Stripes Regain Trophy, but Ruby Are Real Winners

The 4th annual Foxes Trust 5 a side tournament today saw former winners the Brown Stripes regain their crown after losing out in the semi finals on penalties last year to the eventual winners the Huncote Sports & Social Club who didn’t defend their trophy. 

10 teams took part this year, disappointingly the lowest number of competitors since the tournament was launched, however it is estimated around £400 was raised for the Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbows Appeal. 

With the reduced number, the format was changed with 2 groups of 5 teams, so all teams involved played a minimum of 4 games, and the day saw a mixture of hard fought draws, outright thumpings and teams either cracking or raising their games as they faced the final group matches to qualify for the finals. 

A look at the group stages…..

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Trust Welcomes Return to Two Year Kit Cycle



Trust Welcomes Return to Two Year Kit Cycle


The Foxes Trust has welcomed the news that the kit deal with JJB has come to an end and that the club will be returning to a two year kit cycle.  

Commenting on the news, Trust Board Member Matt Davis said "We opposed the use of a one year kit cycle from the day it was announced, as we felt it was a bad deal for all concerned and predictably full price kit sales fell considerably as many fans did not view a one year kit as value for money"  

"We have continued to lobby for a return to a 2 year cycle ever since, with the club finally recognising the need to revert back very early this season, however we also raised the topic with representatives of Milan Mandaric way back in early November, getting an initial positive response"  

Davis added "We know Milan has played a major role in sourcing a new supplier and look forward to a formal announcement in the near future"  

Note to Editors: The Foxes Trust will give its considered reaction to the recently announced Season Ticket prices in the near future….

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When I agreed to do this report some three weeks ago I firmly believed that it would be in the nature of an obituary as I could see no prospect of our collecting enough points to avoid the drop. As it turned out, this game had much less riding on it than I had feared. 

However it was still not without interest. Would we manage to win more games away from home than at the Walkers and would we finish up getting more points from away games than home games; finally would Wolves achieve their ambition to make the play-offs? Regrettably the answer to each of these questions would turn out to be 'yes.' 

It all started so well with Johansson galloping down the left flank, crossing perfectly to Hume who shot first-time on the run to the keeper's bottom left corner. This signaled a bright period of open play with both sides threatening. Wolves incredibly failed to score after a goal-mouth melee, not once but twice. We should have guessed that this was their standard tactic. Just as Sheff Wed have a standard ploy which involves smashing the ball in from long distance at an acute angle Wolves specialise in ugly goals and today was their day. 

The turning-point of this match came in the 24th minute when a Tiatto free-kick was flicked on by Hume for McAuley to prod over the bar from 3 yards out. We are not good enough to spurn simple chances and wise heads were convinced that we would pay for such profligacy. Even so, to pay so quickly was particularly hard to take! Wolves broke immediately and melee number three resulted in a straight-forward tap-in for Olofinjana….

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April Fans Consultative Committee Minutes

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 19th April 2007. 

1.  Tim Davies welcomed everyone and introduced Milan Mandaric who was attending his first Consultative Committee meeting.

2.  The full committee was in attendance.

3. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed as a true and accurate record.

4.  Matters arising :TD confirmed that a road show would be taking place April 24th and also a school event on May 1st. 

5.   Milan Mandaric thanked everyone for their warm welcome and talked about his takeover of the club. He said he was frustrated with the timing and had hoped he could have been here earlier. This would have allowed him the opportunity to introduce additional players to the squad in preparation for next season. Having said that he understood that the negotiations had to be completed correctly and throughout the discussions he understood that Leicester City Football Club was the most important issue and not one individual. 

He followed up by saying this is a great club with great support as witnessed by the fans reaction in the match v Birmingham City. He confirmed that significant investment will be made in the playing squad. In addition he will be looking to make the club more efficient, cost effective and generally put the club in a financially strong position.   

He said that he did not expect the club to be in this position with 3 matches remaining. He had witnessed some encouraging performances particularly Fulham, Coventry City, Ipswich Town and West Bromwich Albion and he was surprised at the recent sequence of results.He reflected on the result and the performance at Plymouth Argyle and decided to act to change the manager. Nigel Worthington was approached and accepted the challenge of keeping the club in The Championship for the final 5 matches. 

Mr Mandaric answered questions from the committee on a number of topics including:The arrival of Nigel Worthington and Doug Livermore.The appointment of a permanent manager.His time at Portsmouth FC.Plans for next season and the playing squad…..

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Trust Sponsors Academy Player of the Year Awards

The Foxes Trust is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Academy Player of the Year Awards at the Awards Gala Evening tonight (Wednesday 2nd May) at the Walkers Stadium, working alongside the NatWest bank as joint sponsors. 

Commenting on the Awards Sponsorship, Ian Guyler, Trust Board Member for Business Liaison said “We felt sponsoring these awards was a further way we could contribute to the long term future of our club and naturally follows our work this year on our Corporate Membership scheme which has seen a number of businesses show their backing for both the Trust and the Academy by joining the Friends of the Academy scheme through the Foxes Trust” 

“We are pleased that Simon Winfield from Nat West is the latest business partnership to work with the Trust in backing Academy activity” 

Guyler added “The success of our Corporate Membership scheme also builds on the foundations laid by the Trust’s Player Sponsorship syndicate which has seen the Trust sponsor Richard Stearman, James Wesolowski, Chris O’Grady and most recently Joe Mattock”