Steve Walsh Blog – 23rd February 2013

As Wigan Athletic stroll into the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup with a lucrative tie away to Everton, I can’t help but feel that that should have been us! Although, I’m really pleased for my old club and wish them the best of luck for the next round. My memories of Wigan will stay with me forever and I’ve got a lot to be grateful of as they gave me my first professional contract that set me on my way to a fantastic footballing career. They are still fighting to stay in the Premier League as they have done for so many seasons, but this year it looks like they are really up against it!

Last weekend saw Nigel Pearson and his men watch their two nearest rivals widen the gap for automatic promotion ever further. It was a weekend to ponder with a tinge of regret as we crashed so miserably out the FA Cup, and had the bad news of Chris Wood’s injury. All in all, yet another bad week for LCFC.

We all know that promotion is our main objective so we all need to keep that optimism as a firm priority. Our players need to show more self-belief, this is vital if we are going to turn around our streak of bad performances. It’s also important that the fans stay with us all the way, but as a club, the support is always top notch. Even Chris Wood was heard praising the Blue Army a couple of days ago!

It was sad to see yet another defeat on Tuesday night against Charlton. Especially as it was the first home defeat of 2013. But, it was great to see Chris Wood back on the pitch scoring more goals. He really is showing his worth on the pitch and I’m looking forward to seeing him and our new signing, Harry Kane working together. Best of luck to Harry, I hope he can turn things around for us!

Over the Easter Holiday, Muzzy Izzet and I are running a soccer academy; the dates are 25th-29th March. For more information please see our website, www.futurefoxes.com.

K Kong Events has also got a few great events coming up. We have a night with Joe Calzaghe on 5th April that still has tables left. Also we have a gig with Alexander O’Neil on 1st June at Leicester’s O2 Academy. For more information on these two events please see www.kkongevents.co.uk.

 

Me and Muzzy went to see the King Richard site last week. Well worth a visit to Leicester Cathedral.

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Steve Walsh Blog – 16th February 2013

Saturday’s game saw LCFC miss a great opportunity to close the gap on Cardiff with a disappointing display against rock bottom, Peterborough. But, there was still a bit of luck on our sides with the other results. Our match against Boro should have seen a bonus three points and it could have given us a great advantage considering the slip up made by Watford, they let a two goal lead slip through their fingers against Crystal Palace on Friday evening.

I didn’t get to the game with the 5,000 City followers, but I’ve heard so many fans saying that we didn’t turn it up. I was very surprised to hear that Chris Wood was missing, and the news that he may be missing for a while is definitely the worst I’ve heard in a while! We seemed to have had a minor crash, just as things were starting to look pretty impressive. I wish Wood a speedy recovery, we will need him back on the pitch as soon as possible.  So far this season he has been that one piece of the jigsaw that has slotted right in and turned the picture around, although I know that Nigel Pearson still has plenty of pieces to stand in.

It’s such a shame that the LCFC boys sent our diehard fans travelling back down the A47 empty handed, but if it’s any consolation Man City got whipped 3-1! And that surely has to put a few smiles back on our faces. Cardiff must be pleased with the LCFC result as it saw no damage to their position in the table; they are certainly still firm favourites to take the Championship title.  The rest of us are going to have to scrap and fight for that second automatic place.

Last Friday was an entertaining night for me; I took part in a Q&A Evening with The Birch at The Bulls Head in Countesthorpe. It was great to have a good old catch up and share great memories and stories. I’ll keep you updated about when the next one will take place.

It’s been such a busy week for me, on Monday night I went down to More Restaurant in Leicester. On Monday evenings they host a Mexican themed night. It’s a fantastic

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restaurant with a great atmosphere and brilliant food. I had another top notch evening!

The FA Cup match against Huddersfield was, for me, a missed opportunity. I was gutted to see LCFC lose as I was really looking forward to seeing them play my first club Wigan Athletic. With a full LCFC squad, we could have taken Wigan and who knows what could have happened with Cup progression. On the night it was a sloppy and disappointing match with many missed chances! But, I suppose at this point promotion is our priority. The old cliché will be out in numbers – we can now concentrate on the league!

If anybody wants my new collector’s item framed Derby final ’94 Winner photo with 1st Day cover (only 100 made), they are now on offer at £100. To place your order email: [email protected]

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K Kong Events are still really busy at the moment, we’ve got several new events lined up for the summer and we have just closed the deal for a gig with Alexander O’Neil for the 1st June at the O2 Academy in Leicester. Tickets will be on sale at £25 from next week. If you want any more information please see our website, www.kkongevents.co.uk.

Also we’ve got details of our soccer camps available at www.futurefoxes.com. Booking forms are available on the site.

Steve Walsh Blog – 9th February 2013

Leicester City turned up the heat once again to put pressure on Cardiff, we are still 10 points behind them but we have plenty of matches to catch up! And, at this moment points are what we need, with Hull, Watford and Crystal Palace closely chasing our tails. We’ve had a great few weeks and the confidence within the club must still be high.

My usual match-day hospitality had to be missed at last week’s match against Wolves as Sky selected me and Steve Bull to be in the studio, it proved to be a highly entertaining evening and was great to get another one over my rival when LCFC delivered the goods! Although, Wolves could havenicked a point with a couple of near misses towards the end of the match. David Nugent bagged himself another trademark goal in front of the cameras, and as ever, Mr Reliable (Wes Morgan) ensured our goal difference stayed intact. It was clear on the night that Knockaert was causing a few headaches for the West Country side.

The “business end” of this season’s games are coming in thick and fast, and there’s still the FA Cup to think about with a great chance of progress. I fancy us to beat Huddersfield with a well rotated squad. And a win would see us play my old club, Wigan Athletic. We are undoubtedly good enough to get through the FA Cup games ahead, but our success will all depend on how Nigel Pearson views the importance of the matches. Could it just distract us from our promotion push?Personally, I think we have a big enough and strong enough squad to handle the pressure of both the league and the Cup.I’ve got a lot of faith in the Foxes! The history of the FA Cup giant killers could see a surprise package if we get through Huddersfield. But, if I had to choose between League and Cup I would choose League as promotion this season is vital. But either way, this season is shaping up to be an exciting one!

K Kong Events is still going well and we have a lot of great events coming up. On 10th May we are holding a Charity Golf Day at Forest Hill Golf Club, of which the proceeds will go to the ‘Wishes for Kids’ charity. If anyone wants anymore information you can find it at www.kkongevents.co.uk

 

 

Steve Walsh Blog – 2nd February 2013

What a week!!

City go from strength to strength and on the 26th January saw an FA Cup dream live on. Although we are subject to a replay against Huddersfield, there is still chance for us to go through and if we win, the draw has given us a home tie against Wigan Athletic.

My Cashfighter event at Leicester Coliseum prevented me from being part of the LCFC Army that went up North for the match. I am really pleased that we are still in there with a fighting chance and our chances have definitely been improved by Nigel Pearson’s luxury squad rotations; this will enable us to keep our fitness at its maximum for the Cup games and league games.

I can understand our fans frustrations about Saturdays match, but we have to differentiate that promotion is vital with the position we are in rather than FA Cup success. I still think there is a great opportunity to progress a long way and who knows how far we could go if we beat Huddersfield. Can we go all the way and make history? Football is a funny game. Let’s not get carried away we haven’t done anything yet and a long way to go. I’m quietly confident about how far we can go and it was good to see Nigel Pearson have a game away from the league and be given an opportunity to experiment with the team. I don’t think there were any outstanding performances from our players, but on our return to our King Power fortress I’m sure we can go on to play Wigan where I started my football career.

Remember a little while ago I told you to keep an eye on Watford?  Well they have sneaked up to 4th in between Hull and Palace. We need to be aware. I am convinced as I said before this top 6 will fight it out for promotion. My prediction is that Wood and Nugent are going to shoot us into the Premier, with Big Wes Morgan and Keane as our rock solid back line that will stop anything that gets in our way. As I write this, Chris Wood has been signed permanently which is a massive boost for the Club.

And it only gets better! Live on Sky against Wolves and a ground out 2 – 1 victory to put us firmly second in the table and looking to seal that automatic promotion spot. All credit to Nigel Pearson who knows how vital it is for the owners to get their reward with promotion to the best league in the world. It was great to re-live some great tussles with Steve Bull and try to forget the “red mist” that used to come down when we took opposite sides on the pitch.

As I said before, I had my Cashfighter Event on Saturday and it was sensational! Better than ‘An Evening with Mike Tyson’ for atmosphere and my team from K Kong delivered again. I can’t wait for my next event, ‘An Evening with Joe Calzaghe’! Half the tables have sold already so if you’re interested you’ll have to be quick. More information can be found on our website, www.kkongevents.co.uk