In both camps, Bournemouth

Today Leicester are up against Bournemouth at home. A club who have, under their manager Eddie Howe, impressed everyone, especially at home. They are also able to attract good players and manages to compete with a much lower budget than most.

Among former foxes to have played for Bournemouth are of course several. Yann Kermorgant is one recent to have played for both clubs, and he is more of a hero with The Cherries than with Leicester City. Kermorgant, now with Vannes, played 20 league games for Leicester and 64 for Bournemouth. He only scored once for Leicester, while at Bournemouth netting 24 times.

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Steve Claridge started his professional football career with Bournemouth, joining from Fareham Town as far back as 1984. 12 years later he had a relatively short spell with Leicester City, but during those months he became iconic, scoring in the play-off final v. Crystal Palace and later settling the 1997 EFL Cup final with his single goal v. Middlesbrough at Hillsborough in that replay.

The first player to reach TCF’s mind is Derek Dawkins. A player was seen as a top talent, but with Dennis Rofe a regular first team choice at Leicester City in the left back position, it was difficult to get the chance. He moved to Bournemouth and later Mansfield Town were he added up a large number of league appearances.

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David Langan, spent a short period on loan at Leicester City, but the Irish international is more famous for his time with Derby, Birmingham and Oxford. He joined Bournemouth just after his spell with Leicester, back in 1987.

Eddie Kelly is another from the 70’s and early 80’s that has spent time in both camps. The former Arsenal “Double” winner, also made a “Double” at Leicester City, playing for the club in two periods and after his 2nd spell at Filbert Street joining Bournemouth.

Ricky Sappleton joined Bournemouth on loan from Leicester City, this was back in 2008. Sappleton who also is a former Jamaica U.20 international, played 3 league games at Dean Court, and scored once. He made the league team sheet at Leicester City on one single occasion. The now 29 year old striker has the last seven seasons played in non-league and at the moment with Cheshunt FC.

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Goalkeeper Ian Andrews made 64 league appearances while at Bournemouth and after his spell, lasting from 1994 to 1996, he returned to Leicester City in the capacity of “physio” but was also registered as a player. In his first years with Leicester City he showed class, replacing Mark Wallington as the number one choice, also played for England U.21 during that time.

David Webb is also a former Leicester City player with a past at Bournemouth. The player we recognized the mostly from his spells with Chelsea and QPR, was both a player and manager at Dean Court during a spell in the early 80’s.

Danny Thomas is also a former fox with a life at Bournemouth. He had a relatively good spell with The Cherries after joining in 2001 spending three seasons at the South Coast, before moving on to Boston, Shrewsbury, Hereford and Macclesfield.

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A player who in recent time has played for both clubs is Max Gradel. Gradel left Bournemouth in 2018, signing for Toulouse, and is now with the French club.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Ian Andrews
  •  Defenders
    • Derek Dawkins
    • David Webb
    • David Langan
  • Midfield
    • Danny Thomas
    • Eddie Kelly
    • Max Gradel
  • Forwards
    • Yann Kermorgant
    • Steve Claridge
    • Ricky Sappleton

Newcastle 1(2), Leicester 1(4), positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers means business with Leicester City this season, also in the Carabao Cup. Not as in previous years fielding the 2nd strings, maybe also to do with the opponent in this game. Newcastle is Premier League, so to play a strong side was vital.

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Leicester had the chances and possession in the first half, and it was driven forward by James Maddison who again had a great game. The goal came after 34 minutes. A good stike from a free kick found the net.

Newcastle had a goal disallowed after 25 minutes, so they were not totally soft during the first 45 minutes.

The Leicester goal was a bit lucky to be honest, deflected from the Newcastle wall, but all in all, luck is just “people talk”, as the ball hits hard and the wall isn’t organized good enough to keep the ball away, a goal is a goal.

Leicester had the ball the most, but Newcastle defended well and kept themselves good organized and never let as much through as you would have liked. Leicester were 1-0 up at half time, and it was a game that we all thought was “in box”.

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Second half was a bit of a surprise as Newcastle came out as a totally different team, trying more and really pushing Leicester backwards. Hamza Choudhury was replaced with Dennis Praet, who has a bit of a road to get into the Premier League tempo of things.

Hamza left the field probably due to his yellow card and not taking any risks of a red. And it was not a surprise when Newcastle equalized in the 53rd minute. Muto was the goalscorer, and it all made it a game going into extra time and penalties in the end.

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Leicester scored four in the penalty shoot out. Harvey Barnes was the unlucky, Fuchs, Maddison, Tielemans and Vardy all converted, with Kasper Schmeichel saving two Newcastle shots, Jamie Vardy’s 5th shot of the night sends Leicester through to the next round.

Leicester will face Luton in the next round, going to Kenilworth Road, and it will be a fixture that surely should be possible to win. Rodgers needs to field a strong team in that one as well, and he is going for “something” this season.

A difficult hurdle is passed, and Newcastle could have been a final or a semi-final, now they are gone, good attitude and the vitality to get the result all were looking for when going up to St. James Park.

The penalties were taken by Fuchs, Barnes, Tielemans and Maddison, and as we know all converted, besides Harvey Barnes, who we earlier mentioned as the one missing his target.

No live video or tv coverage from this game, listening to LCFC radio is a bit of a charm, hearing the voices of our to EFL Cup winners, Gerry Taggart and Matt Elliott, they are a granitt duo, on and off the field.

  • Positives:
    • Rodgers meaning business with the Carabao Cup
    • Line-up made certain to play a Premier League club
    • Schmeichel saves vital penalties, he is a winner
    • Vardy scoring again and the winner, important
  • Negatives:
    • Morgan injured
    • Missing the momentum in 2nd half
    • Barnes missing a penalty
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 9. Pereira 6, Fuchs 7, Morgan 7, Soyuncu 6, Choudhury 5, Maddison 7, Tielemans 6, Barnes 6, Vardy 6, Perez 6, Subs: Praet, Evans

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 32 / 68
  • Corners: 2 / 3
  • Shots on target: 2 / 1
  • Fouls: 10 / 16
  • Offsides; 1 / 0


Former fox says “best I hold my tongue can’t believe what has happened”

Former fox Neil Danns had to see his current club Bury FC getting expelled from the EFL, after a long wait to find a solution, but it never happened.

A sale in the late hours before the deadline from the EFL board was close, but the new supposed owners pulled the plug on a deal after a due diligence report never made it possible to get a deal in place.

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Bury FC is the first club to be expelled from the EFL since Maidstone United in 1992. Their suffering fans, players and staff surely had hoped for a different outcome, but now everything is over.

Neil Danns the captain of the Bury team, who also represents Guyana at international level, went to Twitter and posted the following;

“Just received the news. Absolutely devastated for everyone . My thoughts go out to all the fans . Who i have developed a special bond with. Still can’t believe it. it’s best I hold my tongue at this moment . Thank you to everyone and thank you for the memories Bury FC”

Neil Danns played for Leicester City from 2011 to 2014, made up 30 league appearances in total, scoring 5 goals. Danns has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderes, before joining Bury in 2016. The 36 year old Danns, are now looking for a new club as so many of the other former “Shakers” are.

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The team and staff at Bury had prepared themselves for the games coming up and hoped that it would be a positive end and that football could have continued at Gigg Lane, but as we now have seen, the club is expelled.

Another former Leicester City player that turned out for Bury last season was Jermaine Beckford, and he has now officially retired from football all together, wish him all the best, going forward.

League One colleagues, Bolton Wanderers, have been given 14 days to sort out their problems in the samme matter, if not, they will also be expelled as Bury FC have been.

Leicester City were close to the same experience back in 2002, going into administration and over a half year period with dark clowds hanging over the football club, finally being able to sort out the situation with a group of Leicester City “friends”, with Gary Lineker in front, getting the money on board to keep it possible to continue.

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This was just weeks after the opening of the the new stadium, now King Power, then Walkers, as sponsors. The club sold a number of good players, but Micky Adams made the most out of the situation, fielding Billy McKinlay and Nicky Summerbee with the two not even on “paid” contracts, and finally at the end of the season winning promotion back to the Premier League.

We certainly hope that Bolton Wanderers will be able to find a grand solution and keep it going as we have lost one club too many at the moment. This is the real tragedy of football, but we certainly hope that sometime in the future there will be games played at Gigg Lane again.


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