We Could Be Heroes Just For One Day

PNE 0 v Foxes 1 

On the short trip for me to Preston I thought about Steve Walsh's foreword to the 'Essential History of Leicester City' book – "Leicester to most people is simply an unremarkable city, somewhere in the middle of the country … but to the people of Leicester it is much more than that…The story of Leicester gives an example of what can be achieved by hard work, commitment and loyalty to the cause. The fans have been brought up to expect its team to not know when it is beaten, and to never quit". 

And meeting my Preston-supporting mate before the game and him all full of dreams of promotion, I thought about how we haven't had a dream in a long time. And I thought about how many times in the last week I'd told friends and colleagues in Manchester that Leicester were one of only a handful of clubs never to have been out of the top two flights. And in the national football museum at Deepdale I saw young Leicester fans marveling at a wall display showing league placings for the past 100 years and what a force we've been from time to time. And I thought about the Talking Heads song 'Once in a Lifetime', and I thought 'how did we get here?' 

And most of all I wished Walshy was still playing, cos I know that when the chips are down you look around in the changing room and wonder 'who's going to do it for us today?' and I know its a Yank saying but even though the irony is that we've had much worse teams over the years, I just didn't think we had the 'go to' players to get us out of this pickle. I could feel the soil falling over our heads and I must confess I wasn't sure who could save us, and cos I've not been to many games this season I felt I'd not done my best and I felt pretty low about the whole shooting match. 

But just when you think football nowadays is about as passionate as a trip to Tescos and that it doesn't mean a thing to you anymore, you have a day like this and it was right up there with winning the play-offs and the league cups. We didn't need the go-to players because we had the go-to fans, they weren't just the 12th man they were the 13th and 14th as well – and their belief transmitted to the players and they became as giants. And with the engraver's hand poised to chisel a name onto the Tony James Great Escape Trophy, who could have guessed it would be the name of Nisse Johannsen, the 66-1 longest punt on the coupon for first goalscorer – in the last minute – in front of the Leicester fans. What a moment!….

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5 a Side – Need To Get Entries In Now

The Foxes Trust announced details of our annual 5 A Side Tournament at the Dome Belvoir Drive at the beginning of the month, with all profits from this year’s event going to the Ruby Rainbows Appeal.  More details about the appeal here http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/local_radio/ruby_appeal/index.shtml 

In the next few days we need to finalise the number of teams taking part, so if you intend to enter a side, please e-mail john.adcock@foxestrust.com to let him know. 

To confirm your participation register your team here http://www.foxestrust.com/join/tournament.php and use the on-line facility to make payment OR please send a cheque to John Adcock(5/2007), Foxes Trust, PO Box 7036, Leicester, LE2 7WR and made payable to Foxes Trust.

Your place in the competition will only be confirmed once payment is received.

The entry fee is unchanged from last year at a minimum of £40 per team.

The First games kick off at 2pm, and we aim to finish around 7pm. Depending on the final numbers it will take place on Sunday May 13th and hopefully Sunday 20th 2007.

Don’t miss out, register today !

City Slump to Another Defeat

City 1-2 Norwich

Nigel Worthington’s first game in charge of City has the perfect start as Darren Kenton netted in the first minute of the game. However, two Norwich goals in a five-minute spell in the second half meant that City would stretch their winless streak to nine games and put them just two points above the dreaded drop zone.

After the inept display shown by the team in the Easter Monday clash at Plymouth, it was no surprise to learn on Wednesday morning that Rob Kelly was to leave the club and a new manager was to be brought in, in the shape of former Norwich boss Nigel Worthington. Following the latest defeat to the Canaries, it has been shown that a large number of the players City have in their squad are clearly not up to standard in the Championship despite the change in management at the club.

Although I don’t believe Rob Kelly was up to the job either, he needed to leave after showing a severe lack of tactical intelligence and motivational ability for the run-of-the-mill games in the Championship especially when you compare the performances against Aston Villa and Fulham in the Carling Cup and FA Cup respectively.

I must admit then when I left the stadium on Saturday I felt as low as I could possibly be about City’s demise and current state. It would not be the end of the world if we got relegated because the backing of Milan Mandaric would bring us straight back to the Championship. However, that is no great comfort to anyone. It is not where we want our great football club to be.

It was the perfect start for Worthington as the new City Manager as Darren Kenton slotted the ball into the Norwich net after Matty Fryatt mis controlled a Shaun Newton cross which fell into the path of Newton to put City 1-0 up within the first minute of the match……

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Quiz Night for Steve – Tickets On Sale This Saturday

Tickets will again be on sale this Saturday (14th April) prior to the Norwich game 1.30 – 2.30pm 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   

As a reminder the evening has been organised to raise funds to hopefully cover the cost of physio for founder board member of the Foxes Trust, Steve Smith who suffered a massive stroke in December 2005. Steve has been having physio and speech therapy several times each week since that time and is now able to walk and has a limited vocabulary. 

 

The NHS physio is now to end, so requires private funding hence this quiz and disco night, hosted by Leicester Sound’s drive time presenters Damien St John and Naomi Kent, has been arranged on Friday 25th May 2007 at The 1884 Sports Bar which is at the Walkers Stadium, from 8pm until 1am.

To help contribute towards this expense, a 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…..

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Tickets for Steve’s Evening on Sale Friday

We recently featured an article about 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. We are pleased to announce that Leicester Sound’s drive time presenters Damien St John and Naomi Kent will be hosting the evening http://www.leicestersound.co.uk/drivetime and bringing one or two special prizes with them!

 

As a reminder the evening has been organised to raise funds to hopefully cover the cost of physio for founder board member of the Foxes Trust, Steve Smith who suffered a massive stroke in December 2005 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.

 

To help contribute towards this expense, a 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.

 

Tickets will be available this Friday (6th April) prior to the Derby game 1.15 – 2.15pm 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 

If you aren’t going to the game, details on how to get tickets follow…

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