Club Chaplain Focus Final Part

In this final article in the series will look at Bruce’s views on the sharing of wealth in football, his involvement with fans and the wider community, plus how long he hopes to retain the position of Chaplain. 

Do you think the 'business' side of football clubs is detracting from the enjoyment of playing and watching football? 

Being a bit controversial here, I would say that a good example of business decisions being detrimental at times is the example of one-year kit deals stemming from business pressures.  Who wants to buy a kit for a Christmas present that only has four months left to run?  There is a balance between decisions made for the benefit of the business and not alienating the fan base.  Close consultation with the fans is vital to achieve this.   

I don’t like the inequalities that force clubs to make very tough business decisions.  We are in a situation now where the rich are getting ever richer at the expensive of the other clubs.  As fans we strive for that fact that our club can win something.  Twenty-five years ago several Midlands Clubs would have been able to have won the league title.  Without the extremely rich investor the best a medium sized club can hope for now is a good cup run.  I personally believe that when taking into account that we no longer operate within a level playing field, what Martin O’Neil achieved with this club was the equivalent to what Brian Clough achieved as a manager all those years ago….

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Fryatt On Target In Well Earned Point

Sunderland 1 Leicester City 1 

To most City fans the trip to Wearside had not come at an ideal time. The fortunes of both clubs had changed in the last week with Leicester’s 4 match unbeaten run coming to an end with defeats at WBA and against Hull, whereas Sunderland have recovered dramatically from their disastrous pre-‘Keano’ start, winning their last three. 

In fact this fresh wave of optimism brought by the arrival of the former Manchester United legend, plus several deadline day signings was evident on the faces of the home fans walking to the mightily impressive Stadium of Light.  

The away fans in contrast were slightly more subdued. Having fired blanks in 5 of our 7 league games this season, and our only goal away from home being last weeks ‘own’ effort by Darren Kenton, 0-0 seemed to be a popular opinion of our best hope. 

Rob Kelly made two changes from Tuesday night’s defeat, with O’Grady and Wesolowski coming in for Hume and Low. Sunderland’s only change from their 3-0 win at Leeds was Chris Brown replacing the injured Connolly. 

After the blaring 'Dance Of The Knights' from Prokofiev's 'Romeo & Juliet' had died down, City started brightly, winning a couple of corners and Wesolowski firing wide from 25 yards. However it was not long before the Black Cats came into the game. Ross Wallace and Kenton started a good battle that would last all game and on 10 minutes the Scottish winger won a free kick. The cross was met by Brown but his header went just wide of the right hand upright….

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Tigers Steal Victory

City 0 Hull 1

It was another disappointing and frustrating night for the City fans as the club suffered their second defeat of the week with a 2-0 loss against West Brom on Saturday and a 1-0 defeat at the Walkers Stadium to bottom of the table Hull City.

The lowest Championship attendance at the Walkers Stadium saw former Leeds and Sunderland striker Michael Bridges score a 25 yard screamer that nestled into the top corner of Paul Henderson’s goal. It was cruel blow for City, who had enjoyed the majority of the possession and domination of the chances in the game.

Rob Kelly made just the one change to the side that lost on Saturday with Iain Hume replacing Chris O’Grady in partnership with Matty Fryatt. City created their first chance of the night early in the game through Paddy McCarthy following a corner after five minutes which was guided into the arms of Hull keeper Boaz Myhill.

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2nd Half Performance = Zero Points


It was a warm and pleasant afternoon.  The journey by train from Leicester via Birmingham New Street, Moor Street to The Hawthorns was simple, uneventful and cheap. 

The mood was quiet and relaxed.  The Home team and their supporters were not in bullish form.  The general impression, however, was that this was a bigger club than Leicester and a more determined, slightly resigned, following, mildly sceptical of their manager’s abilities and outlook. 

The first half had a restrained tone.  Neither side gave the impression of trying too hard.  John Hartson was out for an afternoon stroll and Kevin Phillips menaced, but appeared to be finding his feet rather than using them.  Matty Fryatt demonstrated his ability to turn a defender on a couple of occasions, but these were solitary efforts.  

No sign of a decent through ball from any Leicester player.  Chris O’Grady is quick, but his first touch is less than something to point out to your children.  Andy Johnson looks like a selection with a very short future.   Joshua Low danced around on his toes, but affected the outcome not one jot.  Paul Henderson had plenty to do and did it with style and accomplishment….

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Midlands Regional Conference 2006

This is the final article looking back at the Supporters Direct organised Midlands Regional Conference which was held at the Walkers Stadium during July.

Closing Debate:

The closing debate focused on clubs in the community with particular emphasis on how we identify our ‘community’ and then how we interact with it.  Chaired by Chris Egerton of BBC Radio Leicester, the following personnel were on the debating panel:

David Taylor – MP for North West Leicestershire AND Foxes Trust Member, Brian Burgess – Bees United & Brentford FC, Darren Bernstein – Football League, Dave Boyle – Deputy Chief Executive of Supporters Direct, and our very own Craig White – LCFC Football in the Community Officer* 

* – Many thanks to Craig who postponed his holiday by one day in order to attend 

Again lessons were learnt and healthy debate between the panel and delegates took place. 

Close of conference:

The conference closed and the cash bar opened in order to allow valuable continued discussion and networking in an informal environment!!! And finally:Should you wish to know more about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me at the following email address: [email protected]  

John Adcock’s Personal View of the Midlands Conference…..

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