Leicester MP Calls for Debate on Safe Standing

Today the Foxes Trust received the following press release from Leicester South MP and Foxes Trust member Peter Soulsby. 

17 September 2007 – For immediate use 

MP calls for Sports Minister to open debate on safe-standing at football grounds 

Leicester South MP Peter Soulsby is renewing his call for a public debate on whether safe-standing areas should be introduced into football grounds. Earlier this year Peter Soulsby met local football supporters and backed calls for consideration to be given to proposals to introduce safe areas for spectators to stand. 

The MP, whose constituency includes the Walkers Stadium, has signed a Parliamentary motion calling for the Government to enter into a meaningful dialogue with supporters’ organizations, the FA, Premier League and football clubs on this issue. Foxes supporter Peter Soulsby has now written to the Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, urging him to give consideration to this. The MP signed Early Day Motion 101 which states:

That this House urges the Government to re-examine the case for introducing small, limited sections of safe standing areas at football grounds; further urges the Government to recognise that there is widespread support for such areas, and that improvements in stadium design and technology mean that with rigorous safety specifications standing areas could be safely re-introduced; and calls on the Minister concerned to convene a meeting of representatives of the police, supporters, Premier League clubs and the Football Licensing Authority to find a way forward.


 Peter Soulsby MP said……
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The Start of Another New Era

City 1-1 QPR

It never surprises me how stubborn and incredulous Leicester City fans can be when it comes to their club. The conversations I had, which later turned to arguments, with a couple of fans before the game on Saturday perpetuated my long held belief that some of our fans may as well not bother getting up in the morning.

I can only be so patient with some people before I have to take issue with their rather dwarfed and illogical views on proceedings at the club. I welcome Gary Megson as our manager and despite him not being my first choice, I’ll support him until I believe his position has become untenable. This does not include his stewardship of our East Midlands neighbours because, frankly, I don’t care what he’s done in the past. All that matters to me is here and now and what he does for Leicester City.

The game against QPR was 1-1 at its conclusion following a long-range thunderbolt from Mikele Leigertwood to deny City a perfect start under Megson. Ian Hume converted a spot-kick just after the hour to put City on what looked like the road to victory after dominating the game throughout.

QPR were on alert from as early as the fifth minute when Lee Camp pulled off a save from a DJ Campbell header. It was three minutes later when Stephen Clemence hit a free-kick that Camp was also equal to in the QPR net. It was then the turn of Carl Cort who then drilled a shot just wide of the post from distance. Cort, who made his first start of the season, made an encouraging beginning to his City career winning nearly every header and flick-on building a dangerous partnership with Campbell…..

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Know Your Wood from your Trees?

As about 5,000 City fans are making the journey on Tuesday, there will be some who haven’t visited the City Ground before, so here’s our guide with the help of Paul Ellis from their supporters club. 

The City Ground is situated south of Nottingham City Centre and the River Trent opposite Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. Visitors are normally accommodated in the Lower Tier of the Bridgford Stand. The capacity is 4,750 but this is usually reduced to about 3,000. The facilities and view of the action are good.  It is advised to keep colours covered around the ground, especially if you support another Midlands team.  

Access to the visitors' turnstiles is through The Brian Clough Stand car park via Scarrington Road off Lady Bay Bridge. It is also possible to follow Colwick Road (and Orston Road), to get to these turnstiles, this can be found halfway along Radcliffe Road next to a pedestrian crossing. Parking prohibitions are in force on match days around the ground. Nottingham City Council operates a paying car park 15-20 minutes walk away on Victoria Embankment. Access is via Clifton Bridge complex to Queens Drive and then Riverside Way. South of the river in West Bridgford it is permitted to park in the side streets; however, it should be noted that this parking is in short supply and is unpopular with residents. There are also a number of places on the opposite side of the Trent, including Notts County's Meadow Lane ground. Some streets may have parking restrictions…..

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Want To Take Part in a TV City Fans Forum?

The Foxes Trust have been contacted by Cameron Hawes, the Sports Editor at MATV, as the TV channel is soon planning to launch a new weekly TV programme for City fans. 

Here is how Cameron describes the show

 “MATV’S Leicester City Fan Forum 

Want the opportunity to have your say on Leicester City Football Club, well now’s your chance! 

MATV needs loyal and dedicated Foxes fans to participate in a new weekly chat show which will be broadcast to the local public via MATV’S local Channel 6 and Virgin Media Channel 823. 

Fans will get the chance to come into the studio and have their say on the clubs recent form and results, manager’s decisions, transfers etc.” 

The Foxes Trust is keen to support this show as a new way of getting City fans views heard and also with the aim of attracting viewers to support our club and start coming to matches, as fans get their commitment to our club across to a new audience. 

In the first instance, fans who are interested in taking part in the show….

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LCFC Manager – Latest Chapter

It was only in the middle of May that the Foxes Trust examined the managerial records of those names being suggested in the media as potential candidates to take on the challenge of managing LCFC under the demanding leadership of Milan Mandaric. 

So we are now in the same position, not much football has been played since, so here is how the managerial records looked in May https://foxestrust.co.uk/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=293&Itemid=2 

Following publishing these statistics, we asked members for their viewpoints on potential candidates and here is what some of them said later in May https://foxestrust.co.uk/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=294&Itemid=2 

At that time we asked members to name one manager they really wanted and one that they certainly didn’t want. When all the responses were analysed, the clearest message was given in that over half of the replies stated that they least wanted Neil Warnock. This was then clearly expressed to the club and Milan Mandaric subsequently commented that he had considered Mr Warnock but was made aware of the strength of feeling that City fans had against his appointment and ruled him out. 

On Thursday 30th August, the Foxes Trust fed back to the club it’s members initial reaction to the departure of Martin Allen and on the basis of those recent members views above regarding Neil Warnock, confirmed by the number of callers on a Radio Leicester phone in on Wednesday night this week who expressed similar concerns, the Foxes Trust made it clear to the club that, several months on, most fans would not back appointing Mr Warnock and therefore would strongly advise against it. The club acknowledged this continued strength of feeling.