Going to Sheffield ?

Sheffield United   : S2 4SU

By car  70 mls, 1hour 30 mins

From The North

Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and follow the A61 into Sheffield. Follow the A61 into Sheffield passing Hillsborough Stadium on your right. Continue along the A61, which becomes the ring road around the western side of the city centre. You will eventually reach a roundabout at the junction with the A621. At the roundabout turn right onto the A621 Bramall Lane. The ground is a short way down on the left. 

From The South

Leave M1 at Junction 33 and take the A630 into Sheffield City Centre. On reaching the inner ring road follow signs for A621 Bakewell, the ground is about a 1/4 of a mile the other side of the city centre. It is located on the A621 (Bramall Lane). Street

Alternatively, if you want to avoid Sheffield City Centre, then you may find it easier to park at Meadowhall Railway Station, near to the well known Shopping Centre just by Junction 34 of the M1, where you can park for free. You can then take a yellow tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground. The tram journey time is around 20 minutes and costs £4 return. It is worth noting that if you are coming up from the South, that you can leave the M1 at Junction 29 (Chesterfield) and follow signs for Sheffield A61. This is particularly useful if the M1 is slow around J30.'

Parking

There is no parking around the ground but several multi storey car parks close by.

Trains

There are no trains back after the match

Where to drink

Pubs close to the ground tend to be for home fans only. About a ten minute walk away at the bottom of Eccleshall Road is a recently opened Wetherspoons Outlet called the 'Sheaf Island'. This good sized pub tends to have a mix of home and away fans. Whilst a little further away on Wellington Street is the Devonshire Cat. This pub has around 12 hand pulled beers on offer, serves food, has a large screen tv, welcomes families (until 7pm)  and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

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SECOND -GEAR CITY TOO GOOD FOR SEAGULLS

CITY 2 BRIGHTON 0

Report by Eddie Blount

As a contest this match was over in a mere 47 seconds, being the time it took for City to go ahead. The moment the ball was delivered to Mahrez with only one defender in attendance – don’t they know he has to be double-marked at least – the die was cast. He duly went past his marker, shimmied across the line of the penalty area before releasing a trade-mark left-foot shot which proved too hot for their keeper to hold. The ball spilled out to the on-rushing Okazaki who gleefully netted with ease.

Little were we to know that this was to be 50% of the worthwhile action in the entire half. The other moment of note came when a defender slipped and conceded possession to Okazaki -who else? – close to the near post but at an angle. The Japanese striker saw that Vardy was more centrally positioned but England’s No 9 made a real hash of his effort to force the ball into the net and the chance was lost.

In Match of the Day terms that was it for the first half as both sides competed intensely for the greater possession stats, eventually won by Brighton by the way. City had clearly been told by Shakey that they must keep possession for longer and not give it away quickly as they often do.

Brighton had worked out that they would concede fewer goals if the opposition had less of the ball. They were completely unaffected by the fact that they were a goal down and every corner and potentially dangerous free-kick was defended by the entire team making a break-away virtually impossible.

The crowd were like a ship in the Doldrums gently rocking in the afternoon sun – and that was not just the Brighton fans who must have got used to it last week against Man City. City fans briefly came out of their stupor to remind the opposition that we were ‘Champions of England – you’ll never say that!’ There is no answer to that and there wasn’t!

To the consternation of both sets of fans both teams turned up for the second half and the torture recommenced though in fairness marginally less painfully. On 55 minutes City won a corner delivered well to the far post by Mahrez. Here it was met by the head of close-season signing Harry Maguire and pushed into the top corner by the despairing hand of the Seagull’s keeper.

Maguire had a good game and provided the moment of greatest relief from the general tedium with a mazy dribble from the half-way line which ended with his being fouled on the edge of their penalty box – surely a first this century for City centre-backs! The free-kick was in a dangerous position but the training-ground routine which followed will have to be practised at least 50 times as a punishment for the shambles which ensued as the chance was completely wasted

Brighton had two shots on goal in the second half, one could have been saved by anyone in the crowd, the other requiring Schmeichel to make a smart save to his right. Stir in a right-wing move ending in a good low cross that was forced wide under pressure and that was all the visitors managed as an attacking force

There may be matches which turn out to be duller than this one but at least we bagged three points and nearly all the players had decent games in spite of the lack of entertainment on offer. Captain Morgan for once was somewhat less than commanding at times and it will be interesting to see what happens when Huth is fit to return as Maguire clearly deserves a run in the side.

To end on a brighter note it was good to hear the excellent reception given to the returning Knockaert who came on as a second -half sub and who showed his appreciation to the Leicester crowd at the end of the match. Nice!

City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 76) , Vardy (Gray 90  +3)

Brighton:  Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner, March, Stephens, Proepper, Murphy, Gross (Knockaert 62), Murray (Hemed 66)

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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View from the opposition – Brighton

A bit about you:

Name: Graham Coe

Current home town:  Leicester                               Birthplace: Brighton

How long have you supported your team? 40 Seasons

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Everything – when you think where we use to play
 
Favourite match played by your team & why: The first league game at the Amex Stadium – even though we won, the game wasn’t important.
 
Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Bobby Zamora.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Anthony Knockaert – so skilled

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? As above!

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy & his goal poaching & Riyad Mahrez if he ‘turns up’ for you!

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Solly March

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? 40 points is our first aim

How do you think you’ll do against us? A 1-1 draw

Any other comments? Good luck for the rest of your season

 

Next Up Brighton

Next Up Brighton 19 August 2017 3.00PM

Manager        Chris Hughton      Founded       30,750

Ground          Falmer Stadium       Address   Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL

Capacity        30,750

Squad: 

1              Australia                              GK          Mathew Ryan

2              Spain                                     DF           Bruno (captain)

3              Cameroon                           DF           Gaëtan Bong

4              Germany                             DF           Uwe Hünemeier

5              England                                DF           Lewis Dunk (vice-captain)

6              England                                MF         Dale Stephens

7              Israel                                     MF         Beram Kayal

8              Czech Republic                 MF         Jiří Skalák

9              England                                FW         Sam Baldock

10           Israel                                     FW         Tomer Hemed

11           France                                 MF         Anthony Knockaert

12           Finland                                                 GK          Niki Mäenpää

13           Germany                             MF         Pascal Groß

14           England                                MF         Steve Sidwell

15           Scotland                               MF         Jamie Murphy

17           England                                FW         Glenn Murray

18           England                                DF           Connor Goldson

20           England                                MF         Solly March

22           Republic of Ireland          DF           Shane Duffy

23           England                                DF           Liam Rosenior

24           Netherlands                       MF         Davy Pröpper

29           Austria                                 DF           Markus Suttner

33           Republic of Ireland          MF         Richie Towell

34           England                                MF         Rohan Ince

37           England                                FW         Izzy Brown (on loan from Chelsea)

—           Netherlands                       MF         Soufyan Ahannach

—           Colombia                             MF         José Izquierdo

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/

Déjà vu

Déjà vu

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3

Report by Colin Murrant

Another incredibly frustrating night at the Emirates with City losing there by the odd goal for the fourth season running since their return to the Premier League: the last three years succumbing to late goals.

There are a lot of positives to take from the match but in the immediate aftermath the defeat was hard to take. Apart from some lapses in concentration, the main contributory factor to this was the ridiculous decision to substitute Matty James in the 81st minute. If James was tired I would understand the substitution but 10 minutes earlier a statement had been made that we would defend the lead, Amartey on in the midfield for striker Okazaki. Then Iheanacho, a forward to replace a midfielder: why not bring King or Chilwell on if James needed to be replaced? The change completely disrupted City who up to this point were under pressure but looked organised. I have said before that I believe Shakespeare is naïve in his game management and this substitution did nothing to allay my fears.

The other negative is Big Wes who is clearly now not up to Premier League football, he is lost without Huth who I am sure will be paired with Maguire in the heart of the City defence. Morgan was culpable in three of the Arsenal goals.

I must admit that I thought I read all of the rule changes for this season but two escaped me. Firstly, if you are off-side the free kick can be taken in your defending half (prelude to Arsenal’s second goal); and secondly, if you control the ball by letting it run down your arm it is not hand ball (Ozil lead up to Arsenal’s third goal). So admittedly this is sarcastic but nonetheless illustrates on another day, with the rub of the green, how we could have won the match. Another bad day for Mike Dean who saw both incidents and let play go on; a referee that is incredibly inconsistent and according to one Nigel Pearson, an arrogant man.

On the positive side:

- Maguire is exciting the way he brings the ball out of defence and is a danger in both boxes. Perhaps defensively can improve but great to see a young talented centre back at City. Onlooking Gareth Southgate would have been impressed.

- Vardy looks sharp, amazing how he looked under confident against Borussia Monchengladbach until he got his first of two goals, he looks on fire now. 4 goals on two consecutive Friday nights and poachers’ goals. Onlooking Gareth Southgate would have been impressed.

- Matty James had a good game and hopefully his two-year nightmare can be put to rest.

- Albrighton’s work rate and crossing was exemplary

- Kaspar looking sharp, two world class saves from deflected shots. Hopefully now staying at City.

- Iheanacho showed enough in his Monchengladbach cameo to give great optimism.

It was the 25th anniversary of the Premier League. I read in the Metro paper on the train to London how their journalist thought it appropriate that Leicester were the first team on show for the opening match of the quarter centenary occasion given they were the greatest story that had happened during that time.

The match itself was a defence’s coach nightmare, all seven goals defending errors, although SKY TV would have been delighted with their first Friday Night Premier League opener.

I could write about the incidents and it would take pages to record the action in this thrill by the minute encounter. I therefore reflect purely on the seven goals.

1-0    less than 2 minutes gone and Elneny is given too much space and time to cross from City’s left, Morgan leaves Lacazette and the comparatively short player has a free header for a dream debut.

1-1     5 minutes and Leicester are quickly back in it, a corner is played to Albrighton who aims for the far post, Maguire heads back across and Okazaki heads in with Cech isolated

2-1     30 minutes, some loose play midway in the Arsenal half sees them lose the ball which is switched to Albrighton. A superb left foot cross into no man’s land between keeper and defence sees Vardy nip into put City into the lead with a rifle finish.

2-2     Seconds from half time, a melee in the City box sees City fail to clear and the ball breaks to Kolasinac who squares to Welbeck to roll into an empty net.

2-3     57 minutes City restore their lead. Initially Mahrez jinks from left to right and sees his shot tipped over by Cech. Mahrez takes the resultant corner and Vardy, unmarked, heads into the far post. City team and fans erupt.

3-3     A corner to Arsenal on 83 minutes following an unpenalised handball by Ozil. The ball is eventually worked to the far post where three Arsenal players are unmarked. Ramsay fires an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

4-3     2 minutes later and the nightmare has happened, Arsenal lead. Following a great Schmeichel save from a close-range effort Lacazette, Giroud heads in from the corner.

So, a nightmare result but an outstanding away performance which was warmly appreciated by the City faithful. who were left wondering what we have to do to win at the Emirates. A pause in play before the Arsenal third goal, I thought of this report, I thought of the heading as an ‘I was there moment’, alas it ended in disappointment and  Déjà vu. As I write this report on Saturday morning, City are currently bottom of the League. On the basis of this performance I fancy it will not be for long. The best is yet to come.

Arsenal Team: (3-4-3) Cech, Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mustafa, Coquelin, Ramsey, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud

Leicester Team: (4-2-4) Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Homer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Slimani, Iheanacho

Referee: Mike Dean

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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