Going to Man City ?

Manchester City     M11 3FF – Monday May 8th 8pm

The stadium is located in the North East of Manchester.  Approx 108 miles 2hr 30min

From the South M6:
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Stockport and then join the M56 going towards Stockport. Continue onto the M60 passing Stockport and heading on towards Ashton Under Lyne. Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden and Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

From The M62:
Leave the M62 at Junction 18 and then join the M60 Ashton Under Lyne.  Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right. 

 You could also try leaving the M60 at Junction 24 and take the A57 (Hyde Road) towards Manchester. Turn right onto the A6010 (Pottery Lane). There are quite a number of unofficial car parks on both sides of Pottery Lane, costing around £8 per car. Pottery Lane becomes the Alan Turing Way and goes right past the stadium on your left.

Car Parking:
There is some parking available at the stadium itself which costs £10 per car. The East Car Park is nearest to the away entrance. Please be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in place in the streets near to the ground, which extends about a mile out from the stadium. So if you want to street park, it means parking further away and then walking to the stadium. Some unofficial car parks have sprung up mostly charging around £5 per car

By Rail:

The closest train station is Ashburys which is a short five minute train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk away from Ashburys station. As you come out of the station turn left and after proceeding up the road you will come to the stadium on your left.

Otherwise if you have time on your hands then you can embark on the 20/25 minute walk from Piccadilly Station to the stadium. At the bottom of the main station approach turn right into Ducie Street. At the end of the road turn right onto Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then the canal and turn left into Pollard Street – this is well marked as a walking route to "Sportcity". Continue straight along Pollard Street which leads onto the A662 Ashton New Road and you will come to the stadium on your left. 

A shorter route from the station is to use the new exit to Fairfield Street (the taxi rank). As you come off the platforms, it’s in the left hand corner of the main concourse. Lifts or escalators down. (There’s also an exit from the little concourse off the bridge near platforms 13/14.) At the street exit head toward the railway over bridge, under that, then left again under the railway (Travis Street continuing into Adair Street), left at the end and right into Pollard Street (then as above).

Alternatively you can get a taxi from Piccadilly Station (around £5.00) or a bus from Piccadilly Gardens –  Go down the main approach from the station, then along London Road to Piccadilly Gardens; normal service and special matchday buses leave from the right hand side of the square (between Lever Street and Oldham Street) – £1 each way. 216 and 217 the main service buses, but 185, 186, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37 also go from the city centre to the stadium (and 53 and 54 from the city's ring road). On the return, the special buses leave from Ashton New Road just across from the away end.

 Trains take approx 3hrs but you will struggle to get back on Monday night

Last train back 20-27pm !

Where to drink

'The Stanley' (aka Sports Bar) pub does let in away fans in small numbers. It is about a ten minute walk away from the stadium, just set back from the main A6010 (Pottery Lane) , going towards Ashburys train station. The easiest way to find it is to locate the large Asda store behind one side of the stadium (there is also a McDonalds outlet next door to the store, plus there is a cafe located inside it) and on facing the superstore turn right and proceed down the main road, you will come to the pub on the left. It does cost  for adults to enter the pub, but children are admitted free. Inside there is a large screen showing SKY Sports, good service and a good mix of home and away support.

Otherwise the Townley on Albert Street, which is only a five minute walk away from the stadium Is recommended. The pub has a good atmopshere and as long as away fans arrive early and are discrete (i.e. no colours) then they should be okay.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town centre.

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.

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This was arguably the best home performance of the season in a year when good home performances have been rather thin on the ground. Considering that wins of any sort against Arsenal have been rare in recent times it is strange to relate that we have now managed successive home wins against them.

This was totally decisive in the end and Arsenal could not have complained if the result had been 6-0 rather than the actual 3-0 scoreline. It took the better part of an hour before the deadlock was broken but the tone had long been set and from then on it was merely a question of how many we would win by.

No wonder the City crowd left in joyful mood in stark contrast to the Gunners support, subdued from the outset and quick to desert the obviously sinking ship as City turned up the heat. Their fans could learn something from the Toon Army who gave Newcastle tremendous support from the off in City’s previous home game in spite of their team’s indifferent scoring record. Perhaps the difference is explained by the Newcastle fans having a genuine connection to the North East whilst too many Arsenal supporters have no geographical affinity with the club and are basically pot-hunters?

The game was much more open than the Newcastle match and suited City’s style to a tee. Early on City had possession stats of 80% though much of that was possession some distance from the Arsenal goal it has to be said. Nonetheless City had numerous first half chances, the best of which fell inevitably to Vardy who lifted a delightful through ball over keeper Leno, who had a fine game incidentally, but unfortunately also over the bar.

Maddison, influential throughout, had a shot from just outside the box which narrowly missed the keeper’s right-hand post and Leno made a great save from Ndidi’s header from a Maddison corner. There were other near things and Arsenal could only reply with one first time shot from Aubameyang which whistled past Schmeichel’s near post

Arsenal as always were heavily into tactical fouling and this time it was to prove their undoing. Naitland-Miles had already nipped one City counter-attack in the bud by a foul from behind to earn his first yellow card and long before the first half was over he committed a second similar offence giving referee Oliver no choice. With Arsenal down to ten men and City already well on top the crowd scented blood. Somehow the Reds survived intact to reach the interval all square.

Rogers made a very astute change at half-time taking off Ndidi and replacing him with Barnes. Ndidi had been booked and Arsenal had clearly targeted Ndidi in an effort to force the referee to send him off so Rogers took sensible pre-emptive action.

The pattern of play in the second half was as it had been in the first only more so with wing-backs, Chilwell and Ricardo pushing up at every opportunity. The break-through came on the hour and if you blinked you may have missed it. Maddison whipped in an immediate cross to the near post and Tielemans sumptuous header gave Leno no chance whatsoever. It certainly does only take a second to score a goal!

City attacked relentlessly coming very close without breaching the Arsenal defence a second time until Schmeichel achieved the most unlikely of assists! In possession with Arsenal pushed up to the halfway line he unleashed a gorgeous long ball which Vardy pursued with predictable intent. He bore down on the keeper and lifted the bouncing ball over Leno only for the ball to hit the bar. Vardy, first to the rebound, headed cleverly past the covering defender on the line. 2-0 and the three points were safe.

Shortly after Barnes missed a simple chance but moments later Ricardo showed him how to do it. He was through on goal but at an angle so he squared the ball to the eager Vardy who converted with ease. Even 3-0 was not a fair reflection of the number of chances both teams had but City fans were not complaining. After all we had played a top six team off the park. Man City will note this result with a frisson of apprehension I suspect

As for individual performances everybody played well but I must mention the part played by youngster, Choudhury. He is quick and a great tackler. He made a double tackle early in the game which set the tempo for City and enervated the fans. After the match Rogers declared the tackles to be the best he had seen since coming to the City and he was right!

Special mention also for Albrighton who showed us what we miss when he does not play. High marks also for Evans who was never bested in defence though he did put an early header straight at Leno which should have been the opening goal. The others were excellent to a man which is what you need when playing a side like Arsenal

City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Mendy 79), Ndidi (Barnes 45), Albrighton (Gray 86), Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan (Gouendouci 73), Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi (Koscielny45), Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 79)

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Next Up – Arsenal

Next Up Arsenal – Sunday 28 April 2019 Midday

Manager      Unai Emery         Founded       1886

Ground          Emirates Stadium   Address   Hornsey Road, London N5 1BU

Capacity        60,260


1              Czech Republic                  GK          Petr Čech

2              Spain                                     DF           Héctor Bellerín

4              Egypt                                     MF         Mohamed Elneny

5              Greece                                 DF           Sokratis Papastathopoulos

6              France                                  DF           Laurent Koscielny (Captain)

7              Armenia                               MF         Henrikh Mkhitaryan

8              Wales                                    MF         Aaron Ramsey

9              France                                  FW         Alexandre Lacazette

10           Germany                             MF         Mesut Özil

11           Uruguay                               MF         Lucas Torreira

12           Switzerland                        DF           Stephan Lichtsteiner

14           Gabon                                  FW         Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

15           England                                 MF         Ainsley Maitland-Niles

16           England                                 DF           Rob Holding

17           Nigeria                                  FW         Alex Iwobi

18           Spain                                     DF           Nacho Monreal

19           Germany                             GK          Bernd Leno

20           Germany                             DF           Shkodran Mustafi

22           Spain                                     MF         Denis Suárez (on loan from Barcelona)

23           England                                 FW         Danny Welbeck

25           England                                 DF           Carl Jenkinson

27           Greece                                 DF           Konstantinos Mavropanos

29           France                                  MF         Matteo Guendouzi

31           Bosnia & Herzegovina      DF           Sead Kolašinac

34           Switzerland                        MF         Granit Xhaka

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We’ll take a point

West Ham 2 City 2

Report by Kate Thompson

In the bright sunshine, it sometimes looked as if the players were already thinking ahead to their summer holidays and this was a rather disappointing match.  There were two changes from the defeat against Newcastle, with Evans replacing Morgan, who wasn’t even on the bench, and the fit-again Albrighton coming in for Barnes.  I would rather have seen Gray dropped for Albrighton; he was a bit better in this match, albeit in parts as ever.

It was a fairly even match at first, although West Ham seemed to want to win more and it was no surprise when Antonio, who had been making a nuisance of himself, scored a simple headed goal.  For once Ricardo was left for dead and the cross from Noble was met too easily for the visiting Leicester fans. 

This was how the score stayed well into the second half, until in the 67th minute Ben Chilwell crossed to Vardy, who somehow scored with the outside of his foot.  Another excellent goal from Vardy, who now overtakes Gary Lineker in the Leicester City all-time scorers chart.  Funny, this wasn’t mentioned on ‘Match of the day’!

At this point we would have settled for a point, until a rather fortunate second goal for West Ham.  Obiang hit the right-hand post with a rasping drive and Schmeichel was unlucky to see another substitute, Lucas, score an easy tap-in. 

In the 64th minute, Albrighton was substituted for Harvey Barnes, a change that Rodgers had hinted at, and he made a difference.  The other two substitutions were Iheanacho for Gray in the 84th minute and Mendy for Tielemans in the fifth minute of time added on at the end of the game.

Just when we thought we would lose again, a sublime pass from Tielemans put Barnes through on goal and he scored his first in the Premier League, in the second minute of added time. 

It may have been more than we deserved but it meant the City fans generally went home happy.  Leicester certainly played better in the second half, although they rode their luck, especially when a second goal from Lucas was ruled offside – it was later shown that this was incorrect.

Perhaps the defeat last week affected the players somewhat because too many of them were below par.  The usually dependable Ricardo was caught napping a few times and even Tielemans was below the excellent level we have seen; having said that, when it mattered (the pass for the second equaliser) he still shone. 

We have dropped to 8th in the table and I can’t say I am too disappointed.  Nice as it would be to have another European adventure, I think we might struggle like Burnley this season.

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic. Subs: Adrian, Obiang, Wilshere, Diop, Fredericks, Lucas Perez, Diangana. 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Gray, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Soyuncu, Iheanacho, Ward, Barnes, Okazaki, Mendy, Fuchs. 

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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Next Up – West Ham

Next Up – West Ham United 20 April 2019 3pm

Manager:     Manuel Pellegrini

Founded:       1895             Ground:         London Stadium

Address:       Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Capacity:      60,000    


1              Poland                                  GK          Łukasz Fabiański

2              New Zealand                      DF           Winston Reid

3              England                                DF           Aaron Cresswell

4              Paraguay                             DF           Fabián Balbuena

5              Argentina                            DF           Pablo Zabaleta

7              Austria                                  FW         Marko Arnautović

8              Brazil                                     MF         Felipe Anderson

9              England                                FW         Andy Carroll

10           Argentina                            MF         Manuel Lanzini

11           Scotland                               MF         Robert Snodgrass

13           Spain                                     GK          Adrián

14           Equatorial Guinea              MF         Pedro Obiang

15           Colombia                             MF         Carlos Sánchez

16           England                                MF         Mark Noble (Captain)

17           Mexico                                 FW         Javier Hernández

18           France                                  MF         Samir Nasri

19           England                                MF         Jack Wilshere

20           Ukraine                                FW         Andriy Yarmolenko

21           Italy                                       DF           Angelo Ogbonna

23           France                                  DF           Issa Diop

24           England                                DF           Ryan Fredericks

26           DR of the Congo                 DF           Arthur Masuaku

27           Spain                                     FW         Lucas Pérez

30           England                                MF         Michail Antonio

32           Portugal                               FW         Xande Silva

37           England                                MF         Nathan Holland

41           England                                MF         Declan Rice

45           England                                FW         Grady Diangana

53           England                                DF           Ben Johnson

54           Republic of Ireland             MF         Conor Coventry

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