Steve Walsh Blog – 29th December 2012

Merry Christmas everybody hope you all had a good time!

Wish I could say that to the lads but so far Xmas has yielded a good away point only so let’s hope we can get back to winning ways quickly and set off the New Year with a bang. A tough game at Burnley today will be helped if we can keep Charlie Austin quiet and get Jamie Vardy fit enough to start. 3 pts against Huddersfield on Tuesday will be a great way to kick off 2013 against my old mate Simon Grayson! The last sequence of results has seen us lose some valuable ground as our fabulous home form takes a stutter with a point against Barnsley and loss to promotion rivals Cardiff at fortress KP.

I think it is quite clear now that a clinical finisher is needed. Craig Bellamy showed us all how it’s done and that is the difference. When you compare stats we are right up there as having the most possession creating an abundance of chances every game. Our goal difference is still second to none with a rock solid defence that hasn’t conceded many goals. If we take a look at the league table you will see that our away form needs to improve in terms of goals for. At home we are creating & scoring plenty with 26 goals for. If you would have asked me would we have taken this position before the season started, I would have taken it because we are in a great position. Look at it 2 weeks ago it was so much better but as we all know this is what can happen in football and I believe if Nigel gets the players he wants in January then we can put together another run to get back amongst challenging for automatic positions.

There are a number of rumours doing the rounds, one being that Chris Woods is being signed from West Brom and another is that Craig Davies, the Barnsley striker who scored 4 against Birmingham is also being lined up. Either way, the club have recognised that more firepower will get us up challenging for an automatic spot.

Cardiff suddenly have catapulted well clear of us after two great wins against us and Palace and I have to say they looked pretty solid as a unit, well organised and hard to break down -that is how they won the game. It could have been so much different if luck was on our side as the woodwork robbed us 3 times. But when you have a class finisher in your team then you have got every chance. It’s not a time to be negative as Hull was a great point and it’s onto the next game and good luck Nigel we all believe in you.

I’ve got a very busy 2013 coming with both K Kong Events and Future Foxes (Mine and Muzzy Izzet’s soccer school). We are currently having our website revamped with details of next years holiday camps and development centre’s! Keep checking back at http://www.futurefoxes.com for more information.  With K Kong Events we have the cashfighter night on the 26th of January not to mention Joe Calzaghe coming to Leicester on the 5th of April check http://www.kkongevents.co.uk for tables and more information!

Now as i announced on Twitter last week we are running a competition this week for you to come and meet me and win a signed picture!

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Steve Walsh Blog – 22nd December 2012

A good start to the week for me, I found my Coca Cola Cup winners medal! I have thought for a while that this was gone for ever, but it turns out my mate and ex agent has been keeping it safe in his vault! This was great news for me (although according to my agent, I have been told many times over the years!). Just to prove the point, I have a picture below to prove it!!

Defeat in London against a resurgent Millwall brings back a lot of bad memories for me! Two red cards at the Den a long time ago, and a brick through the team coach window after me and Paul Ramsey cost us an FA cup exit. I think I became even more hated at Millwall when I caught John Fashanu with clenched hand!

But, back to LCFC’s performance on Saturday. I hope Nigel Pearson agrees that we need to toughen up a bit at times and find the belief to win. Players who are not prepared to roll up their sleeves and fight will not succeed at any level and sometimes when away, you have to be prepared to get hurt. At the moment I don’t always see this from the Leicester squad. We have some really great players, and I understand better than most that it can be tough at away matches and certain grounds can have a psychological effect on players. However, a bit of fighting spirit and resilience go a long way to getting a result at a place like Millwall.

I have heard that we are expecting a couple new players in January and this is an exciting prospect for LCFC, I think a few new faces could be the lift that the lads seem to need.  Cardiff slipping to Posh at home should give us a great incentive to get them back for the defeat earlier on in the season and a result will put us back amongst the chasing pack! Plenty of points to play for!

I know back in my day, I would stay in hotels for away matches over Christmas and New Year, and all I could hear was people celebrating, late night boozing and party music (and that was Ian Marshall!!). A period of hard games and no sleep! But if the lads knuckle down for their few games over the festive season we can be catapulted back up the league table. Best of luck to the lads!

I’ve got a very busy 2013 coming up with K Kong Events, including Joe Calzaghe in January aswell as a corporate Golf day and many more. Go to http://www.kkongevents.co.uk for more information!

Just a quick thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog, I continue to be surprised that so many must still find it interesting! I wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

Steve Walsh Blog – 15th of December

Firstly I would just like to send my condolences and deepest thoughts to our Legends and ex City goalkeeper Steve Humphries who son, Joe Humphries tragically died whilst jogging a couple of months ago. I attended the funeral on Wednesday in Rothley where ex-players and friends shared his grief.

But now, back to football! Just when we thought a certain 3 points were in the bag and we could stay up there with the front runners, we once again nearly came unstuck against Barnsley. Nigel Pearson will have been disappointed with the result, like we all were. But despite a lacklustre display from everybody we managed to salvage one point. It was a game that started so well, and for the first 20 minutes I thought we were going to see another goal feast at the King Power Stadium! I must say fair play to Barnsley, they dug deep and gave us a fight. It was left to the two lads who were in the press for the wrong reasons after the Derby game to pull us out of the mire. It could have been so different if we hadn’t gifted Barnsley with their first goal with a Schmeichel error! For me, Schmeichel is forgiven as it’s the first real mistake he has made. Until Barnsley he has been outstanding.

LCFC are still in a great position but now have a testing 4 more games this year (3 are away) and they are all tough ones. Hopefully our big squad will show its capability as we get back in contention with the front runners. Good luck Nigel and the lads!

Tonight is K Kong Events Christmas Party at the Colleseum! After the weeks of planning going into this one it will be a good night hope to see many of you down there later! I’ve got a busy few months ahead of me with events for K Kong Events, we have a cash fighter event coming up 26th January which still has tables left. And, we have just signed a deal with Joe Calzaghe for 5th April 2013. We will be hosting “An Evening with Joe Calzaghe” at Leicester Coliseum, tables are available to book now! For more information on any of these events please see our website www.kkongevents.co.uk

Steve Walsh Blog – 8th December 2012

On Friday evening, I saw The Birch at a Q&A Evening which I took part in. It was, as

always, a great laugh and The Birch (MBE) even bought me a drink! All in all, a great weekend for me and LCFC. It was the big one on Saturday, LCFC vs Derby County and we well and truly silenced the Rams yet again. For obvious reasons it’s one of the biggest games of the season for me and the boys did me proud! More importantly we got straight back into wining form after the midweek Leeds slip up. What a great game and in front of the TV cameras for all to see.

Nigel Pearson must be very happy with his players and I have to admit his tactics were spot on. Leaving Nugent on the bench was always going to his ace card, along with Ben Marshall. There are so many different options we now have to change the game and everyone will play an important role from now until the end of the season. Waghorn is certainly relishing his main job and surely him and Nugent are going to shoot us into the Premier with back up from Vardy or Fuctas. There were outstanding performances from De Laet, Whitbread, and the Big Wes Morgan. Morgan’s reliability and consistent performances make him a key and valuable player. Not only do we have a strong team at the moment, but like I said to my half-time hospitality guests, we also have a strong bench, one as strong as ours could be the key to moving into the premier league!

I must say fair play to Derby, they made a game of it, but City outclassed them in every way! Flowing football and creating loads of chances, it doesn’t get much better than that. Bring on Barnsley!

There’s a really important spell of games coming up as Christmas closes in. It should give us the chance to stay with the pack and boost our solid goal difference. We play Cardiff twice in the space of a month but I think we can do it. And Palace are still going strong, but I still think they will run out of steam.

This Saturday it’s Barnsley at home and it will not be an easy game even though they are struggling for points. I know their manager Keith Hill thinks that survival in the Championship is as much as they can expect this season, but they are capable of putting in the occasional exceptional performance (they completely demolished Birmingham at St Andrews a few weeks ago 5 – 0) and they should not be underestimated. We need to keep their No 9 Craig Davies quiet and watch out for his long shots when he cuts in from the left wing onto a very dangerous right foot!

Went to the opening of a new bar in Leicester last friday was great to catch up with Ian Marshall and Ben Kay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that it’s back to business for me getting involved with my KKong Events company and I hope to see quite a few City supporters who have booked Christmas parties with us very soon!

Steve Walsh Blog – 1st December 2012

I didn’t go to the Sheffield Wednesday game last weekend, but it was another good game to have on the back of the Ipswich match. I’ve heard that the confidence was high throughout the match, and LCFC showed an accomplished performance. It sounded as if the lads totally dominated and showed a professional performance from start to finish. They got the three points and came away having achieved what they set out to! I was worried that the absence of David Nugent would affect the performance of the lads, but it seems that Nigel Pearson has done a good job of finding other players to slot in where he is missing.

It was a disappointing result on Tuesday against Leeds and again, I didn’t attend this match but it sounds as if it was a tough match for both teams. With Leeds on the back of a win against Crystal Palace, their confidence was high and we just didn’t quite do enough to get ourselves any points. But, I don’t think this is the start of a losing streak! We have an almost full and fit squad and some great games coming up over Christmas. The match against Cardiff on 22nd December will be the most challenging for the lads, but I have every faith they can pull a great performance out the bag and give us all an early Christmas present. Especially as Cardiff are showing signs of slipping down the league table, with their last result being a draw.  We are still in an excellent position in the league table and it’ll give us a head start in the New Year.

Today though, we have got one of the highlights of our fixture list – the Rams at home! For those of you following me on twitter, you will have already read some of the comments about that memorable day back in 1994. That was our third consecutive play-off final, having lost to Blackburn, and Swindon in 1992 and 1993. Tommy Johnston had scored earlyish for Derby, but we pulled level four minutes from half-time after I headed in a Gary Coatsworth cross. Iwan Roberts made sure Martin Taylor was blocked and the ball seemed to bounce over a Derby defender!  Our captain on the day – Simon Grayson was lucky not to be sent off on 60 minutes for a professional foul, but  Derby couldn’t find a way through our five-man defence, and in the end, were made to pay for their inability to find the back of the net, as with six minutes left to play and extra-time looming, Ian Ormondroyd headed at the Derby keeper from a Simon Grayson cross, only for Taylor to parry and there was I ready to poke the rebound into the empty net! It was a fantastic end to a miserable season for me as an injury had kept me out for most of the year and Brian Little took an enormous gamble putting me straight in the team after such a long lay off. I would say that the game was in the top three of my best games in a foxes shirt – it might be a competition question to have a guess at the other two!

Ive attached K Kong events new radio advert for our cash fighter night. Please go to http://kkongevents.co.uk to book. Im really excited for Strictly Business we’ve managed to get ex city player Jamie Lawrence to get his gloves on and Frank Bruno will be announcing! It will be a big night and tables are selling fast so dont delay!

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