Foxes Trust welcomes Steve Smith back to the Board.

Foxes Trust welcomes Steve Smith back to the Board.

Most of you will recall that in December 2005 Steve Smith (37 at the time), one of the founding members of the Foxes Trust, suffered a major stroke resulting in the father of three being left unable to walk, speak or use his right arm.   

In the last year and a half Steve has been making steady progress in his physiotherapy and speech therapy so much so that despite still having several hurdles to cross he felt ready and willing to come back onto the Board of Foxes Trust and therefore was duly co-opted back on to the Board at our meeting on 7th August 2007.  

You will perhaps also recall from the Leicester Mercury article that on the same day (unbeknown to any of the board) Milan (who was in attendance to conduct his first formal meeting with the board) presented Steve with a match shirt from all at Leicester City as shown in the picture below.

 

Next Opponents…..Scunthorpe

Following suggestions received from members who are pleased with our away travel guides, we are now introducing a look at our next opposition as a build up to each game, this series kicks off with Scunthorpe

Founded 1899 – Ground Glanford Park, Capacity 9,183, Highest gate 8,775 v Rotherham, Division 4, May 1 1989, Full Address Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8TD  

Honours:- Leagues – League Division 2 best season: 4th, 1961-62, League Two – Runners-up 2004-05, Division 3 (N) – Champions 1957-58. Promoted from Division 3 1998-99 (play-offs).

Cups – FA Cup Best season: 5th rd, 1958, 1970, League Cup Never past 3rd rd. 

Scunthorpe United Squad List

Manager – Nigel Adkins   

Goalkeepers: – 1 Joe Murphy, 22 Josh Lillis  

Defenders – 18 Andy Butler, 29 Joe Wilcox, 3 Marcus Williams, 4 Andy Crosby, 5 Izzy Iriekpen, 6 Cliff Byrne  

Midfielders: – 11 Ian Baraclough, 15 Cleveland Taylor, 16 Jack Cork (On loan) 23 Kevan Hurst, 7 Matthew Sparrow, 8 Jim Goodwin, 27 Ian Morris

Strikers: – 10 Martin Paterson, 14 Daniel McBreen, 17 Ben May (On loan), 19 Jonathan Forte, 25 Peter Winn, 9 Paul Hayes  

On Loan: – Dave Mulligan (to Grimsby).

Our travel advice to Glandford Park will appear in a couple of days

 

Dull Game Despite Fans Best Efforts

LEICESTER CITY 0 WOLVES 0 

The steak and kidney pies are still good.  21,000 plus people attended.  The pitch looked inviting.  An evening match is often fun.  All was set for a good evening. 

However, Gary Megson, rather curiously, had played up the strengths of the Opposition and the general mood was neutral, not positive. 

This neutrality turned out to be a correct assessment of the situation.  Leicester’s Defence is now formidable with a popular and calm Bruno N’Gotty fitting in well and Fulop proving to be a secure and safe pair of hands with one spectacular stop to his credit low down to his left.  

The midfield, however, looks weak without Clemence and Wesolowski.  Chambers and Kishishev seemed uncomfortable, unsettled and lacking in confidence.  Stearman broke up some Wolves’ attacks very well, but still gets forward in a slightly haphazard way.  Joe Mattock can run at the Defence, but spoons the ball up into the sky with monotonous regularity. 

The new kid on the block, King, had a promising game.  He put himself about effectively, has the same build as Stearman and might well develop in to a player who can stroke the ball through the middle….

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Hillsborough – Parking Savings for FT Members

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY   HILLSBOROUGH

How To Get There:
Hillsborough is situated 3 miles north of the city centre, but visitors are advised to avoid this route and approach the ground from the north instead. Parking is possible in the area just north of Hillsborough.

By Car:
Jeff at Wednesdayite (Sheffield Wednesday Trust) says they have a car park with an area for away fans. The car park is opposite the stadium on Penistone Road .If you leave M1 at J33 Sheffield parkway continue until you reach Park Square roundabout follow directions for A61 Barnsley (beware there are major roadworks on the Sheffield Parkway).

Continue following signs for A61 Barnsley After about 2 miles you will pass the stadium on your left continue pass the stadium and at roundabout take 4th exit to double back on yourself and car park is on your left open at about 11.30am.

You could also leave M1 at j34 follow signs for Northern General Hospital and Hillsborough as you pass hospital continue following signs for Hillsbough as you drop down a steep hill (herries road) you will see the stadium in front of you, as you go under viaduct turn right continue to roundabout take 1st exit and car park is on your left. The car park is secure and used by the police……

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Gamble Back Fires, Changes Pay Off

Leicester City 1 – 1 Stoke City

City returned to league action after their fine win at premiership Aston Villa just 3 days earlier . Stoke were the visitors to the Walkers Stadium who themselves had started the season well. City Manager Gary Megson made 3 changes to the side that started at Villa, in came DJ Campbell Mark De Vries and Carl Cort replacing Matty Fryatt, Iain Hume and Radostan Kishishev as Megson gambled with a 3-4-3 formation.

Stoke started well and could have taken an early lead but Richard Cresswell failed to turn in a cross come shot. City were struggling to get a foothold in the match and it came as no surprise when after 15 minutes  Ricardo Fuller twisted through the city defence and hit a deflected shot that deceived Foxes keeper Marton Fulop and gave Stoke a deserved lead.
City struggled to impress for the rest of the first half and the only real note was a Gareth McAuley header that was claimed by Stoke keeper Simonsen with Campbell and Cort both waiting to put the ball away

HALF TIME 0-1

Megson was clearly not happy with the first half display and made a double substitution at half time. Fryatt and Hume replaced the ineffective Campbell and De Vries. The Leicester boss could not have been happier with the impact……


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