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  1. 66 points
    I was asked by The Fox fanzine to write an article about the recent tragic events at #lcfc from a personal and professional perspective. It appears in the latest issue of The Fox, which is available now. ----- “Helicopter has crashed outside.” Those words from a colleague flashed up on a text message at 8.40 that fateful Saturday night as journalists were finishing off their work in the press room. This had to be some kind of horrible hoax. A few us dashed around the side of the stadium and saw in the distance a raging inferno, fearsome flames leaping into the night sky, emergency vehicles flying past with loud voices telling everyone to get back, to move away. We returned to the media facilities where journalists, some very experienced, long-in-the-tooth hacks, were in a state of shock and visibly shaking. That couldn’t be the owners’ helicopter surely. It must be something else. The TV was on. Very soon, the breaking news strapline said it was the helicopter belonging to the people who owned Leicester City. We couldn’t believe what was happening. Nobody could survive a crash like that. And what about people in the surrounding areas, how many more people have been killed? It was a scene of utter confusion as we tried to make sense of it all. Leicester had drawn 1-1 with West Ham. Match reports and manager interviews about red cards, deflected goals and other stuff became completely irrelevant. How do we go about covering this horrific incident? We’re football reporters, not hard-nosed hacks who work on the front line in warzones. I was called on by my employers to provide live updates but information was limited. It’s important in these situations to report facts, to not over dramatize, to handle it with sensitivity. TV companies in Australia and America wanted me to describe what I’d seen and what we knew. In truth, we didn’t know much but we knew it was a massive tragedy. In amongst all this, I was getting messages left, right and centre from friends who had seen the awful news, assumed I’d be there working and wanted to know if I was safe. I was safe but I was in a mess. That night, and the days which followed, were the hardest of my professional life and I’ve been fortunate to do this stuff for almost 30 years. I was regularly called on by talkSPORT and other international TV and radio broadcasters to tell the story of what had happened and what the reaction was from the club, the fans, the city and the wider football family. On the Sunday, having had less than two hours sleep, it was some challenge to try and make sense of it all. We’d been told privately the owner was on board and that no-one had survived but because of no official confirmation we could only publicly highlight the dots without actually joining them. The club statement at 10pm wasn’t unexpected but that didn’t make it any easier to deal with. I had the unenviable task of breaking the news on talkSPORT which meant reading out the statement. I got to the final paragraph before emotion got the better of me. It wasn’t the first time and wasn’t the last over those few days where personal feelings cut deep into the broadcasting. You desperately want to do a professional job, to report the facts. But this was my club. Hearts were broken everywhere, mine included. I was part fan, part journalist. This was so difficult. Monday brought more tears as we gathered again at the stadium. I interviewed The Birch, he couldn’t hold it in. Everything was surreal. The tributes for our wonderful owner continued. National journalists wrote heartfelt pieces. This was front page as well as back page news. There were so many moments of kindness. The hotel by the stadium provided warmth and shelter and food and drink for us as we composed our difficult words. Two and a half years before, we came together at the KP the night Spurs imploded at Chelsea to confirm us as Premier League champions. We looked around at each other in sheer disbelief and hugged strangers. We did the same this time but for polar opposite reasons. From the highest high to the lowest low. There is no handbook for how you deal with horror like this. You report with gut instinct as adrenaline runs through your veins. You get some things right and some things wrong in live broadcasts. Ultimately it doesn’t matter greatly. There is a bigger issue, a monumental tragedy. It’s a dreadful situation for everyone. None of us wanted to be in the eye of this storm. The pats on the back and kind words from bosses, colleagues, listeners and football fans are of course tremendously humbling. But you feel guilty. It’s uncomfortable hearing praise for how you handled your job when the job entails reporting on such a terrible incident. An incident, for a Leicester fan especially, which is so painfully close to home. It affected me more than I should probably admit. Mentally it was brutal. I felt broken. We were all going to a game of football and not everyone made it home. My heart is with the friends and family of every person we lost. I hope they find some small crumb of comfort that the fans, the city and the wider football family poured out their love in support, to show we were united in grief. To show we were with them. The main positive from the gravest day in our club’s history was to tell the world about a great man. How he was no ordinary owner and no ordinary person. How he treated us as fans rather than purely as customers. We felt like we were his extended family. The number of tributes at the stadium showed how much we cared. The world quickly knew through these many column inches and hours of broadcasting just what we thought of him. As the darkness enveloped our hearts and minds, we were able to shine a powerful light on a truly special, generous and kind human being – Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Geoff Peters, talkSPORT @mrgeoffpeters
  2. 57 points
    All of us stayed in our seats though and paid our respects. What if his actions led to hundreds of others doing the same? We are all eternally grateful and thankful but there is a way of doing things, and running to a grieving man over a barrier doesn’t strike me as comforting. If you look at the letter he got he’s been banned for two months, which will be ended if he meets the security team on 29th December, not a season long ban or a banning order. The club are spot on in my view
  3. 44 points
    City outplayed Brighton for 45 minutes 10 vs. 11. The players AND the manager deserve credit for that.
  4. 40 points
    It's not everyone who gets accused of it, just those who either fail to accept good arguments for when presented in front of them. Or when they just go looking for things to blame on him, like Vardy not starting yesterday. When it was clearly stated prior to the game he's only trained one day and was a major doubt for the game. Or bleating on about him subbing players when they get a yellow card, another weak argument. There are plenty of things out there that are more than reasonable to moan about with him, anyone going looking for things or trumping up rubbish like the above, I just can't take seriously. They are looking for problems because they don't like him, hence some people saying some have an agenda. What signs of improvement are there? 16-17: 13 games 13 points 17-18: 13 games 14 points 18/19: 13 games 18 points and top half! Apparently, though pointing out better points totals or better positions is "crap". It wasn't long ago people were predicting relegation without Mahrez, or didn't know how we'd score a goal. Yet we sit comfortably mid table. Shall we take a look at your thoughts in the summer?... "If we are near the bottom after 10 games Puel will be gone but the squad is still not good enough for top 10 no matter who the manager is! Severe lack of ambition from the owners" "You’re deluded and heading for disappointment,Let’s revisit this conversation 10 games in when we are right near the bottom!" "Id love to know what the owners expectations are for this season, cause with this manager and this transfer window so far, we ll be closer to the bottom 3 than top 10." There we have it, you didn't think the squad was good enough to finish top 10. We are, so by your own standards we're currently over performing. Well done Puel hey! And you question why people think others have an agenda.
  5. 33 points
    Wasilewski. Don't need anyone else.
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  7. 31 points
    You will never, ever be a possession side if players don't move and if the team are too spread out. I've nearly started a thread about this after a few recent matches but I just think, who cares, why bother? We could all unanimously agree it still doesn't change what Puel coaches. I don't understand how they don't get it. Ndidi or Morgan or whoever will have the ball and this is what they see: Chilwell way out extreme left, today's lucky winger about ten yards ahead of him. Ricardo or Amartey out way extreme right, Ghezzal or whoever ahead of him. Vardy way, way up on the shoulder, Maddison or Iheanacho a few yards off him. Centre half sitting about five metres away behind ball carrier. Other central midfielder about fifteen metres away marked by an opponent. Every single one of those players are rooted to the spot refusing to move anywhere. Ball carriers options: smash it long (told not to do that) or pass it backwards. Fans all blame ball carrier, occasionally Ndidi will attempt a pass to one of these marked players and everyone will go nuts when we lose it but is it really his fault? A possession based team needs two things: movement and proximity. Pass and move (Liverpool groove), it's not ****ing complicated, most of you probably do it with your mates playing fives ffs. Our lot are just so lazy, they're all standing there waiting for the ball to come to them. You watch Man City or Arsenal or Liverpool, Barca or even Bournemouth, their players are all close to each other so they've always got a close passing option. It also means that if you lose the ball, two or three players are all near to win it back. Our best player at this? Shinji Okazaki. He's our only player that's not only constantly moving but he's constantly moving towards the ball carrier and he's constantly looking around him. Watch him next time he plays, he's twitchy, he's looking over his shoulder and around himself at all times, he constantly knows where the ball is coming from and he just looks to quickly move it on again. It's why he was key in moves like this one in 15/16: Which we did a couple times that year, I'm sure there was another passage similar to that away against Man City. Look how close they all are to one another. Now watch some footage from last night and how horribly spread out and static we all were. Maddison is just as guilty as everyone else, he's a kid mind with a lot of time to learn but he needs to be watching Shinji and taking it on board. He might be better at passing, dribbling and trapping a ball than Shinji but he's no way near as good at that spot behind Vardy because he doesn't use his head. We were all very excited about him linking up with Vards but so far, I'm pretty sure Iheanacho has created more goal scoring opportunities for Vards than Madders has, no? Absolutely not blaming Maddison exclusively, though, the whole team is doing it. Quality isn't even the problem, you don't need to be talented to just move, you just need to not be a lazy bastard. Some of it has to be the manager though, I doubt he tells them not to move, that's on the players but I imagine the distance between them has got to come from him. What is it, an attempt to hold shape above all else and make the game as wide as possible? Alright fine but then go more direct and stop refusing to play a long ball out from the back. It's like we've got two or three philosophies on the go at once and nobody quite knows how to execute the plan. In short? ****ing shambles.
  8. 30 points
    It's eleven, its heaven for Jamie Vardy. Hold the back page, hold the front page....A Leicester player has smashed the record.
  9. 29 points
    Thank me later: http://www.usagoals.me/c/football/2832344/1/leicester-city-vs-southampton-live-stream/
  10. 27 points
    "How to plug a product while disguising it as a debate on the club's progress"
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  14. 25 points
    http://youtu.be/NTJHUDz1a-o Some nice touches on this video. Fair play Burnley.
  15. 23 points
    Hey Daniel, go and stand in the undergrowth next to those beautiful railings so we can take your picture.
  16. 23 points
    We have litterally not scored in 1 game this season
  17. 23 points
    I'm in the US and fell in love with football this summer watching the World Cup. When it ended, I started watching and reading about all the European football I could. I've been enjoying it all, and at the same time slowly narrowing down the options until I find the right team to support. I love good counterattacking play and a good underdog story, so as of a month ago I had narrowed it down to three: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Leicester City. Then the tragedy at the King Power happened, followed by two weeks of nothing like I have ever seen in the sporting world. I was completely moved by the photos of shirts and scarfs from all teams left outside the KP, by the midnight appearance of an actual fox, by to two gutty performances on the pitch surrounding a whirlwind trip to Thailand, by videos of Jamie Vardy and his wife grieving for their friend and chairman, by the raw emotion of the LCFC podcast hosts, and most of all by the true love shown for Khun Vichai by LCFC supporters on this message board and at the stadium on Saturday. In the last two weeks, you all have shown your true class and humanity. In my opinion, the Leicester City community is everything a sporting community should be. If you would have me, I would be honored to join you as a LCFC supporter.
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  19. 22 points
    FoxesTalk? No.
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  21. 20 points
    He probably won’t get credit for it but switching to a midfield three and remaining positive with the two front players got us that point. Switching to a 4-4-1 after the sending off would have been the norm but would have probably lead to losing by 1 or 2 easily
  22. 20 points
    Leicester win: Because of the players. Leicester Lose: Managers fault. Leicester won a tightly contested game: We didn’t deserve to win and the manager is on thin ice. Leicester Lose a tightly contested game: We are complete crap and the manager hasn’t got a clue. Vardy scores: He’s amazing. Vardy doesn’t score: The manager is stifling him. Just embarrassing really. I sometimes question whether these guys actually support lcfc.
  23. 20 points
    The scene's at Fulham away when we're singing more for the opposition manager than our own....
  24. 19 points
    On FoxesTalk, we are City and they are Man City.
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