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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Ticket Price Survey – Chance To Give Your Views

Foxes Trust members will be asking fans attending the QPR match this Saturday for their views on Season Ticket & Match Ticket Prices.  

During the Football Forum on Radio Leicester this week Mr Mandaric indicated discounted Season Tickets will not be on offer for existing Season Ticket holders as the club no longer requires on the cash injection early Season Ticket sales generates.

The Trust is eager to canvass the views of existing Season Ticket holders to establish if the removal of discounts will severely affect the sales of Season Tickets for next season. 

Season Ticket holders will also be asked for their views on various match ticket incentives the club has introduced this season & ask if these have devalued having a Season Ticket. 

In addition will also be canvassing the views of non Season Ticket holders on individual match ticket prices as these have often been cited by fans as being a major reason why they can no longer afford to attend every home game. 

Trust members will be emailed the survey early next week & the survey will also be published on this site a couple of days later so non members can give their views……

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“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…”

Southend 2 City 2 

Southend, home to the world’s longest pier, is West Ham country and the latest Hammers joke is apt: why does Curbishley tell his players to use their mobile ‘phones in the car?  It’s the only way they’ll get three points!!! 

There was an odd combination of pre and half time entertainment at Roots Hall (in Estate Agent language, ‘a quaint football ground’): a lady live singer, Chesney Hawkes from yesteryear, a man trying to kick four footballs into a box to win a car and the Essex Bluebell girls.  We were also speculating about the identity of the Southend Mascot – was he a secret Ku Klux Klan member, or an upturned cigarette butt?  No, a shrimp! 

The match started in sun, it rained and finished cloudy, this summed up City’s performance on the day.  A rearranged back four with Maybury on the left struggled all match to contain Southend down the flanks; the ball was given away too often in midfield against a very hard working home side – but there were incisive Leicester attacks, particularly in the first half that saw Horsfield twice and Hume, through 1:1 on the keeper, fail to add to Leicester’s early goal. 

The game began with a wonderful triple save from Henderson to keep out Eastwood at point blank range, then a sweeping City move saw Hume, unmarked, head a driven Porter cross from the left across goal and in at the far post (9 minutes).  Horsfield was booked for diving when it looked like he stumbled and Southend, driven on by Mayer and Gower especially, competed well and finished the half strongly….

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Trust AGM Review

The Trust AGM commenced with a talk from John Rudkin about the work carried out in the LCFC Academy, which was enlightening for all those present. The Trust website will feature an in depth interview with John Rudkin soon. 

11yo Jack Patrick then talked about what it meant to support LCFC and his expectations for the future. (see Jack's full speech below)

The Trust election results for the Trust Board were announced with Paula Aldred & Ian Guyler re-elected to the Trust Board. Additionally Matt Davis who was previously a co-opted board member was also elected, no other candidates stood. 

The Trust Board will seek to co-opt further board members in the months ahead, so any Trust member who is interested in getting more involved should contact Chairman Ian Bason. 

Following the formal AGM processes a diary of events surrounding the takeover of LCFC was presented and an extended version will feature in a member’s newsletter to be published during March. 

The Trust board also took the opportunity to gather member’s views on the future direction of the Trust and will take those thoughts into the next Trust board meeting……

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Sing Your Heart Out For The Lads….

The last home game featured a trial run of having a singing section in Block N, to help improve atmosphere at the ground. While the combined factors of the arrival of Milan Mandaric, the first half performance and playing local M69 rivals obviously were all significant factors in the increased volume, generally the experiment initially appears to have been a success leading to extending the trial to this weekends game against West Brom. 

The Trust supports any initiative which helps create a better atmosphere in the ground and in doing so makes the ground harder to visit for opposing teams. We asked one of the organisers of this initiative to give his views of the first trial, here is Andy Hunt’s report. 

“After having met the club’s officials a week prior to the match against Coventry and the green light being given about a singing section in Block N, it was a relief finally when Saturday came to make the singing section a reality. The singing section had been well-publicised by the football club on the official website and the story even ran in The Leicester Mercury, which heightened expectation and increased popularity in the idea. As the days elapsed prior to the match, tickets for the game were selling well and the club were expecting a crowd in excess of 25,000. Block N was also in demand and few seats were available by Saturday. 

When I ascended the steps in Block N half an hour before kick-off, for the first time I can remember since the construction of The Walkers Stadium in 2002, there was singing at the back of the stand amongst an effervescent group of early arrivals. The atmosphere was excellent and it soon drew the attention of several Coventry supporters who then attempted to encroach towards the Leicester fans and engage in some banter….

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