Fans For Diversity Mini-documentary Series

Leicester City's LGBT fans group Foxes Pride are one of 4 fans groups to be featured in a mini-series released by Kick It Out on You Tube today.

Each film offers an insight into the unique matchday experience of the supporters, as well as exploring the reasons why they love their club and explaining some of the discrimination or barriers faced by those fans in attending football games.

In a short film, Rishi and Kate reflect on why they helped set up Foxes Pride, the backing they've received from the club itself and the camaraderie they share with other club LGBT supporters group. There are now 44 in existence across the English and Scottish divisions.

The Foxes Pride mini-documentary can be viewed here https://youtu.be/9BNjA7x6qHQ

Other supporters groups featured in the mini-series are:

·        Manchester City Women’s Official Supporters Club: https://youtu.be/7Bo_JGYb2s0

·        Punjabi Rams: https://youtu.be/S6OO7kpGI5U

·        Crawley Town Disabled Supporters Association: https://youtu.be/bXtBGL_n3oo

 

Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) have launched an application process for their ‘Fans for Diversity’ fund aimed at encouraging and helping with the facilitation of fan-led activity celebrating equality and diversity in football.

 

Since launching in March 2014, the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, jointly run by Kick It Out and the FSF, has given fans from across the country the opportunity to highlight the importance of creating a fully-inclusive matchday atmosphere at all levels of the game.

 

‘Fans for Diversity’ has funded a number of initiatives and events including the establishment of an LGBT fans’ group network entitled #PrideinFootball, as well as official supporters groups such as the Punjabi Rams and the Bangla Bantams.

 

In addition, the fund has helped to support the hosting of the largest annual Southampton Disability Supporters’ Association open day, a panel debate on the experiences of women football supporters and a Non League Day roadshow, among several other events.

 

More details are available here: http://www.kickitout.org/fansfordiversity/fans-fund/

 

The Foxes Trust have backed the Kick It Out campaign since its launch and used to be represented at the Foxes Against Racism meetings. The Foxes Trust was one of the first Trust’s to lobby Foxes Against Racism and Kick It Out to widen its remit to cover all forms of discrimination

 

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Going to Crystal Palace ?

Twentys Plenty Campaign with FSF and Virgin Media.

Fans attending the Crystal Palace v Leicester game can claim back £10 from Virgin media, please see website link below for more details on how to claim.

Virgin Media and the FSF will subsidise fans’ tickets for one away fixture per Premier League club for the majority of matches played between 15th and 23rd April.

Virgin Media will also reimburse the cost of a 2nd Class stamp, to account for the postage of the ticket and form. – See more at: http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/twentys-plenty-virgin-media-and-fsf-reimburse-away-fans-tickets

Crystal Palace By Road:  SE25 6PU

Leave the M25 at Junction Seven and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. At Purley bear left onto the A23 at it's junction with the A235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath roundabout where you must take the fourth exit (A235) before an almost immediate left turn into Brigstock Road (B266). Continue past Thornton Heath Station on your left and bear right onto the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane and continue until you see the ground on your  right.

Alternative route for fans coming from the North, is to leave the M25 at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. After about ten miles you will reach the Tolworth roundabout at which you turn right onto the A240 towards Epsom. After about three miles turn onto the A232 towards Sutton. Follow the A232 through Sutton and Carshalton and just before reaching Croydon, turn left onto the A23 north towards Thornton Heath. Where the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horsehoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Read the signs concerning parking as much is restricted to residents only.

Approx 112 miles and 2 hour 40 mins

By Rail:
Selhurst is well served by three overground train stations. Selhurst and Thornton Heath stations are served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every 30 mins) and East Croydon (every 15 mins). You can also use Norwood Junction station which is served by London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick airport and a limited service from London Victoria.

Train takes 2 hours 30 – 3 hours 30mins, may be cheapest to buy 2 singles, super off peak return £64-70

However there are engineering works between Leicester and London so buses will be operating

Please note that Crystal Palace over ground station is NOT the station for Selhurst Park Stadium.

By Bus:
The following bus routes run past Selhurst Park Stadium:
468 – Elephant & Castle to South Croydon
X68 – Russell Square to West Croydon
75 – Lewisham to Croydon Fairfield Halls
157 – Crystal Palace to Morden

Pubs

Around Norwood junction Railway station

Otherwise near Norwood Junction Railway Station on the High Street is a Wetherspoon outlet called 'The William Stanley' (From the Station turn right at the Clock Tower into the High Street). The nearby 'Ship' pub on the High Street is also been recommended

Clifton Road

Turn left out of the station and take the 3rd road on the left. This is the nearest pub to Stadium. A big Victorian corner pub well known for high quality of ales. Selection changes weekly. 3 or 4 bitters always on. After One thirty it's Palace season ticket holders only past the doorman.

Around Thornton Heath Railway Station

Opposite Thornton Heath Railway Station there is a Wetherspoon pub, called the 'The Flora Sandes' which is popular with both home and away supporters. Also close by is 'The Railway Telegraph' on Brigstock (as you come out of Thornton Heath station turn right and the pub is further down on the left). This pub serves Youngs beers and is quite spacious. It is then about a 15 minute walk from here to the ground (as you  come out of the pubs turn right and follow the other fans).

There are plenty of Kebab & Chip shops available on the route to the ground.

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

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Natives getting restless as City frustration continues

City 0 Southampton 0

Report by Eddie Blount

City last won a home game on Jan 20th in spite of a run of fixtures against teams in the lower half of the Premiership who should all have been swept aside by a side with Europa league pretensions. Instead we have seen the same game played over and over again. We do the vast majority of the attacking against a team with a minimum of ten men behind the ball, decent defensive organisation and commendable team spirit.

In spite of much huffing and puffing we rarely threaten the opposition’s goal particularly from corners when it is a major surprise if we win a header let alone get one on target. Sooner or later we generously commit a defensive howler from which very limited opponents sometimes prosper when it is usually their only shot on target in the whole game.

At least last night, a balmy evening light years away from the arctic temperatures of the previous home game, we did not have to suffer the indignity of losing to a team so limited in attacking ambition that they deserve to be relegated. Manager Mark Hughes is a small step away from managing two premiership sides to be relegated in the same season given that Stoke are in an even worse position than his current employers.

There was an ominous outbreak of booing at the end of this eminently forgettable match. At a lower decibel level this has happened several times recently though previously quickly drowned out by the cheers of other fans, but on this occasion there were no counter-cheers. Enough is close to being enough you feel.

Partly of course the booing is for the opposition who have made little or no attempt to make a game of it but there is a growing feeling that the frustration of the fans is reaching boiling point. This is pretty understandable given that this match had 0-0 written all over it from a long way out!

Neither keeper looked like conceding and in fact both had really only one save to make worthy of the name, both in the second half. Hamer, deputising for the injured Schmeichel, looked perfectly competent doing virtually nothing and brought off a good block-save from Long in what was the only semblance of a chance the Saints had.

Looking at the table Saints desperately needed to win this game but opted instead to go for a point which is of little use to them at this stage. City for their part had far more attacks but creating chances was no easier for Puel’s men than for Southampton. Iheanacho might have given City the lead in the first half, his first attempt from within the box was blocked and his second put just wide. Vardy inevitably did require their keeper to make a save when he helped on a ball over the top but put it too close to the keeper who tipped the effort nonchalantly over the bar.

So why are we finding it so difficult to score at home? As you would expect there are several reasons. First we have no real aerial power. It was surely a mistake to send both Slimani and Ulloa out on loan at the same time. We now have no plan B yet there comes a time in most games when Plan A (a possession/passing game) has to be varied. We have to persevere with a failed plan and simply look to have run out of ideas long before the end.

Corners are greeted with great acclaim though the opposition are far more likely to score from a City corner than we are! Second we lack physical power in too many parts of the pitch. Burnley don’t! No one can take on two big physical defenders and keep possession in the central part of the final third. Equally importantly we are exposed as lightweight when it comes to fighting for 50-50 balls. Third we are weak at shooting from outside the area so we rarely profit from deflections, a prolific source of assists for some teams. Finally we lack central players who can go past people with the ball and/or play a telling through ball; in particular we lack a suitable partner for Vardy.

In a game almost devoid of incident and excitement no one laid claim to be City’s Man of the Match. There were a number of solid performers as usual but the overall dross-rating of this fixture got to them all in the end. Special mention however for Dragovic (in for Morgan) and Maguire who gave City a generally solid spine and for Ndidi who performed limited defensive duties well and is by far our best tackler

This is a young city team with potential but none of the promising youngsters is yet the finished product as was evident last night in relation to Chilwell (not yet in the same class as Fuchs), Gray (nowhere near a replacement for Mahrez), Iheanacho (more a substitute for Vardy than a partner) and Ndidi (sideways passing improving but needs to get forward with the ball at pace). The one consolation with boring games is the opportunity it gives for reflection!

City: Hamer. Albrighton, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, Silva (Barnes 90), Gray (Choudhury 90), Iheanacho (Diabate 76), Vardy

Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Romeu, Hojbjerg (Redmond 88), Bertrand, Ward-Prowse (Davis 57), Tadic, Long (Austin 73)

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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Saint Jamie seeks a football miracle

View from the opposition – Southampton

A bit about you

Name: Jamie Gordon

Current home town:  Leicester  

Birthplace: Southampton  

How long have you supported your team? 37 yrs  

Overview of your club: 

Great club which somehow keeps going when it keep selling it best players though seems to have run out of luck this year

Favourite thing about your home ground: The condition the pitch is in is always fabulous 
 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Liverpool last season being 2 nil down and coming back was so unlike us. Great to get one over all the old players  
 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Matt Le Tissier… 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Yoshida for always giving it his all

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Tadic for his creativity

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy for his pace

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Worryingly nobody seems to have made a breakthrough this year.
 

Southampton are desperate for a league win but presumably keen to avoid injuries and conserve energy for your semi-final on Sunday – how do you think you’ll approach the game? We just have to go for it and forget about Sunday

How do you think you'll do against us? 2-1 win for the saints

General Questions:

 
Where do you now think you'll finish this season? 16th

You were hoping for 8th place – where did you think it all went wrong? Not been good enough this year , never been the creative threat going forward and lost all confidence at the back. Tactics seemed questionable at times

Though you previously predicted Stoke (& this looks a good prediction now) do you still think Palace and Huddersfield will not claw their way out of the battle and if not which three teams do you now think will be relegated? WBA stoke and don’t care who else as long as not us!

Way back in December you correctly tipped Man City to win the league – why was that? Been best team by far  this season

Any other comments? Praying for a miracle on Thursday!

Season Over Despite Siege

Burnley 2 Foxes 1

Match Report by Graham Tracey

Our season effectively ended in Lancashire on Saturday afternoon with defeat to our Europa League chasing rivals Burnley. In warm conditions at last, it was a case of no jacket required, but also no passport required as 7th place surely now out of reach.

With the rollercoaster of the past 5 years, we are not used to the prospect of playing out a few end of season matches with little riding on them. However, what we are unfortunately well accustomed to this season is starting slowly and leaving ourselves with too a high a mountain to climb, as well as the difference between the often high quality of the goals we score and the softness of the goals we concede.

Puel had spoken of the cup-tie feel of this game, and there was a raucous atmosphere in our end at kick off. Unfortunately, within 8 minutes the decibel level was akin to a county championship game at Grace Road. 

Pre-game cricket ground 

On 5 minutes, our defence could not cover up the cracks of an out-of-sorts Wes Morgan mistake and Chris Wood applied the ‘law of the ex’ despite Schmeichel blocking his original strike. Shortly afterwards, centre half Long headed home from within the 6 yard box from a corner, with keeper and defenders AWOL. It was a goal so basic that it beggars belief that we concede so many without ever looking like scoring one at the other end.

It normally takes Burnley 3 weeks to score 2 goals but they had done it in 3 minutes. Needing to win, it looked mission impossible and it took us a while to pull up our socks. Credit must go to Hamza Choudry, who was not over-awed by making his full debut in the midst of this woeful start. He played maturely and in the interests of the team, sitting deep to allow others to bomb forward as the game went on, and also demonstrating a long throw ability.

With Burnley happy to invite and soak up pressure, we began to dominate. Unfortunately, our 3 best chances of the first half were all headers, not our strong suit without Slimani or Ulloa. Vardy nodded badly wide from Chilwell’s storming run and cross, and later straight at Pope, while Pope expertly fielded Mahrez’s running header which seemed certain to get us back in the game.

As well as his shot-stopping, Pope caught every ball into the box (of which Gray curled several of decent quality), spreading confidence through his ranks. Mahrez sent a free kick just wide with the last kick of the half to leave us despondent at the break.

Attacking our fans in the second half, we made a real go of it. Iheanacho came on for the ineffectual Okazaki and linked play up well. There was hunger from our players, especially Silva who played with the urgency of being cheated of 4 months of his career but could not influence the game as much as he desperately wanted and has the ability to do, and Mahrez, often coming deep to collect the ball, and clearly keen to give us something for next season, whether or not he is here.

Pope saved low from Vardy before the breakthrough came with 20 minutes left when the Vardy blasted home from Iheanacho’s though ball. Diabete came on for Gray and having a left-footer on the left wing made a difference as his crosses caused problems throughout. A low cross that agonisingly evaded Vardy was the closest, but the last action of the game also saw Vardy miss a heading chance from another cross in a great cameo by Diabete.

Match of the Day did not do justice to how dominant we were, nor did it show Barnes’ follow through on Schmeichel that led to us having to bring on Hamer. The yellow card was scant punishment as it prevented us from introducing Albrighton to add another source of delivery from right back, as Chilwell was doing on the left.

It was just not going to be our day, and I have since read that Vardy has now scored in 8 league defeats in a single season which is an unwanted record and a far cry from the “when Rush scores, Liverpool never lose” rule for years in the 80s.

The season has left regrets, for me mostly in the cups rather than the league. However, I believe the future can be successful – all goals count the same however good or bad they are, so we just need to start scoring some scruffy ones rather than conceding them.  

CITY: Schmeichel 4 (Hamer 5), Simpson 4, Chilwell 7, Morgan 4, Macguire 5, Gray 7 (Diabete 7), Choudry 7, Silva 6, Mahrez 6, Vardy 5, Okazaki 4 (Iheanacho 7)

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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