Kit Consultation, Personal Gains, Fans Groups, & Equality

This is the second article in the series where Trust Board members respond to fans message board posters questions 

LCFC Online poster – Beaumont Fox

How much input did the FT and the Fans Forum have into the design of the naff shirt* we are getting? (*that's my opinion and not the opinion of the site as a whole!). 

Trust Board Member, Matt Davis responds

I represented the Trust on a sub committee of the Fans Consultative Committee that was specifically set up to discuss the kit design. We never actually saw the final design, but there are elements discussed that have been incorporated, such as the re-introduction of the shield, although the way this has been done in the end wasn’t as I originally envisaged as I preferred to go back to the old style shield in totality and I also preferred a very retro traditional blue and white kit.   

In a democracy though you are never going to please everyone in the sub committee and so the one thing we all stressed was the need to ensure it was a design that the players and manager were happy with.  We all suggested that they had the final say as it is them that have to perform in the chosen style/block of colour/style.   

The question you posted on the message board was a few weeks ago was when the prototype kit was featured on the clubs website. A prototype was used as part of the announcing of the Topps Tiles deal and in many ways in my personal opinion it was a mistake as it was hastily put together, and resulted in a lot of negativity as the shirt had the wrong blue shade. 

However in hindsight this has proved beneficial, as the negative comments about the original yellow block for the sponsors logo, caused a re-think and all credit to Topps Tiles for agreeing to modifications based on the fans criticisms, as many sponsors would not have been so flexible. 

Hope this clarifies matters, if it doesn't feel free to email me directly at matt.davis@foxestrust.com …………

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Money and Mr Mandaric – Your Questions Answered

Towards the end of last season the Trust Board announced that it was changing it’s style of communication relating to all fans message boards and rather than providing answers to individual posts, responses would be provided to questions via this website in the format of periodic Q & A articles, here is the first of the series. 

LCFC Online Message Board Poster – Jay

Wheres the money? as you signed a document confirming you were selling your shares on the 11/02/2007 and now 4 months later I haven't noticed any further comment on what you have actually done with all the money, if you would care to explain what you have done with the FANS money  

Paula Aldred, Trust Treasurer responds

Like every other shareholder, we haven’t received any money from Mr Mandaric as yet and under the terms of the agreement we may not receive any money until 2010, it is basically up to Mr Mandaric when the payment is made.  

As a reminder, each shareholder is only guaranteed to receive 10% of it’s investment, so in the Trust’s case, we will receive £15,100. This level will increase to 50% if promotion to the Premiership is achieved before the 2010/11 season and the full investment paid back if Premiership status is maintained once promoted. 

Therefore the money raised has been utilised funding LCFC to date. Once any money is received from Mr Mandaric, the Trust Board will put forward a range of options to current members on how the money should be utilised, and than act accordingly 

LCFC Official Site Message Board Poster – Foxxing Despondant.  

A while ago someone asked what will happen to the money given to the FT, that there were suggestions that it would be donated to local sports charities if they disbanded. I too gave 100 notes to the FT in the beginning and the thought that that would be given to outside organisations of any denomination simply angers me. How much money was raised and passed to the club? Do the FT still hold any?…….

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Support the Fixtures for Free Campaign

The Foxes Trust Board is backing a campaign to allow any football fan produced website to be able to publish the football fixture lists without needing to pay a license fee to the company representing the football authorities.

 

The Trust believes to charge fan produced sites a fee of £266 + VAT to publish a single clubs fixtures is unjust, particularly as message board sites all really about fans promoting interest in football, surely the authorities want to encourage this and not put obstacles in the way.

 

A new website has recently been created to lead this campaign at www.freethefixtures.com  where you can sign a petition to support allowing fansites and fanzines to publish their teams football fixtures freely, please follow the link and register your support.

 

Authorities have threatened legal action against sites in the past, including those producing amusing tales which reveal the fixtures as they are read, however back in 2004 a European Court of Justice ruling may offer some aid in the success of this current campaign…..

 

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Jimmy Nielsen Co-Writers Message to City Fans…

The Foxes Trust was contacted by Aalborg fan Jan Drilling, following the signing of Jimmy Nielsen last week,  in which he outlined Jimmy’s skills stating “He is among the absolute best in one-on-one situations, and he is the best goalkeeper in the Danish league at penalties. That is a fact well documented in statistics, he is remarkably quick on the line” 

Following further communication with Jan, the Trust has now received an article from John Laden who was co-writer of the book about Jimmy Nielson (1000 On Red) and works for Aalborg, here is John’s article 

Dear fans of Leicester City 

You have got yourself a new goalkeeper, and as I understand, you are not too happy*. Jimmy Nielsen is a gambler, and that seems to bother some of you guys. 

You are right, and you are not. Jimmy was a gambler, but he is not anymore. In his book 1000 On Red he tells about a gamblers nightmare, but he also tells the story about getting out of his gambling life, and paying everybody every penny they had put into him. 

But who is Jimmy Nielsen. First of all he is tremendous goalkeeper. In his youngest years he was called the new Schmeichel, and he has the talent, that’s for sure. But he has not fully lived up to Peter Schmeichel on the pitch. If he had, he would be playing for Chelsea or Manchester United today, but anyways he is a very fine and experienced stopper. He is best on the line. In Denmark strikers hate to be alone with Jimmy. He beats them time after time. He is scaring on penalties. Many times he has saved his team by saving penalties in his almost 11 years on the best team in Denmark, Aalborg BK…..

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The New Signings Book Opens at the N page

So following weeks of speculation, our club has today started the complete re-build of the playing squad with the aim of achieving Milan Mandaric’s vision of being back in the Premiership within 3 years. 

It is open to speculation, who played what role in signing both Bruno N'Gotty and Jimmy Nielsen on 2 year deals for Leicester City. Certainly Bruno (a fans old chant is about to be re-awakened) spoke in his first interview about the conversation he had with Milan Mandaric, and Bruno’s potential signature was in the media long before Martin Allen’s name featured in the press list of potential new managers. 

The third person to join the club today, Sports Director Don Mackay, having previously carried out extensive scouting overseas, may have identified Jimmy Nielsen’s talents, although Nielson was first linked with our club when Craig Levein was in charge in 2004. 

A more detailed look at our new signings…

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