Steve Walsh Blog – 18th May 2013

The last week must have been one of the busiest of my life! I had a golf day, I was on Sky, I went to Wembley and then there was Leicester’s second leg on Sunday. In the end the “Walshy’s Unbeaten Travel Bus” didn’t go to Watford, unfortunately the turnaround between matches was too quick. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise as it means that my travel bus is still undefeated! I travelled down with Victoria and her son Ollie who I met through my match day travel bus. I am only just beginning to be able to talk about what happened on Sunday against Watford. When we got the penalty I couldn’t bring myself to watch, I turned my back to the goal and felt a massive sense of disappointment when I didn’t hear a roar from the Leicester supporters. I turned back around to Watford’s goal and watched what then unfolded. You couldn’t have scripted that, I’ve never seen anything like it! You can’t blame Knockaert for missing the penalty, it could have happened to anyone. It was a crazy end to a tough game.

I have to say before I move on to more football; being sat in the Leicester crowd away at Watford was fantastic. The atmosphere amongst the fans was unbeatable, they are a different league to any others and it’s brilliant! I’m going to try to go to more away games next year so I can be part of it.

When you look back at the season, overall it has been brilliant, we still finished 6th above both Nottingham Forest and Derby. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with a few big dips, we scrapped into the play-offs and gave it our best shot. It’ll be a tough loss for the team to get over, but I’m ready for next season. We’ve got some great young players who will certainly learn and get better; there are a lot of positives.

The owners have got a lot of decisions to make about how much money they want to put into the club for players and who they feel confident will deliver success. Who stays, who goes? Only time will tell. Personally I think its key that Kasper Schmeichel stays at the club; there is a lot of speculation about our top players leaving, but those staying at LCFC is the main priority. In regards to new players, I think it’s important that we look at what went wrong this season and fill in our weaknesses with new players and get the balance of strong players right on the pitch. If we can do this we might even make automatic next season. I also think that the key will be to act quickly and not leave action until the end of June when most out of contract players have already found new clubs. This means being sure about who is taking the club forward even sooner and then deciding if there is any budget at all for transfers or if the money for wages is enough to get a squad capable of getting out of this league. Don’t forget as well, that scraping into the Premier League is just a recipe for doing a QPR or Reading, so squad development will also be absolutely crucial.

Although I would love to see us going up at the end of next season, I don’t want to predict anything until I’ve seen exactly what the Leicester squad will look like. I know that people are already predicted play-offs at the end of next season, but I think it’s a bit too soon to be guessing. Anything could happen to our squad over the summer months and the dust has got to settle from our play-off exit.

On a lighter note, the K Kong Events Annual Golf Day was a great success. The Bulls Head, Countesthorpe was the winning team. It was Conrad Logan playing, what a great golfer! We’ve had some great feedback about the day and we supported my chosen charity, Wishes 4 Kids. It was also great to see Gerry Taggart, Muzzy Izzet, Ian Marshall and Matt Elliot. We’ve got another golf day planned for late September; hopefully it will be as good as the last.

A couple of final bits to mention. Firstly, I am going to continue with this blog over the summer months and if I get any bits of gossip I will pass them on unless I get sworn to secrecy! I have such a lot of other projects coming up, they are all worth a mention. I have been told that my blog is now being viewed an average 7000 times, which is staggering, so if there are any sponsors interested out there, get in touch!

Honestly, not a sponsorship push, but massive thanks to Pilot in Leicester who are, in my opinion, now the best quality outfitter in town and their prices are so much better than their local competition so I am adding my own recommendation to their product and service which are excellent. Well done lads, keep up the good work!

 

Walshy

Steve Walsh Blog – 11th of May

TIMBER!!!!!!!!

Last Saturday, LCFC smashed their way past arch rivals Forest. The trees fell down one by one and Leicester stole the last play-off place. The God’s were definitely in our favour with the other result’s that came on that day, and just as I said, it was most certainly an “edge of your seat” game. It’s by far the best I have seen Leicester play all season and it made for a match that will go down in history, and I was there to witness it. The fans were awesome, and I was pumped with adrenalin for the whole match. What a remarkable match and a fantastic way to end a frustrating season. At least I got one prediction right as those who read my blog last week will now remember!

Where are the doubters now? One thing’s for sure, the result against Forest brought everyone out to support the lads against Watford on Thursday. I haven’t seen the King Power Stadium that full in a long time and the spirits were certainly high. It was a must win and yet again Leicester pulled it out the bag when they needed to. Nugent has to be my man of the match, purely for his winning goal! Ideally I would have liked to see a two goal cushion in readiness for Sunday, but I’ll take our 1-0. Sunday’s second-leg is going to be tough but our confidence is high, and Watford’s low, and if the fans can show the support they did on Thursday I think we can storm through to Wembley. How fitting would it be in a season that promised so much and wavered in the middle to then end on such a high. The dream is still very much alive!

This week has been massive for me; I’ve darting about all over the place and keeping very busy. On Friday I held a charity golf day, which was a great success, and to add to that I was still running on a high from Leicester’s big win the night before! Today I’m off to Wembley to work at the Man City vs. Wigan final. A very tasty weekend for me!

Sunday I’m off to Watford on my unbeatable travel bus that I have organised for the fans. I can’t wait; I know it’ll be a brilliant atmosphere on the way; and hopefully and even better one on the way back! I want to wish huge amounts of good luck to everyone at LCFC for Sunday’s match, come on, and let’s get to Wembley!

Bus Travel Sunday Watford:
Get on Walshys Unbeaten Bus including a big breakfast (no match tickets) £32 LIMITED SPACES BOOK EARLY
Meeting for breakfast at 8.30am @ Whetstone Golf Club will leave at
9.30am to travel to Watford FC.
The K Kong office is keeping me busy as usual. We are now getting underway with all the final preparations for our Alexander O’Neal, Reminisce tour, 1st June. If you want any more details on this please see, www.kkongevents.co.uk

Steve Walsh Blog – 4th May 2013

Well, it’s here – that all important last game of the official season and what a game it will be against our local rivals up at the City Ground.

Let me say first that all other matches will not matter a jot unless we get a win and it’s as simple as that. The team and the manager will be tested and it is time for them to stand up and be counted. It will be a day for keeping the nerves under control and for each and every one of them to enjoy the challenge. This is what they became professional footballers to do, to play under pressure and show that they have what it takes to be heroes on the day. Thoughts cannot be allowed to drift to what might or might not be happening at Bolton or Palace, these matches are an irrelevance until the 90 minutes are up and the players turn to the fans to see if it is celebration time as they walk towards them when the final whistle goes.

In my career with City, there were many heartaches, many gut wrenching moments of agony as we fell just short yet again. Big games turned on elements of skill as well as dodgy refereeing decisions and more than our fair share of bad luck. But we always gave everything. Nothing was left on the pitch and no one thought that they could have put that bit more effort into the cause than they did. Leicester City never did things the easy way and that won’t change today. But I do expect a performance to deliver on the fans expectations from not that long ago when we were flying high. It might look like a long shot, but football often throws up days like today and we are still in this thing until 5pm when somebody tells me it’s all over.

My predictions have been on the iffy side all season, but I cannot finish without one last go at getting them right. These are todays all important results as I see them:-

Palace 1 Peterboro 1

Bolton 1 Blackpool 2

Forest 0 City 2

We will make the play – offs and start planning for a semi final against Watford. A win over two legs will take us to Wembley and it’s down to just 90 minutes against Brighton who I predict will overcome Palace in the other semi.

That’s when the celebrations will really begin! Come on you Foxes! We never quit!

Walshy