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Directions By Road     SAT NAV: BH7 7AF

Driving to AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth is located just outside of Bournemouth in Kings Park. When driving to the ground, follow the brown road signs with a football logo to get to the Goldsands Stadium. Please note some of the signs may refer to the ground as Dean Court.

Travelling from the North

Follow the M6, exiting onto the M42 towards London, Warwick and Solihull, exiting at junction 3a onto the M40. Leave the M40 at junction 9, taking the A31 / A34 exit. At the Wendlebury Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto the A34 towards Oxford / Newbury. 

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M3. Follow the M27 and A31, exiting onto the A338 towards Bournemouth. Take the exit towards Boscombe, taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout, into King’s Park Drive. The ground is on the left.

Travelling from the South East 

Follow the A27, M27 and A31, exiting onto the A338 towards Bournemouth. Take the exit towards Boscombe, taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout, into King’s Park Drive. The ground is on the left.

Travelling from the South West 

Follow the A35 to the A338. On the A338 take the slip road to the Springbourne Roundabout signposted King’s Park. Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout and at the fire station stay in the left hand lane and turn left onto Holdenhurst Road. Stay to the left and go straight through at the traffic lights (the Queens Park Pub should be on your right). Take the third exit at the small roundabout and into Kings Park itself. 

Car Parking 

Free matchday parking is available at Harewood College, which is only a 10 minute walk across the park to Vitality Stadium –This parking facility has the advantage of being away from the congestion around Kings Park, and will be manned by a steward until kick-off.  If you use a Satellite Navigation System please refer Harewood College as Harewood Avenue.

A supporters’ car park is situated at the south of the ground behind the new south stand. Parking is £1 on a match day, but please note that charges apply after midnight.   

You may experience delays in leaving the car park after the final whistle, please be aware that there is an exit at the south end of the car park which will bring you out via Gloucester Road in Boscombe. 

Additional Parking

The Sovereign Centre on Christchurch Road, approximately a 10 minute walk from the ground. Parking fees apply and are dependent on length of stay. 

Approx 175 miles, 3 hour travelling

Pubs

Away fans are welcome in the Christopher Creeke pub a short distance from the ground

Around a 10-15 minute walk away is the Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoons outlet on Christchurch Street, in nearby Boscombe. Away fans are welcome at this pub, but no colours are allowed. Next door to Wetherspoons is the Mello Mello bar which also admits away supporters (and with colours).

By Train

The nearest train station is Pokesdown which is roughly a mile from the ground and is around a 15 minute walk away. Exit the station and turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35) for 400m and turn right into Gloucester Road. Follow the road to the bottom and arrive at Goldsands Stadium. 

Trains take approx 4 hrs 30 mins and last train back is just before 7-00pm Cheap return £102 with 2 singles

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. With thanks to Bournemouth AFC and the Football Ground Guide

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We are Premier League – Predictably!

 

After four rounds of matches, the Premier League takes a break for the International Fixtures and all you making your predictions have had a weekend off from those torturous decisions you have to make. How many could not bring themselves to predict Leicester City would lose to Liverpool, although that was the obvious choice it goes against the grain to not back your team. So, you go for a draw and play the insurance card so in that way you have remained faithful to your team and have also safeguarded against losing points – though in reality you have, because you could have been +10 points (minimum) if you had gone with your head, instead of zero by going with your heart.

 

After a slow initial uptake in the league we sent out a few invitations, focussing on the filter that provided a list of Leicester fans in the competition, we selected some internationally based predictors, and some UK based ones. There was an amazing uptake and we ended up with 50 players in The Foxes Trust Predictor League, the maximum allowed: totally bowled over by the response.

 

From the picture above it can be seen that there are 2616 mini-leagues and that our league lies 99th in this, this is based on the best results from a limited number of players – thus mini leagues with less than 50 players can compete. The leading mini league are Seabridgers Carling Premier predictor year 4 having amassed 2670 points to the TFTPL 2155.

 

On an individual level, the current leader of TFTPL is Foxedtheoppo who, in spite of only scoring 10 points in week 4, retained their leadership of the league with 525 points. In national terms, there are 52,445 participants and Foxedtheoppo lies 210th having been as high as 8th after week 3. The leader is Scavenger with 625 points. Top rated Leicester City fan is Pere from Nigeria with 560 points.

 

As we move towards round five, some of you will be considering what will happen at Bournemouth where City have not played so well in recent seasons. Will Vardy’s return from suspension inspire City to a win? Does Puel’s passing style of play diminish Vardy’s effectiveness? Can City’s lack of pace in the centre backs deny them a clean sheet. I let you into a little secret, I have gone for a 1-1 draw – and not played my insurance card.

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Want to Take Part in the Eurofit Walking Football Programme ?

Leicester City Community Trust in partnership with Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service is set to launch its third Eurofit programme.

The aims of EuroFit is to help football fans lead a more active lifestyle, sit less and eat more healthily, and to keep these changes going FOR LIFE. 

The free programme is ran over 12 weeks delivered by coaches at the club and nutrition experts in a relaxed, comfortable and fun environment. 

EuroFit is not a bootcamp. It works within everyone’s abilities (and limitations) to provide training sessions that offer a range of activities and levels of intensity to suit everyone along with dietary advice. 

Previous groups have gone on to incorporate the lifestyle changes made into everyday life and an enthusiastic Walking Football group which began life within Eurofit has recently taken part in a charity match in aid of Diabetes UK. 

For more information contact matt.bray@lcfc.co.uk  

 

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Foxes Tamed by Table Toppers

Leicester City 1 Liverpool 2    

1 September 2018

Report by Tish Krokosz

Liverpool came to the King Power Stadium unbeaten after the first three games of the season, without having let in a goal and included the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. Schmeichel had penned a renewed contract the day before, keeping him with us for five more years. He celebrated this with an excellent save in the fourth minute when faced with a one-on-one situation against Firmino. The follow-up was missed by Salah when faced with an open goal. This match usually brought a lot of goals – surely it would not end up nil-nil this time?

Unfortunately not – seven minutes later, Liverpool pressed down the left wing with Robertson threading the ball past Pereira, whose defensive skills are being questioned too frequently. For a moment, the ball was loose and Morgan seemed to hesitate and lost the opportunity to come forward and clear it. The Liverpool defender took his chance to pass it to Mane with a lucky bounce off Maguire, and the forward took no time to ram the ball into the net with his left foot. Once again, City had started sluggishly, were ragged at the back and too hesitant.

For a while, Puel’s tactics were to send the ball long for Gray to chase, Vardy style, but this proved ineffective as Gomez and Van Dijk were able to clear any high balls and the full backs had control of the wings. However, City gradually had more possession and aggression in midfield and were pushing forward with intent. On 22 minutes, Maguire controlled a clearance from the visitors, passed the ball directly to Ghezzal, who, in turn, took one touch to pass it to Gray. His shot on goal was from an awkward angle and on target, but Alisson, despite being wrong footed, clawed it away to safety.

Once again, Maddison had a good game and showed lots of confidence for such a young player. He seems to be the first choice when taking corners and free kicks. The latter were an opportunity to put pressure on the visitors, who were playing a very high line. However, on more than one occasion, City were penalised for offside from a free kick, Maguire being the main culprit.

Although the Liverpool front three were playing as fluid a game as always, their chances on goal had been limited during the first half. As half-time approached, Salah finally showed some of his skills and cut in from the right side for an excellent shot on goal. Schmeichel was equal to it and made an equally fine save and put the ball out for a corner. This produced another corner from the opposite side after Morgan had cleared the first one. This time, Milner’s accurate kick found Firmino, who had lost his marker, Maddison, and the Liverpool forward headed the ball firmly into the net. It was somewhat unfair that City went in at half- time two goals down when they had been so positive for the last half-hour.

Considering Liverpool’s start to the season, this deficit seemed like a mammoth task to overcome. However, City started the second half positively with Ghezzal being more active. He put in a lovely ball into the box after just two minutes but there was no one in there to finish the move. This is where we missed Vardy. He has an excellent past record against Liverpool and his presence would have been far more effective than Gray’s. The red card Vardy picked up against Wolves (which I still believe was an incorrect decision) was costing us dear this afternoon. City continued to press and in the 51st minute Maddison once more showed his skills by dancing past two Liverpool defenders and creating an opening to allow himself to take a shot on goal. But Gomez had spotted the danger and blocked the goal-bound shot.

The former Norwich player was taking every opportunity to try and reduce the deficit. Two minutes after his blocked shot he pressed forward again and was only stopped by a clumsy challenge by van Dijk, which earned the Liverpool defender a yellow card. The resulting free kick went into the wall and another City chance went begging. The exasperation was even more evident a minute later when, from a short corner, Ghezzal once more whipped in the ball into the box and behind the whole of the red defence. There were at least three blue shirts that may have popped the ball into the net but somehow all managed to miss it and Alisson gathered it safely.

Soon after, Puel decided that the experiment of playing Gray as a centre forward was not working. Iheanacho came on for Albrighton and took up the forward position with Gray dropping back into the vacant slot on the left wing. Two minutes later, this move proved fruitful when the substitute challenged the Liverpool keeper after a bad back pass. Alisson had all the time in the world to clear the ball but decided to try and turn, Cruyff style, with the expectation of playing it out to a red shirt. He did not count on the grit and determination of Iheanacho, who had run a long way to challenge him and win the ball from him. A simple cross into the centre found Ghezzal, who took his time before shooting the ball into the net to give City a well-deserved goal.

Until this point it was hard to tell whether Liverpool were playing safe and trying to hang on to a two goal lead or whether City had been in control more and were proactive in their approach. I would like to think it was the latter as Klopp’s style is not to be negative but to try and score as many goals as possible even if the opposition score almost as many against you. However, despite City trying for an equaliser, the visitors, on this occasion, seemed content with their lead and the rest of the game consisted of substitutions and general game management. This was especially evident with Milner’s experience of slowing down City’s moves even though this cost him a booking. In fact, there was a string of yellow cards in the last ten minutes – it was almost as if the referee, who generally had a good game, felt he had to meet a quota of using the card.

At the beginning of the match, I suppose that City would have feared the attacking prowess of Salah, who won so many accolades last year. The fact that he was substituted by Shaqiri with twenty minutes of the match remaining shows that City had tamed him – or did he just have a bad day at the office? As we left the ground, City supporters felt that they had been robbed of a point. The visiting fans, on the other hand, went back to the north-west knowing that their team was top of the table after a mediocre showing. If City continue this approach to each game, then, surely, we will come away with better results against weaker teams.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ghezzal, Maddison (Amartey 83), Albrighton (Iheanacho 61), Gray (Okazaki 76). Subs not used: Ward, Evans, Iborra, Fuchs.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (Matip 89), Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson (Keita 71), Milner, Salah (Shaqiri 71), Firmino, Mane. Subs not used: Mignolet, Moreno, Lallana, Sturridge

Referee: P. Tierney                            Attendance: 32,149

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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View from the Opposition – Liverpool

View from the Opposition – Liverpool

A bit about you:

Name: Marc King

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Birmingham

How long have you supported your team? 44 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Atmosphere on a Champions league night and when we sing YNWA

Favourite match played by your team & why: Champions league final in 2005. Coming back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: It’s a difficult one as there have been so many but I would possibly have to say Kenny Dalglish due to not only what he did for the team on the pitch but also what he did for the city following the Hillsborough tragedy.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Roberto Firmino – Not only does he score goals but the amount of work he puts in off the ball is incredible – reminds me of a modern day Ian Rush 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Mo Salah – his pace is electric and he has a knack of being in the right place at the right time when the ball is in the opposition box

Player in our squad you most fear and why? I would of said Jamie Vardy but he is not playing so I will go with James Maddison as he is still trying to impress the crowd

Up and coming prospect in your squad? I don’t think we have seen the best of Joe Gomez yet and I think he will have a strong season and will play for England on a regular basis

How do you think you’ll do against us? I think we will win 2-0

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? The incomings have been superb and the one position that every Liverpool supporter wanted resolving was the Goalkeeper which seems to have been sorted once and for all

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  Winners

Who do you think will win the league? Us

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Huddesfield, Cardiff and West Ham

Any other comments? My wife and 2 boys are season ticket holders at LCFC wishing them well for the rest of the season but not for tomorrow..