A HAPPY RETURN

Forest 2 City 3

 

An evening of extraordinary events at the City Ground ended with former Forest boss Gary Megson celebrating his first victory in charge of Leicester City, as the Foxes defeated the home side 3-2 in a Carling Cup second round tie.

 

The game began in bizarre circumstances when Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith was allowed to dribble from the halfway line and walked the ball unchallenged into the City net. This drew some half-hearted cheers of amusement from the home sections of the crowd, but only later did it dawn upon most of those present that the goal would be allowed to stand.

 

Afterwards the club explained this action was meant as a gesture of goodwill to Forest for their agreement to abandon the original tie three weeks previously. Both the Football league and FIFA (who are currently running a “Fair Play” week) have also acclaimed this generous gift. So the decision not to announce it in advance appears as inexplicable now, even in the warm afterglow of victory, as it did at the time.

 

The players, to their credit, fought hard to put the early setback behind them, and despite suffering a further blow when midfielder James Wesolowski was forced out of the game with a hamstring injury, managed to pull themselves level when Alan Sheehan scored with a superb 25-yard free-kick…

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Into the Valley.. (Updated Info)

Continuing our advice on away games, Anne Noble supplies the information for visiting Charlton

By car from the M25

The easiest way to get to The Valley is to use the A2, accessed from junction two of the M25. Heading into London, the dual carriageway becomes the A102M – the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave at the junction after the A2 exit and take the right-hand exit at the roundabout – the A206 Woolwich Road.

After the major set of traffic lights at Anchor and Hope Lane and Charlton Church Lane, travel around second roundabout and take the last exit to drive back on yourself. Then take the first left into Charlton Lane. Cross the railway line and continue up the road, then right into Harvey Gardens. The stadium is on the left.

Access to Floyd Road and Harvey Gardens is restricted on matchdays.

Via the South Circular

Follow the A205 South Circular Road to Woolwich and turn left into the Woolwich Road at the roundabout for the free ferry. You should then turn left into Charlton Lane and proceed as described above.

From central London: From north of The Thames, take the A102 through the Blackwall Tunnel. Come off at the second junction and take the first exit at the roundabout. Go along the A206 Woolwich Road as above.

Parking….. 
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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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