The last home game featured a trial run of having a singing section in Block N, to help improve atmosphere at the ground. While the combined factors of the arrival of Milan Mandaric, the first half performance and playing local M69 rivals obviously were all significant factors in the increased volume, generally the experiment initially appears to have been a success leading to extending the trial to this weekends game against West Brom.
The Trust supports any initiative which helps create a better atmosphere in the ground and in doing so makes the ground harder to visit for opposing teams. We asked one of the organisers of this initiative to give his views of the first trial, here is Andy Hunt’s report.
“After having met the club’s officials a week prior to the match against Coventry and the green light being given about a singing section in Block N, it was a relief finally when Saturday came to make the singing section a reality. The singing section had been well-publicised by the football club on the official website and the story even ran in The Leicester Mercury, which heightened expectation and increased popularity in the idea. As the days elapsed prior to the match, tickets for the game were selling well and the club were expecting a crowd in excess of 25,000. Block N was also in demand and few seats were available by Saturday.
When I ascended the steps in Block N half an hour before kick-off, for the first time I can remember since the construction of The Walkers Stadium in 2002, there was singing at the back of the stand amongst an effervescent group of early arrivals. The atmosphere was excellent and it soon drew the attention of several Coventry supporters who then attempted to encroach towards the Leicester fans and engage in some banter….