View from the oppo – Newcastle

View from the oppo – Newcastle

Name: Mick Bates

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Newcastle

Fan for how long? Held as a babe in arms to welcome back 1955 cup winning team! 1st match I can remember v Walsall 1963 so 55 years!

Favourite thing about your home ground: The atmosphere especially night games in Europe

Favourite Game: 5th round cup tie at the Hawthorns 1974. Geordies everywhere. played brilliantly and won 3-0!

Favourite player: Peter Beardsley. could pass, tackle and score unbelievable goals!

Current favourite: Matt Ritchie. Always gives 100% and weighs in with the odd goal!

Who could unlock the game: Jonjo Shelvey. Can pick a pass no-one else can see

Player you fear: Vardy-wish he played for us!

Player to watch: Young goalkeeper currently on loan at Aberdeen Freddie Woodman

Score: I think it will be 1-1

Where will you finish: Anywhere above the relegation zone 12th would be fantastic!

Transfer activity: Dubravka the keeper and Kenedy both look decent but on loan. Hope we can keep them both!

Relegation prediction: WBA Stoke & Southampton

Will Man City win the title this weekend: It would be hilarious to win it against United just to see Jose's face!

Any other comments: One of my first away games was to Filbert Street on a cold wet November day in 1967 I remember it was 2-2 and Jackie Sinclair played, but I can't remember who for!

Next Up – Newcastle – 7th April 2018

Next Up – Newcastle – 7th April 2018

Manager     Rafael Benitez

Founded     1892             Ground         St James' Park

Address       St James' Park Strawberry Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

Capacity         52,345     

Squad:

1              Republic of Ireland                GK          Rob Elliot

2              Republic of Ireland                DF           Ciaran Clark

3              Wales                                    DF           Paul Dummett

6              England                                DF           Jamaal Lascelles (captain)

7              England                                 FW         Jacob Murphy

8              England                                 MF         Jonjo Shelvey

9              England                                 FW         Dwight Gayle

10           Senegal                                  MF         Mohamed Diamé

11           Scotland                                 MF         Matt Ritchie

12           Slovakia                                GK          Martin Dúbravka (on loan from Sparta Prague)

13           Algeria                                   FW         Islam Slimani (on loan from Leicester City but not eligible for the match)

14           England                                 MF         Isaac Hayden

15           Brazil                                     MF         Kenedy (on loan from Chelsea)

17           Spain                                     FW         Ayoze Pérez

18           Dem Rep of the Congo          DF           Chancel Mbemba

19           Spain                                     DF           Javier Manquillo

20           France                                   DF           Florian Lejeune

21           Spain                                     FW         Joselu

22           United States                        DF           DeAndre Yedlin

23           Spain                                     MF         Mikel Merino

25           France                                   DF           Massadio Haïdara

26           England                                 GK          Karl Darlow

27           Spain                                     DF           Jesús Gámez

30           Ghana                                   MF         Christian Atsu

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.nufc.co.uk

City’s Euro push back on the rails

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Leicester City 2, Amex Stadium, 31st March 2018

Report by Colin Murrant

Whenever I visit Brighton for the football it is usually by train and, being of a certain age, this brings back memories of The Who and the 5:15. It is probably fitting therefore that it was at Brighton that City got their second away win a row and got their Europa League push firmly back on the rails in this hard-fought encounter.

The Amex Stadium is situated some 5 miles outside of Brighton and is 15 minutes by car (with little chance to park), a 90-minute walk or, more sensibly, a 10-minute journey by train. The match ticket includes free rail passage from Brighton to Falmer, 3 stops along the line and with direct access to the stadium. There was plenty of Leicester supporters in evidence in the City Centre before the match, many making a week-end of it but; although the sun made the occasional breakthrough, the weather was largely gloomy which was in contrast to the general optimism about the result.

City kicked off defending the South Stand where the faithful were situated. The first half was a mainly dour affair with only one shot on target. What it was most noted for was a booking for Ndidi for a foul on Kayal, this was to prove costly. Morgan had also been cautioned early on. It was about this time that City fans had stared to get irritated by the refereeing, although both City bookings were probably deserved, equally poor challenges by the home team were going unpunished, notably Bong from behind on Mahrez: Mahrez over milked the sympathy, lying prone for some time, and thus earned the wrath of the locals who booed him every time he was on the ball from thereon.

I have seen some difficult centre forwards in my time and Murray fits this bill; he was constantly pushing, nudging, taking the occasional dive and, being clever with it, getting away with virtually every infringement. He seems to get his push in early as soon as the ball is played, this unbalances the defender and gives Murray a distinct advantage: having said that, I quite enjoyed watching him, proper ‘old school’. What he didn’t do well though is finish. The best chance of the first half fell to him following a through ball from Gross, beating the offside trap, he was quickly closed down by Schmeichel, but should have scored as he sent his shot well wide of the target from 12 yards.

In fact, the only effort on target in the half came from a free kick for Leicester after Mahrez was fouled for the umpteenth time. He made a short pass to Albrighton who centred for Iborra to head goal-wards but the ball was easily caught by Ryan in the Brighton goal.

The second half started with a great Albrighton ball from deep and wide into the penalty area, Vardy in a tussle with Duffy won the ball and was lining a shot up when the whistle went for an inexplicable alleged foul by Vardy.

Play was still fairly even with little being created by either team and, after 55 minutes, Puel decided to take off the ineffective Okasaki and bring on the more positive attack minded Diabate. Now many are still on the fence with our Claude but this was most definitely one of his better days, it was his substitutes (no further ‘The Who’ connection intended) who turned the game for City as also later on Gray for Albrighton was to be decisive as City picked up their attacking intent.

There was then a series of bookings as Chilwell, Simpson and Maguire were booked in a five-minute period, Kayal of Brighton was also booked and you sensed a red card would happen. Maguire was fouled himself but the referee ignored his pleas and the ball ran to Gross who, from 25 yards out, hit a good shot that Schmeichel pushed behind although the save was more spectacular than difficult to make as the ball was not heading for the top corner.

It was Brighton on the offensive now and March went on a mazy run in the box before passing to Izquierdo who was tackled by Ndidi and Maguire simultaneously, he dived more than fell and the penalty was given. Murray stepped up and rather casually hit the ball to Kasper’s left. The keeper guessed correctly and pushed the ball away out of danger; the ball was at a good height to save but full praise to the city keeper who now has saved as many Premier League penalties as Peter his father.

This seemed to spark city and Bong was finally booked for another tackle on Mahrez that was probably deserving of a red itself and most definitely should have been his second red of the afternoon. Another foul on Mahrez by Kahal and he too escaped a second yellow. This time Mahrez took the free kick and it was headed on in the penalty are by Maguire, possession was won back by City and the ball was worked between Gray, Diabate and Maguire again before Chilwell centred for Iborra to score his third headed goal for City. What a gem this man in both boxes with his heading ability and his height in midfield.

Then followed the most controversial moment of the match as Ndidi was deemed to have fouled Duffy whose overreaction was bordering on farcical. The distraught Ndidi took some time to leave the pitch although there was no confrontation with the referee, he just fell to the ground in disbelief. It was not obvious at the time as the incident was at the far end of the pitch, but TV pictures confirmed it was a clean interception, it should have been play on and no more. The decision confirmed the inadequacies of Kavanagh individually as a referee and underlines why England cannot manage one single referee in 80 nominated for the World Cup finals. Fuchs came on for Mahrez and Chilwell moved to left side of midfield as Puel tried to secure the win.

Brighton were now desperate and had to attack more themselves, a corner from the left nearly gave them the equaliser as Schmeichel came and missed the cross and Bong failed to connect at the empty far post. 5 minutes of added on time were given and at the death City secured victory as two of the substitutes combined to set up the goal that confirmed the three points. Iborra won the ball in City’s half, fed Diabate who in turn fed the ball to Gray. Diabate ran into an off-side position in the penalty area which momentarily delayed Gray, as play progressed he beat his man and crossed to the far post where Vardy tapped in to give City the victory they just about deserved.

So, City with two back to back away wins where they have had 56% and 53% possession respectively are on the move gain and that possible seventh place and Europa League is in our hands given we play Burnley in two weeks’ time. Puel’s transformation of the City side into a team that likes possession is moving forward. The summer transfers will be one I look forward to as he has the opportunity to bring in a few of his own signings. I love the prospect of Ndidi, Silva and Iborra in the centre of the park together. But there is plenty of work to do this season and Silva’s time will probably now come against Newcastle and Burnley with Ndidi serving his two-match ban.

Now, while there is lots to like about the Brighton experience, queuing for that train back to Brighton is not one of them. So, with the bar kept open after the match, and food reduced to half price, a large contingent of City fans took the opportunity to refresh themselves, talk about the match, watch the highlights on the screen and finally contemplate continuing their short-break or, in my case, the 3-hour journey home. Amazing how good the journey home is after a win, even if it was the 7.15; and I wasn’t ‘out of my brain’.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Locadia, Kayal, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross, Murray. Subs: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Suttner, Hemed, Baldock, March.

City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Jakupovic, Dragovic, Fuchs, Silva, Gray, Diabate, Iheanacho

Referee: Kavanagh                         Attendance 30,269

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 Brighton ?

Brighton FC   

Directions By Road     SAT NAV: BN1 9BL (or try BN1 9SD if you have problems)

To stadium is located at Falmer on the outskirts of Brighton, very close to the University of Sussex.

At the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton. At the roundabout which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After around four miles you will see the stadium on your right hand side. Leave at the A27 and take the slip road sign posted Falmer (B2123). At the top of the slip road turn right crossing back over the A27 and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right.

There is no parking at the stadium for away fans (although coaches and minibuses will be allowed to park providing that they have been pre-booked with the Club) and there is a large no parking zone in force around the area of the stadium on matchdays.

Park & Ride

The Club are encouraging fans to use the Park & Ride services located at three different locations; Mill Road, Brighton Racecourse and Mithras House at Brighton University.

Probably the easiest for away fans to locate is Mill Road, as it is just off the A23/A27 junction. However, this is by far the busiest of the three, so if you have time on your hands consider using one of the other alternatives. The capacity of Mill Road is 500 cars. The road is located next to a BP garage, which (if coming down from London) you will see over on your right at the top of the slip road off the A23.

The Park & Ride is open from 12 noon on Saturdays (with last departure at 2.30pm) and 5.30pm for evening kick offs. The last buses return from the stadium 90 minutes after the end of the game. Please note that vehicles must removed no later than two hours after the game has ended.

Approx 163 miles, 3 hour travelling

By Train

The nearest railway station is Falmer, which is situated right by the stadium. Brighton Central Railway Station is over four miles away from the stadium. So either get a train, taxi or bus up to the stadium. Brighton & Hove Bus No 25 operates a regular service (every 12 minutes) up to the stadium from Central Brighton, as do Bus Numbers 28 & 29.However be aware that trains back can be extremely crowded and you may need to wait a long while.

Train takes approx 3 hours.  Super Off Peak return £86.50 but singles may be cheaper

Pubs

There is little in the immediate vicinity around the stadium
Outside Brighton Mainline Station there are a number of excellent pubs. The Evening Star, on Surrey Street is away fan friendly and only two a minute walk away from the station. If arriving at the Mill Road Park & Ride then a little further on down London Road (A23) on the left is the Black Lion pub which is a Harvester outlet.

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 Brighton and Hove Albion FC and the Football Ground Guide

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Next Up – Brighton

Next Up Brighton – 31 March 2018

Manager        Chris Hughton      Founded       1901

Ground          Falmer Stadium       Address   Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL

Capacity        30,750

Squad: 

1              Australia              GK          Mathew Ryan

2              Spain                     DF           Bruno (captain)

3              Cameroon           DF           Gaëtan Bong

4              Germany             DF           Uwe Hünemeier

5              England              DF           Lewis Dunk

6              England              MF         Dale Stephens

7              Israel                   MF         Beram Kayal

8              Czech Republic  MF         Jiří Skalák

9              England               FW         Sam Baldock

10           Israel                     FW         Tomer Hemed

11           France                  MF         Anthony Knockaert

12           Finland                 GK          Niki Mäenpää

13           Germany             MF         Pascal Groß

14           England               MF         Steve Sidwell

16           Argentina            FW         Leonardo Ulloa (on loan from Leicester City)

17           England               FW         Glenn Murray

18           England               DF           Connor Goldson

19           Colombia             MF         José Izquierdo

20           England               MF         Solly March

21           Italy                       DF         Ezequiel Schelotto

22           Republic of Ire     DF         Shane Duffy

23           England                DF          Liam Rosenior

24           Netherlands        MF         Davy Pröpper

25           Netherlands       FW         Jürgen Locadia

26           Netherlands       GK          Tim Krul

29           Austria                DF           Markus Suttner

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:  https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com

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