SAME OLD LEICESTER, ALWAYS DRAWING

Preston 1 City 1 

There was no way this match could ever match the head rush of the relegating-saving last-minute winner at Deepdale last April, but I felt that we would be more than capable of notching up another 3 points from this season's under-par Preston. I hadn't bought a ticket in advance because of work commitments, but wasn't too thrilled to have to shell out £25 at the gate. That was the only way in which any aspect of the evening resembled Premiership fayre.  

The ramshackle stand along one touchline has now been knocked down but the open space clearly sucks out the atmosphere from what is often quite a noisy ground. I guess the new stand will be built when they've fleeced away fans for enough money to fund it.  

Foxes fielded an unchanged side from the 'two points dropped' game at Colchester, but that generally impressive showing was followed up by an inexplicably dire first half performance in which we were lucky to still be in the game at only 1-0 down.  

The goal was a bad one, our most energetic player Fryatt conceding a free kick on the touchline which was headed in off the post, a goal all too common in the Levein era but not one you expect to see now we have centre-backs who are more than up to scoring headers themselves at the other end…..

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Forecast from a Burnley Fan…

A bit about you:

Name: John Kettley, Weather Broadcaster and Consultant – Sport Nut! 

Current home town: Lincoln but brought up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire on the right side of the border (but only 9 miles from Burnley) Birthplace: > Halifax 

How long have you supported your team? Since I first noticed they were quite good beating Nottm Forest 8-0 in Division 1, circa 1959? 

Overview of your club

Prudent in the Bob Lord days but had to be run as a business, hence good players were lost early. Last twenty to thirty years have been hard, almost lost to non-league in 1987, but the ITV Sport deal was crippling losing the club several million pounds a few years ago which they are now just recovering from. The Club is run brilliantly in my opinion considering the size of the town and the big clubs nearby. 

As a Trust member also I admire the hard work of such organisations and the will to have a voice. 

Favourite thing about your home ground: Home from home – much changed since it looked more like Filbert Street. Now a fine stadium. 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Smashed Leeds 5-1 in 1969? when Revie was in charge and Leeds were the team hated by everybody it seemed. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Leighton James will always have a huge following but there were many at the time. Previously Jimmy McIlroy was a genius……

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Wallington Looks Back

The Foxes Trust has always had a good relationship with the Fox Fanzine, probably as most of those who set up the Trust were avid readers, in fact we know that at least 2 of the previous LCFC board also had enjoyed the fanzine for many years. 

This year, the Trust has reached agreement with the Fox to publish an extract from each edition on our website, as we seek to ensure a fans independent voice in the media is maintained. In the current edition, an excellent in depth chat with Mark Wallington about his time at City is featured, here is a brief highlight  

“FOX: Moving on to Jock, he was a very different character to Jimmy and Gary Lineker remembers being up against the wall with Jock’s hand round his neck. Did he ever blow up at you? 

MW: Oh yes. And yet he is probably the man I have admired most in the game. He had incredible charisma, he was a man’s man. You could have the biggest blow up – and there were times when I thought it was going to get properly physical, seriously thought I might get headbutted – but I think he respected me because I would step up to him. But I found him a fantastic manager to work with. We had our ups and downs but he would always talk to me, ask me what I thought about this and that. I’m not saying he ever took any notice but he made you feel as though you were a part of it. He managed the whole club and always said that the washing lady was as important as his top centre forward. He taught me so much about life……

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Next Up – Burnley

Manager: Vacant (following Steve Cotterill departure)

Founded: 1882   Ground: Turf Moor Address: Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4BX  Capacity: 22,546

Highest gate: 54,775 v Huddersfield FA cup 3rd, 23 Feb 1924 

Squad:

Goalkeepers:1 Gabor Kiraly 12 Brian Jensen  

Defenders: 2 Graham Alexander 23 Stephen Jordan 26 David Unsworth 3 Jon Harley 4 Michael Duff 5 Clarke Carlisle 6 Stephen Caldwell  

Midfielders: 11 Wade Elliott 15 John Spicer 16 Chris McCann 18 Alan Mahon 7 James O'Connor 8 Joey Gudjonsson, Gareth O'Connor 

Strikers: 10 Andy Gray 14 Steve Jones 17 Kyle Lafferty 19 Jay Rodriguez 20 Robbie Blake 22 Besart Berisha 9 Ade Akinbiyi

If you spot any factual inaccuracies in the above feel free to let me know via matt.davis@foxestrust.com – thanks

View from the Opposition – Preston

A bit about you:

Name: Geoff Ollerton

Current home town: Preston    Birthplace: Preston 

How long have you supported your team? Over Forty Years 

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The Town End   

Favourite match played by your team & why: 1964 Cup Final – for obvious reasons        

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Alex Bruce (not the ex Brummer) 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? I don't have one – sorry….. 


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