Leicester Crowned Champions

The headline many Tigers fans hoped for today, but instead it’s the Leicester City Academy U18’s who travelled to Sunderland and came back as the top Academy side in the Country being crowned Premium League Champions. 

Thracian from the Foxestalk message board made the journey North and provides his assessment of the day 

Sunderland 2 City 2 (aet) City Won 4-3 on penalties 

Super game, drama almost from first kick til Mattock's winning penalty in the shoot out – and the joyous outcome was that Leicester head to a prestigious international tournament in Dallas, USA as Academy League champions.

Max Gradel stunned the 4,597 crowd in the fourth minute with his 19th goal in 21 matches and what a goal it was – a sublime fast-passing move down the right involving Eric Odhiambo and Billy McKay before Gradel cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable left footer.

Hopes of a typical Leicester onslaught disappeared immediately however as, within a minute Sunderland won a corner and Jordan Henderson's high and curling cross deceived Carl Pentney passing over his head and into the far corner of the net. One-one with five minutes gone.

Leicester left-winger Ryan Beswick then had what looked like a reasonable claim for a penalty turned down barely two minutes later and that's how the game developed. Opportunities were as numerous as the Chance cards in a monopoly game…..

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Service of Thanks Giving & Remembrance – 13 May 2007

Whilst most of the Trust Board were at the 5 a side competition, I attended the above inaugural service at LCFC.  The garden of remembrance has provided a means by which supporters can express their sense of loss & grief through the club – so much so that it recently required extending, and at the same time floodlights were installed enabling folk to visit whenever they feel the need.  

Leicester City saw this as an opportunity to provide support and contact with bereaved supporters and I personally felt it went far beyond this, as the club ably demonstrated that it is part of the community and shares in the grief that was expressed by many on the day (around 200 people took time out to remembered loved ones who had passed away). 

The simple brief service entitled 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was led by club chaplain Bruce Nadin.  It opened with 'a space to remember' when the names of loved ones were read out, followed by a poem, a minutes silence (ended with a round of applause) and then a bible reading and short reflection and prayer.  Singing of the cup final hymn (Abide With Me) was accompanied by the excellent Kristyna Myles (who also sang a solo prior to this), followed by 'You'll Never walk Alone'.  As fans left the West Stand to move on to the Banks Lounge for some refreshments, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was chillingly sang again by Kristyna.  Birch finally got a prediction right, when he said on the LCFC web site prior to the event that 'there wouldn't be a dry eye in the service' when we sang the poignant songs – he was spot on with that prediction. 

At last the 'we're in this together' marketing strap line used by the club finally found the correct context. 

Huge thanks must go to Bruce Nadin, Peter Jones, Alan Birchenall and Pat Griffin, all of which had a hand in organising the event, along with Kristyna Myles for the excellent solo's and accompaniment to the songs that were sang by all who attended…….

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Trust Tournament Review Part 2

Brown Stripes kicked off the group 2 games with a 2-0 victory over Bryan Munich, which was followed by Pride Rock and LRI playing out a 1-1 draw. Last minute entrants Bohra United (who had actually come to play in a match double booked at the Dome) didn’t receive a welcoming from Bryan Munich who won 4-0. 

Tournament favourites Brown Stripes were then held to a surprise 2-2 draw by Pride Rock, the LRI then claimed their first win beating Bohra 2-1. When Pride Rock came out 3-0 winners over Bryan Munich they looked favourites for the semi finals. 

Brown Stripes were back to their winning ways with a 4-0 victory over LRI and with 7 points looked as thought the two finalist places were sealed, then the pressure told…..

 


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Stripes Regain Trophy, but Ruby Are Real Winners

The 4th annual Foxes Trust 5 a side tournament today saw former winners the Brown Stripes regain their crown after losing out in the semi finals on penalties last year to the eventual winners the Huncote Sports & Social Club who didn’t defend their trophy. 

10 teams took part this year, disappointingly the lowest number of competitors since the tournament was launched, however it is estimated around £400 was raised for the Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbows Appeal. 

With the reduced number, the format was changed with 2 groups of 5 teams, so all teams involved played a minimum of 4 games, and the day saw a mixture of hard fought draws, outright thumpings and teams either cracking or raising their games as they faced the final group matches to qualify for the finals. 

A look at the group stages…..

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Trust Welcomes Return to Two Year Kit Cycle

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Trust Welcomes Return to Two Year Kit Cycle

 

The Foxes Trust has welcomed the news that the kit deal with JJB has come to an end and that the club will be returning to a two year kit cycle.  

Commenting on the news, Trust Board Member Matt Davis said "We opposed the use of a one year kit cycle from the day it was announced, as we felt it was a bad deal for all concerned and predictably full price kit sales fell considerably as many fans did not view a one year kit as value for money"  

"We have continued to lobby for a return to a 2 year cycle ever since, with the club finally recognising the need to revert back very early this season, however we also raised the topic with representatives of Milan Mandaric way back in early November, getting an initial positive response"  

Davis added "We know Milan has played a major role in sourcing a new supplier and look forward to a formal announcement in the near future"  

Note to Editors: The Foxes Trust will give its considered reaction to the recently announced Season Ticket prices in the near future….

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