season was would you keep Claude Puel to carry out the re-building obviously needed over the summer and what is behind your reasoning?
I'm not convinced this manager can take our club forward. There were too many games when he made errors in both selection and tactical planning, while the slide in form during the closing weeks was highly reminiscent of the problems he had at his previous club.
Of course, this being Leicester City, there will always be a section of the fanbase who will insist our managers can do no wrong, but when I enquired on social media towards the end of the season how many of the squad have actually improved under Puel,.. well, suffice to say, I wasn't exactly inundated with replies. Nevertheless, it appears that the powers-that-be are prepared to give him more time to reshape the squad, so we can only hope that their judgement will be vindicated.
What changes do you think are necessary to improve on this year’s squad?
A replacement for the departing Robert Huth was a clear priority, and it's good to see that the club have already addressed this. But further work needs to be done – in particular the recruitment of a goalkeeper who can cover for, and maybe even succeed – Schmeichel.
In addition, a creative midfielder, who can fill the gap that the departure of Mahrez will leave, is also an urgent requirement. Perhaps the recent acquisition of James Maddison will cover this, but his lack of top-flight experience is a concern.
There is also quite a large amount of deadwood within the squad, whether recent signings who have struggled to adapt, or stalwarts who are approaching the end of their time at Premier level. The management shied away from making some big calls during the season, but it is imperative that they grasp the nettle now to avoid the slumps we witnessed from Stoke, WBA and Southampton.
A number of players went out on loan last season, are there any of those players you would like to see involved in our first team squad for next season?
In general, those players went on loan for a reason – namely that the management at the time felt they didn't quite fit the bill at City. And to be honest, few of them provided evidence to dispel that view. The one possible exception might be Callum Elder, who showed during his time at Wigan (at least in those games on TV) that he may be a contender for the left-back spot.
If you had a chance for a word in the owners ears, which player(s) would you be advising to sign?
Jonny Evans is exactly the type of defender we need, and his acquisition is a positive statement of intent. If we're looking at a three-man central defence next season, though, as some in the squad are currently suggesting, another signing – maybe Dragovic or Michael Keane – should be considered.
In general, though, the best signings in recent seasons have been ones where the scouting network have operated below the radar. Maybe that's where the focus needs to be in the future.
Any other observation you would like to make
In past years I've spoken about the Checkatrade Trophy and stadium expansion and make no apologies for returning to those topics now.
I still fail to see what benefits entering a competition primarily intended for lower-league clubs brings to City, especially when we've invariably packed our teams with as many overage players as the competition rules allow. Should another invitation be made to the club for the forthcoming season to take part, I hope someone will have sufficient sense to turn it down.
As for the plans to increase capacity, I'm worried the owners may have missed the boat. Empty seats at home games last season were a regular feature for the first time since promotion to the top flight and I fear many in the local community are gravitating back towards the more successful clubs. In these circumstances, spending millions on extra seats when we struggle to fill the ones we already have does not seem a very sensible move.
In addition, having seen the quality of refereeing in the Premier League continue to decline, I'd like to see video assistant referees introduced as soon as possible. Although the system isn't perfect – as we're currently being reminded during the World Cup – it would help to reduce the number of glaring errors that are currently being made.
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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