Going to the Man City Game ?– Play Your Part

The Foxes Trust wants to ensure all LCFC supporters who are attending the game are aware of and help our club by co-operating with the Covid 19 spot checks that will take place prior to entering the stadium

Supporters attending Leicester City’s Premier League fixture with Manchester City on Saturday 11 September are advised that COVID-19 certification spot checks will be in place at entry points as part of the Premier League working with DCMS to maintain full capacity crowds at football, and in line with the Club’s new Supporter Code of Conduct.

To ensure the safety of everyone in attendance and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the spot checks, which are part of new Premier League protocols, will ask everyone over the age of 18 to provide one of the below:

– Proof of full vaccination for a period of more than two weeks
– A negative lateral flow or PCR test result from within the previous 48 hours
– An exemption from COVID-19 vaccinations

The spot check rules apply to everyone attending fixtures at King Power Stadium over the age of 18 and are in place to help supporters prepare for a future scenario where COVID certification becomes mandatory.

Please be aware that should COVID-19 certification become mandatory for fixtures in the future and you are unable to provide one of the three options above during a spot check, you will be denied access to King Power Stadium, as per Premier League protocols.

Following the link provides more details and direct access to:

  • How to order a lateral flow test
  • If feeling unwell, how to book a test through the government website
  • How to obtain an NHS pass

Based on experiences at other stadiums to date, the Foxes Trust advises fans not to rely on wifi access on their phone outside the stadium to access the NHS pass and to download it to phones prior to travelling to the stadium

COVID-19 Spot Checks To Be In Place For Man City (lcfc.com)

We would also like to show our backing to the Dos an Don’t on the clubs website

Safety comes first, so supporters attending matchdays at King Power Stadium should:

  • Obtain a COVID Pass and be ready to show they are fully vaccinated or have taken a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours
  • Bring a face covering to wear while in any indoor areas in the stadium
  • Arrive early and only sit in your designated seat
  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly
  • Be respectful of others

Supporters should continue to follow the latest Government guidance and must not:

  • Attend any match if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or are otherwise required to self-isolate
  • Gather outside stadiums in a way that breaches steward instructions
  • Engage in any conduct that is intended to or likely to transmit the COVID-19 virus

DEPLETED FOXES SNATCH VICTORY AT NORWICH

Norwich 1 Leicester 2

Report by Colin Hall

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton gave Leicester City their first away win of the season at early strugglers Norwich.

But the Foxes were again well below their best and rode their luck at times before eventually emerging 2-1 winners.

With Jannick Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand again unavailable, Brendan Rodgers chose to make only one change from the side that had been so dismal in the previous game, with Albrighton replacing the suspended Ayoze Pérez.

Both sides made a tentative start at a packed Carrow Road, but the visitors were the first to settle, taking the lead in the 8th minute when Ricardo Pereira exploited hesitant home defending to tee up Vardy from 15 yards.

Incredibly, this was the veteran striker’s first away goal in 2021. While Vardy’s exploits in a Leicester shirt assure him of a central role in the club’s history, his recent performances away from the King Power Stadium have often seen him some distance below the talisman who regularly terrorised Premier defences at his peak. Given the competition that now exists within the squad, it is to be hoped that this goal will spark a revival in his fortunes.

In the meantime, though, Ricardo sustained an injury while assisting the opener, and had to be replaced by Timothy Castagne. Once again, the collective mental fragility of this Foxes side was on full display in the wake of this setback, but the hosts, themselves beset by tensions after a run of TWELVE successive defeats at top-flight level, were unable to take advantage.

However, the Canaries were handed a lifeline shortly before the interval when Lees-Melou collided with Caglar Söyüncü while chasing a through ball. Most officials in the VAR studio would have let the incident pass, but on this occasion, a review took place, and deemed the defender to be responsible. Referee Jones, instructed to consult a monitor, duly changed his mind and awarded a penalty to the home side, which Pukki converted with some comfort.

The visitors’ malaise continued until well into the second half, although Norwich rarely threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal from open play. Indeed, the home defence’s difficulty in dealing with Albrighton corners twice almost allowed the Foxes to restore their advantage, but James Maddison, enduring a wretched return to his former club, was unable to find the target on either occasion.

Eventually, though, the Foxes managed to conjure up the first (and as it transpired, the only) incisive passing move of the game. A burst down the left by sub Kelechi Iheanacho saw the ball switched quickly via Maddison and Vardy to Albrighton, whose angled drive took a slight deflection off Williams before finding the net.

The shock of conceding seemed to rouse the hosts into action, and after Sargent came close to a second leveller, McLean headed home unchallenged from a corner, but was denied by a linesman flagging for a clear offside against Cantwell. The tensions in the Leicester ranks were extended, though, as the VAR bizarrely spent several minutes seeking grounds to overrule this decision before finally concluding that none were forthcoming.

Despite forcing several further corners in the closing stages, Norwich were unable to take advantage of any of them, and should really have conceded a further goal on the break, but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, making his Premier bow as a replacement for Maddison, sent a cross behind the unmarked Iheanacho.

Right at the death, the Blue Army’s hearts were again in their mouths, as Norwich sub Idah beat Schmeichel to an Aarons cross, only to see his effort fly narrowly wide.

Although Rodgers and his side will have been relieved to escape from Norfolk with three points, there can be no doubt that a dramatic improvement will be needed before the forthcoming home games with Manchester City and Napoli.

In particular, it is to be hoped that Söyüncü, Maddison and Harvey Barnes can quickly recapture the form of which they are all eminently capable, as none have yet done themselves justice during the current league campaign to date.

Norwich (4-3-3): Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Lees-Melou (Rupp 73), Gilmour (Idah 79), McLean; Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent 73), Rashica. Subs not used: Zimmermann, Dowell, Sørensen, Gunn, Giannoulis, Omobamidele.

Goal: Pukki (pen) 44

Bookings: Lees-Melou, Cantwell

Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Ricardo (Castagne 11), Amartey, Söyüncü, Thomas,, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison (Dewsbury-Hall 86); Albrighton, Vardy, Barnes (Iheanacho 67). Subs not used: Ward, Choudhury, Praet, Daka, Jakupovic, Soumaré.

Goals: Vardy 8, Albrighton 76

Booking: Albrighton

Referee: Robert Jones (VAR: David Coote).                           Attendance: 26,765.

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

PEREZ BURNS HIS BRIDGES

West Ham 4 Foxes 1

Match Report by Graham Tracey

For the third time within 12 months, a game against West Ham quickly went from bad to catastrophic, and we were on the end of a crushing defeat which we need to get out of our system quickly before it does lasting damage. Other than Bournemouth, we have not been used to this type of stuffing under Brendan – the shock of a 4-1 loss early in the season brought back bad memories of defeats at Anfield and Old Trafford when we were defending champions.

I think we all knew this would be a difficult match, with our defensive injuries and against a home team in front of fans for the first time since the pandemic, during which Moyes has engineered an unlikely transformation. In the end, the predictable outcome of us being out-muscled by Antonio proved true, but the match will be remembered by us for an appalling stamp by Perez and a schoolboy back pass by Soyuncu.

With Vestergaard injured in training, I was surprised we didn’t bring Castagne in for a back five, and so the starting XI was unchanged from Wolves. West Ham did not press us, allowing us plenty of the ball. Indeed, in snooker the players would have agreed a ‘re-rack’, as Soyuncu and Amartey passed between themselves but without any idea on how to move it forward, as our injured centre halves would do.

Amartey probably had a season’s worth of touches – despite his significant limitations I think his ungainly style makes him look worse than he is, and he wasn’t culpable for the result tonight. Barnes and Maddison saw plenty of the ball early on that suggested they could create chances over the 90 minutes, but both faded badly. We found it hard to play through them, even Ndidi sometimes losing out against their eager approach.

We were undone by a swift counter-attack that was once our hallmark. Vardy gave away Soyuncu’s ball, and it was worked to the left for Fornals to expertly stroke home the cutback. This was not a good game to concede first, and although Ricardo slipped as he was about to shoot, my main focus was on making it to half time only one down.

While we did this, we also found ourselves a man down. Schmeichel played Perez into trouble with a high risk pass, and although off balance, the Spaniard seemed to change course to stamp on an opponent after over-running the ball. As soon as the ref consulted VAR it was an inevitable red card and I found it hard to understand our players’ protests and why Perez took so long to get off the pitch.

Let’s be clear – Perez is no Junior Lewis. That said, that’s the last example I can remember of a manager (and Brendan Rodgers is no Peter Taylor!) sticking by a player when such a majority of fans think he isn’t good enough. Perez was actually having one of his better games, but is so lacking in physicality or bottle for that side of the game that my instinct (only he knows) is that he made a coward’s challenge. Only a gymnast with ‘the twisties’ would have lost their sense of spatial awareness that much to plant their leg down in that way. I doubt I am alone in now hoping that Albrighton shows how much stronger we are with him on the right side.

The crowd were now joyously blowing bubbles, and I hoped we could stay in the game for as long as possible in the second half. However, we soon conceded one of the worst goals I can remember. Now being pressed tightly, we were still foolishly trying to play out from the back rather than relieving pressure by going long sometimes. Soyuncu found himself having to turn back to goal, but played it back without seeing Schmeichel had come outside his posts (as is standard practice). The ball inside him initially revived memories of a Frank Sinclair own goal, and while Kasper recovered to close out the intercepting attacked, it was squared for Benrahma to finish with ease.

With half an hour remaining, things had the potential to get messy, and two fine saves by Schmeichel kept down the score. We could hardly get out of our own half, but to our credit we pulled back a goal from nowhere, Vardy and Maddison combining for Tielemans to finish at the second attempt. As attacking subs were prepared, the hope was that jitters would settle on the sedOlympic Stadium and we could fashion a chance to equalise.

However, two quick goals scuppered that and completed our misery. As a ball was pulled back to Antonio, it was easy to predict what he would try to do, despite the high degree of difficulty. Nevertheless, he spun Soyuncu and hammered home with aplomb. This led to some light relief as Antonio celebrated with a life sized cardboard cut out of himself – which I enjoyed, unlike his own manager Miserable Moyes! Shortly afterwards, Antonio controlled a high ball expertly and had the desire to beat our demoralised defenders and keepers to poke home the fourth.

On a desperately poor evening, Tielemans was our best player, while Luke Thomas persevered well on a night when more senior players wilted. At least a trip to Norwich next week gives us a great chance to bounce back.

CITY: Schmeichel 5, Ricardo 5, Thomas 6, Soyuncu 3, Amartey 5, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 7, Perez 1, Barnes 4, Maddison 5, Vardy 5. SUBS: Soumare, Daka, Iheanacho

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 Norwich ?

Norwich  – Saturday August 28th, 3pm

By Car  NR1 1JE  

The ground is well signposted from the A11 and A47. From the southern bypass (A47) take the A146 into the city. At the traffic lights turn right towards the city centre on the A1054. At the next roundabout stay in the left-hand lane and continue towards the city centre along the A147. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right into King Street. This street as it bends around to the right and crosses the river becomes Carrow Road, the ground is further down on the right.

If you use the A14 be aware that the road is often closed overnight resulting in lengthy diversions.

Approx. 125 miles  3 hours travelling.

Car Parking

The best car park for away fans is Norfolk County Hall, which is well signposted on the left of the A146, as you follow signs towards the ground from the Southern Bypass. After the match the car park is well marshalled with two streams of cars exiting it, so normally you are not held up for too long. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: NR1 2DH

Pubs

You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Norwich. Around a five minute walk away from Norwich Railway Station and a 15 minute walk away from Carrow Road is the Stadia Bar on Upper King Street. This bar welcomes visiting supporters and shows Sky and BT Sports on over 20 screens. There is also the Waterfront on King Street. This live music venue/nightclub is now open on matchdays exclusively for away fans.

The Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road brews its own beer and is around a 10 minute walk away from the ground. Also on Thorpe Road is the Fat Cat and Canary. In the City Centre  St Andrews Brewhouse  brews its own range of beers and ciders.


By Train

Carrow Road is located around 15 minute walk from #Norwich Station and is well signposted. Trains take approx 3 hours mins off peak return £72.00.

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. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

Going to West Ham ?

West Ham United London Stadium E20 2ST – Monday August 23rd 8pm

Located in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the easiest and quickest mode of travel to games at London Stadium is by public transport.

Tube and Train

The quickest way to get to the stadium is to walk from Stratford Station. West Ham Station will be extremely busy on matchdays and it is advised that supporters find alternative direct routes to Stratford Station.

Stratford and Stratford International Station are served by: DLR, Jubilee and Central Line services; National Rail operated by C2C and Greater Anglia, London Overground and South Eastern trains. 

Pudding Mill Lane is a DLR station 10 mins walk away and Hackney Wick – a 20 min walk is served by London Overground

By train journey to London takes approx 3 hours with a bus replacement service , off peak return £58

Bus

Stratford Bus Station and Stratford City Bus Stations are located in close proximity to Stratford Station.

Buses that run to these stations are numbers: 25, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, D8.

Parking

There is no parking available at London Stadium and parking restrictions will be in place and enforced in the local area.

Where to drink

There are very few pubs in the immediate vicinity which welcome away fans. There are food and drink outlets in the Westfield shopping area near by or it may be easier to drink in central London prior to the game.

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