Oppos Viewpoint – Bournemouth

A bit about you:

Name: Tony Maycock

Current home town: Christchurch

Birthplace: Shoreham

How long have you supported your team? 41 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Compact

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Bolton to get promoted to the PL, pure outpouring of emotion, the dreams and far fetched fantasies of friends being realised

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Steve Fletcher

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Joshua King, quietly goes about his business, but puts such a shift in. Our leading PL goalscorer

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Calum Wilson, his pace has given your CB's nightmares for seasons

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Jamie Vardy, same reason as above

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Gavin Kilkenny

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Mid table will be good, injuries permitting

How do you think you’ll do against us? Historically, we've done reasonably well against you. The last game at King Power saw you get your first win against us in the PL. I think it will be a draw, but unless our strikers start firing, then I think Leicester are the more likely to win.

General Questions:

What do you think of the transfer activity both in and out of your club this summer?

Outstanding, the money we got for Tyrone Kings and Lys Moussett enabled us to have a bit more freedom to spend. We've yet to see 3 of our signings play, but Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has settled in well, and has scored twice.

Which three teams do you think will go down? Norwich, Sheffield Utd, Newcastle

Who do you think will win the league? Manchester City

What are your thoughts on the introduction of VAR this season? It's going to take some settling in, and more importantly, it's going to take quite a while for fans to get used to it. It will take some tweaking, but if the PL stick to their stated aims, I think it will be a good addition. It won't take away debate, it will an extra level of anticipation, and hopefully it will remove some of the big club bias.

Any other comments? Hopefully it will be a free flowing game, lacking in controversial incidents. King Power is a lively ground to visit, and it was quite a sombre one last season, but this has a feel as a regular PL fixture now – something we never thought we'd write….. Good luck for your season, I don't see any problems for you.

Tony Maycock is Chairman of the Cherries Trust, you can read their latest news here

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BARNES BLAST BRINGS CITY VICTORY

Sheffield United 1 City 2

Report by Colin Hall

Goals from Jamie Vardy and substitute Harvey Barnes saw Leicester City beat hosts Sheffield United 2-1 to record their first league victory of the season.

The Foxes emerged triumphant from a fiercely competitive game played in sweltering conditions in front of a raucous Bramall Lane crowd. Barnes, along with colleagues Hamza Choudhury and James Maddison, enhanced his international prospects with an impressive display in the presence of Gareth Southgate.

With Wilfred Ndidi joining Ben Chilwell on the injured list, City brought in Belgian international Dennis Praet for his full debut in the only change to the starting line-up from the previous fixture.

In spite of the heat, both sides began the game at a high tempo in an attempt to secure dominance in midfield. As a consequence, few clear-cut chances were created during a largely attritional opening half.

A Christian Fuchs free-kick and a Maddison header, both of which flew narrowly wide, were the closest efforts at goal that City managed during the first half-hour. Meanwhile, at the other end, the only threat from the Blades came from a Baldock volley handled with comfort by Schmeichel.

The game was in need of a moment of inspiration, which Maddison provided after 38 minutes. Seizing on a loose ball after Ayoze Perez had dispossessed Basham, the midfielder's perfectly-weighted pass enabled Vardy to beat the home offside trap and open the scoring.

The Foxes frontman, playing in the city of his birth for the first time in this league, took particular delight in silencing those occupants of the Shoreham Street end who had goaded the lifelong Wednesdayite all afternoon.

However the hosts came close to an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when O'Connell, unmarked at the far post, headed over from a Norwood corner.

The intensity increased after the interval as United replaced their forward line in an effort to force a leveller. Just after the hour, it duly arrived, as sub McBurnie headed home from a Baldock cross.

Many teams, including some in the top flight, may well have wilted at this stage, but City did not. The introduction of Barnes to replace the tiring Praet provided the impetus needed to regain the advantage.

Few could have imagined, though, that City's winner would be a goal of such high quality.

Fuchs retrieved a deep Maddison corner and when his cross was headed down by Çaglar Söyüncü, Barnes struck a perfect half-volley past Henderson in the home goal. Even at this early stage, his effort is a serious contender for goal of the season.

City withstood a frenzied home onslaught in the closing stages, with Schmeichel producing a brilliant point-blank save to deny Lundstram, though an offside flag would have prevented a goal in any event.

The final threat to the visitors' lead came in stoppage time when Papy Mendy conceded a foul on the edge of the City penalty area, only for Norwood's free-kick to hit the wall and bounce to safety.

While this victory was no more than City deserved for making extra quality count at crucial stages, overall the side remains a work in progress. Both Praet and Perez will look to make more influential contributions in the coming weeks than they managed in Sheffield.

But if the side continues, on a regular basis, to combine resilience in defence with creativity and flair in other areas, an exciting season lies in wait for us.

Sheffield United (3-5-2): Henderson; O'Connell, Basham (Morrison 77), Egan; Baldock. Lundstram, L. Freeman, Norwood, Stevens: McGoldrick (McBurnie 54), Robinson (Sharp 54). Unused subs: Moore, Jagielka, Osborn, Bešić.

Goal: McBurnie (62) Booking: Lundstram

 Leicester (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs; Choudhury; Perez (Morgan 77), Tielemans (Mendy 89), Praet (Barnes 62), Maddison; Vardy. Unused subs: Ward, Justin, Gray, Albrighton.

Goals: Vardy (38), Barnes 70. 

Referee: Andy Madley.       Attendance: 30 079

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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Going to Newcastle ?

Newcastle  – Wednesday August 28th 19:45

By Car  NE1 4ST

At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity.

An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) – parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game.

Two park and ride schemes are currently in operation: from Newcastle Great Park (just to the west of the A1) and also the 'Soccerbus' that operates from Metro Centre. With tickets on sale on the buses for £2 return, this is a great way to avoid the hassle of finding (and paying for) a parking spot in the city centre. The Park & Ride site is ideally located just off the A1 at Newcastle Great Park. It is well signed within Newcastle Great Park and is just one minute from the junction with the A1 – City North/Gosforth (A1056). For those with Sat Nav use the NE13 9NR – the Park & Ride site is on the opposite side of the road to the SAGE building. No need to book, just turn up on the day – both park and rides are operational from around 3 hours before the game and 3 hours afterwards to make your journey as flexible as possible.

 Approx 186 Mls 3 hours 20 mins

Pubs

You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre, but most away fans tend to favour the pubs opposite and around Newcastle Railway Station. The 'A Head Of Steam' 'The Lounge' and 'O'Neills' are all recommended, but some of these bars will only admit fans if colours are covered and none of them admitted children. Also nearby is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Union Rooms.

By Train

Newcastle Central station is located around 15 minute walk from St. James' Park, and is well signposted. Cross the road from the station, and walk up Pink Lane, passing the Forth Hotel. Turn right onto Clayton Street, then left onto Westgate Street. Outside Tilleys Bar, bear right onto Bath Lane, passing Fujiyama Restaurant. After 200 metres, turn right and then left onto Gallowgate, and the ground will be obvious from here. 

Alternatively, take the Metro from Central Station to Haymarket. Cross the road, and turn left. At Mordon Street (next to the Goose), turn right and then left, walking around the back of Eldon Gardens. The ground is at the end of this road (Strawberry Place), just beyond the Strawberry Pub

Trains take approx 3 hours 20 mins going, but you will not get back on Weds night

By Bus

Newcastle has two major bus stations, Haymarket (for services from Northumberland and the North) and Eldon Square (services from County Durham and the south). These are located adjacent to each other on Percy Street, next to Haymarket Metro station. From both bus stations, cross over to the far side of the road, then walk up the passageway next to the Goose public house, and turn left. 

The Stagecoach buses which operate within Newcastle and Gateshead city boundaries do not stop at either of the bus stations, but stop in the centre of town, from where the ground is signposted and easily walkable. 

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. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

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Going to Sheffield United ?

Directions by road  – S2 4SU
From the North / South / East:

• Exit the M1 at Junction 33 following signs to Sheffield (A57) and continue along the Sheffield parkway until you reach the Park Square Roundabout

• Take the third exit and follow signs for Bramall Lane

From the West:

• Take the A57 into Sheffield and take the fourth exit at round about into Upper Hanover Street

• At the next roundabout take the third exit Bramall Lane

Parking

APCOA Car Parking

Eyre Street – The Moor MSPC

Eyre Street

Sheffield

S1 4QW

Show your match ticket / season card and park all day for just £3.50.

Alternatively, if you want to avoid Sheffield City Centre, then you may find it easier to park at Meadowhall Railway Station, S9 1JQ near to the well known Shopping Centre just by Junction 34 of the M1, where you can park for free. You can then take a yellow tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground. The tram journey time is around 20 minutes and costs £4 return.

Approx 70 miles and 1 hour 30 mins travel time.

Directions by rail  – There are engineering works on the East Coast Line, trains are likely to be very busy

Return £29-30, 1 hour travel time

The ground is just a few minutes walk from Sheffield Railway station and approximately 15 minutes walk from the city centre Bus Station.

By Tram:

• The ground is approximately a 10 minute walk from Granville Road (Sheffield College) Tram Stop

• This stop is served by the Blue and Purple routes from the city centre bound for Halfway and Herdings Park

PUBS

About a ten-minute walk away at the bottom of Eccleshall Road is a Wetherspoons Outlet called the 'Sheaf Island which tends to have a mix of home and away fans. Nearby behind the Waitrose supermarket is the Beer Engine pub on Cemetery Road. A little further away on Wellington Street is the Devonshire Cat.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide, and Sheffield United FC

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Foxes, the party-poopers on Frank’s big day

Chelsea 1 Leicester City 1

Stamford Bridge 18th August 2019

Report by Colin Murrant

Frank Lampard’s homecoming was a day for celebration at The Bridge; met with pyrotechnics, he entered the pitch side to tumultuous applause from the Chelsea faithful. By the end of the match the party had not hit the expected heights and the home fans were less than complimentary about some of their own players. The game was the archetypical game of two halves and the Foxes were disappointed not to take all three points.

As if wrapped up in the party atmosphere, Chelsea started like a whirlwind and could have been three nil up within the first seven minutes. In the first minute Giroud chested down to Pedro who hit the side netting, within another minute Giroud again set up a chance as Schmeichel parried a Mount shot. The ball was scrambled away for a corner which flashed across the six-yard box with Chelsea players failing to get a touch on it.

In the seventh minute the breakthrough came as City playing out from the back were caught, Evans laid the ball to Ndidi centre of goal and 25 yards out. Ndidi, facing his own goal did not see the danger, he took a touch too many and was closed down by Mount who robbed the ball from the City midfielder and shot into towards goal as he fell: Schmeichel was left wrong footed and the ball found the net for Mount’s first goal for Chelsea.

It was all Chelsea with City getting no time on the ball and losing the majority of the challenges. On 20 minutes Mount might have scored again as he headed straight at the City keeper, six minutes later and a timely tackle by Fuchs, in for the injured Chilwell, prevented Kante scoring. City’s only real threat of the half came on the half hour as Vardy closed down a hesitant Kepa only for his interception to rebound away from the goal.

Late on in the half, City had a free kick for a foul on Tielemans but were frustrated in that the referee failed to play advantage when it looked promising for the Foxes. Referee Langford had previously played advantage for Chelsea in a similar situation, so it was doubly frustrating. Overall, referee Langford had a good performance in his first Premier League game, he was a late replacement for Graham Scott who was apparently held up on the M40.

As the first half came to an end, City had mustered one solitary shot on target in the first 135 minutes of Premier League football this season. City looked very narrow and it appeared that Chelsea were exploiting the wide spaces, there also seemed few outlets when we did have possession. Little did City fans know that the game was about to change: if Chelsea and Mount had dominated the first half, it was Leicester and Maddison who were to be party-poopers.

Not much changed tactically, Maddison looked to play more inside than out left, generally City played 20 yards more advanced perhaps, but it was the tempo and intensity and aggressiveness of their play that swung things.

Vardy was marginally offside as he was fed through by Maddison, Maddison went around Kepa but his subsequent cross was cleared to Fuchs who, from outside the box, shot over the bar. These and other opportunities came in the first five minutes of the restart.

On 57 minutes Fuchs fed Maddison inside the box, he turned his defender right and left before his cross shot went wide of the far post. Ten minutes later it was another Fuchs ball into the Chelsea area that was deflected for a corner. Maddison’s immaculate cross found Ndidi beating the static Chelsea zonal-marking defenders and his bullet header hit the back of the net.

Now one of the great things with Leicester’s players for a long time has been the camaraderie and support for each other, never was this more so than with Ndidi. He was clearly distraught after the Chelsea goal but his team mates were openly seen encouraging him, telling him to forget it no doubt. When he scored the equaliser, Tielemans, Vardy and others were rallying him, tapping their foreheads, telling him to keep focussed.  Wilfred Ndidi is such a nice, honest guy and he deserved that goal; he must have run Maddison close for man-of-the-match.

On 70 minutes another first. Dennis Praet made his debut; and it was a really good cameo appearance. Given the pace and intensity of the game, and his first in the Premier League, he was straight into his stride, passing, winning the ball, dribbling: what selection headaches Rodgers might have! His first impact was immediate, he fed the ball into Fuchs who in turn fed Maddison in the box. Maddison crossed the area trying to work an opening but, as he shot, the ball popped up and the ball cleared the bar. This was followed by several other City efforts, the most notable being a Vardy shot across goal and a Tielemans shot that Kepa could only parry.

The final whistle brought several Leicester players lying on the grass, exhausted by their efforts and disappointed at not claiming all three points. This was a much better performance than against Wolves, the second half tempo is what they need to play at. Perez, just turned 26, is the old man of the five midfielders, they can and will improve as a unit.

On the basis of his cameo performance, it would not be a surprise if Praet (25 years old) will be a big player for City this year. Soyuncu is fast becoming a fans’ favourite and is improving with each match. These are exciting times to be a City fan.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma Emerson Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho**, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic*** Giroud*. Subs: Alonso, Barkley, Abraham*, Willian***, Caballero Kovacic**, Tomori.

Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs Ndidi, Perez~~, Tielemans, Choudhury~, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton~~, Ward, Iheanacho, Barnes, Praet~.

Referee: Oliver Langford                               Attendance:  40,629

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