Draw or Penalty Shoot Out?

The Football League chairmen have established a working party to look at the possibility of introducing penalty shoot-outs to decide on a “bonus point” where League matches in all three divisions end in a draw.

The winner of the shoot out would get a bonus point, leaving them with two points and the loser of the shoot-out with one. Three points would still be awarded to a team winning the game in normal time as now.

There has been little or no supporter consultation on this idea, therefore the Football Supporters Federation (the Foxes Trust is a member of the FSF) has set up an on-line poll to gather the opinion of fans.

Have a read of the article and then you can vote here  http://www.fsf.org.uk/site-pages/poll.html







This was a dreadful match between two dreadful teams, both rightly involved at the wrong end of the Championship table.  

The pre-match omens were not good with McAuley and Porter both unavailable. As it turned out the absence of the former was pivotal in the nature of City's defeat and Levi's absence simply showed that although he is physically disadvantaged at this level he is a much better prospect than Yeates. 

The first half was a continuation of the second half against Leeds. We had the vast majority of the possession but never really looked like scoring. Hume, our best player by a long way, was lively throughout but could not break them down on his own.  

A free kick was well saved by Camp, on loan from Derby; a fortieth minute effort during our best spell of pressure was blocked by the QPR defence and an earlier long shot was comfortably saved. Apart from this we only threatened when Horsfield failed with a poor header from an excellent Yeates cross, which unfortunately turned out to be his only major contribution.  

Horsfield was almost anonymous throughout and clearly has no part to play in next season's promotion push. I hope this will be from the Championship but if we continue to play so badly it could be from Division 1. We have a tough run-in and will not gain many more points with the current squad. When we are bad we are very, very bad and the frequent, deserved chants of 'What a load of rubbish' showed how bad we were. 

There was a big clue just before half-time when City's defence panicked and after a spell of pin-table richochets the ball inevitably fell to one of their strikers, the gigantic Nygaard. He had been hopeless up to this point and in keeping with his earlier play he hit the best chance of the half well wide. Who would have thought that in the second half this most limited of players would turn out to be the most influential player on the pitch?…..

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Steve Smith Quiz Night & Disco 2007

For those of you who don’t know Steve, he was one of the founder board members of the Foxes Trust. In December 2005 he suffered a massive stroke which left him unable to walk, use his right arm or speak. He was 37, married, and has three young sons. 

Since his stroke, Steve has been having physio and speech therapy several times each week. He is now able to walk and has a limited vocabulary, which is an amazing achievement in just over a year.However, he has just been told that his NHS physio is to stop and so this will now need to be privately funded in order for him to continue to improve. This will cost approximately £5000 each year. 

To help contribute towards this expense, a Quiz Night and Disco is being held on Friday 25th May 2007 at The 1884 Sports Bar which is at the Walkers Stadium, from 8pm until 1am.

Teams participating in the quiz must contain a maximum of 6 members. Tickets for the event are £10 each and every penny will go directly to Steve’s fund.

You can purchase tickets from the Foxes Trust office located at the ground, directions can be found here: http://foxestrust.co.uk/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=207&Itemid=42 

Tickets will only be available prior to the Derby game (6th April) 1.15 – 2.15pm and the Norwich game (14th April) 1.30- 2.30pm…..

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Ticket Price Survey Underway

Members of the Trust were outside the stadium before the game against QPR canvassing the views of fans on issues such as Season Ticket renewals, the number of discounted match tickets on offer this season & match ticket prices generally. 

Our volunteers spoke with over 100 fans & on behalf of the Trust I would like to thank both those who gave us their views & the volunteers who gave up their spare time to help conduct the survey.  

Ideally we would have like to have surveyed more fans prior to the game, however we were keen to discuss the answers given by fans rather than simply ask “Yes, No or Don’t Know” market research style questions. So apologies if we didn’t get to speak with you on the day. 

The next stage of our survey is to email the questionnaire to our members & then later this week to post the questionnaire on this website for non-members to email their views to us. 

All the replies will then be collated, published on this site & passed onto the club.

Bye bye Dennis, nice knowing you.

City 1 – 1 Leeds United 

City recovered some dignity if not form with a 1-1 draw against Dennis Wise’s relegation doomed Leeds United side on Tuesday night. 

Wise received his usual warm welcome from the City fans and was even polite enough to live up to his reputation by initiating a fracas in front of the bench at the end of the first half. On this evidence he will be collecting his P45 from Uncle Ken or else providing the likes of Doncaster and Port Vale with the pleasure of his company next season. 

The first fifteen minutes was a fair reflection of the rest of the game as neither side settled into any kind of rhythm and the ball spent far more time in the air than on the ground. With no apparent urgency from the City players there was nothing to breed any confidence that a poor Leeds side would be dispatched with ease. The exception was the energetic Hume who ran his socks off up front without ever really threatening the United goal. He was brought down on 19 minutes but the absence of any organisation from the resulting free kick was typical of the opening spell. 

Leeds offered little and looked to be a side bereft of confidence befitting their position in the bottom three. On 33 minutes they earned a corner which on another day could easily have been turned in, on this occasion being put across the goal with no-one able to get a touch. Richardson had a chance 5 minutes later with a free kick but put the ball straight into Paul Henderson’s arms. 

The remainder of the first half provided little in the way of incident until Henderson came out of his area to clear a high ball being pursued by Jemal Johnson. The City keeper leapt well to win the ball with his head and, in the eyes of the referee at least, foul the onrushing Leeds man who failed to jump for the challenge. It was a gruesome and unfortunate injury but a questionable foul and certainly not a booking, something which Mr Laws seemed unable to comprehend as he awarded a free kick to Leeds on the edge of the box and showed Henderson the yellow card…

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