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  1. 167 points
    While I have been posting, I have been fighting a shocking depressive operation. I have had my own " great escape"..the Doc, told me,99% sure they got it all out. unfortunately. It was cancer of the kidney, so the tumour has meant , it took my kidney with it. The 1%...control they still have to clarify. I just want to say a big thankyou to this forum, and all posters..It was/has been my outsiders relief. Whether , I disagee, or agree with opinions, its great to see other perspectives and opinions!! I obviously worried about my wife and our children, when , it was thought to be a simple kidney stone or absess, Then I have to tell them of the true diagnose, the pain which they try and hide, comes through, but we got through, also with our wry, crazy humour, but when I was alone the depression was eased, by using , reading this forum.. fearless Leicester fighters,..we cant lose....Thanks guys n gals. Mods if I posted wrongly, then just move it, to another topic. I still hope to carry on with my weird posts and opinions but for the next month, I will be drifting in and out..
  2. 80 points
    Hi,everyone.I have posted this subject yesterday,and now I want to update something.Thank you for all of Leicester fans here,I receive a warm welcome from the big family.This is the first time that I contact with FOXES fans from local.As I said,I am looking forward to finding a pen pal.Although fans here say I can enjoy myself and talk with fans here,I still want to make pen pals with local FXOES.I am going to enjoy myself too. There is only a few Leicester fans in China 3 years ago,most of them are international students who studied in Leicester.After we created the history last year,many people said they have been supported Leicester for a long time(You know they are Champion fans).Some even said that they are 20,30 years Leicester fans!You know they are joking but I don't like them. I am a 16-years-old boy from China.I set up a Weibo (just like twitter in the UK) for Leicester city football club in 2014.I like Leicester city through a football manager game.I found LCFC and chose it to play.Then,I helped the club win the Premier League Champion.It was quite amazing at that time.And I wanted to search some information about this club, but I found nothing through some Chinese websites.So I was trying to search for information on lcfc.com,twitter and facebook.Since then, I have become a Leicester city fan.And I set up the Weibo to promote the news of LCFC. I set up the Weibo on March 22,2014.At that time, we are only at the Championship.Time flies, and now we are the champion of the Barclays English Premier League.I still can’t believe myself.During the two years, I nearly send news to our fans in China every day.The number of LCFC fans in China is increasing quickly these days.Many people like us because we establish such a miracle.And some funny fans even indicated that they have been LCFC fans since 1884! My Weibo’s followers is also increased quickly.Now,I have more than 10,000 followers.And some magazines even have an interview of me and post my life to other fans in China. Make my dream come true last year,visited U.K. and go to the King Power Stadium Waited in the hotel where Leicester live,Got lots of photos with players and signed kits.Here is my photo with Mahrez,he looks a bit unhappy. With Shakespeare Albrighton signed for me Met Filbert Fox with my small Filbert,so awesome and amazing.My photo was also posted on the twitter. Leicester fans meeting in the Hong Kong Rula Bula Bar,with Heskey and Gerry Watch PFL Asia Trophy Daily Mail posted an article about me and other China FOXES fans last year,first is me:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3565046/Its-red-Leicester-thanks-Chinas-number-one-fan.html
  3. 78 points
    ONE POST. it took one post about a club LEGEND for people to start bashing him. Four posts in and 50% of the posts are bashing him. a club LEGEND. He's won it all. He's played his part in a lot of that. He's not Conrad FVCKING LOGAN. leicester fans sometimes man
  4. 71 points
    For those who are not on facebook. I'm please to confirm that I manage to spent 20 mins with Claudio with my son Dan on Saturday morning to give him his book with your messages before training. We then watched the match Vs Marseille He thought it was 'fantastic' and that I was to thank everybody. I have attached a coupe of photo's. I have just transfer £1211.67 to the Leicester Childerens hospital charity which Claudio nominated to receive the funds. If you ever get a chance to go to Nantes, I thoroughly recommend it, it is a beautiful place. Thank you everyone for you support, messages and donations. Dean Hawthorne (left)
  5. 68 points
    Fuchsy...Good to read this. I'm about to commence my own battle....6 months of 'chemo' starts next week and, as I've already been 'signed off' from work for some weeks, I'll be facing, at best, near enough a year at home/in hospital. Luckily my treatment is mainly 'takeaway' with a little bottle and pump strapped to my forearm so the time at home will far outweigh the 2 days per fortnight I have to attend the oncology unit. The trouble is that boredom can too easily kick-in and I, like you, find that reading through the forums, contributing occasionally, is a decent antidote to it! Here's wishing you a full recovery and a resumption of normal daily life !!
  6. 60 points
  7. 60 points
    Thanks for the last 9 years. Thank you for: League One title 2 painfully unlucky Play-off semi-finals Championship title The Great Escape The Premier League Title Sevilla at the King Power, 14th March 2016 - the best game I have ever been to. Thank you for your service. Good luck for the future.
  8. 59 points
    Just been reading quite a lot of negative stuff about Riyad on other threads and thought I'd speak up for the Algerian genius. I'm 32 and I have been going down city all my life. In my time as a fan I have paid money to see plenty of players with the technical ability of a potato. meaning no disrespect to a lot of them they were what they were but as a fan watching these donkeys ply their trade was pretty lousy entertainment. Riyad Mahrez was and is, head and shoulders the best and most technically gifted footballer I have ever seen or will ever see playing for Leicester. When he had the ball at his feet it was like watching a great artist paint a brilliant picture. He was the kind of player that made the thousands of pounds and all those miles stuck on a motorway worthwhile. Watching him these last few years must be similar feeling to United fans watching George Best in the 60's or Stoke fans watching watching Sir Stanley in the 40's. He was a maverick, an Individual, a once in a lifetime player. Now a lot of you can delude yourself and say that he wasn't trying last year, which is ridiculous he has always had a languid, laid back approach to the game and no one complains when we were winning. Or people can pretend he's a Judas and that they hate him and want him gone so it makes his leaving less painful. Truth is he already gave us 1 year more than he needed too. Myself I will just be incredibly grateful that Steve Walsh plucked him from obscurity in the french championship and I got 4 years of going down City watching a player like that. I can hope and pray that we somehow sneak another year or two out of him but if not I wish him him well not just for the entertainment he brought but because without him we never would have had this:
  9. 59 points
    got some free time on my hand so i thought i would rewatch some of the match, this post gonna be a bit long but trust me, if you are interested in our tactics and why riyad played good this match/didn't play as good the past season, give this post a try. let'š start with thé most obvious: the overlapping fullback see here how amartey overlapping prevented mahrez of being doubled. the second player was too afraid to commit to mahrez because there is another player that can run to space. now, the overlapping CM: granted, drinky overlapped sometimes but james does more, he was ready to offer support and receive the ball from mahrez if he was doubled. and as soon as he saw that the left back (i think nyom) commited to riyad, he reacted fast and went to the space ...ok ok, i understand. having an overlapping fullback can leave you exposed defensively, except there is something called "pressing upfield".not allowing the other team to build the play from the back so they are forced to hoof it. like what amartey did here what i loved about the ndidi-james CM partnership is the space they provide. ndidi and drinky stayed back a lot last season, but here, n'didi pushed forward to recieve the ball in the middle and james pushed right so if mahrez wanted to come there, he would find him and amartey. one to recieve the ball and the other to overlap here is another example of how an overlapping fullback can provide space and stop mahrez from being doubled or being ready in space to offer help still, people will still have doubts about the space left, but wilfred proved that he can cover for amartey just fine now, if you still not convinced, see those two. see how the fullback stayed back instead of doubling and my favourite one of them all. i'm not gonna say anything, you can see for yourself what i'm trying to say is, i don't believe that mahrez is putting more "effort", it's just that he found the players that can compliment his playing style and attributes. yes it was a preseason game so who knows hope you enjoyed the work
  10. 51 points
    Gutted, really am. The best player ever to wear at LCFC shirt and its been an absolute plessure watching him play. We will miss him more than anyone else in the team. You wont relise what we had until he has gone!
  11. 51 points
    Am I reading this right....... he's gone from a god to cannon fodder in the space of 12 months He hasn't said anything derogatory about the Team, The Players, Fans or the Owners. In fact he's been the same on nearly every interview he's been on..... Quote:....... It's football He gave us a place in history with the team, the fans, backroom staff and the owners OK, he didn't get it right and we're in a better position than we probably would have been had he stayed But come on, he deserves nothing but our gratitude for last season alone. As for the Kante thing, we don't know the actual facts but we do know Ndidi came in under his tenure. In my world, he still holds a piece of my heart and I have nothing but respect for the man who gave me so much joy last season. The man on the left will always be in the picture.............. Nobody can take that away Ps: We all know Rachel had a supporting role as well
  12. 48 points
    I'm at Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando right now. Mickey Mouse himself just came up to me in my Leicester shirt and shook my hand to congratulate us on the 3 points. We are massive...
  13. 48 points
    I swear some people on here are just motivated to look for negatives and then jump on them... You are embarrassing some of the "so called" fans on here, especially in the post match thread who are abusing Shaky.... YOU should resign from FT. Yes we lost but to blame Craig is not on. he made substitutions that he felt fit at the time because he knows more than all of us on here put together. I actually saw genius in his tactics, but this time didn't pay off.
  14. 48 points
    Yes! We... Leicester City... Are on the eve of a 4th season in the Premier League! Who would have thought this when we were promoted just over three years ago? Where we've come from and where we are now just don't compare; even more so if you want to take this back to when the Srivaddhanaprabhas took us over. It has been an amazing past three years, certainly it has never been boring. The great escape, the title win, the second escape and a new manager, selling players for £30m+, buying players for £30m+, Champions League quarter-final, two players in an England team at the same time... 3 years ago, who would have thought? We are improving the team; no more having to sell our best player to buy the players we need in three other positions. You can't get a ticket most games for love nor money. It's almost surreal. I find the doom-mongers to be completely bizarre. Surely they're just joking, right? We're going to have another solid season and next year will be our 5th season in the top flight, which hasn't happened in too long. We can and almost certainly will become one of the established Premier League teams in a season or two. So we're not going to shell out £50m on a midfielder... good! Our record transfers have a habit of disappointing anyhow. Keeping Mahrez, as looks likely, is pretty much the same as signing a new £50m midfielder, especially as he seems to have realised that if he wants his dream move, then he needs to knuckle down. Years ago we would have lost a player like that, as it is, we seem to have learnt from the Kante deal and if you want our best players, you pay what they're worth! We have plenty of cover in most positions, young and promising players who can push on, owners who are willing to invest. No doubt the Johnny Comelately glory hunters associating with the club are thinking that these should all be a given, but anyone who has been a fan for years should be salivating at the mouth and looking forward to what is ahead of us for the next 9-10 months. I'm not saying we're going to win the league again, I'm not saying top four, but I can't see why not, with fair winds, we can't make it into Europe again. I for one am really, really looking forward to the season ahead. Whatever comes, it won't be boring, but I just have a feeling it's going to be tinted blue. COYB! 2017-18
  15. 48 points
    Highest win rate of any Leicester City manager in the Premier League. Led us to the Champions League Quarter Final, and could have progressed had a refereeing decision gone the right way. Has the support of the players and owners. Knows the club inside and out having built for our success with Pearson and Walsh. I believe in you Craig!
  16. 47 points
    Absolutely no chance. No idea why people are utterly desperate to get rid of him.
  17. 47 points
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/08/matty-james-pain-remember-rest-of-life-leicester-city-interview Matty James: ‘I was in so much pain I’ll remember it for the rest of my life’ Stuart James Friday 8 September 2017 18.47 BST Matty James spent the whole of Leicester City’s Premier League winning season on the sidelines. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Amid all the euphoria that accompanied those wild celebrations at the King Power Stadium on the evening that Leicester City were crowned champions of England, it escaped unnoticed that one player was struggling to hold everything together. “I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, to be pictured,” Matty James says. “If you ask Danny Drinkwater, when I lifted the Premier League trophy I went to him, he had me in his arms and I was in tears. I was crying my eyes out, purely because I had no part to play in it whatsoever.” James spent that entire season – the most famous in Leicester’s history – on the sidelines, physically unable to contribute after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the penultimate home game of the previous campaign and mentally tormented by the once-in-a-lifetime experience that was unfolding on the pitch while he was fighting to save his career. “I was going home thinking: ‘What is going on here? The club is going to win the Premier League and I’m nowhere near it,’” James says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want it to happen. But it was hard because I felt like I was on a rollercoaster going all the way down and the club was going in the opposite direction.” By the time James did return to Leicester’s lineup, against Arsenal at the beginning of this season, it was 865 days since his previous start for the club – a remarkable statistic that reflects what an ordeal it had been for the midfielder to get back to where he was before the injury happened. That journey has taken in three knee operations, regular visits to a psychologist, emotional conversations with his family about finding another job, desperate attempts to win over Claudio Ranieri, and a kidney infection that left the 26-year-old in so much pain that he says he will “remember it for the rest of my life”. James has never had any desire to speak publicly about all of this before, yet it is a measure of his positive frame of mind on and off the field now – he has started all three league games this season, recently signed a new four-year deal and is the proud father of a four-month-old boy – that he is happy to talk candidly for more than an hour and a half about everything he has been through. “I am in a really good place now,” James says. “I’ll be 30 years old when that contract runs out – I didn’t think I was going to get past 25. I thought I was going to be doing something else. But it doesn’t stop here for me. I want to do more things for this club, only without setting big goals, because it’s been a devastating thing for me when I have done that, in terms of the unrealistic ones that I set with the injury. But that’s not to say I don’t have dreams and aspirations.” Some of those ambitions are fuelled by seeing what Drinkwater, who is one of his closest friends and could line up against him at the King Power Stadium for Chelsea on Saturday, has gone on to achieve. The pair enjoyed the best part of a decade together at Manchester United, lived across the road from one another in Cheshire and spent the past five years sharing car journeys to Leicester after joining the club in 2012. “We’re kind of joined at the hip,” says James, smiling. “I rang him the other day and said: ‘You need to get Chelsea on the phone because it’s round about six months we have apart, it can’t be any longer.’” James is laughing, yet there is a serious point to make about him and Drinkwater, given that before his injury he was keeping out of the Leicester team the man who will be an usher at his wedding next year. Indeed, James could be forgiven for looking at Drinkwater and thinking that it could easily have been him playing for his country, winning a title medal and at the centre of a multimillion-pound transfer. “I can’t fault what Drinky has done,” he says. “To play for England, win the Premier League and get the move to Chelsea is phenomenal. And for me to be such a good friend, I couldn’t be happier for him. At the same time, you do think: ‘Would I have had that opportunity?’ But it’s only now that I’m getting myself back to the level that I need to be at. Obviously I want to give more. And I think things like Drinky’s story drive me on. There’s no reason why I can’t play for England and achieve things at this football club. And I think Drinky would be the first person to say I can do it. But I’d never say I’m jealous because that’s not the case at all.” Envy is not something that anyone would associate with James, who is a hugely popular figure among the staff and players at Leicester. Listening to him talk, there is no trace of resentment towards those who were creating history, more a sense of despair and disbelief that he was on the outside looking in, not just injured but enduring setback after setback. It all started when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in May 2015 in what seemed like a fairly innocuous incident as he chased Ryan Bertrand. The prognosis after surgery was that he could be out for a year, but James refused to accept that timeline. Initially he made good progress and there was a suggestion he could be involved in an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, eight months after he had left the field on a stretcher against Southampton. But then James suffered his first slice of bad luck. “I played in a reserve game at Blackburn a few days before and the pitch was boggy. I went to have a shot, my foot sank and I felt something straight away. I was in denial and ran off but I felt physically sick. Within five minutes I was like a three-legged dog, all over the shop. I walked straight into the dressing room, rang Dave Rennie, the physio, and we went to see Andy Williams, the surgeon. They put a camera in and it showed that I’d torn a bit of the meniscus. So I had operation number two.” James was back in training by March and still had his heart set on playing before the end of the season, but then came another blow after he woke up one morning with severe pain in his left knee. An MRI scan showed nothing was wrong, prompting James to question himself, even though he was sure there was a problem. “I didn’t think I was a hypochondriac but at that point I started asking myself: ‘Am I making things up? Is it me?’ I said to Andy, the surgeon: ‘Listen, I’m begging you, put a camera inside it.’ So they did and I remember when I came around from the arthroscopy, Dave was sat there and told me that the little anchors they use when you have cruciate surgery had snapped. I think the surgeon had only seen it once before.” That third knee operation proved to be a “breaking point” for James. Leah, his fiancee, and his parents, Maxine and Lynton, were always hugely supportive but they had also been taking the brunt of his frustration. Feeling low and worried to the point that he was having discussions with his family about the fact he had nothing to fall back on outside of football, James decided to look for help in another direction. “That’s when I sought psychological advice,” he says. “I started seeing Martin Littlewood [a sport psychologist]. When I first went to see Martin, I think I spoke for an hour and a half without him saying a word. I had tears in my eyes. It was just a release. “The big thing that came out of our conversations was that he said to me: ‘You need to find your identity again.’ I said: ‘I don’t even know what that is any more.’ He talked about everything away from football, like my family, and he said: ‘That’s your identity. You’re not the footballer; the footballer is inside you.’ It was eye-opening and I stopped thinking about things that I couldn’t control – because I’d been trying to control everything.” Through sheer determination – he even converted his garage into a gym to do extra rehabilitation work – James managed to get himself into a position where he was travelling with the first-team squad by the end of the season, despite undergoing three operations in 10 months. Leicester won the title with two matches to spare and James saw a window of opportunity to achieve his goal. “We played Everton at home and Chelsea away, and I think every member of staff wanted me to get some minutes. I think all the players did, too – even if it was just five minutes. But I just don’t think Ranieri understood it. Chelsea, especially – I travelled, I was in the squad, but the shirt wasn’t there. And that was tough because I wanted to try to prove I could get back – just a couple of minutes going into the summer would have been a massive boost.” The one positive for James was that he was fit again. He headed to the US for three weeks with his brother, Reece, who plays for Wigan and was also recovering from a serious injury at the time, and trained twice a day to be ready for pre-season. What followed when he returned was a freakish chain of events that left James feeling as though he was cursed. “I woke up on the first day of pre-season and thought: ‘What the hell is that?’ I had a sharp pain in my lower back. I went to do the test run that we do and I had to grit my teeth to get through it because I felt horrendous. I came back in and urinated blood. They did some tests and it turned out that I had a kidney stone. I went for the operation but the urethra was too narrow for the kidney stone to pass, so I had to have a stent in for three weeks to stretch it. I carried on training with the stent, taking all kinds of medication to get through it, because I felt I had to do that with Ranieri because I didn’t have anything to fall back on to prove to him what I could do. “When I had the stent removed and the kidney stone obliterated, they told me there was a 1% chance of infection. I went home and woke up at 4am, white, wet through and in absolute agony. Leah rang Dave and he told her to take me straight to A&E. It turned out I had a big kidney infection. So the only thing that had been going through my head was impressing Ranieri and staying within touching distance, and now it was gone. They were flying to Los Angeles and I was in Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for six days. I remember coming back in afterwards and everyone saying: ‘You’ve got to be the unluckiest player around.’” Convinced by now that he would always struggle to impress Ranieri, James got himself fit and pushed for a loan move, only to be told that he was still part of Leicester’s plans. “Then, on 31 August, Ranieri pulled me into his office and said: ‘It’s deadline day, we’re not going to name you in the Champions League squad.’ I was gobsmacked. I was thinking: ‘If I’m not in the Champions League squad, I’m 100% not going to play in the Premier League, it’s the 31 August, I’ve not started a game for over a year, what the hell am I going to do?’” Resigned to not playing competitively until the new year, James ended up coming on as an injury-time substitute in the 4-2 victory over Manchester City in December to a standing ovation from the Leicester supporters, but that was his only appearance under Ranieri and by then he knew that he “had no choice but to get out”. Barnsley took him on loan in January and James will always be grateful to Paul Heckingbottom, their manager, for the faith he showed in him when others were sceptical. With confidence restored after making 18 appearances for Barnsley and parenthood bringing him so much enjoyment outside football, James returned to Leicester this summer feeling reinvigorated. The club’s decision to give the manager’s job to Craig Shakespeare, who had always been supportive of James through his injury problems, was another encouraging sign for a player who deserved a few things to fall into place for him. Back in the team and enjoying his football, he is thankful to so many people at Leicester for their help, yet is also not thinking too far ahead. Lessons have been learned in that respect and it is interesting to hear him talk about “always being in rehab” from now on to make sure that he is doing everything in his power to remain fit. In his mind, though, it sounds as if the battle has already been won. “That’s the biggest thing – I am 100% stronger mentally,” James says. “And that will help me now as a player, as a dad and after football.”
  18. 47 points
    Director of football
  19. 45 points
    Right, all you feckers who have been giving Puel a hard time. Stop and look what he's doing. If you REALLY looked, you'd be seeing he's trying to make us much harder to beat. Good on him. Brilliant win tonight. Fifty quid in my sky.
  20. 45 points
    sry guys for bringing this topic from dead... one football club fan to another...:) whell I need to share something with you guys....in season when you won Premier leaque my team in Croatia was fighting to stay in first division..... Last season it was fantastic for us, we finished 4th after strong fight for 3th place.....but we got place for UEFA leaque qualification and it was excelent achievement for us after so many years of fighting to avoid relegation... here is what synergy we have with ours team...this was after one of the wins in end of the last season....check on 1:15 when ours players come to fence to sing with us. this is also one excelent picture from last season: why am I writing all this....whell....you will understand.... I AM PROUD ABOUTH MY TEAM.... ofc I am:) after 2 round of qualifications for UEFA league....we got a best gift for this season...today we played with PSV Eindhoven. ...Yes,yes...you have much stronger games each season with top of England teams......but one Fan to another....this was one of ours bigest games in history....and you know what???? WE WON!!!!! right now I really dont care what will be in Osijek next week...we will enjoy one of best moments in ours history. thanks for yours time!! hope you will have again good season, I will watch yours games as many I can for sure! best regards from Croatia
  21. 45 points
  22. 44 points
    Good riddanace? More pathetic stuff from our fans about someone who has been a great servant to the club. Sad it didn't work out and he's been stitched up by Rudkin who I hope also goes. I'd have given him another couple of games, but the owners will have their ear to the ground at the club and things can't have been good for them to act so quickly. All the best Craig... now please god can we do some sodding research this time.
  23. 43 points
    Dreaming of the day he makes his return to the LCFC dugout. It will happen.
  24. 43 points
    Booked a table for 8pm... Turned up at 8.014pm and they wouldn't serve him!
  25. 42 points
    Haven't you heard? We're not allowed to discuss this transfer even though it is the most likely to occcur of all those currently rumoured. However we are allowed to discuss baseless rumours that stand virtually zero chance of actually happening. Them's the rules.
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