Champions For Real – 4 Years On Part Two

Leicester 3 Everton 1

Continuing our bank holiday week end coverage, our match reporter resumes at the start of the second half with images of the celebrations added to the piece

Report by James Bandy

After the break, Kasper Schmeichel denied Oumar Niasse with an unorthodox header on the edge of the penalty area before stopping a Lukaku backheel. The Belgium striker was again denied by the Leicester goalkeeper, before Robles had to be alert to deny Fuchs his first goal of the season after being released by Mahrez.

Robles ws soon beaten, though, as Pennington brought down Vardy with a clumsy challenge. The Everton defender was lucky not to see red, having been given a yellow in the first half for hauling down Mahrez in full flight. Vardy made no mistake from the spot, drilling his spot kick hard to the keeper’s right for his 24th goal of the season.

The England striker had a chance to score his 25th seven minutes later. Darron Gibson upended Jeffrey Schlupp as he raced into the area, but with the chance to complete his first hat-trick in professional football and bring him level at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with Harry Kane, Vardy got his effort all wrong, blazing the ball high over Robles’ crossbar.

Leonardo Ulloa and King flicked headers wide towards the end, with Oviedo denying Vardy the hat-trick he craved, before Mirallas grabbed a late consolation which was far better than the overall Toffees performance. Marcin Wasilewski was twice beaten by a tidy Kevin Mirallas sidestep, with the Belgium international cutting inside Kante to score. 

The strike visibly annoyed Schmeichel and his defensive colleagues, who wanted a clean sheet, but it epitomised their professionalism – and possibly the fact the Denmark No.1 had one eye on the Golden Glove award after keeping 15 clean sheets so far this season.

But the disappointment was short-lived, as the final whistle blew and Morgan lifted the Premier League trophy amid incredible scenes inside the stadium. It capped what is without doubt the greatest day in the club’s 132-year history. The players have achieved immortality, and it’s humbling that us fans can say we were alive to witness it. Just don’t make us wait another 132 years for the next one, eh?

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, King, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Ulloa, (62, for Okazaki), Schlupp (67, for Albrighton), Gray (91, for Mahrez), Amartey, Chilwell, Schwarzer, Inler.

Everton: Robles; Oviedo, Pennington, Stones, Baines; Lennon, Barkley, McCarthy, Cleverley; Niasse, Lukaku. Subs: Mirallas (63, for Niasse), Gibson, (63, for Cleverley), Osman (81, for Barkley), Besic, Howard, Connolly, Dowell.

Referee: Andre Marriner              Attendance: 32,140.

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

Foxes Trust AGM

The Foxes Trust AGM takes place at the King Power Stadium on Monday February 10th commencing at 7.30pm (opens at 7pm)

This is a Foxes Trust members only event (but you can join on the night).

Board members report on the work of the Trust over the last year and then our guest for a Q & A session is Jonathan Northcroft who is the Chief Football Writer for The Sunday Times and author of several books including Fearless: How Leicester City Shook the Premier League and What it Means For Sport

The run continues

Brighton 0 City 2

Report by Kate Thompson

Like the Crystal Palace game, this was one where I thought we might come unstuck, but as most pundits went for a Brighton win, I was happy to be proved wrong.

City started strongly and could have scored within minutes of the start; Barnes hit a shot just over the bar, Perez hit the bar and Vardy had a header saved by Ryan.  At this stage it was looking good and the awful weather reminded us of games against Newcastle and Southampton in the pouring rain – and they both turned out well! 

As the game went on and City dominated without scoring, some doubts started to creep in.  Brighton finished the first half the stronger and carried on in the second half; despite this it turned out that they didn’t have a single shot on target. 

Finally, in the 64th minute City broke the deadlock.  From a Brighton corner, the players broke quickly with Vardy, as ever, spring-heeled and leaving the defenders for dead.  Very unselfishly, considering an almost identical move only minutes before broke down when Perez took too long, he squared the ball for a simple tap-in for the Spaniard.  How many players in a similar situation would have thought ‘Well he messed it up last time, I am going to have a go myself now’. 

Only minutes later Vardy was one on one with Ryan but the goalkeeper made a good block.  Brighton had their chances and might have had a penalty; fortunately, Mike Dean waved away any appeals and it seemed that the Brighton player had made a meal of it.

In the 82nd minute Gray was fouled just inside the box, for what seemed a rather soft penalty.  Vardy struck the ball well as ever, but Ryan guessed the right way and pushed it away, only for Maddison to follow up with a good header.

Then VAR came into play and it appeared that several players had encroached into the box before Vardy took the penalty, so it was taken again and this time he made no mistake. 

So that is five games on the bounce for him – is he going to beat his own record?!  Incidentally, is that the first time that Dean has been kind to Leicester? 

Maddison later tweeted that it was not the 23rd birthday present he hoped for and it was ages before the scoreboard removed the goal symbol next to his name.

Despite Brighton’s lack of fire power they worked hard but the defence held firm, with Soyuncu continuing his impressive season.  Evans had to go off in the 62nd minute and was replaced by Morgan; Rodgers said afterwards that it was only cramp and that Johnny had not been able to train fully after a few days in hospital for an undisclosed stomach problem. 

Praet replaced Perez in the 70th minute and Gray came on for Barnes in the 78th.  

Once again Leicester proved that a team who play for each other can beat 11 so-called super stars any day of the week.  The one player who was somewhat below his normal excellent standard was Tielemans, but it hardly mattered.  So we continue to dream.

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Webster, Burn, Mooy, Propper, Stephens, Trossard, March, Maupay. Subs: Balogun,  Schelotto, Button, Murray, Jahanbakhsh, Bissouma, Groß

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Ward. Morgan, Iheanacho, Gray, Albrighton. Praet. Justin

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

Going to Wembley (Spurs) ?

Wembley HA9 0WS

By Car

Take the North Circular road from the M1 and B4557 to Wembley Stadium

Approx 100 miles, 1 hours 30 mins

Parking

It is recommended that any visitors wishing to drive to the stadium only use the Official Wembley Stadium Car Parks. To reserve your space, please visit wembleyofficialparking.com . To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your space early. The Pink carpark is designated the AWAY supporters car park, spaces cost £40. A protective parking scheme operates in the local residential streets on Stadium event days. Only vehicles with the appropriate resident or business event day permits will be allowed to park in the area. The local council has stated that illegally parked vehicles will be issued with large parking fines and towed away.

Unauthorised Car Parking

Note: there are a number of unauthorised car parking operators within the Industrial Estate on the approach to the Wembley complex. We would strongly advise that you do not use them and choose Official parking for the following reasons;

Insurance risk: They may not be correctly insured to operate commercial car parks, this means you are not covered on their site if they are at fault.
Patrols: They do not patrol the car parks during or after the event.
Car crime: There are numerous reports of car crime in unofficial car parks.
Poor lighting: They are poorly lit as are the approach roads for pedestrians.
Wembley Stadium is a public transport destination and all visitors are advised to utilise public transport wherever possible.

By Rail:

Take the tube from St Pancras to Marylebone and Chiltern Railways from there to the stadium

Trains take around 3hours, £64-00 offpeak return

Bags

Please note only small bags 30cm x 30cm can be taken into the stadium and there is no luggage drop off facility.

Where to drink

There are a number of pubs and bars within 15 mins walk of the stadium

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.

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Up Next – West Brom

Up Next – West Brom 10th March 2018

Manager      Alan Pardew 

Founded       1878             Ground         The Hawthorns

Address       Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B71 4LF

Capacity        26,688       

Squad:

1              England                                                GK          Ben Foster

2              Cameroon                                            DF           Allan Nyom

3              England                                                DF           Kieran Gibbs

4              Wales                                                   FW         Hal Robson-Kanu

5              Argentina                                              MF         Claudio Yacob

6              Northern Ireland                                   DF           Jonny Evans (captain)

7              Scotland                                               MF         James Morrison

8              England                                                MF         Jake Livermore

9              Venezuela                                            FW         Salomón Rondón

10           Scotland                                                MF         Matt Phillips

11           Northern Ireland                                    MF         Chris Brunt

13           Wales                                                    GK          Boaz Myhill

14           Republic of Ireland                                MF         James McClean

15           England                                                FW         Daniel Sturridge (on loan from Liverpool)

16           Egypt                                                    DF           Ali Gabr (on loan from Zamalek)

17           Scotland                                               MF         Oliver Burke

18           England                                                MF         Gareth Barry

19           England                                                FW         Jay Rodriguez

20           Poland                                                  MF         Grzegorz Krychowiak (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)

22           Belgium                                                MF         Nacer Chadli

23           Northern Ireland                                   DF           Gareth McAuley

25           England                                                DF           Craig Dawson

26           Egypt                                                    DF           Ahmed Hegazi

28           England                                                MF         Sam Field

34           England                                                MF         Rekeem Harper

40           England                                                GK          Alex Palmer

45           England                                                FW         Jonathan Leko

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.wba.co.uk