U’s happy with a bore draw?

City 0 – 0 Colchester United 

City’s poor home form continued with a 0-0 draw at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday. Make no mistake this was not a good game and the boos at the final whistle were well deserved. Colchester set out to make it difficult for City on the back of a good run but both sides were lacking in the quality required to score. 

Free tickets swelled the attendance to over 22,000 but the biggest home crowd of the season were sadly subjected to a performance as bad as anything we have seen since the summer break and certainly were not entertained. 

Conrad Logan played well for a clean sheet on his home debut and with some excellent kicking reminded everyone what City lack with Henderson or Douglas play in goal. McAuley also had a decent debut at the back but it is further forward that City looked desperately weak. 

Fryatt could have scored a couple on another day and O’Grady tried to put himself about but it was a lack of chances created, and City’s complete and at times embarrassing inability to keep the ball which was cause for concern and reduced the game to mediocrity. With brief spells of respite there was no rhythm to the play, no movement off the ball, no support for the strikers, no incisive passing, no creativity and certainly no goals….

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The Garden of Rememberance

Leicester City’s Garden of Remembrance is presently unique in British football. Although some clubs allow ashes to be scattered behind a goalmouth, and Bolton Wanderers have established a Memorial Wall for deceased players and supporters, the Foxes are the first club in the country to provide such a wide range of services for those who have lost a loved one.

 

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Designed to be an integral part of the new Stadium site, the garden was originally the brainchild of Alan Birchenall, with significant input from the Supporters Club and the previous Club Chaplain. The garden has subsequently proved to be an extremely popular place to mark the loss of a loved one. Indeed it has proved so popular that it is now being extended.

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Club Chaplain Focus Final Part

In this final article in the series will look at Bruce’s views on the sharing of wealth in football, his involvement with fans and the wider community, plus how long he hopes to retain the position of Chaplain. 

Do you think the 'business' side of football clubs is detracting from the enjoyment of playing and watching football? 

Being a bit controversial here, I would say that a good example of business decisions being detrimental at times is the example of one-year kit deals stemming from business pressures.  Who wants to buy a kit for a Christmas present that only has four months left to run?  There is a balance between decisions made for the benefit of the business and not alienating the fan base.  Close consultation with the fans is vital to achieve this.   

I don’t like the inequalities that force clubs to make very tough business decisions.  We are in a situation now where the rich are getting ever richer at the expensive of the other clubs.  As fans we strive for that fact that our club can win something.  Twenty-five years ago several Midlands Clubs would have been able to have won the league title.  Without the extremely rich investor the best a medium sized club can hope for now is a good cup run.  I personally believe that when taking into account that we no longer operate within a level playing field, what Martin O’Neil achieved with this club was the equivalent to what Brian Clough achieved as a manager all those years ago….

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Fryatt On Target In Well Earned Point

Sunderland 1 Leicester City 1 

To most City fans the trip to Wearside had not come at an ideal time. The fortunes of both clubs had changed in the last week with Leicester’s 4 match unbeaten run coming to an end with defeats at WBA and against Hull, whereas Sunderland have recovered dramatically from their disastrous pre-‘Keano’ start, winning their last three. 

In fact this fresh wave of optimism brought by the arrival of the former Manchester United legend, plus several deadline day signings was evident on the faces of the home fans walking to the mightily impressive Stadium of Light.  

The away fans in contrast were slightly more subdued. Having fired blanks in 5 of our 7 league games this season, and our only goal away from home being last weeks ‘own’ effort by Darren Kenton, 0-0 seemed to be a popular opinion of our best hope. 

Rob Kelly made two changes from Tuesday night’s defeat, with O’Grady and Wesolowski coming in for Hume and Low. Sunderland’s only change from their 3-0 win at Leeds was Chris Brown replacing the injured Connolly. 

After the blaring 'Dance Of The Knights' from Prokofiev's 'Romeo & Juliet' had died down, City started brightly, winning a couple of corners and Wesolowski firing wide from 25 yards. However it was not long before the Black Cats came into the game. Ross Wallace and Kenton started a good battle that would last all game and on 10 minutes the Scottish winger won a free kick. The cross was met by Brown but his header went just wide of the right hand upright….

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Tigers Steal Victory

City 0 Hull 1

It was another disappointing and frustrating night for the City fans as the club suffered their second defeat of the week with a 2-0 loss against West Brom on Saturday and a 1-0 defeat at the Walkers Stadium to bottom of the table Hull City.

The lowest Championship attendance at the Walkers Stadium saw former Leeds and Sunderland striker Michael Bridges score a 25 yard screamer that nestled into the top corner of Paul Henderson’s goal. It was cruel blow for City, who had enjoyed the majority of the possession and domination of the chances in the game.

Rob Kelly made just the one change to the side that lost on Saturday with Iain Hume replacing Chris O’Grady in partnership with Matty Fryatt. City created their first chance of the night early in the game through Paddy McCarthy following a corner after five minutes which was guided into the arms of Hull keeper Boaz Myhill.

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