Promising Signs

City 1 v Portsmouth 3 

This was always going to be a stern test for City, especially as Portsmouth had won all their pre-season friendlies up to Saturday.  After a scare early on, when Nugent missed a sitter, Hume scored a lovely goal.   

What was really surprising was the sublime pass from De Vries who a few minutes earlier had shown a bit of skill I never knew he had!  Sadly the lead didn’t last long but I saw enough to give me some optimism for the coming season.   

Some players stood out:  Clemence played some lovely passes and Chambers looked a good buy.  N’Gotty and McAuley generally looked solid at the back although there were a few occasions when they seemed to be confused as to who was doing what; twice in the second half a Portsmouth player was allowed to progress from the halfway line into the box without being challenged.   

However, we found David James in cracking form and without his magnificent saves the result could have been 3-3.  Stearman looked better than he did for most of last season although still hesitant on occasions, and Newton did well after he came on during the first half.  Henderson didn’t have too much to do but made a few good saves, and couldn’t be faulted for the goals….

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Visiting Cambridge – Trust Tips

As a new feature to the Trust website for the forthcoming season, Anne Noble (our member’s newsletter editor) has agreed to link up with fellow Trusts around the Country and gain a local insight into visiting their ground.

 

In this first article, Anne links up with Brian Attmore from CFU (Cambridge Fans United) for anyone going to the Cambridge match next Monday 6th.

 

“Parking is mostly in the street around the ground.

 

Being a friendly, fans should have little trouble getting into the Supporters Club (£1 admission but spaces are limited) or into nearby pubs.

 

Unfortunately the Club is in the only ward in Cambridge with no pubs but there are some good ones further into the City Centre or near the railway station.

 

The Wrestlers on Newmarket Road less than half a mile from ground is excellent with good Thai food.

 

 For the ultimate Cambridge Experience anyone with time on their hands is advised to go into the City, find the River Cam and have a go at punting, or take a chauffeur punt. This can be combined with walking through some of the Colleges which have superb gardens and architecture as well as being steeped in history……

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A New Dawn

A new season of match reports from Trust members kicks off with one of our new signings to the match reporting team, Colin Hall. We will also be featuring reports from both games in Scotland later this week. 

City 3 Notts County 0 

Martin Allen must have been satisfied with his home managerial debut for Leicester City this afternoon. 

Although the 3-0 scoreline over visitors Notts County was perhaps to be expected, the number of strong individual performances was especially heartening. 

For the first time in a long while, the Foxes faithful saw a team in blue that appeared inspired rather than intimidated by their surroundings. 

New signing Stephen Clemence set the tone with a fierce ball-winning challenge in the opening seconds, and followed this up later with his first goal for the club.  We have lacked a midfield general since the departure of Muzzy Izzet some three years ago.  Clemence shows every sign of fulfilling this role. 

In defence, Bruno N’Gotty gave a very assured performance, while in attack Iain Hume was a constant threat and could have had more than one first-half goal to show for his efforts. 

Among the second-half substitutions, James Wesolowski and Joe Mattock were particularly impressive, while Matty Fryatt displayed the goal touch that was often absent last season when heading home Shaun Newton’s cross to make the game safe.  And the enthusiasm shown by young strikers Eric Odhiambo and Ricky Sappleton suggests that competition for striking places will be extremely fierce..

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Audience with Martin Allen, Adrian Whitbread & Alistair Smith

I'm sure all the 100 or so fans that packed into Kilworth Springs Golf Club for the above event were not at all disappointed with the quality of the night.  The evening commenced with an introduction from event organiser Lance Tomlyn, Chairman of Leicester City Independent Supporters Association (see http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/SupportersClubs/0,,10274,00.html for more details.).

Martin Allen then went on to explain the roles played by Adrian Whitbread & Alistair Smith, before taking questions from the floor.  One of the questions was in relation to his opinion of Milan and comments were made such as 'works tirelessly', 'has the Club at heart', 'knows his football', 'very intelligent', 'best Chairman I've ever had' etc.My own personal overall perceptions were:

  • The trio are very organised and working tirelessly to try to achieve success
  • They are the most down to earth management team I think I have ever known
  • They were very receptive to feedback
  • They are excellent motivators
  • They are under no illusions as to what is expected of them
  • They relish the challenge

I could make a great many more observations, but those are probably the most salient ones.

 

After taking questions from the floor Martin took the opportunity to 'turn the tables' and ask questions of the fans as to what we want to see week on week at the club.

 

 The feedback he received (and lots of it was made) was written down by Alistair Smith (Martin Allen's Manager) & will be used in poster form to be displayed in the changing room and used for motivational purposes.  It was a novel idea in itself to turn the second half of the evening into a Q&A where the fans answered the questions, but to then use the feedback in this manner was a first class idea…..
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Audience with Martin Allen

As part of our collaborative work with other LCFC supporters organisations Trust board member Matt Davis has received the following invitation from Lance Tomlyn of the Leicester City Independent Supporters Association.  

Martin Allen has agreed at short notice to an evening being held at Kilworth Springs Golf Club, next Monday night (July 16th) 

Lance has kindly said offered “I’d be happy to let Foxes Trust members in for the LCISA members rate of £5, likewise the Official supporters club members"

. Full details are here Audience with Martin Allen & Adrian Whitbread