Steve Walsh Blog – 30th November 2013

Well, it’s been another busy week for me! Muzzy and I have set up another football academy, AFDA Leicester. It’s very different to the football academy we already run, Future Foxes, as AFDA concentrates on a slightly older age group. It is for 16-18 year olds and we are hoping to train them up with excellent football skills as well as giving them a level 2/3 qualification in sports. We are really excited about this and are still looking for recruits. If you know anyone who might be interested, please check us out on twitter @AFDAcademy.

This weekend I am juggling various different events. On Friday night I was invited down to Blaby to switch on the Christmas lights. There was a good turn out and a really great atmosphere. Thanks for inviting me down!

Tonight I am back with K Kong events for our ‘Showdown’ event. It’s been greatly anticipated and I know I’m really looking forward to it! It’s been a lot of work to organise, and we are doing the event with a bit of twist. We are going to be running a live twitter and facebook feed of the event, so you can keep up to date with all the events of the night!

As well as these two events, I’m working hard at Dragon’s Den Chinese. Friday and Saturday nights are always the busiest and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has come down and supported it.

Last weekend I was glad to see that City bounced back in the league with a win. The character of the team has changed so much from last year, and the lads bouncing back from the defeat against Forest shows that. They have showed the characteristics needed to win the league and gain promotion. They’ve got another good opportunity for a win today against Millwall and will definitely need the confidence boost for next month’s demands of the Christmas fixture list! Nigel Pearson is going to have a challenge on his hands to make sure that his lads are ready for the up and coming games.

Best of luck everyone at LCFC.

I really hope that this weekend can see great results for not only LCFC, but for Leicester Tigers and Sam Bailey!

23rd November 2013

It’s been another one of those international breaks where you think “was it really worth it” after being disappointed yet again by an England performance where we were second best all over the pitch. I really wonder if the English game would be better not having a break and letting us have a full fixture list and clubs would have to field more home grown players whilst the international players are away. This gives clubs an incentive to develop rather than spend and supporters can still enjoy their Saturday game rather than finding excuses not to help with the shopping at Tesco!! We did win a world cup without international breaks!

After the International break, I am very much looking forward to seeing how the lads can pick themselves up after a very disappointing result against Forest. It’s very important to build on results in the run up to Christmas and hopefully we can consolidate our top three position as we go into the New Year. Today’s fixtures are very interesting with Burnley above us playing Forest and I hope Burnley get the three points.

Ipswich for us is always a tough place to go to, but I know Nigel Pearson will have been working hard with the team to avoid three successive defeats. I can’t remember the last time that happened, but every team has a blip during a season and even with us getting no points so far this month, we are only 2 off the top and with Blackpool having a trip to Birmingham to look forward to, I am hoping for a gap to appear between 3rd and the rest below after today’s games are over.

I’ve been very busy recently with Dragon’s Den, but last week I was invited to go and watch Sam Bailey on the X Factor with Matt Elliot. It was a brilliant night! I had the chance to get a photo with Rough Copy and Sam herself. She seems to be overwhelming favourite to win this year, and we really will have a big celebration if she pulls it off. We had great seats and weren’t far away from Kate Moss. Also, Ozzy Osbourne was there but I didn’t get the chance to meet him.

Don’t forget next week is the last chance to enter my Dragon’s Den competition to give you the chance of winning not only a signed Steve Walsh Derby Goal photo, but also a meal for two at Dragon’s Den, hosted by myself.

Steve Walsh Blog – 16th November 2013

Well, I can’t say that I’m not disappointed about last weekend’s result, because I am! After all the hype from the brilliant run of results, we had a head on collision with non-other than arch rivals Forest. It would still have hurt to lose to a different team, but it had to be Forest. It’s a shame the game couldn’t live up to the support from fans, I’ve never seen the King Power so full. 30,416 people saw two sloppy goals from Forest, a bag full of missed chances from Leicester and a dodgy ref.

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You have to give some credit to Billy Davies and the Forest team, they did their homework well and successfully blotted out our two wingers by doubling up defensively. I think the game could have been very different if David Nugent could have scored with an early header, or if Lloyd Dyer had scored a simple tap into the net. It’s been a while since I have seen Leicester buckle under the pressure of away team goals but they didn’t seem to be able to bounce back. I must admit though, when Nugent received a penalty I thought we could switch it around and come out on top; but he had a poor run up and skied it shattering my hopes.

Luckily for us, both QPR and Burnley seem to be showing signs of pressure so our loss against Forest hasn’t lost us much ground in the League. But, it has left other teams a chance to close the gap. I would imagine that Nigel Pearson has felt a little down over the last week, but I’m sure he can pull it back together for our next match.

I’ve got an exciting weekend coming up, I’m off to London to see the X Factor live show. I’ll be there supporting Sam Bailey. There’s lots of exciting things coming up in Leicester do to with music. I’ve been speaking to Serge from Kasabian and he’s said they will be bringing out a new album soon. I am also hearing early reports about the Leicester Music Festival which will be running over two days next year at the Tigers ground on Welford Road. The artists announced will be fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the variety of the acts. Im sure it will be a great day out for the whole family. I will be watching their Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information. ( @leicesterMF & Facebook.com/leicesterMF )

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Dragons Den is going really well and if you not had chance to try us yet I promise the food never disappoints. We even had Brazil and Tottenham Star Sandro in last week.

http://www.dragonsdenchinese.co.uk

We’ve only got a couple of weeks left on the Steve Walsh Blog competition. We will be announcing the winner in the next couple of weeks.

Good luck to Sam Bailey for this week’s X Factor, and good luck to everyone at LCFC.

 

Steve Walsh Blog – 9th November 2013

Last weekend I received the best birthday present I could have asked for! City’s fantastic win away at Watford. And, I got an early present in the form of the Foxes storming through to the next round of the Capital Cup!

Our win at Watford has sent a chilling message to the rest of our opponents, we mean business! Nigel Pearson must be so proud of his team. He has certainly shown the critics. If we keep up our good work, I have all the faith that we can not only be promoted, but be Champions. Obviously, I don’t want to get too carried away as we all know only too well that football can bite back when you least expect it!

The whole team played exceptionally well, it’s hard to pick out any of the players, they were all exceptional! It’s one of the best performances from the lads I’ve seen in a while. I think Wasilewski put in a great performance and made some critical defensive moves, he has made our back defences look ever stronger than before. Watford looked as if they really struggled to get any balls through our rock solid defence. It would be impossible to write this blog and not mention both Chris Wood’s goal and Anthony Knockaert’s goal. Wood, being the first goal of the match showed how chasing the ball, even when in the Keeper’s hand can pay off. It looked as though it took a while for him to even realise what had happened, a pure fluke, but none the less brilliant! I was really pleased to see Knockaert score, especially after what happened at the end of last season. I know he was booked for his celebration, but he deserved his moment of glory!

There are some big games coming up and the confidence amongst the players must be high. We’ve got Forest today, but judging by the past few weeks’ result, we hopefully will hammer them! December’s going to be a tough month with games against Burnely, QPR and Man City. As challenging as those games will be, I think we’ve got a big enough squad to cope with the pressure!

Good luck to everyone at Leicester City, keep up the good work.

Away from the football, I have had another busy week as anyone who follows me on Twitter will have seen. The Dragons Den Chinese Restaurant that I am hosting had its best week since opening. We had a very special guest on Thursday night, X Factor’s Sam Bailey came down to visit. The restaurant was packed out, and Sam was good enough to sing us all a song! Wow, what an amazing voice. Thanks for coming down Sam, good luck with the rest of the X Factor competition!

Sam Bailey at Dragons Den

Steve Walsh Blog – 2nd November 2013

What a week for Leicester City! It kick started on Saturday with Forest losing, Derby drawing and us winning! Nigel Pearson’s current tactics seem to be working a treat, and as for team spirit and togetherness on the pitch, I haven’t seen a City team look as promising in a long time! A stubborn Bournemouth team gave everything and fought hard, but were outclassed by Leicester on the day. Personally, I think that Bournemouth have been one of the better teams to visit the King Power so far this season and I’m predicting a mid-table finish for them. Lloyd Dyer’s my man of the match from Saturday, he was rampant down both flanks and put in a proper shift, he terrorised Bournemouth’s right back who I actually think is a good player! In last week’s blog I mentioned that I’d like to see Nugent get a goal, and he was our first scorer! And I’ve got to mention Vardy’s goal, set up nicely by Chris Wood; it was an absolute belter! Well done LCFC! Our win has put us into 2nd place in the table with Burnley at the top. They are flying at the moment, but they’ve got a small squad of about 14 players and no money to spend. I reckon that their lack of players will soon catch up with them.

From a City point of view, we’ve got to learn to put our chances away and kill off teams because we do seem to let teams back into the game after goals. We risk losing points this way, but the team spirit is high at the moment and they’ve become very good at turning the game back around. So far this season has been excellent, could this be the one we have all been waiting for? I can’t pick fault with the team; with Vardy looking sharp and a strong backbone from Schmeichel to Big Wes, then an energetic midfield with pace and skill. It’s a well balanced team and they seem to playing well through the midfield to get the ball to Knockaert and Dyer who then do the rest. We have also got a strong bench which leaves us with great options for substitutions.

After Saturday’s great performance, we came out with a bang in Tuesday’s Cup game against Fulham. During the match I thought that Fulham had more to offer, but Leicester City did not seemed phased by their Premiership opponents. Pearson made a lot of good substitutions and they showed real determination. There were some great goals by Wood, Morgan and Miquel and all within 12 minutes of each other. Then Dyer came in to score the winning goal. It was great to see that we didn’t lose our fight each time Fulham scored. Cracking result! So we steam ahead to the next round, Manchester City at home 17th December.

Happy days for all at LCFC! I hope that Pearson and the lads can keep up this great winning streak. Good luck!

 Just a quick reminder we have still got our Dragons Den Competition running for another few weeks so its not to late to get your entries in. In the meantime get yourselves down and give it a go I can promise the food will not disappoint! chinese flyer.inddchinese flyer.indd