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Vardy takes his Arsenal medical today as fans turn on Rebekah

More on the Jamie Vardy’s £20m move from Leicester City to Arsenal story. ESPN says Vardy will take his Arsenal medical today.

The Sunday Express says the Gunners are fearful that unless they sign Vardy before the Euros they might not sign him at all. But the Sun says Vardy’s mind was made up when he spoke with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

In Italy’s La Gazzetta dello SportLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he is resigned to losing his star striker to Arenal.

Sky hears Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud says he knows Vardy wants to join the Gunners.

The Sunday Times lead with news that Vardy’s wife, Rebekha Vardy, has received nasty messages on twitter. Leicester fans have accused her of instigating her husband’s transfer. She calls one fan “pathetic” and tells others to “calm yourselves down”.
Of course, those same fans can recall Vardy telling them on May 9th:

“There will be names thrown into the hat all summer, but the group of lads we have, winning the league and having Champions League football next season, you hope it keeps everyone together… I am happy here.”

Vardy’s leaving. Leicester fans must wonder who else is looking for pastures new.

 

Posted: 5th, June 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Celebrities, Sports | Comment


Spurs go marching on as Leicester sacrifice Cup glory for league success

son FA Cup Spurs are on their way to Wembley! Well, if they can negotiate a deal to play at the national football stadium while their new ground is being built, then yes, they are. Before that they will play at least one more round in this season’s FA Cup, having seen off Leicester City in a replay earned via an iffy penalty when the team first met. The tabloids all lead with Spurs’ 0-2 win at Leicester.

The Sun  – “It was the Son wot won it” – hails Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son. His goal hit the net at 54mph. Good to know. No less interesting is the paper’s dire and ubiquitous “5 Things we learnt” column, in which a football writer is tasked with the dread job of making a list to fill a space. The first point is: “Tottenham’s reserve team was far better than  Leicester’s reserve team.” Not so. Of  the 14 Spurs player who took part in the match, 8 played against Leicester last weekend. Leicester called on 6 from 14. Neither side was at full-strength, but to call them reserve sides is wrong.

And what football writer worth their corn had to watch the match to “learn” that bigger, richer Spurs have more strength in depth than smaller, poorer Leicester?

When Spurs went 1-0 up, fist-choice striker Harry Kane came on. Only with Leicester 2-0 down did Claudio Ranieri, Leicester’s manager, send on top-scorer Jamie Vardy. Two Leicester City players – Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell – were making their home debuts. Son’s fine goal was in part down to Chilwell’s failure to close him down. It’s pretty clear that Spurs manger, Mauricio Pochettino wanted it more.

Spurs march on. Leicester continue to be the season’s surprise package.

Posted: 21st, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comments (2)


Rubberband Gate: Leicester Police Bully Schoolboy To Tears

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“THEY knocked on the door at 7.05pm, asking for my 12-year-old son and asked him, ‘Do you know why we are here?’: says Angela Brightwell. “My son looked completely bemused and absolutely terrified.”

Police told the lad that flicking a rubber band at another child was “bullying” and “not acceptable”.”I am very angry,” she said. Angela adds:

“I cannot believe the police would investigate something like this. Even if the other boy had a mark I still can’t believe they would investigate. I want to know why the police were investigating a 12-year-old boy on a Saturday evening. I cannot get over it really. My son is not a bully. I’m really shocked.”

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Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


The Championship finale in photos: Hull gain, Barnsley survive, Wolves sink and Leicester’s last gasp glory

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

FOOTBALL. Bloody hell. Hull City have been promoted to the Barclays Premier League. It wasn’t easy. It was nerve-shredding tension. Unless you were a Cardiff city fan.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

 

When Nicky Maynard converted a penalty for already promoted Cardiff City, they were drawing with Hull 2-2. Watford’s match became all-important. Radios were tuned in.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

 

A win for Watford would see them occupy the second automatic promotion spot. Could they beat Leeds United?  Hull City players gathered around a television to watch the Watford game. It’s kick of had been delayed  because of an injury to Watford’s goalkeeper, Jonathan Bond. For sixteen minutes Hull waited and Watford toiled. Then Ross McCormack scored in the 90th minute. Leeds were 2-1 up. Watford were gutted. Watford’s manager Gianfranco Zola summed it up.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Watford v Leeds United - Vicarage Road

 

Hull went nuts.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Hull City v Cardiff City - KC Stadium

 

Meanwhile, at the foot of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost to Brighton & Hove Albion. That meant back-to-back relegation.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers - AMEX Stadium

 

 

But it’s Peterborough who were crushed. They were drawing 2-2 away to Crystal Palace when disaster struck.  Mile Jedinak scored in the 89th minute.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Crystal Palace v Peterborough United - Selhurst Park

 

Barnsley, who only managed a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, would be up if they hung on for the point. They did.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

 

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Huddersfield Town v Barnsley - John Smith's Stadium

 

Nottingham Forest are also gutted at the last.  They will not be in the play-off places because Leicester City scored in the 90th minute.

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

 

 

And for Crystal Palace fans, it might soon be goodbye from him. What price Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha taking Palace to the Primer League via the play-offs?

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Crystal Palace v Peterborough United - Selhurst Park

Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Sports | Comment


Knitting reduces fear of crime in Leicester parks

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TO  Bede Park and Great Central Way Leicesters, where Leicestershire Police have been “guerilla knitting”. By stringing up pom-poms from trees, police hope to reduce the fear of crime.

Charlotte Bilby, a senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria University, thinks it a good idea to wrap the park in cotton wool, and to house police officers in trees:

“I think that making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safer. If you see something that makes you smile, that makes you think that other people have enjoyed being in that space, then that’s going to change your perception.” 

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Posted: 6th, March 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Leicester man fined for driving with four children in the boot

HOW many people can you fit into a moving Audi A4 saloon. Zoltan Lakatos managed 11: six children (including the four in the boot), and three adults. In freer times, Mr Lakatos might be a record breaker, offering a continental take on the age-old ‘How Many People Can You Fit Into A Great British Mini’ challenge. Now, he is only a rule breaker. Leicester magistrates have banned Mr Lakatos from driving and ordered him to pay £1,325 in costs and fines.

Lakatos, 38, told police, through a Hungarian interpreter:

“It doesn’t matter, they are only children.” 

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Posted: 27th, January 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Save Our Chip Shops: Salt That Tastes Of Dry Vinegar Is An Abomination

ANORAK is worried by Lefteris Eleftheriou, owner of the Grimsby Fisheries chiperie in Welford Road, Leicester. He wants to show you some stuff that tastes like salt and vinegar in one dose. He says the powder is terrific because it does not make your chips go soggy.

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Posted: 18th, July 2011 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment