Going to Newcastle ?

Newcastle  – New Years Day 3pm

By Car  NE1 4ST

At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity.

An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) – parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game.

Two park and ride schemes are currently in operation: from Newcastle Great Park (just to the west of the A1) and also the ‘Soccerbus’ that operates from Metro Centre. With tickets on sale on the buses for £2 return, this is a great way to avoid the hassle of finding (and paying for) a parking spot in the city centre. The Park & Ride site is ideally located just off the A1 at Newcastle Great Park. It is well signed within Newcastle Great Park and is just one minute from the junction with the A1 – City North/Gosforth (A1056). For those with Sat Nav use the NE13 9NR – the Park & Ride site is on the opposite side of the road to the SAGE building. No need to book, just turn up on the day – both park and rides are operational from around 3 hours before the game and 3 hours afterwards to make your journey as flexible as possible.

Approx 186 Mls 3 hours 20 mins

Pubs

You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre, but most away fans tend to favour the pubs opposite and around Newcastle Railway Station. The ‘A Head Of Steam’ ‘The Lounge’ and ‘O’Neills’ are all recommended, but some of these bars will only admit fans if colours are covered and none of them admitted children. Also nearby is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Union Rooms.

By Train

Newcastle Central station is located around 15 minute walk from St. James’ Park, and is well signposted. Cross the road from the station, and walk up Pink Lane, passing the Forth Hotel. Turn right onto Clayton Street, then left onto Westgate Street. Outside Tilleys Bar, bear right onto Bath Lane, passing Fujiyama Restaurant. After 200 metres, turn right and then left onto Gallowgate, and the ground will be obvious from here. 

Alternatively, take the Metro from Central Station to Haymarket. Cross the road, and turn left. At Mordon Street (next to the Goose), turn right and then left, walking around the back of Eldon Gardens. The ground is at the end of this road (Strawberry Place), just beyond the Strawberry Pub

Trains take approx 3 hours 20 mins off peak return £109-35, last train 19.02

By Bus

Newcastle has two major bus stations, Haymarket (for services from Northumberland and the North) and Eldon Square (services from County Durham and the south). These are located adjacent to each other on Percy Street, next to Haymarket Metro station. From both bus stations, cross over to the far side of the road, then walk up the passageway next to the Goose public house, and turn left. 

The Stagecoach buses which operate within Newcastle and Gateshead city boundaries do not stop at either of the bus stations, but stop in the centre of town, from where the ground is signposted and easily walkable. 

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.

Compiled by Anne Noble

Feast of Football (from Liverpool)

Leicester City 0 Liverpool 4  –  26 December 2019

Report by Tish Krokosz

This Boxing Day clash between the two top teams in the Premier League had been labelled as the match of the season. It had been criticised by Klopp for its timing in terms of player fatigue in the middle of a cramped schedule of games and by fans for the difficulty in getting to the game on a day when public transport was at a minimum. Yet the attendance was the second highest at the King Power.

It was preceded outside the stadium by free beer and water for the home fans and a spectacular, fifteen minute pyrotechnic display inside the ground. Unfortunately, this was as exciting as it would get for the home fans. Liverpool, who had won the world club championship only five days previously came with the attitude of champions and were intent on showing their prowess. They did this in buckets.

City were nervous from the start. They were intimidated by an opposition that was brimming with confidence and which was ready to push forward from the word go. Our defence, and in particular, Schmeichel, were making uncharacteristic mistakes and allowed Liverpool to dictate the game for the first quarter of an hour. The visitors could have been 2-0 up in this time.

Once City calmed down, they managed to pull themselves up to a decent standard for the next fifteen minutes. At which point, following a corner, which Liverpool should not have been allowed as Robertson had pulled Pereira back as he was attempting to stop the ball from going off, Trent Alexander-Arnold had the opportunity to put in a perfect cross to the back post. Three Liverpool players were queuing up to head it in and it was Firmino who out-jumped Chilwell and put a powerful header past Schmeichel.

Soon after, Mané was put through down the middle and the crowd was expecting the lead to double, but Schmeichel made one of his point blank saves and at half-time there was still only a one goal deficit for City to plug. Yet, with no shots on target in the first half it seemed a tall order for them to manage this.

Indeed, the second half started much as the first one did with City showing their nerves – or was it that Klopp had told his side to seal the game promptly? The Liverpool attack was relentless and it was surprising that by the time Albrighton came on for Barnes in the 58th minute that more goals had not been scored. This change on the right wing did have a positive effect for a short time and the home crowd appreciated the more aggressive approach that was being shown on that side of the field. Albrighton was linking up well with Pereira and there was a glimmer of hope that the game could be turned around with Tielemans and Praet having shots at goal (but not on target).

Klopp recognised that he needed to change personnel on that side and brought on Milner and Origi for Keita and Salah. Almost immediately, the visitors doubled their lead. From a corner, they won a penalty after Söyüncü handled the ball and Milner made no mistake from the spot. This seemed to dishearten City and it certainly fired up the Merseysiders.

Just two minutes later, Alexander-Arnold, who had acres of space down the right side of the field all evening, put it a low cross to an unmarked Firmino and he thumped it into the net.

Rodgers recognised that Liverpool were tearing City apart in midfield and brought on Choudhury in place of Maddison to help Ndidi and stiffen the defensive part of midfield. Yet this was not enough to stop another breakaway by them and as the ball was passed to Alexander-Arnold on the edge of the penalty area he drilled a shot through the legs of Chilwell and past the despairing dive of Schmeichel into the left corner of the net.

This brought back memories of that awful 6-1 defeat by Spurs in 2017 but Liverpool were content to sit on this 4-0 lead and toyed with City in the last ten minutes keeping possession of the ball for as long as possible.

It was a shame that Liverpool came on an evening when most of the City players were half asleep and not able to produce the type of football that was evident only four weeks ago. The home fans were in good voice and were hoping to see our team inflict the first league defeat of the season on the leaders. Instead, they saw an away team give a master class of how to control a game, wear down the opposition by accurate passing and a resolve to win the ball on every occasion. They were the best team by a long way to visit the King Power this season and I cannot see how they cannot win the title now. Thank goodness we do not have to play them again.

As for City, it was disappointing that there was no shot on target all evening and it is up to Brendan Rodgers to rebuild the confidence in a team that can play vastly better than on this night. The team spirit needs to be notched up several gears in time for an away visit to West Ham who, themselves, are having a torrid time. It would be good to end the year on a high note.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Praet (Perez 72), Tielemans, Maddison (Choudhury 75), Barnes (Albrighton 57), Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Justin, Gray.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita (Milner 70), Henderson (Lallana 82), Wijnaldum, Salah (Origi 70), Firmino, Mané. Subs not used: Adrian, Shaqiri, Jones, Williams

Referee: M. Oliver                                          Attendance: 32,211

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 West Ham?

West Ham United London Stadium E20 2ST

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 (due to engineering works), 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.

Worried about how you’ll get to the Liverpool match given the awful kick off time?

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MATT DAVIS AND CLLR SUSAN BARTON OF THE FOXES TRUST AHEAD OF THE LIVERPOOL MATCH ON BOXING DAY:

Going to the Liverpool match and can give a fan a lift on the way through?

Talk to each other via liftshare. All you need to do is:

Register for free at www.liftshare.com

Log where your journey starts and put the King Power stadium as the end point

Put in the date and time of your journey

Say if you can provide a lift or you want to be a passenger

You will get a list of matches to either have a lift with or give a lift to (with charges if appropriate).

IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE

(At the bottom of the Liftshare website you’ll also find a whole list of frequently asked questions)

Remember the more people that log an interest before Boxing Day the more chance there is to match to somebody else – so don’t delay, go to liftshare.com today.

Commenting on the initiative launched by the Foxes Trust, Councillor Susan Barton said “A late kick-off on Boxing Day means there will be no public transport. It would be great if fans got together to share cars or give lifts so everyone can get there to cheer on the Foxes.

Not only will this help people travel to the stadium, it could also reduce some of the parking problems in surrounding streets that is such a nuisance for surrounding communities.

It would be great if this became a regular arrangement for future match day travel.

Remember though, stay safe and, if you’re a driver, avoid the temptation of a seasonal tipple beforehand.”

Come on Leicester Fans let’s all help each other to get to the match and raise the roof!

FOXES FALL SHORT IN MANCHESTER AGAIN

Man City 3 Leicester City 1

Report by Colin Hall

Leicester City’s unbeaten run came to an end in emphatic fashion at the Etihad Stadium, as hosts Manchester City inflicted a 3-1 defeat which narrowed the gap between the sides to a single point.

The encounter was a reminder to club and fans alike that, for all the quality football we have witnessed in recent months, Brendan Rodgers’s side remains some way short of the finished product. Indeed, Rodgers himself was honest enough to admit as much in post-match interviews.

The Foxes boss had named an attack-minded starting line-up, with places for both Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes, in an effort to take the game to the home side.

However opposing manager Pep Guardiola had made a statement of intent with his own selection, who forced the visitors onto the back foot during the early stages.

Ominously, Riyad Mahrez, starting against his former colleagues for the first time at this venue, looked particularly keen to play a prominent role in proceedings

He came close on two occasions to giving his team the lead, before setting up team-mate De Bruyne for a fierce drive which struck the outside of a post.

With Kasper Schmeichel also forced into making two saves to deny Jesus, the Foxes were certainly under the cosh at the stage.

But the visitors stunned the home crowd by taking the lead with their first shot on goal.

A move down the left-side involving Ben Chilwell and Barnes sent Jamie Vardy clear on goal. The striker duly found the net with a composed finish for his 17th league goal of the season, and his 29th of 2019. Only Lionel Messi has been more prolific in major European leagues during the calendar year.

The hosts stepped up the tempo in response, with Schmeichel preventing Sterling from finding a swift equaliser. Meanwhile, at the other end, another Vardy break could have extended the visitors’ lead, but this time his shot cleared the bar when a cross to Perez might have brought better results.

Just when the Foxes thought they may have seen out the storm, the pressure on them was finally made to tell.

Mahrez, who gave Chilwell a particularly torrid evening, cut in from the right again and his shot took a deflection off Çaglar Söyüncü to leave Schmeichel helpless.

For all their undoubted qualities, the home side were forced to turn to the dark arts of the game in order to gain the upper hand. After De Bruyne tricked Söyüncü into collecting a soft booking, Sterling tripped over Ricardo’s outstretched leg to earn a penalty from referee Dean when other officials, as we have observed in recent weeks, may instead have chosen to issue a yellow card.

However, on this occasion, the decision was upheld by VAR and Gündogan duly converted the spot-kick, despite Schmeichel’s valiant effort.

The visitors fought back strongly before the break, with Ederson producing a fine save to stop Vardy from adding to his impressive goal tally.

But the pattern of the game was soon resumed after the interval, with neither James Maddison nor Youri Tielemans able to make a meaningful impact.

Only fine work from Schmeichel stopped Mahrez from extending the home lead, though Vardy continued to pose a threat on the break, and almost conjured an equaliser with a cross which narrowly eluded the onrushing Barnes.

The winger’s collision with Ederson – rightly deemed a 50-50 challenge, despite considerable online opinions subsequently suggesting otherwise – saw him sustain an injury which forced him to limp off.

After Perez blazed over when well-placed in his final effort of the game, the home side finally confirmed victory when De Bruyne surged past Söyüncü to find Jesus stretching at the far post to turn home the cross.

As the midweek exertions finally began to catch up with the Foxes, they were unable to strike a meaningful blow in the closing stages, though Schmeichel managed, on this occasion at least, to stop his side from suffering a rout.

The defeat is the eighth in succession that Leicester have suffered in Manchester since the 2015-16 title campaign. Rodgers has not entirely addressed the vulnerabilities afflicting this team on travels to the top sides.

As in that momentous campaign, when the Foxes endured a mid-season wobble which saw just one win in seven games, the pressure is beginning to build.

It is to be hoped that in the coming weeks, this team will find enough resilience to deal with it as it did four years ago. 

Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gündogan (Rodri 79); Mahrez, De Bruyne (Agüero 90 + 1), B Silva, Sterling (Foden 89); Jesus. Subs not used: Bravo, Zinchenko, Cancelo, Garcia.

Goals: Mahrez (30), Gündogan (43 pen), Jesus (69)

Bookings: Gündogan, De Bruyne 

Leicester City (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans (Praet 77), Maddison; Perez (Gray 68), Vardy, Barnes (Albrighton 64). Subs not used: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Iheanacho.

Goal: Vardy (20)

Bookings: Söyüncü, Ndidi. 

Referee: Mike Dean           Attendance: 54 415

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