International Interest in Spurs Game

Following last season's experience, where the Foxes Trust handled over 120 media requests for interviews with journalists from France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Austria, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. alongside a number of international media companies including Reuters, CNN, Al Jazeera as well as BBC Worldwide and frequent appearances on Premier League TV which is syndicated to broadcasters covering 400 million people, the Trust has a resurgance in recent weeks as Leicester City progressed in the Champions League, while seeming to falter in the Premier League.

Last week Premier League TV followed up Claudio Ranieri's "get angry" comments by asking Trust Chairman, Ian Bason whether fans had seen Claudio's angry side, while this week L'Equipe spoke to Ian about the season so far in the run up to the Spurs game.

Reuters now preview a featured match each week by talking to fans of both clubs, this week our game is featured, with Trust Treasurer, Di Statham giving her views which can be read here http://in.reuters.com/article/soccer-england-tot-lei-fans-idINKCN12S0AR?il=0 

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Relegation “Certainties” City Come Out on Top – Sound Familiar?

Hull City 2 Leicester City 1

Report by Colin Murrant

The first day of the new season is always full of hope and aspirations for supporters of all clubs, by final whistle a sense of realism has set in for many.

So Friday night I treated myself to a recording of SKY News rolling report of the celebrations at Vicky Park and let those tears flood my eyes just one more time. I went to bed with renewed anticipation.

What a way to start the new season. Going as Champions to Hull who managed to scrape through the play-offs having had a poor finish to the regular season. Furthermore, the Tigers were now manager less, had only 13 fit out-field players, no new signings, and a crowd that were baying for blood and wanting rid of their owner Assem Allam.

What happened overnight I do not know, but I woke slightly apprehensive about the fixture. It almost seemed too easy for a nailed on Leicester win but I knew nothing is certain in football, especially the Premier League.

The situation Hull were in being written off as relegation certainties was exactly what City had faced 18 months earlier. Was it going to create a siege mentality akin to that which saw our amazing relegation fight. On the journey up the negative feeling did not improve, so much so that I avoided offering my contribution to the predict the score competition: the others in the car of course offered City wins.

The City fans were in good voice as Hull kicked off and after 2 minutes the first real chance came when Demarai Gray went on a run down the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot that looped up off a defender and just cleared the crossbar. Perhaps my fears were unwarranted.

Hull then came more into the game and it was clear that Leicester were not at their best as tackles were missed and passes went astray. Danny Simpson was giving away free kicks and it seemed inevitable he would get a booking eventually but Christian Fuchs beat him to the yellow card for his first foul of the match on Robert Snodgrass who was becoming increasingly influential down the Hull right wing.

All the good chances were coming The Foxes way however and Jamie Vardy could have had a first half hat-trick but he is clearly not fully match fit or at his sharpest. The first chance he produced an air-shot following a good run and pull back from Musa. There then followed missed chances from set ups my Musa again and then Fuchs.

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Oppos Viewpoint – Celtic

A bit about you:

Name: My name is Joe Di Paola I have the honour to be the Chair of the Celtic Trust

Current home town: I live in Bishopbriggs a town just to the North of Glasgow.

How long have you supported your team? I am 64 years old and have been a Celtic supporter all my life I was born a Celtic supporter !  I was fortunate to grow up into the era of the best Celtic team in our unbroken 129 year history The Lisbon Lions. The first British club to win the European Cup.

My wife Eleanor, daughter Joanna and son Martin are also diehard Celts.

Celtic is a club like no other.  We were founded in 1887 by an Irish cleric. Brother Walfrid to feed the poor of the East end of Glasgow and to provide a focus for the Irish immigrant community in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Our Celtic Foundation today continues the work and the ethos of our founders in Its community work.

We are and always have been an inclusive club open to all. We have supporters from all over the world and welcome all to our home Celtic Park  That welcome will be extended  to you and your fellow Foxes fans on Saturday

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: My favourite thing about Celtic Park is the atmosphere when the ground is full particularly on nights when we have a visit from the great teams of Europe.

Favourite match played by your team & why: My favourite match of all time has to be the game against Inter Milan 25th May 1967 in Lisbon. As a fifteen year old I watched my team win the European Cup. Nothing in football will ever beat that night.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My favourite Celtic player of all time is difficult. From the Lisbon Lions I would pick Bobby Murdoch whom was the complete mid fielder and more recently the King of Kings the great Henrik Larsson.

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Player Artwork Images

Visited the site today and here are the latest images from Richard Wilson

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Drinkwater, Kante, Allbrighton, Huth & Fuchs
Shinji & Kasper
Okazaki & Schmeichel
 
Morgan & Mahrez
Morgan & Mahrez
 
Claudio, Wes & Ian
Claudio, Trust Chairman Ian Bason (to give an ideal of scale) and Wes

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Next Up – Watford

Next Up – Watford

Head Coach    Quique Sánchez Flores

Founded      1881

Ground        Vicarage Road

Address        Watford, WD18 0ER

Capacity      21,577

Squad:

1        GK      Heurelho Gomes

2        DF      Allan Nyom

3        DF      Miguel Britos

4        MF      Mario Suarez

5        DF      Sebastian Prödl

6        DF      Joel Ekstrand

7        MF      José Manuel Jurado

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