Foxes Trust Statement on Racism

The reported racist messages sent to Hamza Choudhury following the match at Anfield on Saturday are once again a reminder that racism remains a scourge on football and on society as a whole. 

Whilst the widespread racist chanting has virtually, if not totally, disappeared in English football, the racist tends now to be a coward who hides behind a pseudonym and keyboard on social media. 

The Foxes Trust deplore all acts of racism and stand resolute with all decent fans and Leicester City in seeking to eradicate it from the game we love  

If anyone sees, reads or hears any racist acts or comments directed at players, fans or visitors we urge you to report them to LCFC or the Police. If you are more comfortable reporting issues through a third party, the Foxes Trust are willing to support fans, who have genuine concerns, with dialogue with the Club

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Going to Liverpool ?

Liverpool L4 0TH

By Car: Anfield is accessible from all major routes. Follow the M62 to Liverpool until you reach the end of the motorway (beware of a 50mph speed camera about a 1/4 of a mile from the end of the motorway). Then follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue (there is a McDonalds on the corner of this junction). Proceed for one mile and then turn right at the Arkles pub for the ground. If you arrive early (around 1pm) then there is street parking to be found.

However recently a resident’s only parking scheme has been introduced in some streets around the ground, so check any signs first. Otherwise it as an idea to park in the streets around Goodison and walk across Stanley Park to Anfield, or you can park in a secure parking area at Goodison itself which costs £10.

Walton Breck road and Anfield road are also closed prior to kick off.

Approx 120 miles, 2 hours 30 mins

Parking A limited number of spaces within only 9 minutes of the ground. St Domingo Car Park is available on matchdays and can be accessed up to three hours before each game. To purchase a St Domingo car park pass please call 0843 170 5555 or go to www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets/latest-ticket-news. Car park passes are also available to purchase on the day at the car park gate. There are a limited number available on a first come first served basis. There is also some car parking in Stanley Park.

By Rail: Lime Street Railway Station is two miles from Anfield. You can take a taxi from Lime Street (fares usually cost between £7- £9) or buses go from nearby Queen Square Bus Station. On matchdays you can use the Merseyrail network to link with the Soccerbus service from Sandhills Station.

Cheap off peak treturn  is £55 but last train to get back on Saturday night is 20.04

By Bus: From Liverpool City Centre, take the 26 or 27 from Paradise Street Interchange, 17 from Queen Square Bus Station or the 917 from St Johns Lane, directly to the ground. The 68/168, which operates between Bootle and Aigburth, and the 14 and 19 (from Queen Square) stop a short walk away from the ground.The 'Gillmoss Park and Ride' facility is available on a matchday for fans. For more information go to www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/timetables/AllTimetables

The Soccer Bus runs from Sandhills Station, on the Merseyrail Northern Line, to Anfield for all Liverpool home Barclays Premier League and cup matches. The Soccerbus runs two hours before each match (last bus from Sandhills Station is approximately 15 minutes before kick-off) and for 50 minutes after the final whistle (subject to availability). The Soccerbus will run for the match but other services may be limited.

Where to drink

The Arkles pub near to the ground is known as the away fans pub, but as can be expected it can get extremely crowded. The Flat Iron is a five minute walk away and usually mixed home/away fans.

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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A Leicester downpour reveals the Toon Army’s weakness and strength

Leicester City 5 v 0 Newcastle United

Report by Stuart Dawkins

One of the objectives of writing match reports is to describe a match to people who were not there.  When the match is being shown on live television, one is writing a match report on something which many people will have seen more clearly than you.  So, what to focus on?

Firstly, the ludicrousness of the only televised Premier League game of a Sunday being at 4.30pm, and requiring Newcastle fans (more on them shortly) to have a long drive down in poor driving conditions, followed by a drive back that presumably leaves many of them not getting home until midnight.  There really is no excuse for this, and Sky TV should be ashamed of choosing fixtures like this for such a time slot.

Secondly, the armchair watcher does not get to experience the joys of a walk to the ground in a drenching downpour, followed by a couple of hours sitting in trousers which dry very slowly.  Here’s a thing: if you bash your clapper on your thighs throughout a match onto very wet trousers, you end up covered in a coating of white cardboard flecks.  This is not a fan experience to repeat at home.

Thirdly, the armchair watcher will not have seen the first appearance of the new City fan-zone, set up in one of the old car parks and including a bar and an open-air big screen.  It was a shame the weather was so appalling for its first outing, but the awnings made for good rain-shelters.

Finally, the Newcastle fans but, like I said, more of them later …

And as for the match itself?  The previous four league meetings of these clubs had resulted in away wins.  If City were to lay a good claim to the task of breaking into the top six, or top four, this was the sort of match they needed to win.  Their cause was apparently not helped by Maddison being unavailable through injury, Praet replacing him in the City line-up.

The match kicked off in a downpour, complete with swirling wind, that lasted until half time.  Even Row X could feel the rain as it was blown under the roofs of the stands.  It kicked off with City facing ‘the wrong way’, Newcastle having presumably won the toss and deciding to put the home team out of their familiar zone.  The impact of this did, indeed, lead to an unfamiliar start for Leicester: the team moved straight into gear from the off, with Perez almost scoring against his former employers as early as the second minute.  The first ten minutes or so was very open, with both sides passing quickly and both sides looking a bit open defensively, but then Leicester took control and never lost that control for the rest of the match.

I’m not sure that Vardy had even touched the ball before playing a helpful role in City’s first goal.  A neat flick by Perez found Pereira on the half-way line.  He ran through a posse of Newcastle defenders, each of whom assumed he would play the ‘obvious’ pass to a space-creating Vardy.  He didn’t.  He curled a low, left-foot shot just inside the far post for an excellent opening goal for City, and his second in successive league games.

Barnes and Chilwell had oodles of the ball, looking an almost permanent threat to the ponderous Newcastle defence.  City pressed well, with Vardy even earning a yellow card for the kind of ‘just a bit late’ tackle whilst chasing a lost cause that he used to rack up every other game earlier in his City career.

By the half-hour mark, the weather was getting even worse, but City continued to dominate.  They were faster to almost every ball, faster in thought and stronger.  They then appeared to be slowing things down in anticipation of half-time when the next key incident occurred.  Messy play by both sides led to the ball falling loose just outside the City box.  Hayden lunged for it rashly, going through the ball and hitting Praet’s leg hard.  It was a clear red card: not a deliberate attempt to hurt the opponent, but it was reckless and dangerous and for a couple of minutes it looked as though Praet might be seriously hurt.  Thankfully he was not.

Steve Bruce made an immediate tactical substitution, bringing on Ki for Muto, even as Hayden continued to complain about the referee’s decision.

There was no half time entertainment for the crowd in the stadium.  Whether that was due to the still -appalling weather, we will never know.

The second half was as one-sided a game of football as I have seen for some time.  The easing of the downpour from the clouds was matched by an acceleration of the downpour of City chances.  In the 54th minute, a long ball over-the-top found Barnes on the left, his immediate pass to Vardy found the striker with a seemingly-impossible angle from which to fashion a shot, but fashion a shot he did, with Dubravka arguably at fault for allowing enough space between himself and the near post for the ball to score.  It was one of those occasions where many fans thought that Vardy must have hit the side netting, only to then see the ball in the back of the net.

A couple of minutes later, it was three-nil.  Praet found space inside the Newcastle penalty area, his cross-shot taking a big deflection off a defender to leave Dubravka stranded.

Rodgers replaced Barnes with Albrighton.  Barnes had a good game and was unlucky not to have either scored or created more.  Albrighton showed immediately the kind of winger he is: creating havoc with his first substantive touch of the ball before following up, five minutes later, with a straightforward left-wing cross that picked out an on-rushing Vardy to complete an easy header to make it four-nil.

Newcastle had been looking abject after the second goal was conceded.  Bruce chose to bring on Carroll to spice up the attack, replacing Joelinton and, whilst the match was still no contest, Newcastle did begin to try to play the ball forwards more assertively for the last ten minutes. 

Choudhury replaced Praet for the home team.  The Belgian looked a more-than-decent player in this performance, calm at all times and tidy in all that he did.

The rain began to fall again, Yedlin replaced Almirón for the visitors.  Gray replaced Perez.  The former Newcastle player had a decent game, with a number of flicks and a few tackles noteworthy.  He has yet, to my mind, shown that he is a winger, but maybe that will change as he gets more opportunities. 

The game looked destined to end at four-nil, but in the 90th minute a Chilwell cross found Ndidi – apparently via the feintest of touches on Evans’ head – his back was to goal, he had time to turn and shoot well to complete the scoring at five-nil.

City had looked in control at one-nil and eleven-versus-eleven.  As the match continued, they simply looked a different class to a slow, uncreative Newcastle team.  Schmeichel had precisely zero shots to save in the whole match. So, the bad parts of the Toon Army?  A team that only once looked like it might score in the entire match and with a defence and midfield which was out-paced, out-thought and out-played by City for almost the entire 90-minutes.

And the good parts of the Toon Army?  The fans … not only for such a good turnout for a televised Sunday game with a long journey to and from, but also for the noise they made and for sticking with their team.  Almost no Away supporter left the ground before full-time, and for most of the second half, as City’s second, third, fourth and fifth goals were scored, it was the travelling fans who were making the most noise.  Their may be a little bit of gallows humour (Gallowtree Gate humour, maybe?) in it, but it was still impressive stuff.

City sit well in third place, and the home fans are singing of a European Tour, Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong and all.  One does not want to jinx it so soon in the season, but today the team warranted that thought.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez, Praet, Tielemans, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Choudhury

Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Schär, Dummett, Hayden, Longstaff, Almirón, Muto, Atsu, Joelinton. Subs: Ki Sung-yueng, Carroll, Saint-Maximin, Fernandez, Manquillo, Yedlin, Darlow

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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Changes galore as City ease through to Fourth Round

Luton Town 0 Leicester City 4

Carabao Cup Third Round – 24th September 2019

Report by Colin Murrant

Before the match there was some reminiscing amongst the older supporters of the 4-0 FA Cup victory at Luton in 1974 and, of course, that Keith Weller goal. On that occasion, the thousands of City fans stood on the open terraces at The Kenilworth Road end. The old open terrace is now roofed and for home supporters only, the away fans now situated at the opposite end of the ground (The Oak Stand) on seats fixed to old terracing; so close to the row in front that anyone above average height is likely to incur sore knees.

In the intervening 45 years, nothing else has changed or improved at the stadium. One of the accesses to The Oak Stand is along a very narrow alley way between the terraced houses and The Bobber’s Stand which is a row of executive boxes. When entering the ground, the view is very poor as there are so many steel pillars supporting the roof that, as some wag commented, ‘there is probably more steel in Luton’s ground that in Sydney Harbour Bridge’. Yet for all this there is some charm about the place, the stadium has its own identity, a journey back in time. Plans for a new stadium were passed in January this year, the club have been looking to relocate since the 1950s.

With Luton 21st in the Championship and on the back of a 3 nil home defeat to Hull, and The Foxes third in the Premier League and having just beaten Spurs, this always looked like it should be a match the visitors should win. Their task was made easier by 10 changes to the Hatters’ starting eleven as manager Graeme Jones gave the team that conquered Cardiff in the previous Round another chance.

Brendan Rodgers himself made seven changes to his starting X1 with only Evans, Ndidi, Perez and Tielemans remaining from Saturday’s team. Such is the depth in the City squad that the replacements included players of the quality of Choudhury, Fuchs, Albrighton, the increasingly impressive Praet, and debutant James Justin.

City started the match defending the goal in front of their fans and were quickly into their game. It looked like a 4-1-4-1 formation with Perez the lone striker, Luton had a 5-man midfield in front of their back four yet they were being overpowered. Marc Albrighton was particularly prominent in the early stages having a shot well saved by Shea, down low at the foot of the post, and then setting up chances in quick succession for Perez and Fuchs. Gray and Justin were combining well and both possessing excellent pace, at the quarter of an hour mark Justin put Gray through who’s attempt on goal was blocked.

With all the City possession (70%) and the rising tally of shots, it was a surprise that the breakthrough took 34 minutes. A corner was taken by Albrighton, low to the edge of the six-yard box, it was cleverly flicked back by Perez, under pressure from the defender, into the path of Gray who struck the ball into the net.

Ten minutes later City doubled their advantage after Tielemans made a trademark pass to pick out the onrushing Justin to score on his Leicester debut following his £7m summer move from the Hatters. What followed then was quite bizarre as the Kenilworth Road faithful joined in the applause and started singing ‘… he’s one of our own’.

Shots from Perez and Tielemans followed before a foul on Albrighton led to a free kick in Maddison territory. Gray took it and, although he connected well, the ball was straight at the keeper who saved comfortably. Half time came and City were comfortable but there was a sense that a Luton goal could change things.

As the teams came out for the second half the stadium announcer did his best to raise the spirits as he said ‘come on Luton we can still win this’, his rallying words fell on deaf ears though as the fans seemed to accept the inevitability of the result. There was to be no Luton revival and no goal.

Gray was again prominent in the space of a minute shooting wide, first from a corner and subsequent retrieval and cross from Evans, then being set up by Ndidi. It was still all City with the shot tally soaring. The most notable being on 58’ when Wes Morgan played a one-two with Ndidi on the edge of the box before he got his shot away from 10 yards only for Shea to save well low down. If a video clip exists of this move it should be sent to FIFA 20 as proof that Morgan’s pace deserves a rating far in excess of the derisory 29 points they awarded.

67 minutes gone and Luton registered their first shot, Leicester had 21 attempts at this stage; if it had gone in it might have changed the complexion of the game. Bolton set up Brown whose fierce shot was turned away by Ward’s foot in what was to be his only real test of the night. On 71’ there was a bit of disappointment in that Perez was substituted for Iheanacho. Perez desperately needs a goal to kick-start his season and this could have been a great opportunity. However, it was to be the substitute who benefitted. On 79’ Iheanacho was set up by Justin and he was fed through one-on-one with the keeper, stumbling as he went through and off-balance, his shot was saved by Shea. Somehow the City forward won back possession and the ball found its way via a Luton defender to Gray who crossed to Tielemans at the far post who rifled the ball into the net from 7-yards.

If Iheanacho had fluffed his lines then, he had another chance to redeem himself a couple of minutes later but his shot from the edge of the 6-yard box was saved well.

The final goal came on 86’ as good pressure from Iheanacho and then Albrighton caused panic in the Luton defence.  Albrighton’s interception fell into the path of Iheanacho and his chip from the edge of the box found the net, although the keeper got his fingertips to the ball, he could not prevent the goal. The relief for the striker, his team mates, the fans was palpable, the year long wait for a goal was over.

All in all, a solid City performance albeit against an average Championship side. A fantastic return to Kenilworth Road for James Justin, Praet looking increasingly good, and a big improvement in Tieleman’s performance. Perez’s game is improving but needs his goal, perhaps it might come on Sunday against The Toon.

Luton Town: Shea, Bolton, Jones, Sheehan, Potts, Berry, Mpanzu, Moncur (Brown 60’), Butterfield, McManaman (Lua Lua 72’) Lee (Cornickat 60’). Unused Subs: Tunnicliffe, Pearson, Sluga, Bree

Leicester City: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Ndidi (Choudhury 77’), Gray, Praet, Tielemans, Albrighton, Perez (Iheanacho 71’). Unused Subs: Schmeichel, Vardy, Barnes, Amartey, Pereira.

Referee: Matt Donohue                Attendance: 8260

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 Luton ?

Luton
Directions by road 
LU4 8AW 

70 miles 1 hour 30 mins

Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and take the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way, whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road.

At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left). Please note that there is a residents only parking scheme in operation near to the ground, so you will have to travel a little further away to find street parking.

Otherwise, there is a large multi-storey car park at Luton Railway Station LU2 0HR which costs from £2.70 off peak after 5 The Kenilworth Road ground is signposted from the station.

Directions by rail

Luton Railway Station is a good 15 minutes walk away from the Kenilworth Road ground. Turn right out of the railway station and proceed along Station Road. Go straight across at the traffic lights into Mill Street. On reaching a junction where the road bends to the right, turn left at this junction into New Bedford Road. Then turn right into Collingdon Street.

At the end of Collingdon Street you will reach a dual carriageway. Turn left alongside the road and follow the pedestrian walkway and then bear right to go along the footbridge over the busy road. As footbridge passes over the roundabout it splits into two. Bear right and this will lead you down into Dunstable Road. Continue straight along Dunstable Road and then take the 5th left hand turn into Oak Road for the visitors turnstiles.

Trains take approx. 1 hr to 1hrs 30mins off peak return £43-90

Pubs

The Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. You will be charged to go in, but you make it up on the cheaper than pub beer. 

In the town centre there are a number of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet on Bridge Street called the White House.

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 Luton Town FC

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