Trust Welcome Ollie

Foxes Trust Press Release … for immediate use 

The Foxes Trust has asked all Leicester City fans to get behind Ian Holloway following confirmation of his appointment at a press conference at 7pm on Thursday 22nd November. 

Trust Chairman Ian Bason said “We hope the appointment of Ian Holloway on a 3 ½ year contract will now bring a long overdue period of stability to the club” 

Following Holloway’s impressive opening press conference Bason added “There is no doubt he wanted to come to Leicester, he had previously lost his job at QPR following showing his desire to come here before and now he has the job it is our role as supporters to show our full backing for his management team and every single member of the playing squad” 

Asked about what fans would be looking for from the new manager Bason said “There has been much said about making the Walkers Stadium a fortress, but it has never happened since it was built and this season following Megson’s appointment the games became really dire to watch, despite this most fans have kept coming. If “Ollie” can deliver a series of home victories and bring the entertainment back, imagine what the crowd size would be!”……

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Views from Bristol Fan

A bit about you:

Name: Martin Jones 

Current home town: Leicester, Birthplace: Bristol 

How long have you supported your team? Since around 1974 – about a third of a century, then. Scary thought! 

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The Atyeo Stand behind the goal provides the best atmosphere.  

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Portsmouth 1-0 at Ashton Gate in 1976 to clinch promotion to the top flight. We scored after 4 minutes, and spent the next 86 celebrating! A repetition is long overdue!    

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Norman Hunter played for us in the late 70’s, and needless to say achieved instant cult status.   

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Jamie McCombe – a solid defender who has been compared to a young Tony Adams. Just coming back from injury, but has impressed me every time I’ve seen him. Dangerous at the other end as well….   

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Getting to Know FT – Ian B

Today’s article gives the low down on the current Trust Chairman 

Name:  Ian Bason  

Day job: Sales Development Manager 

How long have you been on the Trust Board? I was in the working party that formed the Trust in late 2002 and have served on the Interim Board and then formally elected to the board ever since.  

What made you come onto the Board? The initial concept of the Trust was to pool existing small shareholders (loads of fans) into group voting and via proxy gain more than 10%, so we could force the board at the time to give answers to fans, as we were concerned about the state of the club. However within days of launching the concept of the Trust, LCFC went into administration, so the initial focus became saving the club, while at the same time ensuring we got a say for investing our (the fans) money 

What is your main role(s) on the Board? As Chairman to try to make sure we have a clear focus & drive about the board agreed short term objectives, while ensuring we consult our members as often as practical on a variety of issues while also being realistic about what time a board made up of volunteers can offer….

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Visiting Bristol?

Travel Guide to Bristol City

Leave the M5 motorway at junction 18, travel along the Portway (A4) following the signs for Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38). Over the swing bridge (Brunel Way), branching left into Winterstoke Road, and left again at Cruickshanks Mercedes Garage for Ashton Gate. Street parking around the ground is limited; try Duckmoor Road or adjacent streets. If you park in the Hotwells area you can walk across the motorway complex called the Cumberland basin.  

The Police are clamping down around the Cumberland Basin. A number of tickets have been received lately. There is a trading estate behind the away end (opposite KFC and Mercedes garage), which is where most away fans park. Takes a while to get out afterwards, but then it's relatively safe.  

If you come in on the M32, you kind of have to plough through the centre to get to Ashton Gate. It will be a typical pre-Christmas City Centre, so worth a allowing a few extra minutes. Alternatively, you can stay on the M5 until junction 18 and come back up the A4 (The Portway). Much nicer drive.  

The nearest railway station is Parson Street which is around a ten minute walk away from the ground. However few trains stop at this station so you are more likely to end up at Bristol Temple Meads mainline station instead. There may be local trains to Parson Street.  Bristol Temple Meads is at least two miles from the ground and a marathon walk (follow the river) especially in bad weather, so best to jump in a taxi (around £10)…

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Get to Know FT – Paula

As we get to half way in our series, today we look at Paula who has been involved in the Trust from the first formation meeting  

Name:  Paula Aldred 

Day job: Accountant (sorry!!) 

How long have you been on the Trust Board? Since a few months after the trust was formed. 

What made you come onto the Board? I was involved in the trust since day one but in the early days i felt that there was people that could do a better job than i could so i stayed involved but not on the board, i later joined the board to carry out the finance role. 

What is your main role(s) on the Board? Finance/ Treasurer and company secretary. Most of the trusts funds are received though cheques which are received into the office. I collect and bank these and also deal with the various payments we need to make. I also prepare the year end accounts and deal with any Inland Revenue Issues.

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