Steve Walsh Blog – 29th of September

BACK TO BACK WINS! What a week for LCFC. We are amongst the pack, chasing top and only four points away.  Nigel Pearson must be pleased, and the pressure and hard work has finally paid off, he is driven and desperate to Leicester move into the Premier League. After an unconvincing win against Burnley, we really turned up the heat and made an on form Hull City look average! From start to finish we stamped our authority on the game and it was great to see Nugent back on the goal trail. He’s the first City player to score a treble against the Tigers since Arthur Rowley in 1952 (I missed that game through suspension!), Vardy created some great chances in the first and second half, he almost had the game tied up before Nugent’s fantastic hat trick. And, for once we had a decent ref, this was certainly a change in luck for LCFC. Every player deserves credit for the fantastic win and I hope to see that kind of performance in the future from the squad. We need to keep focusing on the games ahead and make sure we don’t get too complacent, there’s a long season ahead. The football and retaining possession was like watching a ‘keep-ball’ training session; we managed to keep the ball away from Hull for between 20-30 passes at a time.

I still think we are yet to see a team that has looked like promotion material; so maybe, this could be Leicester’s season! I am a little cautious of saying this, but if Nugent and Vardy start to connect more as players, I think they will become a striking force to be reckoned with, they are both capable of great things! Vardy has taken a big step up, and he is looking sharp on the pitch and it was a shame he couldn’t get one in the net against Hull. If he can get a couple of goals in over the next couple of weeks his confidence will grow and he will soon become a key player for LCFC. Schmeichel produced some fantastic saves in the second half and Knockaert and Drinkwater were both looking fantastic. Bring on Middlesbrough.

During the week I met with Kasabian’s Tom Meighan. He’s a good mate of mine and he was good enough to sign some brilliant Kasabian memorabilia that will be used in an auction to raise money for charity.

 

 

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He gave me an exclusive on what Kasabian’s plans are for the next year. “Kasabian are going to take some time out, re-group and then start writing some new demos and get back in the studio.” This means a 2013 album release, but not before. Leicester’s greatest band will soon be starting the process of writing and recording in the studio, but it will be an album well worth waiting for.

Steve Walsh Blog – 22nd September 2012

It was the City Bus Travel to Wolves on Sunday and it was gutting to see another loss for LCFC, but it was good entertainment for those who made it. On the way up to Wolves we had a breakfast stop at Burger King and the spirits were high, everyone seemed to remain positive, until half time!A lacklustre first half display with no help from the referee. There was some good goalkeeping from Carl Ikeme as he thwarted Leicester on several occasions. Lapses in concentration cost us the game. And, of all people to score it was Richard Stearman, just to rub salt in those wounds! Going into the second half two down left us a massive challenge, but the introduction of Anthony Knockaert nearly paid dividends as the game swung back into Leicester’s hands. An onslaught by LCFC created so many chances and yet we just could not find the net. Paul Konchesky brought the life back into the travelling fans when he put one in the net. Nigel Pearson must be disappointed that LCFC have had three away games and three away defeats, especially when the performances in the second half have deserved more. It was a quiet trip home on Walshys bus!

On Wednesday’s game against Burnley, I met Kasabian’s Tom Meighan before the match; it was great to see him. The first half of the match was definitely one to be forgotten, it was a must win match as the pressure was building on Nigel Pearson, but looked to be shaping up as another defeat as we were down 1-0 at half time. Whatever Nigel Pearson’s half time team talk was, it seemed to work wonders. The second half saw Burnley’s turn to sit back and invite pressure as LCFC finally got the breakthrough from David Nugent and then Jamie Vardy, this put the control of the game back into Leicester’s hands.

LCFC now sit only five points away from the top of the league and another home game on Sunday should keep us well involved, although improvements in display will be needed against in form Hull City. David Nugent got the MOM award for the game against Burnley, a big well done to him! He has also kindly donated a pair of signed boots for my Mike Tyson event which is now sold out. Cheers Nuge!

Now a trip down memory lane! It is 15 years since the two unforgettable games against Atletico Madrid. I did an interview yesterday re-living the away 2 -1 defeat (or should I say robbery!) and it was another game we would have won without a poor refereeing performance by a guy called Helge-Olsen from Norway. We had scored through Ian Marshall knocking in my header from a short corner and £51m of Spanish talent were looking decidedly second best, Juninho, Vieri and Kiko all kept under control. Then Juninho got a deflected equaliser and almost straight afterwards,  the ref gave a very dodgy penalty against Steve Guppy. There was hardly any contact on a guy called Delfi Geli, but down he went over Guppy’s outstretched leg in typical continental fashion. We all then a bit involved in a melee before the penalty could be taken – I had a “clash of heads” with Kiko and tempers got a bit frayed! Nevertheless Vieri scored the penalty and we had to settle for just the away goal as a reward for a fantastic performance. The home tie went 2 – 0 against us, so was a bit of an anti-climax, but the first leg was the highlight, as it was for 3000 supporters who went to watch from Leicester!

If you want to watch the highlights have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_T1bSBDpc

In December I am hosting a Q+A evening The Birch and Frank Worthington, for more details about this event you can check out my new website www.kkongevents.com

Steve Walsh Blog – 15th of September

I’ll kick off this week by wishing Paul Gallagher the best of luck at Sheffield United. I think it was time for a change for him, as he hasn’t featured in the team at Leicester much this season. Personally, I rate him as a player and I think he’s done a terrific job for Leicester City over the years, he picked up a few niggling injuries along the way, but overall has been a great player!

I’m really looking forward to Sundays match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, I am going to the match with Ross Greaves from D and J Catering. I’ve got some great history with the club, me and Steve Bull used to have some real clashes, but I am hoping to see him on Sunday. I’m sure I’ll be taking some stick from the Wolves fans, but it’s all good banter. We played some terrific games over the years and the fans always made it even more special! Me and Bully got up to some right antics and got sent off once each, although it feels like it was battles we had which stick in the mind with both of us as well as the two sets of older fans. I had stitches in my head from a head-butt, and on another occasion suffered the embarrassment of walking the full length of the pitch when I got sent off. They were great tussles and have made for great memories, especially when me and Bully do our Q+A’s together now. We seem to get a great deal of respect from both the Leicester and Wolves fans alike, I think they loved the battles that used to go on! And I do believe I kicked him more than he kicked me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Steve Bull, he did a lot for Wolves, played for England and scoring well over 300 goals in his career!

It’s a big game for Leicester on the back of a great win against Blackpool and a good chance to get those all-important back to back wins and three points. I’m very hopeful for the lads. They have had a good break and all the players are fit. Pearson must be happy that he has a full squad to choose from and three points will take the club closer to the top of the league, a great position to be in at this point in the season. If we can win this game then Pearson definitely needs some credit rather than criticism.

The night with Mike Tyson is just around the corner and I’m starting to get really excited for it, it’s shaping up to be a sold-out event. We are also organising a night with Alan Birchenall MBE and Frank Worthington on 21st December, a Q+A evening at Fullhurst Sports Lounge. If you want any information on this event please email [email protected]

I have started working hard to see if we can do a follow up event to the Mike Tyson evening which will be just as memorable in Leicester but it’s all under wraps at the minute until bits of paper have been signed etc! It’s obviously great to be involved in other sporting events than football, but Leicester has a fantastic tradition with rugby and cricket and my football career introduced me to some great mates in the city in these other sports who I still see today and we all appreciate just how good the fans are in supporting us old bloke! I have now also got my own Facebook page at http://facebook.com/stevewalshpage

Finally, and back to the football, there is also still space on the Wolves coach for anyone who is interested. It doesn’t include the match ticket, only travel with a bacon cob, me and tea/coffee! For more info see www.kkongevents.co.uk

Steve Walsh Blog 8th of September

Steve Walsh Blog

Blog Seven 8th September 2012

Saturdays match against Blackpool certainly lived up to its expectations. From start to finish it was a great match to watch and finished with a well-deserved win for Leicester City. There was a positive determination from the Leicester squad and we pinned back Blackpool for most of the first half. The 41st minute saw Leicester’s defence sliced open, Blackpool looked like they were going to score. Wes Morgan’s tackle ensured a shot that hit the post, but the chance undoubtedly scared the home fans! We created so many chances in the first half, we should have been 2 nil up and it began to shape up like another possession dominated defeat.

The second half had me on the edge of my seat throughout, very eventful and some shocking refereeing! Two blatant penalty decisions turned down and a wrongly made offside decision infuriating Nigel Pearson. Vardy’s theatrical dive gave us a much needed penalty, so I guess there was justice after all. From there on in, it was an anxious match for both teams and the pressure really started to show.

Ian Holloway seemed to lose his cool towards the finale whistle and was having a right go at the fourth official over the time. But he had already given him 5 minutes, what more did he want? Outplayed on the day, you can’t have any qualms about that!

Overall a fair result on the day, we just managed to hold out for that all-important 3 points and what a victory against the top of the league team who had maximum points until they faced the Foxes. Now LCFC can go into the Wolves game with their confidence sky high!

The international break between now and the Wolves match will give Leicester the time to tweak their fitness and make sure they are as prepared as possible for their away match. It will give the players the time they need to recover from any injuries as well. Although, it may have been better to go straight into the Wolves match this weekend as they would still be on a high from the win against Blackpool. It will be a tough game, but Leicester should pull it off, especially because Wolves lost their last match 3-1 to Cardiff. It is a good time to play Wolves so early in the season as it always takes time for a club to adjust to a new league and Wolves are still finding their feet in this one after last seasons relegation.

Leicester City are in a really good position in the league table, they have made a good start to the season. They sit only three points from the top of the league and in tenth spot. Not bad for so early on in the season! Blackpool are still at the top of the table with a massive goal difference which was mainly earned from their 6-0 victory over Ipswich but Leicester’s victory over them will surely have knocked their confidence and more losses could now follow.

For the match against Wolves, I am organising bus travel for the match. Its £22 and includes a bacon cob and tea/coffee, but you will have to make sure you get your own match tickets. I am really looking forward to watching the match as I have a bit of history with Wolves! I will be looking for a certain Mr Bull who I think is still busy and involved with the club and I am sure older foxes fans will remember some famous clashes between the two of us. They all usually ended with one of us on the deck and the other watching the ref waive a red card in our direction! I can still remember trudging off a Molineux wasteland to a portakabin in 1992 after giving Bully my Leicester version of a Glasgow kiss which was not appreciated by the home fans or the ref. Happy days! We have both mellowed a lot since then and we have even done Q & A’s together, but our clashes were certainly memorable to say the least.

Finally, thanks for all the messages about my son Zakki who has been unwell all week, but after a brief hospital visit stay is now well on the mend.

There are still a few tables for the Mike Tyson event at Leicester Coliseum in October, if you are interested you can find more details at www.kkongevents.co.uk

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Steve Walsh Blog – 1st of September

Before I get onto the football, can I just say thanks to the readers of my blog, old and new as I am told that the numbers are really on the increase over the last couple of months. I’m not sure why, but it is much appreciated that I am still having a voice in all things Leicester and City. Pukka!

Its been a tough week for the foxes, I watched the Blackburn game on Saturday in the Lost Bar on the Narborough Road. It was on TV in the bar and I was really glad I got to see the game. It was a game we should have had three points from as we were by far the better team and played better football. It was a shame to see the goal from Vardy disallowed. How the lino gave that I’m really not sure! It was a very poor decision. Nigel Pearson must be annoyed that he hadn’t got those three points because that would have been great for Leicester. Really felt sorry for the lads, they definitely deserved the three points. They played solid football and created a lot of chances, I really thought they were going to get the win! It really would have got the season going.

I know a lot of bookies had Steve Kean being the first Manager of the season to get the sack, but after seeing how Blackburn played on the day, I’m sticking with my prediction! I think that Blackburn will come top of league this season. Signing Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield shows they still have cash around and the owners are definitely backing their man.

The cup game against Burton Albion was a great chance to turn things around, and personally I think Leicester should have stormed through the match, but obviously they didn’t! I know it’s an understatement to say that Nigel Pearson wasn’t happy about the score and the players were back in training the morning after the game.  Looking at the squad, Leicester should have won easily and I’ve got to put the loss down to the attitude to the game from the players. Regular readers will remember I said last week that there are no easy games in football and they don’t need to be told that when they play teams like Burton Albion they are going to scrap for every ball and fight for the win as they don’t get the opportunity to play teams like Leicester very often.  There seemed to be a lack of communication on the pitch within the Leicester squad and the will to win seemed missing and that’s why they came unstuck on the day. I can see Nigel Pearson’s frustration as he didn’t want to take Andy King, David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp off the bench, but he had to in the end to try and save the game. Unfortunately it was too late.

The draw for the next round would have taken us to Bradford and an opportunity to do well in a competition we have had such good memories is gone for another season so we move on to Blackpool on Saturday. The loss to Leicester financially is also a blow for the club as playing against bigger teams would have bought some money into the club. Obviously other teams have gone out the Cup, but it shouldn’t have happened to us.  I was working with Matt Elliot this week and everyone has been saying “get your boots on!”

I wish the best of luck to the lads for the game against Blackpool. It won’t be an easy match as Blackpool are top of the league and have been on top form so far this season. Not really a game we want on the back end of being beaten by Burton Albion, but beating them will get the adrenalin going and a couple of wins this early in the season puts us back in contention where we want to be.

I will just finish with a quick message for the fans to keep getting behind the manager and the team. It is still very early in the season, and although I know that two managers at Coventry and Chesterfield have already got the sack after a slow start, both clubs are on the back of a relegation from last season and owners with a trigger finger don’t need much encouragement! Come on you Foxes!! Good job Mr Mandaric has gone to Hillsborough!

Now a few bits and pieces. Muzzy Izzet and I start our soccer academy now the kids are back at school so we’ve got a lot of coaching in and around Leicester with our academy.

There’s a lot going on at the moment for me at the minute and I am thinking about doing a follow up book to the one written in my testimonial year in 1997. It will cover the great seasons under Martin O’Neil and the less than good one’s for me leaving Leicester for Norwich and then facing football retirement. Could be a bit painful but a story is there to be told. Twitter users can let me know if they think it’s a good idea on my Twitter page.

On to good news, it’s been a busy week of preparation the Mike Tyson event, there has been loads to do in readiness for the big night. I know I say this every week, but there are really only a few tables left, so if you want more information go to www.kkongevents.co.uk.