Rare Boxing Day Win

Hull 1 City 2 – Boxing Day 2006

What a refreshing change!  When I was asked by The Observer the other week for my view of the Barnsley game, I said that City appeared to have no passion or urgency about them, and this has been true for so many games.  

However, the game against Hull was probably the best one I’ve seen this season.  They started as if they really wanted to win and only some stout defending by Hull stopped them scoring on several occasions.   

In the first five minutes Hammond was hacked down and the defender wasn’t even booked, although he was sent off in the second half.  Even when Hull scored against the run of play, on the stroke of half-time, I didn’t think – as I have done so often this season – that that was the end of the story.  I expected them to turn it around, at least to get a point, and they did not disappoint.  I can’t remember the last time I was so enthusiastic about a City side. 

Stephen Hughes was a vast improvement on Low (although how could he be anything else?!) and Williams is improving with every game.  Porter was his usual busy self and even Hammond – whom I often accuse of being lazy and not appearing to be involved in the game at all – was a constant threat….

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Cadamarteri Maintains Squad Numbers

With the departure of Andy Welsh back to Sunderland ending his loan spell a couple of days early, the wages saved were quickly re-invested in giving Danny Cadamarteri a contract until the end of the season. 

Rob Kelly commented on LCFC World that Danny had displayed a hunger for success which earned him his contract following a 2 week trial. It will be interesting to see if Rob plans to use him as a striker or utilise his pace on the wing. 

Cadamarteri is best known for his 6 years at Everton where he broke into the first team and made 50 starts and a further 60 substitute appearances, claiming 15 goals. 

Still only 27 he has subsequently played for Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield United and finally returning to Bradford for a second spell. He also played a few games on loan at Fulham. His full career details follow….

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Academy Products Delivering the Goods !

Wolves 1 City 2 

The trip from Leicester was easy.  £10.80 return by train with a 15 minute walk to the ground downhill: friendly reception at Molyneux to visitors.  Leicester have a good track record against Wolves in recent years and this proved to be the case again. 

Henderson had replaced Logan in goal, Logan having suffered a torrid time against Sheffield Wednesday when clearly unprepared for shots outside the Penalty Area.  Henderson had performed well earlier in the season, but although not sorely tested, sometimes looked a little hesitant on this occasion – short of match practice perhaps. 

The rest of the team was as expected with Gareth Williams playing at number 8 and Josh Low on the bench – thank heavens. 

The Wolves match programme contained a very good analysis of the visiting team and their manager.  Why doesn’t the Foxes programme contain this sort of analysis of visitors to the Walkers Stadium? 

This famous ground echoing to the names of Stan Cullis and Billy Wright heralded a return to form for Leicester.  The atmosphere felt right for Leicester.  Both Robert Kelly and Mike Stowell were at home. 

Mike was prominent on the touch line – too much so, but this pairing with Robert Kelly is by no means ineffective.  Robert Kelly is a mild-mannered sort but you do not have to be loud and assertive to be a good manager and there are grounds for thinking that Robert Kelly is a shrewd, quiet, restrained operator with a non-existent budget: a man who knows his own limitations and that of others – he deserves our support.  Stowell is also loyal – bear in mind his many years of devoted service to Wolves in goal: he merits support as well.  It would be interesting to see his written assessment of our three goalkeepers….

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Louis Dodds – How Did He Do On Loan?

That is the question we asked Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust, Maggie Nixon gathered the views of several fans and filed this report exclusively for the Foxes Trust. 

"Louis Dodds has done well and has been a good loan signing. 

His debut wasn't easy, with a mid-week match away to Exeter, where he was substituted after 63mins. The feedback was optimistic, he'd had a quiet start but could run faster than most and it looked like a promising loan signing. 

Louis' first home match against Rushden & Diamonds was excellent, he worked hard and demonstrated that he has a good awareness of the game. Two incidents stand out.  

Firstly, he found space at the far post from a set piece, putting him in a perfect position to collect a poorly cleared ball and deliver it back into the box, where our tall central defender buried it in the back of the net.  

The second has to be the best of his three Vics goals. A precise curling shot instinctively delivered into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out – stunning……

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1884 Interview

In our next in the series of who’s who at Leicester City, Matt Davis interviews Steve Mason, manager of the 1884 bar. 

Before you read the question and answers we posed to Steve, I wanted to thank Steve formally via the Trust website on behalf of all Foxes Trust Members for his support in allowing us to hand out leaflets informing fans what we are about and how to join the trust, it is very much appreciated.  

How long have you been a Leicester City Supporter for? – Over 10 years now.  

And how long have you been in the Pub Trade for? – 25 Years!! 

What is the history behind the formation and subsequent opening of the 1884 bar by you?

I was approached by the Chief Executive Tim Davies, to design and build the 1884 Sports Bar for season ticket holders, on a first come first served basis to enjoy a pre/post match drink at no extra cost. It opened at the beginning of the 2004/05 season after taking seven months to set up. My role here is to run the Sports Bar which includes all the hire for the evening functions. (See below for more details regarding functions available).    

Until I actually started going into the 1884 bar on a match day, I knew very little about it, can you give fans some details about the 1884 bar on match days?

Firstly let me say it is located between the mega store and the ticket office at the Walkers Stadium.  

On a Saturday match day we are open between 12:00 and kick off for season ticket holder only and then again after the game until 19:00 for all home fans.  Children are allowed between 12.00 and 13.00 and also after the game. Children are not allowed in at the peak times of 13.00 and 15.00 for safety reasons as it is usually busy…..

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