Views sought on ‘Freedom of the City’ for Leicester City Football Club

An interesting article to read. 

Given the honour of 'Freedom of the City' has already been awarded to Leicester Tigers and Leicester Ladies Hockey Club surely it makes sense to give it to the club given our 5000-1 exploits?

At the end of the article there is a survey – we would urge all supporters to complete this.

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-city-council-accused-dragging-2693228

Next Up – AFC Bournemouth

Next Up – AFC Bournemouth 30 March 2019

Manager: Eddie Howe          Founded:       1890

Ground:   Dean Court      Address:   Kings Park Bournemouth Dorset BH7 7AF

Capacity:      11,329

Squad:

1              Poland                                  GK          Artur Boruc

2              England                                 DF           Simon Francis (Captain)

3              England                                 DF           Steve Cook

4              England                                 MF         Dan Gosling

5              Netherlands                         DF          Nathan Aké

6              England                                MF         Andrew Surman

8              Colombia                             MF         Jefferson Lerma

9              France                                  FW         Lys Mousset

10           England                                 MF         Jordon Ibe

11           England                                 DF           Charlie Daniels

13           England                                FW         Callum Wilson

15           England                                 DF           Adam Smith

16           England                                MF         Lewis Cook

17           Norway                                 FW         Joshua King

19           England                                MF         Junior Stanislas

20           Wales                                    MF         David Brooks

21           Spain                                     DF           Diego Rico

22           United States                     MF         Emerson Hyndman

23           England                                DF          Nathaniel Clyne (on loan from Liverpool)

24           Scotland                               MF        Ryan Fraser

25           England                                 DF         Jack Simpson

27           Bosnia & Herzegovina        GK        Asmir Begović

28           England                                 MF       Kyle Taylor

29           England                                 FW      Dominic Solanke

33           Wales                                    DF        Chris Mepham

42           Republic of Ireland             GK       Mark Travers

44           England                                FW      Sam Surridge

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: www.afcb.co.uk

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CITY WEATHER STORMS TO GRAB LAST-GASP WIN

Burnley 1 City 2

Report by Colin Hall

A 90th minute header from Wes Morgan gave Leicester City a first away victory under the management of Brendan Rodgers and plunged hosts Burnley deeper into trouble in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Despite playing most of the game a man short, following the early dismissal of Harry Maguire, the Foxes showed remarkable character and resilience to overcome both their opponents and the elements during a match played in incessant heavy rain.

When visiting supporters arrived at Turf Moor several hours before kickoff, they were perturbed to discover that parts of the adjoining cricket ground were already under water. Fortunately, the efforts of the Burnley groundstaff ensured that playing surface was not unduly affected and there was no risk of the game being postponed or abandoned.

Rodgers had signalled his satisfaction with the previous week's performance by naming an unchanged squad. However, as so often on recent City away trips, an early setback forced a rethink in plans.

A sudden break by the home side in the 4th minute caught the City defence flatfooted and saw Gudmundsson go clear on goal, only for Maguire to clip his heels. Referee Oliver clearly deemed intent in the challenge and produced an immediate red card for the England star. Gudmundsson's subsequent free-kick was tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel to limit the Foxes' pain.

Morgan was immediately brought on to replace the unfortunate Demarai Gray, and the City defence adapted very quickly to the enforced change, allowing the side to continue taking the game to their hosts.

In the 33rd minute, the visitors' enterprise brought its reward, when clever footwork from James Maddison enabled him to earn, and then convert, a 20 yard free-kick.

The midfielder's celebration featured a tribute to a young fan at his previous club who had recently succumbed to cancer. Although the message was clearly heartfelt, Rodgers and others may wonder whether it was worth collecting the yellow card that was inevitable once Maddison removed his shirt to reveal it.

But The Foxes’ lead proved to be shortlived, as an error by Jonny Evans was seized upon by former Fox Wood, who began a swift counter-attack which finished in McNeil firing an angled drive beyond the clutches of Schmeichel.

City thus continued a dismal record of only keeping one clean sheet since 1 December. This is an area which the incoming manager needs to address with some priority.

Following the break, the home side looked to make more of their numerical advantage, but excellent defensive work by Morgan and Evans prevented any serious threats to the City goal. Burnley's biggest threat came through two penalty claims – first when Taylor hit the ground following a challenge by Wilfred Ndidi and then, with slightly more optimism, after Morgan had blocked a Crouch header from point-blank range.

As the wind and rain intensified during the closing minutes, the game looked to be meandering quietly to a draw. City, though, had other ideas.

Strong pressing forced the Clarets to concede a corner, and when it was not properly cleared, Youri Tielemans' cross looped off Taylor into the path of Morgan, who nodded home to spark manic celebrations among the 2500 travelling Foxes.

The home side responded by stepping up the pace, and only a strong reaction by Schmeichel prevented Vydra from netting an instant leveller. But the Foxes were able to see out stoppage time with their lead intact.

While this result was perhaps not a true reflection of the overall balance of play, few Foxes are likely to unduly care, especially after having been on the receiving end of several stoppage-time goals during our travels this year to date.

Hopes of a Europa League place next season have now been rekindled, though much will depend on the outcome of this season's FA Cup and an ongoing investigation into Manchester City's breach of UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.

For now, though, Rodgers and City will take one game at a time and look to build on the momentum generated by successive victories to finish the season strongly and lay the foundations for greater success next time around.

Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson (Brady 79), Cork, Westwood, McNeil (Vydra 90 + 1); Barnes, Wood (Crouch 70). Subs not used: Hart, Lowton, Gibson, Hendrick

Scorer: McNeil 38    Booked: Bardsley 

City (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans; Gray (Morgan 6), Maddison (Fuchs 64), Barnes (Mendy 77); Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Ghezzal, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

Scorers: Maddison 33, Morgan 90

Sent off: Maguire 4  Booked: Maddison

Referee: Michael Oliver                Attendance: 20 719

 

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 Burnley ?

Burnley    BB10 4BX

From the East: Exit M65 at junction 12 and follow signs to 'Burnley North A682,' over two roundabouts and into Colne Road. After 1.5 miles, turn left at the lights into Casterton Avenue. After another half mile, go straight on at another roundabout, follow signs for 'Rochdale A6114,' into Eastern Avenue. After 1.5 miles, you will be on Belvedere Road and the stadium is there.

From the West: Exit M65 motorway at junction 9 (Signposted Halifax A679) and turn right at the first roundabout, over the motorway. Go to the second roundabout and take a left, still following signs for Halifax and onto Accrington Road. After ¾ of a mile, go right at the traffic lights, into Rossendale Road. Follow for another 1.5 miles and then go straight on through the traffic lights into Glen View Road. After another mile, turn left into Todmorden Road, where you will find Turf Moor.

From the North and South: Exit M6 at Junction 29 and onto the M65. Exit the M65 at junction 10 and follow signs for 'Towneley Hall.' This road eventually goes past Turf Moor.

 Most of the surrounding streets have parking restrictions on a matchday  so it is advisable for away supporters to use the cricket club or the following car parks:

Woodgrove Car Park

Towneley Park, BB11 3RQ
Capacity: 200 cars 
Advantage: Close to ground, 5 minute walk, illuminated. 
Cost £5.

Town Centre Car Parks

Millennium NCP, Brown St, BB11 1PZ. 
Capacity: 500 cars 
Advantage: Town centre location, close to all the shops and fast food outlets. 
8 minutes walk from the stadium. 
Cost £3 to park.

Deanmill (Plumb St) Car Park, BB11 3AG.
Capacity: 100 cars 
Advantage: Close to stadium, new car park, secure, well lit. 
4 minute walk from stadium. 
Cost £4

Aircelle Ltd, Bancroft Ave, BB10 2TQ.
Capacity: 275 cars 
Advantage: Away from city centre traffic, close to motorway after the game ahead of traffic flow. 
15 minute walk or hop on local bus (3 minute journey). 
Cost £3.

Train

Rail: The nearest station is Burnley Manchester Road. From here, exit the station and walk down Centenary Way, from here, Turf Moor is clearly visible. When you reach the roundabout at the bottom of the road, go right down Yorkshire Street, which becomes Harry Potts Way and the ground is on your left hand side.

From Burnley Central, follow signs for the Town Centre and then head left towards the 'Gala' Bingo Hall. From here, walk down Yorkshire Street and use instructions from above.

Trains take approx 4 hours with 2 changes cheap day return £73-95

Bus Routes: The Bus Station is situated relatively close to the ground, just off Centenary Way. Leave the station and turn right towards the Gala Bingo Hall and go under the aqueduct onto Yorkshire Street. Then, follow the instructions from above.

Where to drink

The clubhouse at the Cricket Club (you can also park there) is open on matchdays and visitors are always made welcome (wearing colours).The Queen Victoria (Brewers Fayre establishment) is  no more than 10 minutes walk away.

The Bridge Bier Huise pub is around ten minutes walk away from the ground, serves good beer and food and is fine for away supporters. This pub which is in the centre of Burnley is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and in addition to a number of real ales, offers a large selection of bottled beers from around the world.

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 Burnley FC

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Foxes Floor Feeble Fulham

Leicester City 3 Fulham 1 – 9 March 2019

Report by Tish Krokosz

A fortnight ago, we were expecting this match to be billed as Claude versus Claudio. In that time, both managers had lost their respective managerial positions and this would be the first viewing of Brendan Rodgers’ side at home. After his experiment of a 3-5-2 formation against Watford, fans were expecting to see a similar set-up against Fulham, a side not renowned for its away record. Instead, the new manager reverted to a back four and one holding midfielder.

After conceding a second corner within four minutes, City fans were understandably becoming twitchy and wondering whether we would (yet again) be letting in an early soft goal. On this occasion – no. The visitors rarely made any impression into the City half for the rest of the first half.

This was due a lot to Ndidi’s impressive tackling, blocking and intercepting. Indeed, after twenty minutes, he stole the ball from Chambers and immediately threaded it through to Vardy, who, using his speed, took it into the penalty area and, seeing Tielemans unmarked, crossed it to him. The Belgian took one touch with his right foot to give him space past the defender and rolled the ball into an empty net.

By this stage, the goal scorer could have had a hat-trick as he had tried two attempts on goal earlier. The build up to the goal was all the more impressive as Vardy was “on” to score his hundredth goal for City, and his unselfish play had given City the lead and a comfortable platform to continue the first half.

It was evident that City had been given instructions to play higher up the pitch as there was back-up to Vardy’s attacking position on many occasions and with more luck or poorer Fulham defending City could have had a bagful of goals by half-time with attempts from Maddison, Vardy, Pereira, Barnes and Evans, who nearly scored with a dramatic diving header at the end of the half.

Defensively, City seemed hungrier for the ball than Fulham and were hunting in packs of two or three to retrieve the ball from Fulham midfielders, thereby stifling any of their attempts to move forward. City fans were happy at half-time but slightly frustrated that the dominance had not made the game safe by that stage. Fulham, meanwhile, looked rudderless and the lack of a permanent manager was noticeable.

However, Scott Parker, temporarily in charge of the Cottagers, decided that this City dominance could not continue and brought on Ayité after the break to replace Sessegnon, who had been unimpressive against Chilwell and had given the latter too much space down the left-hand side to support Barnes’ attacks.

This change brought swift reward for the visitors. After about five minutes of the restart, they booted a high ball out of defence which looked as if it might be going out for a throw-in. Ayité judged the flight of the ball better than Chilwell, who seemed to dither, waiting for a throw-in to be given. Instead, Ayité controlled it perfectly and turned Chilwell easily and darted towards goal with the ball. As he entered the penalty area, his shot on goal was spotted by Schmeichel and he was ready to stop it. Unfortunately, the tame shot hit Maguire and trickled pathetically into the net leaving Schmeichel wrong-footed.

The tame goal that City usually give away in the first ten minutes of the first half came at the beginning of the second half this time. This rejuvenated Fulham who suddenly decided that attacking City was an option after all and for the next twenty minutes they looked the more likely to score. Mitrovic, who generally had a quiet game, could have given them the lead on 67 minutes when a perfect cross from the left found him unmarked between Evans and Maguire. His deft header trickled past the far post with Schmeichel beaten.

Our midfielders did not have the same control shown in the first half. On occasion two blue shirts would go for the same ball, get in each other’s way and Fulham would come away with it. Ndidi certainly did not have the same effect on the game as in the first 45 minutes. Gray was ineffective on the right wing. Tieleman’s passes were not as incisive as they were earlier and City looked tired going forward. Rodgers made a double substitution on 70 minutes bringing on Okazaki and Ghezzal to replace this duo.

Several minutes later, Maddison intercepted a poor clearance from Nordtveit and from the centre circle passed a perfectly weighted ball into space on the right of the penalty area for Vardy to run on to. This time, he took his chance with an immaculate shot into the far corner of the net. This settled the home side and after a further substitution whereby Mendy replaced Maddison to solidify the midfield there was only going to be one winner.

Most of the fans sitting around me have been impressed with Harvey Barnes since his return from West Bromwich Albion. His positive runs towards an opponent’s goal have been exciting and penetrating. He deserves a goal. Earlier in the second half we thought he had one. He received the ball from Chilwell on the left hand corner of the penalty area and curled it wonderfully towards the far post. Unfortunately, Rico was equal to it and dived to his left to palm it away for a corner.

The next best thing to scoring a goal is probably creating one and in the 83rd minute, Barnes controlled the ball well on the touchline and turned for goal. Odoi’s attempt to bring him down was brushed aside and he ran into the penalty area where he saw Vardy loitering with intent. Vardy’s earlier unselfishness was rewarded when Barnes slipped the ball to him and he guided it into the net with his left foot. There was some doubt from Radio Leicester after the match as to whether the first or the second of his goals was the 100th for City – he had made sure one way or another that this milestone was reached.

The end scoreline suggests a comfortable win for City and in many ways it was. Yet the wobble at the beginning of the second half could easily have been punished by a stronger or more determined team. Fulham did not look like a side destined to remain in the top flight beyond the next couple of months.

The home fans had their first taste of what Brendan Rodgers may bring to the club. The first half was extremely promising even though the opposition was very poor. It has been a while since City have scored three goals at home. This was a game where the goal difference could have been improved even more but most fans went home happy.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 70), Maddison (Mendy 79), Tielemans (Ghezzal 70), Barnes, Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Iheanacho, Fuchs.

Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald (Vietto 82), Babel (Seri 67), Cairney, Sessegnon (Ayité 46), Mitrovic. Subs not used: Le Marchand, Christie, Zambo Anguissa, Fabri.

Referee: D. Coote                                 Attendance: 32,017

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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