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1 hour ago, Dahnsouff said:

Strange, I always seem to see other (top  6) forums refer to us a Littlewooda catalogue.

("I’ll have that one, oh, and that one...")

And judging by the prices being quoted, they must still think we're on the verge of going out of existence. 

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On 08/05/2019 at 17:23, brucey said:

His statement is true though. Maddison has previous for anti-Spurs tweets and there’s a rumour on there that he turned them down in the summer. :D

A friend that knows him says the spuds rumour is bollox. He didn't turns spuds down he turned every club down but us. 

 

He wanted to move to his home area for personal and business reasons. 

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3 hours ago, sylofox said:

A friend that knows him says the spuds rumour is bollox. He didn't turns spuds down he turned every club down but us. 

 

He wanted to move to his home area for personal and business reasons. 

So spuds weren't interested? Any idea which clubs were genuinely in for him?

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3 hours ago, brucey said:

So spuds weren't interested? Any idea which clubs were genuinely in for him?

Spuds where interested Wham and Everton. But aparantly he told his agent he was not interested in any of those. His reason to move was to get closer to Coventry. Otherwise he was happy to stay at Norwich. 

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8 minutes ago, sylofox said:

Spuds where interested Wham and Everton. But aparantly he told his agent he was not interested in any of those. His reason to move was to get closer to Coventry. Otherwise he was happy to stay at Norwich. 

If that's true then he's someone we can reliably build a team around. 

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51 minutes ago, Danizen said:

If that's true then he's someone we can reliably build a team around. 

Hope so. In terms of dressing room presence and importance to the team he could end up being the long-term successor to Vardy if he stays here for years.

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1 hour ago, sylofox said:

Spuds where interested Wham and Everton. But aparantly he told his agent he was not interested in any of those. His reason to move was to get closer to Coventry. Otherwise he was happy to stay at Norwich. 

As we were told on the transfer thread by someone who knew someone ......

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From Football 365's Winners section under Winners and Losers of the Season. We were in the losers part last season!

 

Leicester City’s upgrade
A Leicester City season dominated by the horrific tragedy that saw the loss of five lives in October. The outpouring of grief and gratitude for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha from supporters in Leicester and beyond, creating a carpet of flowers outside the King Power, will live far longer in the memory than anything that happened on the pitch.

 

But there is a way to move on from such tragedy, by honouring the work and life of their owner by pushing on in Vichai’s memory and continuing the progress he made possible. In Brendan Rodgers, Leicester have a manager capable of blending the club’s youth and experience and genuinely challenging the top six.

 

Nothing sums up the financial strength of the Premier League than mid-table Leicester to leave Celtic, the Scottish champions elect. Rodgers will hope to take Leicester far higher than mid-table.

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19 minutes ago, Kopfkino said:

No idea where to put this but 50% more minutes for u23s than anyone else 

 

 

Wonderful seeing that you know. Exciting future ahead for us.

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3 minutes ago, ren said:

Wonderful seeing that you know. Exciting future ahead for us.

Is it a reasonable assumption that a talented 21/22 y o gets better season by season ?  Presumably some are simply faster developers than others and players who are excellent at 21/22 just improve re experience and decision making rather than ability. Of course a v capable coach will help !!

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1 minute ago, st albans fox said:

Is it a reasonable assumption that a talented 21/22 y o gets better season by season ?  Presumably some are simply faster developers than others and players who are excellent at 21/22 just improve re experience and decision making rather than ability. Of course a v capable coach will help !!

Definitely, the likes of Maddison, Chilwell, Hamza are all talented. Add premier league experience to that talent with a good coach (Rodgers) and you should fulfill these players potentials.   

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Apologies if already posted elsewhere but hadn’t seen this stat before.

 

From F365’s end of season awards page- https://www.football365.com/news/the-prestigious-football365-end-of-season-awards-2

 

The Brexit Award
Leicester, who would have finished seven points clear at the top of the Premier League if only goals from English players counted.

 

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12 minutes ago, when_you're_smiling said:

Apologies if already posted elsewhere but hadn’t seen this stat before.

 

From F365’s end of season awards page- https://www.football365.com/news/the-prestigious-football365-end-of-season-awards-2

 

The Brexit Award
Leicester, who would have finished seven points clear at the top of the Premier League if only goals from English players counted.

 

Always love an entirely irrelevant mention of Brexit (not having a go at you @when_you're_smiling, more the article)

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19 minutes ago, when_you're_smiling said:

Apologies if already posted elsewhere but hadn’t seen this stat before.

 

From F365’s end of season awards page- https://www.football365.com/news/the-prestigious-football365-end-of-season-awards-2

 

The Brexit Award
Leicester, who would have finished seven points clear at the top of the Premier League if only goals from English players counted.

 

Does Morgan count in that? 

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On 11/05/2019 at 18:12, sylofox said:

Spuds where interested Wham and Everton. But aparantly he told his agent he was not interested in any of those. His reason to move was to get closer to Coventry. Otherwise he was happy to stay at Norwich. 

On Talksport the Norwich manager said they had to sell him last season otherwise they were in financial trouble 

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17 minutes ago, when_you're_smiling said:

Apologies if already posted elsewhere but hadn’t seen this stat before.

 

From F365’s end of season awards page- https://www.football365.com/news/the-prestigious-football365-end-of-season-awards-2

 

The Brexit Award
Leicester, who would have finished seven points clear at the top of the Premier League if only goals from English players counted.

 

Nice.

Adds 'Best English team in England' to my pub football banter over the summer.

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6 hours ago, linemakers said:

On Talksport the Norwich manager said they had to sell him last season otherwise they were in financial trouble 

More than likely. But you can't force someone to leave. Its still the players choice. 

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https://thesefootballtimes.co/2019/05/15/leicester-city-and-the-impossible-dream/

LEICESTER CITY AND THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

15/05/2019 by EDD NORVAL

 

It’s just like any other city in the Midlands, and Kate Street is just like any other street. Post-industrial red-brick terrace houses inconspicuously weave a distinctly working-class urban geometry. The cars parked outside confirm the life within. This is ordinary England.

Tucked in behind the old Marks Electrical store on this street, which could just as easily have been part of a Lowry landscape, was another, more modern piece of art. It was called “Champions” and was a photorealistic depiction of Leicester’s 2015/16 Premier League-winning side. It’s a side that was, and probably always will be, the unlikeliest of England’s footballing heroes.

How often do miracles occur? Do they ever? Is miracle just a term we use to try to make sense of something that we’re struggling to? In our life, we hear about miracles, but rarely do they happen to us. A friend of a friend maybe, or their uncle, but not us.

We could consider something a miracle that defies 5000/1 odds at the bookmaker, like this success was. It’s even more of a miracle if you had that bet on. You could also see the team’s spearhead, and eventual figurehead, James Vardy, as a miraculous part of a bigger miracle.

Vardy is a normal guy, like your neighbours and school friends. As normal as can be, anyway. He was playing for Fleetwood Town in the Conference division at the age of 25, and had spent his early days at Stockbridge Park Steels before Halifax Town. He’d been charged with assault, played with his electronic tag on, and was working part-time making medicals splints. Clearly a natural goalscorer, a proper number nine, Vardy still rarely looked like going anywhere further as a footballer.

A surprise deal came from Leicester, though, after netting 31 times in his last season at Fleetwood. He was the league leader, helping to secure the side their first promotion into the Football League. It was too good to refuse. Early struggles at the club seemed to get to him. He considered leaving, but something kept him there.

Read  |  Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez: the perfect partners never destined for the top

Securing their promotion to the Premier League the following season, in 2013/14, was a high point in his career. A mid-table finish in 2014/15 seemed to seal their fate. Helmed by a 21st-century Ian Wright, the Premier League had found another middling Midland’s club.

Leicester’s late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of those who dreamt big and dared to try and make them come true. Gentle, kind, but demanding, he replaced Nigel Pearson with former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. Many doubted the decision, but his opening season started well.

Vardy broke a record early on, scoring in 11 consecutive matches (13 goals) and Ranieri’s style was quickly being lauded for its economic approach. Their style of play, considering their early success, was out of necessity as much as choice. It was the only way they could compete.

Ranieri tightened up the defence in an act of damage prevention, while the midfield and attack contributed to an exhilarating and swashbuckling counter-attacking brand of football. Sure, they might not have the heavy hitters, but they could hit you more times and in more places than you could avoid.

Wes Morgan at the back provided organisation and stability, partnered with the doorman-like Robert Huth. N’Golo Kanté was the dynamic and tireless fulcrum that played box-to-box without breaking a sweat. Riyad Mahrez was a winged magician and was voted the PFA Player of the Year.

But how did it actually happen? Hunger, talent and team spirit rarely align in a game overflowing with ego. Stubborn managers and social media stars often pride themselves before the team. This was rare planetary alignment, sheer celestial delight. They went into Christmas top of the pack.

Several moments defined their inexplicable success, many hinging on a feeling of disbelief. That changed on 6 February when Leicester took on the previous season’s runners-up and nearest rivals Manchester City. Another tireless display from Kanté dictated the pace between the boxes, but the real hero was Mahrez. Aside from assisting the first and scoring the second, he dazzled with his intricate footwork and bloodthirsty desire. But it was City’s only goal in the 3-1 scoreline that sent a hard truth to Manchester.

Sergio Agüero found the net late to fickle, if any, applause. In meditative silence, a paradigm shift. The question started to seem less like ‘when will their luck run out?’ and more like ‘who’s going to stop them?’

Leicester’s next match brought a 95th-minute defeat to Arsenal and a reaction that sealed their fate. Commentators began to chastise themselves. Had their newly-minted optimism been hasty? Recovering from this match was crucial. It was, up until that moment, arguably the most difficult time in their professional careers.

Ranieri in the silent moment of defeat suddenly excelled. His capacity for empathy and understanding drove what might be one of football’s defining decisions: when other managers would have their players training extra under the increased pressure, he sent them on holiday for a week.

Making the most of an early FA Cup exit, the players had time to regroup mentally and look forward. Ranieri had deftly applied a Babe Ruth principle of perseverance: “Every strike brings me closer to my next home run,” the American famously said. They came back and won six of their following seven matches.

Tottenham had now emerged as the greatest threat. Harry Kane even joined in the mind games, posting an image of hungry wolves on Twitter, insinuating the Foxes would soon be lunch. Vardy, a true British wit, posted a retort from the Lion King. That’s the thing. The team were mates. Leicester finished the table in the bottom three for possession and lacked the tactical nuance now expected at that level.

They didn’t care, though, they just pulled closer together. On 2 May 2016, a day after drawing with Manchester United, Spurs threw away a 2-0 lead at Chelsea to award Leicester the league with two games to spare. History had been made. A side without superstars and grandiose philosophy managed to achieve one of the greatest sporting surprises of all.

José Mourinho, who had won the title the previous year with Chelsea, said: “I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career.” We all did. It wasn’t just the people of the city, but everyone who loves football. We were in it together. We got to witness magic, or perhaps, a miracle.

By Edd Norval @EddNorval

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2 hours ago, davieG said:

LEICESTER CITY AND THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

Why does this exist? Is it a school project? Does 3 years ago count as history? Do we really need someone to explain something that happened in the age of the internet? It’s all still out there. There is nothing new in that article and a number of errors. 

 

Well done EddNorval you’ve provided some content that is just what the internet needs more content that is inferior to all the other content on the same theme.

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https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/ranked-12-best-premier-league-teams-ever

 

Ranked! The 12 best Premier League teams EVER
 

We're 10th

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Leicester’s remarkable title victory was so unexpected that it feels somehow impossible to compare it to the big boys’ successes – yet forget about them being underdogs, and it’s nevertheless a hugely dominant title victory, by an impressive 10 points. Leicester lost only three times all season.

Claudio Ranieri’s side ripped up the rulebook: whereas others were obsessed with possession play, Leicester were almost pure counter-attackers. Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games, Riyad Mahrez was the league’s best player – capable of scoring, creating and assisting – while N’Golo Kante was a revelation, repopularising the tough-tackling, all-action defensive midfielder.

But overall this was a brilliant team, among the best defensive units the Premier League has ever seen in the second half of the season. When asked questions they always came up with the answers – pressing higher or going more direct with super-sub Leo Ulloa. The most extraordinarily unlikely title winners are also among the best.


Read more at https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/ranked-12-best-premier-league-teams-ever#34W5ucK8BEpx7IHy.99

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