Trust Encourage Participation In EuroFit Programme

Foxes Trust are actively seeking to work closer with Leicester City in The Community (LCitC). Recently LCitC announced the rerun of its EuroFit Programme, https://www.lcfc.com/news/1493758/join-lcfcs-eurofit-programme

We would urge all to consider if the programme suits their needs, if you think it might be for you then you may be encouraged by Martin’s story.

My EuroFIT Experience – Martin Spencer (2nd from left, participant in the very first EuroFIT)

I was an office worker approaching 60 years of age and I was overweight, unfit and a real couch potato.

I desperately wanted to change to a more healthy lifestyle but did not want the intensity of going to the gym. I also needed advice on diet and nutrition and wanted to be sitting down less.

It was February 2018 and a good friend advised me of a 12 week health programme, called EuroFIT that the Leicester City Community Trust were providing and would I like to join him?

I thought it would help me achieve my goals and with sessions being held at the King Power Stadium, it ticked all my boxes. The home of the football club I have loved all my life. What could be better?

I enrolled and it has absolutely transformed my life.

There were 20 of us that enrolled, all with the same goals in mind, the majority of participants are good friends to this day and we went on a journey of learning how to eat and drink healthier and exercise more but not in a too strenuous manner.

We all lost weight (I lost half a stone, but many lost more) and some inches off our waists.

We exercised in the stadium’s concourses, walked around the pitch and around the outside of the stadium, walked up and down the stands and we played walking football in the club car park. Step counters were provided and we were set goals to increase our step count on a weekly basis, both at our sessions and during the course of the week ahead.

This was all done under the careful eye of LCFC Community Manager Matt Bray who was amazing in so far as he was knowledgeable, a good fitness and nutrition coach and he did not ask us to do anything that was beyond us. He took an interest in us all as individuals which everyone appreciated.

At the end of the course and as a reward for our commitment and hard work, Matt arranged for us all to have the opportunity and thrill of playing walking football on the pitch at the King Power Stadium, something that we will all hold as a treasured memory forever.

Since the end of our EuroFIT experience, many of the participants of the course have continued to meet up and play walking football on a weekly basis.

For people like me who wanted to make a change to a healthier lifestyle and are Leicester City supporters, I could not recommend this course more. It is one of the best things I have ever done and I hope to continue to exercise and eat and drink healthier for the rest of my life.

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Football Supporters’ Association Awards 2019 – VOTE NOW

At the end of last week , the shortlists were announced for the FSA Awards. 11 categories are decided by the public, with a further 7 judged by an FSA panel.

In the Men’s Player of the Year category, Liverpool pair of Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk alongside fellow Ballon d’Or shortlisted nominee Raheem Sterling of Manchester City. High-flying Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy joins fellow forwards Heung-Min Son of Spurs and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in completing the six man shortlist.

The Safe Hands award shortlist has been chosen by David James featuring six of the best saves from the past 12 months. You can watch the short video at the voting link to choose your favourite from Kasper Schmeichel, Bernd Leno, Bartosz Bialkowski, Sam Johnstone, Courtney Brosnan and Josh Vickers.

Other awards you can vote for include Women’s Player of the Year, Commentator of the Year, Fan Media of the Year, Newspaper of the Year, Online Media of the Year, Podcast of the Year, Pundit of the Year, Radio Show of the Year, and Writer of the Year

Voting is open until midnight on 30th November. You can vote only once in each category, but you don't have to vote in every category, VOTE HERE

Panel judged awards are Supporter Engagement Award, Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year, National Game Community Award, Away Day of the Year, Fanzine of the Year, Club Podcast of the Year and Fans for Diversity Award

The winners will be announced on the evening of 16th December at the FSA awards ceremony in London.

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City’s Firepower Stronger than Gunners

Leicester City 2 Arsenal 0  –  9 November 2019

Report by Tish Krokosz

On yet another rainy evening, City’s match with Arsenal was preceded by the usual acknowledgement to Remembrance Day by the Last Post being played and a minute’s silence being observed by the crowd.

Was it this inclement weather that made Unai Emery bring such a defensive team to the King Power or was it City’s reputation of hammering five goals past Newcastle and nine goals past Southampton in similar conditions? It seemed clear from the outset that the visitors would be playing with five at the back and would be content with a point. I have not seen such a defensive line-up from Arsenal for a very long time and for the first half, at least, it proved effective for them.

As has been seen in recent games, City were happy to attack from the start and would have breached the Arsenal defence a couple of times in the first fifteen minutes if the visitors had not defended in depth. Their quality was poor and they only survived because of the mass of bodies in City’s way. As shown on Match of the Day they also seemed to get away with a decent penalty shout in the 10th minute when Söyüncü was pulled back, but VAR failed to pick up the incident.

It is great to see how City have adapted to the manager’s style of intensive yet patient football. Under Puel, it seemed that a similar style was seen as negative – probably because it would go backwards too many times. Under Rodgers, the City defenders will still pass the ball between them at the back, but will spot the right time to move forward with intensity and quality (where have I heard that phrase before?).

Although City had the majority of possession in the first half and plenty of half-chances to open the scoring, Arsenal had the clearest opportunity to score when they counter-attacked down the right side and crossed the ball into the penalty area where either Lacazette or Aubameyang could have scored from six yards out. Instead, they got in each other’s way and the former pinged the ball wide of the right post.

City, on the other hand, were attacking in waves from both wings and down the middle of the park. With such a poor defence in front of them, we had to get the ball in the net, surely?

Yet despite good free-kicks from Chilwell and Maddison, the latter hitting his just over the bar five minutes before half-time, and opportunities for Perez and Tielemans going wayward, the score remained goalless at the break.

Emery must have said something to his players at half-time as they started the second half more positively and Bellerin, in particular, was trying to push further forward down the right hand side. However, City’s attitude increased in equal measure and the game generally moved up one gear. It’s great to see Ricardo Pereira when he is on one of his runs and three minutes into the second-half he reached the bye-line at pace and crossed the ball towards the penalty spot where an unmarked Ndidi should have made it 1-0. But his thunderous, left-footed shot hit the bar and rebounded to safety.

This prompted the Londoners to put more pressure on the home side and for a while they had the upper hand. Not long after Ndidi’s miss, an Arsenal counter attack ended up with Aubameyang planting the ball past Schmeichel. Luckily for City, the Gunner was marginally offside when the ball had been passed to him and the goal was disallowed. VAR checked the assistant referee’s call and the decision stood.

Five minutes later, Rodgers decided that Perez was losing out to Kolasinac too many times. Indeed, in the first half there were countless cases of the winger going down too easily under an Arsenal challenge. He was replaced by Gray.

In the past, I have been wary of such a change. But recently he has been more effective and so it proved once again. His shooting was more accurate, his choice of passes was more intelligent, his skills were more effective and seven minutes after his introduction he had a small part to play in the build up to Vardy’s goal. His was the first of several neat flicks and passes that involved him, Tielemans and Barnes before the unmarked Vardy was able to crash the ball into the left hand side of the goal. This fast, incisive, accurate passing was the only way that the rugged Arsenal defence would be breached and it was a joy to watch.

This gave City renewed vigour and Vardy was soon thinking he would be celebrating a brace of goals after Gray had found space down the middle of the field, He passed the ball to Vardy who was clear on the right side the penalty area, but his powerful shot was saved by Leno.

Arsenal could see that they might end up losing yet again away from home. Their tackles were more robust and they tried to push more men forward, but it was in one of these moves that Ndidi showed his strength and determination and won the ball on the half-way line as only Ndidi can, using those extra long legs of his. He moved forward and passed to Tielemans, who, in turn, quickly moved the ball to Vardy. This time, the centre forward acted as provider to Maddison and his first time shot went through Bellerin’s legs and into the left hand corner of the goal past a statuesque Leno.

This gave the cushion that City needed to control the rest of the game and toy with an Arsenal team that looked as bedraggled as the media has made them out to be.

With the recent results and the standard of play that City have enjoyed under the management of Brendan Rodgers, it is no wonder that the fans are singing of their hope for another European tour. In the current position of second this is the expectation of many. However, there is a long way to go to the end of the season, but, what if …?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Perez (Gray 60), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Praet 74), Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Justin, Choudhury, Albrighton.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Chambers, Luiz, Holding (Pépé 77), Kolasinac, Torreira (Willock 80), Guendouzi, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Subs not used: Tierney, Papastathopoulos, Martinez, Martinelli, Saka.

Referee: C. Kavanagh                                               Attendance: 32,209

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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Eagles’ wings clipped as City show Top Four Potential

Crystal Palace 0 Leicester City 2

Premier League – November 3rd, 2019, report by Colin Murrant

With the other three teams in the Top 4 of the Premier League all winning on Saturday, it was up to City to get a positive result if they were to regain third place. If this added to the pressure then it never showed as The Foxes produced a solid and accomplished performance against The Eagles.

Selhurst Park has never been a happy hunting ground for City; their 1-0 win in the Premier League winning season of 2015/16 being the only success in recent times. For those who know this part of South London they will know that it is a run-down area. The ground itself is befitting of the area and is old and antiquated with poor seating, inadequate facilities; it is a lot of visiting supporter’s least favourite away fixture.

One saving grace is the fanzone which is open before the match to both home and away fans; on Sunday we were entertained by a South Korean Children’s’ Taekwondo troupe and also the Palace Cheerleaders. So apart from the fanzone not an exciting prospect for Sunday afternoon; not until 4.00pm that is. By then City had climbed back to third place and put on a performance that underlined their top 4 potential.

There were many heroes, Soyuncu and Maddison were immense, but for me the ever improving and consistent Tielemans is increasingly important to this team. The fans’ song suggests that Youri is ‘… dynamite’ but it does him an injustice as he is so creative and in no sense destructive: If Rubens is perhaps the most famous Flemish artist then Tielemans must have come from the same school: his art palette is a rich array of passing ability; short, long on the turn, first time.

Yet the creative play can only prosper if built on a sound defence. The centre back pairing of Evans and Soyuncu provide a rock in front of Schmeichel, Ndidi does the hard miles in front of them, all this allowing Ricardo and Chilwell to attack like wing backs. Certainly, Palace had their moments but like ships in a storm, their attacks broke up as they floundered on the rocks: Schmeichel had no shots of note to save.

Prior to the match there was a minute’s silence to remember the dead of the British Forces; impeccably observed apart from one idiot amongst the home crowd. The match started with Palace attacking the Holmesdale Road Stand which houses most of their singing supporters.

It was City first into their stride and in the 5th minute Barnes was to have a shot on goal from outside the box but it didn’t trouble the Palace goal. The first chance of note came on 18 when a good through ball from Maddison put Vardy in on goal, his touch took him too close to the goal and, at a narrow angle, Guaita was able to block the shot.

City were building pressure and winning a series of corners; from one of these Jonny Evans headed narrowly over. Palace eased the pressure on their goal with a couple of shots up the other end but both went helplessly wide of target. The game was stopped for a minute as plastic objects were thrown onto the pitch and had to be cleared from Schmeichel’s goalmouth; not really what you expect at Palace.

City then got another corner, the ball fell outside the box to Tielemans whose shot was high over the bar: Tielemans and Soyuncu then had shots off target. A high clearance from Maddison in his own box was met, but not completely controlled, by Vardy on the half way line; the ball seemed to break off a Palace defender and put Perez in on goal. Perez did not have the pace to get away and let the defender get back to him when perhaps he should have got a shot away. Vardy was put through after an initial pass from Maddison to Tielemans who in turn split the Palace defence; unfortunately, Guaita just got to the ball before Vardy.

The second half started with Palace having their best period and a bad tackle by Evans on Kouyate earned him a booking but prevented a Palace attack.

By the 56th minute though City had ridden out the brief storm without any real problems. Perez went on one of his mazy runs past several defenders before winning a corner. From the corner, Evans got in a great header but it was pushed over by the Palace keeper. Maddison took the corner again and van Arnholt got a touch on the ball and diverted it to the unmarked and stooping Soyuncu to make it 1-0. What a popular goal scorer Soyuncu was!

Vardy was his usual menacing self and caught Tompkins out as he closed him down. Falling to the ground, Tomkins knocked the ball away with his hand to prevent Vardy getting away; as the incident was only just in the Palace half of the pitch, and a defender may have got back, the yellow card issued was probably correct.

City were looking comfortable and containing Zaha and Ayew but one goal is always not enough to relax too much. Leicester had to wait until 88 minutes for their second and what a goal it was. Good passing into the box, Gray dummied, the ball reached Vardy who played Gray in again; Vardy playing clever had stayed near the penalty spot and was unmarked as Gray pulled the ball back to him; City 2-0. Palace fans had failed to heed the danger when they sing about Vardy or his wife: they hadn’t learnt the lessons of the Burnley and Southampton fans; punishment inevitably follows swiftly afterwards. Vardy wheeled away flapping his arms like an Eagle.

There was just time for another City chance as Chilwell controlled brilliantly a high cross field ball and his shot from a narrow angle hit the far post and shot back into play just avoiding Vardy. The six minutes of added time brought no more pressure on the City goal in what had been a most promising display that they controlled for the vast majority of the match.

In the 2017/18 season, City lost 5-0 to Palace. At the end of the match, Adrien Silva went over to some young Portuguese fans in the home stand near the City fans. He took off his shirt, gave it to the youngsters and was loudly booed by unforgiving Leicester fans who thought it was unwarranted given the result and performance. On Sunday, virtually in the same spot were some Belgian fans. At the end of the match Tielemans went over to the fans and had a selfie with them. This time the City fans cheered him: funny how you can be are more forgiving when you win: after all, Youri is dynamite.

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tompkins, Cahill, van Arnholt, McArthur (McCarthy 78), Kouyate (Meyer 74), Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 78). Subs not Used: Dann, Hennessey, Camarasa, Kelly

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Perez (Gray 74), Tielemans, Maddison (Praet 90+1), Barnes (Morgan 85), Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Justin, Albrighton, Iheanacho

Referee Paul Tierney                      Attendance: 25,480

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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Like the curate’s egg, good in parts

Burton 1 City 3

Report by Kate Thompson

Brendan Rogers made nine changes from the Southampton game, only Evans and Tielemans keeping their places,  It was still a strong team but Leicester City supporters know that we take lower level teams lightly at our peril – the most recent lesson, of course, came against Newport County in last season’s FA Cup.

After 20 minutes one might have thought that the game was all but over, but Burton Albion to their credit did not stop working hard and harassing City, and at 1-2 there were some nerves among the City faithful. 

The first two goals were well worked.  The first saw Gray nick the ball and a lovely passing move gave Iheanacho a clear run on goal.  Thankfully, he did not miss and hopefully gave his confidence a much needed boost. 

The second, from the powerhouse that is Tielemans, was also a good team move and made in Belgium, as Praet passed the ball to his countryman for another straightforward goal.  After that Leicester seemed to take their collective feet off the gas – did they think it was all over? 

This continued into the second half and it was no surprise when Burton scored a goal in the 52nd minute, which Ward could only parry into the net.  He made some excellent saves after this to keep the score line at 1-2.

The fans were calling for at least one substitution and in the 66th minute Barnes replaced the clearly tiring Iheanacho; he seemed leggy and without pace by then.  Two more substitutes followed:  Maddison for Praet in the 83rd minute and Ndidi for Choudhury in the 88th

Finally, in the 89th minute Maddison scored a third goal to put the game to bed.  This was started by a long, raking pass from Morgan of all people, which found Gray, and for once he was able to lay the ball into the path of a team-mate.

There were differing views about the effectiveness of some of the fringe players who took part in this match.  I note that Matt Elliott gave his vote to Gray as man of the match and he did look better than he often has.  However, he still failed to find the net although should be credited for an assist for all three goals. 

Iheanacho looked lively at first but was clearly struggling later on, hardly surprising considering how little game time he has had.  Ward had to make some crucial saves but has been criticised for letting in the one goal he did. 

Two players who I have a lot of time for – Albrighton and Fuchs – also demonstrated a lack of game time and on another night the former could have had a hat-trick.  It was the first time I had seen Justin live and was somewhat disappointed after his good showing against his old club in the last round.

A couple of final points.  I thought the ground was impressive for a League One side and credit to the Burton Albion fans for applauding Choudhury when he was taken off.  Now, we have another away tie, this time against Everton.

Burton (4-3-3) O’Hara, Brayford, Wallace, O’Toole, Hutchinson, (Dyer half-time), Quinn, Fraser, Edwards, (Sbarra 88); Sarkic, (Templeton 88), Boyce, Broadhead. Subs (unused) Garratt (g), Daniel, Buxton, Anderson.

Leicester (4-1-4-1) Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury 6 (Ndidi 88), Praet (Maddison 83), Tielemans, Albrighton, Gray, Iheanacho (Barnes 66).. Subs (unused)  Schmeichel (g), Soyuncu, Vardy, Pereira.

Referee Darren England (South Yorkshire)         Attendance 6,186

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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