A feeling of déjà vu

Wolves 0 City 0

Report by Kate Thompson  

On a wet and windy night, but fortunately not a cold one, we made our way to a ground where success recently has been in short supply; after all, who could forget last season’s 4-3 reverse?  This was quite a different affair, ending in a goalless draw and Wolves having a goal disallowed after a VAR check, the exact same result as the home match on the first day of the season.

It was an unchanged City team, with Choudhury replacing the much-missed Ndidi as the defensive midfielder.  City started quite brightly and the pre-match concern with problems that Traore would create for Ben Chilwell were forgotten as he was on the bench until the 64th minute. 

Neither goalkeeper had much to do, Patricio having to punch away a deflected header from Pereira and Kasper having to be alert to crosses with so many tall attackers. 

In the 44th minute Wolves scored what appeared to be a perfectly good goal, only for VAR to rule that another player was marginally offside.  The decision took ages and led to a chorus of catcalls, especially from the Wolves fans.

In the 60th minute Maddison was brought down in the box for what looked like a nailed-on penalty; there was another VAR check, which must have been the shortest on record!  According to one Leicester fan, the BBC was saying that it was a penalty but none of the match reports appear to have mentioned it. 

The introduction of the pacey Traore gave Wolves a lift and it was backs to the wall stuff for the rest of the match.  Rather surprisingly, the match stats make interesting reading.  City had 59% possession and although Wolves had 15 shots to Leicester’s nine, both teams only had three on target. 

Wolves committed more fouls than Leicester but we had three yellow cards to their two – Choudhury, Maddison and Chilwell.  Choudhury then received another yellow, so was sent off, apparently our first red card this season.  It seemed very harsh and neither foul merited a yellow card; I thought the club might appeal but it seems that no appeal against two yellow cards is allowed. 

City shut up shop and Evans and Soyuncu were immense in protecting the goal; the latter blocked a late shot, which looked goal bound.  Fortunately, the Wolves attackers were frequently off target when you would have expected them to score.

Albrighton replaced Perez in the 68th minute, Praet came on for Tielemans in the 75th minute and Morgan was the last substitute, for Barnes, in added time at the end of the match. 

Sadly, there were some disappointing performances.  Vardy hardly got a sniff, although it could be argued that he had little service, and I do wonder if his career is coming to an end.  Neither Barnes nor Perez offered much threat, although both worked hard.  Maddison was credited with his defensive work, but I would rather have seen more of a threat going forward. 

My man of the match would be Pereira, but he should have done better after wriggling his way into the box, but putting his shot wide.  So, we will take a point and have now got a nice round 50.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Choudhury. Pérez (Albrighton 68), Tielemans (Praet 75), Maddison. Barnes (Morgan 90+4), Vardy, Subs (unused). Justin, Gray, Ward, Iheanacho

Booked: Chilwell (88), Choudhury, Maddison (36). Sent Off: Choudhury (76)

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 Announce Partnership with Leicester City in the Community

Following a series of meetings over recent months, the Foxes Trust is delighted to announce a partnership with Leicester City in the Community (LCitcC) which will see the Trust highlight the work of LCitC

LCitC covers a vast amount of work across the City and County which can broadly be split into the following categories

  • Community (aiding people to improve their lives)
  • Education (help through training, job-readiness etc),
  • Health and Wellbeing (helping people to tackle wellbeing challenges in their lives whether that be mental or physical health).

In the years ahead the Trust intends to use a mixture of its website and social media platforms to ensure that all Leicester City fans are aware of LCitC activities taking place

The Trust will publish a series of articles on our website examining in more detail each area of activity.

Initially the Trust website will focus on Health and Wellbeing activity which mainly targets older LCFC fans, while events relating to other aspects will feature on our social media accounts

Foxes Trust Announce Addition to the Board

At the recent AGM it was announced that Kate Thompson has been elected to the board, taking on the role of leading all matters relating to the Leicester City’s heritage

Kate is an archivist, previously serving as the county archivist for both Leicestershire and Hertfordshire. Kate all advised LCFC club historian John Hutchinson on classifying and cataloguing archives during the time that John was creating a full and complete record of the many documents and artifacts that the club had collected and individual fans had donated to the club over the years, elements of which have been seen at a series of exhibitions since John started the role

Commenting on Kate joining the board. Trust Chairman Ian Bason said “We are delighted Kate stood for election expressing her desire to take on the heritage role. With the second phase of development planned for our old Filbert Street home and the ambitious King Power stadium site expansion plans approaching in the near future, it was important that we had a board member leading heritage activity and ensuring the clubs history was a key part of both sites.”

The Trust has had a long-term aim of a physical LCFC museum being created, so fans have regular access to elements of Leicester City (and Fosse) history.

At the AGM it was also announced that Dave and Di Statham, along with Ian Bason were also re-elected to the Trust board

The Trust Board would also like to thank Colin Murrant, who decided not to re-stand, for his contribution to the board over the years he served, in particular coordinating communication between the other fans groups and developing the relationship with Leicester City in the Community

Going to Wolves ?

Directions by road  WV1 4QR

From Leicester easiest route may be down the M69 to the M6, then follow directions from the South East

By road from the north:

Exit M6 at junction 12. At the island take third exit onto A5 for Wolverhampton. At the next island turn left onto A449. After six miles the A449 passes under the M54.

Carry straight on and at the sixth island (Five Ways) take the third exit onto Waterloo Road. Molineux is one mile straight on.

By road from the south west:

Exit M5 at junction 2. Follow the signs for Wolverhampton on the A4123 for eight miles to the Ring Road. Turn left on Ring Road, following signs for Molineux.

Take second exit at next two islands, pass Banks’s Brewery and swimming baths on left and then turn left at next set of traffic lights. Molineux is 500 yards on the right.

By road from the south east:

Exit M6 at junction 10. Take A454 via Willenhall to Wolverhampton Ring Road.

At first Ring Road island, take the fourth exit (A449 to Stafford), straight on at next two sets of traffic lights. Filter right at third set of lights into Waterloo Road. 

Molineux is 500 yards on right.

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings.

Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left.

Approx 60 miles     1hrs 30 mins

Parking

There is a limited amount of parking at the stadium and city centre car parks. there will be car parking available further from the ground and it will be easier to get away after the game. Parking at the station is £5-00

Directions by rail

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings. Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left. Walking takes approx 15-20 mins

Trains take 1hrs 30mins off peak return £23-60 but may be difficult to get back.

Pubs

There are no pubs as such near to the stadium.  

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Glacial progress but change may be coming

Although progress is not as fast as some would like, from a national perspective, football supporters’ voices and concerns are being heard – those listening include the FA, EPL, broadcasters, DCMS, SGSA and train operators. Issues such as VAR, safe standing, club governance, proposals for a European Super League, train fares, FA Cup ticket prices, clubs sanctions, gambling addiction and tackling discriminatory abuse are all issues currently being addressed by fans’ groups.  

The latest FSA PL Supporters Network meeting took place in Manchester on 30 January – Board member, Steve Moulds, was in attendance. These meetings are important as they provide a forum for supporters from all PL clubs to come together and discuss issues that affect all fans.

Decisions taken at these meetings also lead to the key issues raised with the Premier League Executive. The action points from the latest meeting can be viewed here