And Finally… Chelsea

Chelsea – 12 May 2019 3pm 

Manager       Maurizio Sarri         Founded       1905 

Ground   Stamford Bridge          Address   Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS  

 

Capacity      40,853         

Squad:  

1          Spain               GK        Kepa Arrizabalaga

2          Germany         DF        Antonio Rüdiger

3          Spain               DF        Marcos Alonso

5          Italy                 MF       Jorginho

6          England           MF       Danny Drinkwater

7          France             MF       N'Golo Kanté

8          England           MF       Ross Barkley

9          Argentina        FW       Gonzalo Higuaín (on loan from Juventus)

10        Belgium           FW       Eden Hazard

11        Spain               FW       Pedro

12        England           MF       Ruben Loftus-Cheek

13        Argentina        GK        Willy Caballero

17        Croatia             MF       Mateo Kovačić (on loan from Real Madrid)

18        France             FW       Olivier Giroud

20        England           FW       Callum Hudson-Odoi

21        Italy                 DF        Davide Zappacosta

22        Brazil               FW       Willian

24        England           DF        Gary Cahill (Captain)

27        Denmark         DF        Andreas Christensen

28        Spain               DF        César Azpilicueta

30        Brazil               DF        David Luiz

31        England           GK        Robert Green

33        Italy                 DF        Emerson

44        Wales              DF        Ethan Ampadu

        Netherlands    MF       Marco van Ginkel 

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have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.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

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Are you a football fan who regularly attends matches or watches the game on TV?

Would you be willing to take part in a survey on the importance and role of alcohol for football fans in Scotland and England?

Researchers from the universities of Stirling, Loughborough and Edinburgh are running a research project on this issue.

The survey will ask fans some questions about their views and experiences of alcohol consumption and on current regulations on alcohol in and around football.

Once you complete the survey, you will be given the option to be entered into a prize draw for £50 worth of High Street vouchers

This project has been ethically approved through the University of Stirling General University Ethics Panel

If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please click the following link

Understanding the role of alcohol consumption in football cultures (Alcohol FC)

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Next Up Man City

Next Up Man City – Monday 6 May 2019 8pm

Manager        Pep Guardiola

Founded       1880            Ground         City of Manchester Stadium

Address       Etihad Campus M11 3FF

Capacity        55,017  

Squad:

1        Chile            GK     Claudio Bravo

2        England       DF     Kyle Walker

3        Brazil           DF     Danilo

4        Belgium       DF     Vincent Kompany (Captain)

5        England       DF     John Stones

7        England       FW     Raheem Sterling

8        Germany     MF     İlkay Gündoğan

10      Argentina    FW     Sergio Agüero

14      France         DF     Aymeric Laporte

15      France         DF     Eliaquim Mangala

17      Belgium       MF     Kevin De Bruyne

18      England       MF     Fabian Delph

19      Germany     MF     Leroy Sané

20      Portugal       MF     Bernardo Silva

21      Spain           MF     David Silva

22      France         DF     Benjamin Mendy

25      Brazil           MF     Fernandinho

26      Algeria         MF     Riyad Mahrez

30      Argentina    DF     Nicolás Otamendi

31      Brazil           GK     Ederson

32      England       GK     Daniel Grimshaw

33      Brazil           FW     Gabriel Jesus

34      Netherlands DF     Philippe Sandler

35      Ukraine        MF     Oleksandr Zinchenko

47      England       MF     Phil Foden

49      Kosovo        GK     Arijanet Muric

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.mcfc.co.uk/

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Going to Man City ?

Manchester City     M11 3FF – Monday May 8th 8pm

The stadium is located in the North East of Manchester.  Approx 108 miles 2hr 30min

From the South M6:
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Stockport and then join the M56 going towards Stockport. Continue onto the M60 passing Stockport and heading on towards Ashton Under Lyne. Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden and Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

From The M62:
Leave the M62 at Junction 18 and then join the M60 Ashton Under Lyne.  Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right. 

 You could also try leaving the M60 at Junction 24 and take the A57 (Hyde Road) towards Manchester. Turn right onto the A6010 (Pottery Lane). There are quite a number of unofficial car parks on both sides of Pottery Lane, costing around £8 per car. Pottery Lane becomes the Alan Turing Way and goes right past the stadium on your left.

Car Parking:
There is some parking available at the stadium itself which costs £10 per car. The East Car Park is nearest to the away entrance. Please be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in place in the streets near to the ground, which extends about a mile out from the stadium. So if you want to street park, it means parking further away and then walking to the stadium. Some unofficial car parks have sprung up mostly charging around £5 per car

By Rail:

The closest train station is Ashburys which is a short five minute train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk away from Ashburys station. As you come out of the station turn left and after proceeding up the road you will come to the stadium on your left.

Otherwise if you have time on your hands then you can embark on the 20/25 minute walk from Piccadilly Station to the stadium. At the bottom of the main station approach turn right into Ducie Street. At the end of the road turn right onto Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then the canal and turn left into Pollard Street – this is well marked as a walking route to "Sportcity". Continue straight along Pollard Street which leads onto the A662 Ashton New Road and you will come to the stadium on your left. 

A shorter route from the station is to use the new exit to Fairfield Street (the taxi rank). As you come off the platforms, it’s in the left hand corner of the main concourse. Lifts or escalators down. (There’s also an exit from the little concourse off the bridge near platforms 13/14.) At the street exit head toward the railway over bridge, under that, then left again under the railway (Travis Street continuing into Adair Street), left at the end and right into Pollard Street (then as above).

Alternatively you can get a taxi from Piccadilly Station (around £5.00) or a bus from Piccadilly Gardens –  Go down the main approach from the station, then along London Road to Piccadilly Gardens; normal service and special matchday buses leave from the right hand side of the square (between Lever Street and Oldham Street) – £1 each way. 216 and 217 the main service buses, but 185, 186, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37 also go from the city centre to the stadium (and 53 and 54 from the city's ring road). On the return, the special buses leave from Ashton New Road just across from the away end.

 Trains take approx 3hrs but you will struggle to get back on Monday night

Last train back 20-27pm !

Where to drink

'The Stanley' (aka Sports Bar) pub does let in away fans in small numbers. It is about a ten minute walk away from the stadium, just set back from the main A6010 (Pottery Lane) , going towards Ashburys train station. The easiest way to find it is to locate the large Asda store behind one side of the stadium (there is also a McDonalds outlet next door to the store, plus there is a cafe located inside it) and on facing the superstore turn right and proceed down the main road, you will come to the pub on the left. It does cost  for adults to enter the pub, but children are admitted free. Inside there is a large screen showing SKY Sports, good service and a good mix of home and away support.

Otherwise the Townley on Albert Street, which is only a five minute walk away from the stadium Is recommended. The pub has a good atmopshere and as long as away fans arrive early and are discrete (i.e. no colours) then they should be okay.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town centre.

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.

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CITY GIVE GUNNERS A POUNDING

CITY 3 ARSENAL 0

REPORT BY EDDIE BLOUNT

This was arguably the best home performance of the season in a year when good home performances have been rather thin on the ground. Considering that wins of any sort against Arsenal have been rare in recent times it is strange to relate that we have now managed successive home wins against them.

This was totally decisive in the end and Arsenal could not have complained if the result had been 6-0 rather than the actual 3-0 scoreline. It took the better part of an hour before the deadlock was broken but the tone had long been set and from then on it was merely a question of how many we would win by.

No wonder the City crowd left in joyful mood in stark contrast to the Gunners support, subdued from the outset and quick to desert the obviously sinking ship as City turned up the heat. Their fans could learn something from the Toon Army who gave Newcastle tremendous support from the off in City’s previous home game in spite of their team’s indifferent scoring record. Perhaps the difference is explained by the Newcastle fans having a genuine connection to the North East whilst too many Arsenal supporters have no geographical affinity with the club and are basically pot-hunters?

The game was much more open than the Newcastle match and suited City’s style to a tee. Early on City had possession stats of 80% though much of that was possession some distance from the Arsenal goal it has to be said. Nonetheless City had numerous first half chances, the best of which fell inevitably to Vardy who lifted a delightful through ball over keeper Leno, who had a fine game incidentally, but unfortunately also over the bar.

Maddison, influential throughout, had a shot from just outside the box which narrowly missed the keeper’s right-hand post and Leno made a great save from Ndidi’s header from a Maddison corner. There were other near things and Arsenal could only reply with one first time shot from Aubameyang which whistled past Schmeichel’s near post

Arsenal as always were heavily into tactical fouling and this time it was to prove their undoing. Naitland-Miles had already nipped one City counter-attack in the bud by a foul from behind to earn his first yellow card and long before the first half was over he committed a second similar offence giving referee Oliver no choice. With Arsenal down to ten men and City already well on top the crowd scented blood. Somehow the Reds survived intact to reach the interval all square.

Rogers made a very astute change at half-time taking off Ndidi and replacing him with Barnes. Ndidi had been booked and Arsenal had clearly targeted Ndidi in an effort to force the referee to send him off so Rogers took sensible pre-emptive action.

The pattern of play in the second half was as it had been in the first only more so with wing-backs, Chilwell and Ricardo pushing up at every opportunity. The break-through came on the hour and if you blinked you may have missed it. Maddison whipped in an immediate cross to the near post and Tielemans sumptuous header gave Leno no chance whatsoever. It certainly does only take a second to score a goal!

City attacked relentlessly coming very close without breaching the Arsenal defence a second time until Schmeichel achieved the most unlikely of assists! In possession with Arsenal pushed up to the halfway line he unleashed a gorgeous long ball which Vardy pursued with predictable intent. He bore down on the keeper and lifted the bouncing ball over Leno only for the ball to hit the bar. Vardy, first to the rebound, headed cleverly past the covering defender on the line. 2-0 and the three points were safe.

Shortly after Barnes missed a simple chance but moments later Ricardo showed him how to do it. He was through on goal but at an angle so he squared the ball to the eager Vardy who converted with ease. Even 3-0 was not a fair reflection of the number of chances both teams had but City fans were not complaining. After all we had played a top six team off the park. Man City will note this result with a frisson of apprehension I suspect

As for individual performances everybody played well but I must mention the part played by youngster, Choudhury. He is quick and a great tackler. He made a double tackle early in the game which set the tempo for City and enervated the fans. After the match Rogers declared the tackles to be the best he had seen since coming to the City and he was right!

Special mention also for Albrighton who showed us what we miss when he does not play. High marks also for Evans who was never bested in defence though he did put an early header straight at Leno which should have been the opening goal. The others were excellent to a man which is what you need when playing a side like Arsenal

City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Mendy 79), Ndidi (Barnes 45), Albrighton (Gray 86), Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan (Gouendouci 73), Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi (Koscielny45), Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 79)

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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