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Southampton SO14 5FP

By Car

From the M3 take the A33 into Southampton. Continue on the A33 until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left onto this road towards Northam. Then turn right onto the B3038, Britannia Road for the stadium. 

Southampton Football Club advises all supporters not to travel by private car into the surrounding areas of the Stadium. Due to parking restrictions operating on a match day they recommend all supporters to use local City Council Car Parks. 

The Club recommends that you make use of the following City Council Car Parks:

1. Bedford Place Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2QW

2. Grosvenor Square Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2GR

3. West Park Road Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1AP

4. Marlands Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1BA

5. Eastgate Multi-storey Car Park – SO14 3HH

Parking is also available near the Marina or Woolston and may enable a quicker getaway after the match.

Shuttle buses

In addition to the scheduled bus services, there are shuttle bus services in operation on match days from the Central Train Station and the Town Quay Ferry Terminal. These services will commence two hours before the match kicks off and will continue to run until kick off. The service will also be in operation after the match to take passengers back to the railway station/ferry terminal. The service is not a numbered bus service and will simply say "Stadium Shuttle" on inbound journeys and "Rail/Ferry Shuttle" on outbound journeys.

Simply show your match ticket or season ticket booklet in order to use the shuttle bus service for £3 per return journey.
Bluestar 18 bus goes by the stadium

By Foot

The stadium is about 20 minutes walk from the City Centre and train station and is a sign posted walk route.

By Train

Train takes approx 4-5 hours Cheap return £100.10 The only train to get you back leaves at 10-00 after that trains will get you to London but there are no trains from there until morning

Where to drink

There are not many pubs located close to the stadium, so the choice for away fans is limited. There is the Waterfront Bar in William Street, which is an area called Shamrock Quay. In the Ocean Village is "The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis" public house. This large establishment has an an excellent choice of beers, friendly bar staff and a mix of both home and away fans'.

Most fans seem to end up in the city centre before the game, where there are plenty of pubs to choose from. Please remember though that if you do drink in the centre, that the stadium is a good twenty minute walk away. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground.
 
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 Southampton FC and the Football Ground Guide

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CITY FAMILY HONOUR BOSS’S MEMORY WITH HARD-FOUGHT WIN

CITY 2 BURNLEY 1

Report by Eddie Blount

An emotional day at the King Power stadium ended on a high as City battled their way to another three points which lifted us to the dizzy heights of third place in the Premiership (actually second for a couple of hours or so).

The day was dedicated quite rightly to the memory of the late Chairman, Khun Vichai, an immensely popular figure in his lifetime and beyond. All City fans know that without his commitment and vision the club would not have progressed as it has and thanks to his son, Top, continues to progress on and off the field.

Many took part in the pre-match Second Walk for Vichai, followed in due course by an impeccably observed minute’s silence and the singing by the massed ranks of the song ‘Vichai had a dream,’ repeated in the 60th minute of the game. When you see what is happening at some other clubs you realise the immense contribution Vichai and his family have made to this club and this City. One simple example: a friend recently sent me a photo of two Leicester City Fanstores – both in Bankok airport!

By a strange quirk of the fixture list Burnley, City’s opponents on the first home game after that fateful day, were also the opposition for this fixture. The Burnley fans were brilliant that day and beyond and equally so today albeit in rather limited numbers. They blotted their copy book just once in teasing Jamie Vardy that his wife ‘is a grass’ but as we might have predicted he was to have the last laugh.

This was always going to be a tough ask as Burnley have some good players, though without the influential Barnes, a good manager and excellent team spirit. Like the Foxes they never quit. So you don’t want to go a goal down to them as we did midway through the first half during which we had the great majority of the possession -is there any footballing statistic less indicative of the likely outcome of the game?

City opened well and played some wonderfully intricate one-twos but created little in the way of a clear chance. The nearest we came was when Barnes scuffed a shot from a decent position in their penalty area and Maddison’s follow-up attempt was kicked off the line. Vardy almost got through on the left but eventually the angle was too acute and his shot hit the side-netting.

Burnley in the other hand were not without attacking intentions but favoured the long ball up to their front two. Halfway through the first half this ploy came off! A right-wing cross saw Chris Wood stealing between Evans and Soyuncu to head into the top corner of Schmeichel’s net. I have to say that on recent evidence we made a big mistake letting him go. He seems much more of a threat than either Slimani or Iheanacho ever will be – and they cost many times more! Credit to Sean Dyche for picking him up cheaply and developing him as he has. He was a threat throughout the game and could easily have added to this single goal

City and their fans redoubled their efforts to break the Clarets down and succeeded on the cusp of half-time –  a psychologically good moment to score. The creator was Harvey Barnes who in all honesty did not have the best of games though involved in both City goals. He beat two men in a tight position very wide left and crossed superbly for a leaping Vardy – surely he is 23 not 32 – to head into the net with power and total conviction. Lovely goal! Naturally Vardy popped over to the visiting fans to receive their acclamation!

The second half required effort, belief and above all patience, the latter made more difficult by Burnley efforts to slow the game down, something they ultimately regretted. The pattern of play was similar to the first half with no clear chances until the 74th minute. After some interplay wide right sub Gray delivered a fierce raking cross. Barnes jumping athletically – and at some personal peril – allowed the ball to pass between his legs and across the box to the far post where the lurking Tielemans took a touch before smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar.

Before long City made a defensive substitution taking off Barnes and bringing on Morgan, a rum decision I felt. The idea presumably was to play three at the back with wingbacks but it quickly morphed into five at the back as Burnley gained the attacking ascendancy for the first time in the match. We simply could not get out of our own half! The whole thing seemed to have back-fired when Wood seemed to have scored the equaliser just before the end. Once again Wood got goal-side of the centre-backs and Schmeichel did really well to block his shot from virtually zero range. The ball rebounded off Wood and bounced at no great pace towards the City net.

My immediate view at the time was that Evans would hook it away but he went crashing into the net taking the ball with him. Burnley showed their delight but Wood significantly was very subdued and Evans was soliciting referee Moss (Yes, my favourite!). It was soon clear that this would be a VAR moment (except the interminable delays associated with VAR could never be described as moments!). Ultimately to the great delight of the home fans the goal was disallowed, Wood having inadvertently clipped the heels of the covering Evans as he went to clear.

A correct decision but even a correct decision shows that the authorities are a long way from getting VAR right. It takes too long even with objective decisions like offside, there is insufficient crowd communication and why have pitch-side screens if refs never use them. Above all what is the point of celebrating goals which may turn out not to be goals. It’s getting like the Brexit referendum – you can’t rely on final decisions anymore.

Fortunately, there were no further anxious moments and there was the happy ending the day demanded

City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Perez (Gray 67), Tielemans, Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79), Vardy

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Brady (Lennon 65), Hendrik, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez

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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Walk For Vichai

One year on from the tragic events where the Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others were sadly killed, the Walk For Vichai team have arranged a second walk prior to this Saturday’s game against Burnley

This follows on from the first memorial walk where 50,000 people joined to pay their respects.

Those wishing to walk in memory are being asked to meet at the De Montfort University, Magazine Square at 12.15pm, and the walk will start at 1.15pm. This starting point has changed from last year's walk, which began at Jubilee Square. The organisers are urging people not to go there this time.

This year the Walk For Vichai team will be raising money for the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation. Every season, the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation select a number of local charities to pledge the funds that they raise to, in order to better the lives of those that most need support.

The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation has supported dozens of local causes throughout its seven years, including Leicester Hospitals Charity, LOROS, Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Leicestershire Children’s Holiday Centre and by installing life-saving defibrillators in key areas around the county. It welcomes applications from smaller local charities https://www.lcfc.com/fans-community/foundation/charity-policy

If you are not available to join the walk, you can still donate funds to show your support for the Walk for Vichai by making a donation online https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkforvichai?fbclid=IwAR3e-XoYLoNHZJPcNr_iFSs6IHbla4ZJlZbORh8Z5HF5UvkMvSqiOsTuEFE 

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Fan anger at Premier League’s latest TV fixture delay

Supporters groups from the across the country have expressed their anger at the Premier League and its broadcasters for the latest delay in releasing TV fixtures.

The TV selections for December and January were due to be published by Friday 11th October, but at the time of publishing are five days late. This has meant many fans wanting to book travel to games in the busy December period are potentially losing out on cheaper travel options.

Broadcasters’ impact on supporters, leaving match-going fans out of pocket on numerous occasions last season, has been a growing problem in recent years as the number of televised games has increased.

Premier League officials have been unable to provide a concrete date or time for the TV fixtures announcement, despite requests from the FSA and various club-specific fan groups.

The FSA convenes regular supporter engagement meetings with the Premier League, and this subject is sure to be high on the agenda again at the next meeting.

The thoughts of fellow fans groups are available to read here

One rumoured move that has been heard at the Liverpool end is that our Boxing Day kick off could be put back until 8pm on Boxing Day

This latest delay will be discussed at the Premier League Fans Group meeting on Thursday October 17th, with Foxes Trust board member, Steve Moulds representing the views of LCFC fans

 

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FOXES ROBBED ON RODGERS RETURN TO MERSEYSIDE

Liverpool 2 City 1

Report by Colin Hall

Leicester City's recent winning run was brought to an end in contentious circumstances at Anfield, with a James Milner penalty deep into stoppage time giving hosts Liverpool a 2-1 victory.

Despite being outplayed for most of the game, the visitors seemed to have snatched a creditable point following James Maddison's late leveller.

However the intervention of referee Kavanagh ensured that the hosts were able to open a significant gap at the top of the league.

The two most contentious incidents of the game both occurred in the closing stages with the score at 1-1.

City substitute Hamza Choudhury went into the referee's notebook for a fierce challenge on home forward Salah, who was forced out of the game with an injury.

While the midfielder's tackle wasn't his best, it was one he should never have been forced to make. Seconds earlier, Salah had won possession with the most blatant of pushes on Caglar Söyüncü which somehow passed unnoticed by both the referee and his assistant.

The incident provoked anxieties among the visiting contingent that another refereeing mis-judgment might prove crucial. Those fears proved to be justified when a shameless dive by Mané following a challenge by Marc Albrighton prompted the official to point to the spot.

While replays showed that contact was made – thus providing the match officials with the most spurious of vindications – it was of a type that occurs in a regular basis in penalty areas all the way through most matches. There was nothing in Albrighton's challenge that forced the home striker to react in the way he did.

Nevertheless, VAR upheld the decision, and Milner duly despatched the spot-kick past Kasper Schmeichel to clinch the game.

When the final whistle was blown seconds later, the home players and their manager celebrated as if the long-awaited title had already been secured.

Jurgen Klopp's post-match condemnation of Choudhury sparked an angry online backlash from City fans, both because of its incitement of unsavoury elements of the Liverpool fanbase – who needed little encouragement to post the vilest of racial abuse towards the City man – and for Klopp's failure to acknowledge the numerous instances of misbehaviour during the afternoon within the ranks of his own team.

But, after the rage within the Blue Army has subsided, Brendan Rodgers will reflect on the lessons learned by this setback.

For the second time in successive away games, his game plan was found wanting. As too often in recent times against the league's better defences, Jamie Vardy was left isolated as a lone striker and was thus unable to make any meaningful impact on the game.

In addition, Maddison looked less than comfortable in the wide role assigned to him. Only after a tactical reshuffle saw him switch to the centre did he become the influence that City desperately needed. Indeed, it was from his position that he netted City's equaliser, after a fine move involving Albrighton and fellow sub Ayoze Perez.

That foray, though, proved to be the visitors' only effort on target in the entire game. In contrast, Schmeichel had to be at his sharpest on a regular basis to resist a red tide which could well have sealed the contest well before the late drama unfolded.

Although City remain in a top-four spot during the international break, a boost in firepower may be needed to ensure the side stays there during the winter.

Whether Rodgers is able to adapt the current tactics and personnel to enable this to happen may hold the key to our outlook for the season.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Henderson 78); Salah (Lallana 90 + 2), Firmino (Origi 78), Mané. Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Keita, Elliott.

Scorers: Mané 40, Milner (pen) 90 + 5

Booking: Fabinho

City (4-5-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell; Barnes (Albrighton 45), Ndidi, Praet (Perez 73), Tielemans, Maddison (Choudhury 86); Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray.

Scorer: Maddison 80

Bookings: Evans, Söyüncü, Ndidi.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.             Attendance: 53 322

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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