A couple of weekend ago Tony and I traveled a little north to see Arsenal play Leicester City who have recently been promoted back into the PL after a long absence. Its fair to say that the home fans had the best of the day; taunting us for large parts of the second half when our pre-Welbeck team struggled to capitalize on a decent enough start. In fact the Foxes might easily have won it and deserved at least a point.
Obviously the result against Man U now dominates, but here I want to reflect on what the media been saying about LCFC up to that point and how are their fans were reacting to their progress so far.
So before this weekend’s matches Leicester had W1 D2 L1 and they’d played us, Everton, Chelsea and Stoke.
Not an easy start by any means and they reached mid table. If they end up there I imagine their fans will be happy although after yesterday they are probably now thinking of a top four finish!
At the start of season the football experts in the media had mixed views about City’s chances of staying up. Phil ‘the hooter’ Thompson and Henry Winter (Torygraph) tipped them to go down, but Lawro and The Grauniad’s Daniel Taylor reckons they have enough about them to survive.
Robbie Savage also hopes they stay up but frankly I wouldn’t take much notice of Savage unless his studs were about to shred the skins off my shins.
Anyway, what about the bloggers…
Silverfox.blog.uk seems to be a sensible place. One of their writers has been around a long time as Alan ’meashamfox’ Bennett remembers seeing Dennis Law play*. The main man is enjoying the season so far, but makes a good point that we need to see how the next few weeks unfold.
“But what a start. Two draws and a battling defeat has seen our kudos raised in the eyes of a few TV pundits and I would imagine Premiership Survival hopes raised in the vast majority of Foxes Fans.
But I would say that the real test of how we will do in The Premiership is yet to come, with our next three games actually providing more of an indication of how our season will unfold than our first three.”
Can’t disagree with any of that. Nor can I have much argument that the signing of Cambassio was inspired. “Welcome to Leicester Esteban. We are a little bit excited”, writes the foxfanzine. He may be a little old but he must help.
Last season was amazing for Foxes fans; they won the Championship and promotion, no scraping in via the play-offs (that’s to you ‘Arry) and it looks like they may have enough to cope.
Let’s see how they get on when the initial excitement wears off. And the injuries hit. Personally, I hope they stay up because I like Leicester as a place. But a quick ‘Oi’ to the home fans against us. “Go back (or f*** off it might have been) to your tower blocks!” is not a particularly brilliant piece of banter. This is the Premier League boys, you need to up your game unless you want to appear like a load of country bumpkins.
See you at the Emirates and do say ‘Ulloa’ if you see Tony or me J
Update (Sunday) : well wow, I was in Leicester today (flying a plane with an ex-student and then sorting out my broken phone in the Highcross Apple store) and there were blue shirts everywhere. Tony texted me the score and me and the guy in the store were both delighted. Are Leicester that good, or Man Utd that bad? Time will tell but massive confidence boost for them.
That’s the sort of result that cheers us all up!
*we can beat that ed, Tony was at Stanley Matthews’ debut!.
[oh no I wasn’t – Tony]
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