New Investment Opportunity

The Foxes Trust welcomes the news that the LCFC board now has a variety of new investment opportunities to consider. 

Trust board members Ian Bason and Matt Davis have been interviewed by the local media today about the current situation. Key points made to the media include:

“It has to be good news that the club has several options to consider rather than a single take it or leave it offer.”

 “It also gives a clear message to a wider football audience the importance of our club and how an attractive investment our club is” 

“We will continue to push for a seat on the board whoever runs the club, even if a potential buyer wants to own all the shares, it is more vital than ever if it is ran by a non- Leicester City fan who won’t appreciate the heritage of our club” 

“We will seek to meet with any major investor at the earliest opportunity to obtain a full understanding of their plans” 

The Foxes Trust anticipates that the LCFC board will examine the options open to them and recommend a way forward to shareholders. 

The Trust Board will carry out regular dialogue with the club throughout the process and update members with more information at the earliest opportunity. 

The Trust intends to utilise our website for sharing information with fans on the latest position, so keep visiting.

Football In The Community Q&A with Craig White

Today we begin a series of articles looking at the work of Football In The Community (FITC) at our club as Trust Board Member Matt Davis interviews Craig White. The series begins with a look at Craig’s background and an overview of FITC’s role. 

PERSONAL DETAILS:

Name: Craig White   Job Title: Football in the Community Manager    Age:  32 

Educational Background –Waterleys County Primary School (Wigston), Gartree High School (Oadby) & Guthlaxton College (Wigston) – a local lad! 

Sporting Background – Playing local football at Oadby Town etc 

How did you become involved in football in the community and when? – I’ve been here 13 years now, originally under the leadership of Neville Hamilton.  I’d taken my coaching badges and I saw an advert to help with coaching.  I applied and was hired on a casual basis, then subsequently full time.  My job title was assistant officer, but eventually, when Neville Hamilton moved on, I got the Manager post.

OVERVIEW OF FOOTBALL IN THE COMMUNITY: 

What are the aims and objectives of football in the community and what are the different strands to it (including how this links to the community)?  –  Firstly, let me give you a bit of history. Football in the Community Projects are successfully operated at 92 professional football clubs.  Football in the community projects were first established in the mid 1980’s, with Leicester City’s being set up in 1989……..

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BATTLING CITY PAY PENALTY FOR ERRORS

Carling Cup – City 2 Villa 3 

This should have been no contest. After all they had a virtually full-strength team, unbeaten in the Premiership this season and the Mighty Martin; we fielded a patched-up, injury – ravaged mid-table Championship side with as many regulars missing as playing. Yet we had a stirring game which went right to the wire with very little to choose between the sides and a crowd of over 27 000 certainly got their moneys-worth. 

This was heralded as the night when the City faithful would pay tribute to arguably the best manager we have ever had but Martin was in no hurry to emerge from the tunnel and there was barely time for a decent round of applause before the game kicked off. 

City dominated the first five minutes and then went a goal down in Villa's first attack. Agbonlahor got free in acres of space down the right by timing his run to perfection. The City defence, having been turned, was in disarray and Agbonlahor's low cross was tapped in by Angel as if on the training ground.  

The City of not so long back would have buckled at this point but Kelly's men  – and boys – rolled up their sleeves and gave as good as they got. We saw Welsh running at defenders and tackling aggressively and even Sylla, with some urging from the crowd, got stuck in. It was no more than we deserved when a shot from a left-wing corner was blocked but fell to Stearman who dispatched it past Taylor (he who was on loan here not long ago) with ease…..

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Hume Nets Winner

LEEDS UNITED 1 V LEICESTER CITY 2 

I came to the game with some optimism after the great game against Southampton. It was good to see Kisnorbo coming back into defence replacing the injured McCarthy but our attack of Hume and Hammond seemed a bit frail against a strong back four of Leeds- how wrong that turned out to be! 

Leeds started off at great pace and we were on the back foot for the first ten minutes, with Cresswell going close, and we did not appear to have an outlet in attack to relieve the pressure. Balls continued to go over Hume’s head and he did not have the chance to make use of his pace and skill. 

City gradually weathered the storm and Hammond shot over on the turn. There were some tough tackles and Tiatto got his obligatory yellow card in the 14th minute and you wondered whether we would make it through the match with 11 men.  

After another Hammond shot went close Williams received an ankle injury in a tackle and had to go off- a great pity because he was starting to control play from midfield. Rob Kelly brought on Andy Welch on the left and put Tiatto into midfield- a master stroke which proved dividends when Tiatto moved onto a move in midfield and hit a belter into the top left corner in the 29th minute. 1-0 to the City and well deserved……

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OCTOBER FANS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Minutes of Meeting held on 5th October 2006  

Agenda items 1-3 & attendees are at the foot of this piece

4. Matters arising:Lindley Catering had been asked to provide a healthy option for half time snacks and they are considering sandwiches as an additional healthy choice. The South Stand beer pump offering a quicker pouring is in full operation.

The loyalty scheme will start on the 18th November.

 5. Andrew Taylor

Andrew stated that he had two areas to report on, our financial status and ticket prices.On the financial status AT confirmed that we were looking for new streams of investment. The company has had working capital issues since administration and this has obviously been made more apparent as we have now lost our parachute payment. One of AT’s objectives is to raise further investment in the Club and he is meeting and talking to potential investors, whilst ensuring that we are operating in the best of intentions for the Club, its fans and its shareholders. 

On ticket prices we accept that football is an expensive pastime and we are therefore doing selected offers in order to reduce the price and attract more people into the stadium. We are doing all we can to drive the business forward and CT will continue to come up with more offers to attract people to the stadium. He confirmed that over the season our season ticket holders will always get the best deal. ….

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