Steve Walsh Blog – 25th April 2014

Well, we are nearly at the end of a fantastic season and LCFC has been rightly crowned champions after another fantastic result up at Bolton. Lloyd Dyer put the icing on the cake in the 62nd minute of a game we had 62% possession and our 96th point of the season was in the bag.
We have now won 29 games and only lost 6 so far in a season that will match just about any in our history and all us fans have enjoyed the ride to the premier league.

Only two games left and today we travel to Huddersfield and meet up again with a Leicester City old boy, Mark Robins who is doing a great job at the John Smiths Stadium. If I see Mark he might have an interesting take on the events at Old Trafford where he once saved Fergie’s job and now they are in a bit of turmoil! Older fans will remember Mark’s time at Filbert Street when he joined us in the relegation year of 1995, but then great memories of the 1996 promotion under Martin O’Neill and the unforgettable cup win in ’97!! A final note about Mark – when he left Leicester he had a very successful move to Copenhagen where he picked up a fans nickname with his fellow strike partner of Batman and Robins. I might remind him of that one!

Back to us, and LCFC sits proudly at the top of the league with 96 points and our last two games should give us every chance of breaking 100 points, but what really matters is getting into the top league with all the massive fixture that brings. Before then we finish off the season at the King Power and what a day that should be as the trophy will be ours after what will be a tough test against a Doncaster team scrapping for their lives and I will add a bit more next week in my final blog of the season.

In fact, it just might be my very last blog as I am tempted to change my weekly ramblings into a fortnightly podcast for the Premier League and I will be joined by a few footballing mates and contacts to bring you views about our progress next season. I will have a think over the long summer when all there is to look forward to is the small matter of a World Cup with England competing against the best of the rest!

Steve Walsh Blog – 18th April 2014

LCFC’s fight for the Championship title was further enhanced by Burnley’s slip up against Middlesbrough. As I have said before, and you all probably know that points in the bag are better than games in hand at this point in the season. I think our convincing loss against Brighton shook up the players and made them realize that their job isn’t quite finished yet. I know that we have already secured promotion, which is great, but we all want to go up in style and win the league. Winning the league would also give us that bit of extra momentum next season.

 

These last few games of the season are the perfect time for Nigel Pearson to play around with his team. It’s important for him to make sure he knows what needs to be done for next season. I think for the last match against Doncaster he will play his first 11 that have been consistent this season in getting us to the Premiership. I can’t wait for the last game of the season, Birchy will be doing his 34th run but only a few laps this time. He’s raised over a million pounds for over 100 different charities, what a fantastic achievement!

 

Whilst the LCFC team had a weekend off, I was invited down to Wembley for the Arsenal vs. Wigan FA Cup Semi-Final. My old club Wigan nearly upset Arsenal but in the end the inevitable happened and Arsenal won on penalties. It was a great day other than seeing Wigan lose, I met up with a few of the legends. Bob Wilson, Ray Clemence, Alan Kennedy, Martin Chivers and Phil Neal. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day of meeting Arsenal fans and reminding them of my equalizer at Filbert Street! No sign of Ian Wright to remind him of our polite discussion coming off the pitch!

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Back to business on Monday night for LCFC. They were straight back into the action against Reading who needed a win to secure their play-off dreams. We managed to secure a draw but we should have won that, we created more than enough chances but couldn’t quite force another goal. It was great to see Jamie Vardy back on the pitch, we will need him again before the end of the season. My player of the year definitely goes to Danny Drinkwater, his equalizer was just amazing! Mahrez had another great game and Schmeichel made some vital saves.

 

Good luck to Nigel and the lads for last push, come on lads, I know we can do it!

 

 

Steve Walsh Blog – 12th April 2014

Saturday’s results couldn’t have gone any better for LCFC! Our opponent’s downfalls were our victory. We are once again in dreamland. We’ve been away for 10 years and I couldn’t be more excited for our return.

After a busy weekend of celebrations from the player’s, it was obvious that they were suffering on Tuesday night when they played Brighton at home. Had we been promoted over the weekend or not it was going to be a tough game. Brighton are fighting for a place in the play-offs so they were always going to be determined to get a win. It’s a shame that we saw our undefeated record broken, and in such style! But, I’m sure the boys will be back on form next week.

After the brilliant season LCFC have had, it must have been pure euphoria for everyone over the weekend even though this did prove costly on Tuesday night. Nigel Pearson really changed the team lineup and I think at this stage that was an important move to make, Pearson needs to see which players are ready for the Premiership! The manner of Tuesday’s defeat will have been the last thing everyone wanted to see, but hey, at least they lost convincingly! One thing is for sure, my lucky shoes definitely lost their luck!

I know it was a disappointing defeat, but you have to look at the achievement LCFC have made over the full season! No one can take that away from them. The fans on Tuesday were brilliant, no one can deny that the atmosphere was great. There was a lot of support for the team.

There’s a lot of work to be done until the end of the season, I think the players and staff will now be reaching for the Championship title. There’ll be a lot of work to do over the summer as well to get all the players ready for the big league. I can’t wait until 18th June when next season’s fixtures are released!

Good luck to everyone at the club for the remainder of the season. Keep the faith fans, I think we can do it!

This weekend I’m off to Wembley for the Wigan vs. Arsenal match. I’ve been invited to work in the hospitality area. I’m really looking forward to seeing my old home town team!

Steve Walsh Blog – 5th April 2014

A delayed blog this morning after another Friday night performance at the King Power, and we are as close as we can be to a massive promotion party! More of that later as there have been another two memorable matches to report on in the last week.

Just when I thought we were about to slip – boom! A performance that surely will send us into dreamland!!! 2-0 away on their own patch the first time Burnley have lost or conceded two goals rubberstamps our intentions and the players commitment not only to get promotion but do it in style. The unbeaten run goes on and shows why we are the best team in the league by a country mile. And how about two class goals to go with it and show Ings & Vokes that we can finish. I suppose I felt a bit sorry for Burnley and really hope that Sean Dyche’s men can see things through and come up with us. They deserve it for a club who really has stuck with a 16 man squad all season and really performed miracles. Without those two front men they will struggle as proved against us. But let’s not take anything away from City and their faithful fans. It must have been an awesome atmosphere, I had a ticket but couldn’t go in the end so I was gutted.
I ended up watching the first half at the Dog And Gun in Whetstone, then home on the big screen to see the second half in comfort so onwards & upwards. I can’t wait for the party but as you know in football we need to be level headed and that’s why NP and everyone at the club don’t mention the word PROMOTION – they leave it to me:)))

However, I did go to the DW stadium to see my old club Wigan and was well looked after by ex-playing colleague Graham Barrow. Also saw Alex Cribley one of the players who helped my early career and I thank them so much. What a great game!

The gaffa made 6 changes, resting players for two important back to back home games and it shows how great our squad rotation can be utilised. We really did sneak a point. My old club certainly looked after 4 of us in style full hospitality and great to see my old pal Graham Barrow back as first team coach. I was paraded at half time and it brought back some fantastic memories but only one team was where my loyalties belong and that’s the proud Foxes. A Kingy special and late Hammond equaliser was good enough to keep the unbeaten run to 20 games and set up the Sheff Wednesday Friday evening potential promotion weekend in style.

On to last night, and again we made a bit of hard work about it, but the result is what matters and another 3 points were put firmly in the bag. The way we started was really exceptional and for the first 10 minutes or so I saw a glimpse of what we will need to produce consistently next season in the Premier League. There, I’ve said it – it’s a done deal and nothing will now keep us out of the best league in the world next season. The likes of Man U, City Chelsea, Arsenal and the likes are on their way to the King Power and the team are more than capable of doing a job and staying there. Last night’s goals from Mahrez and Knockaert were enough to see off a stern test from a Sheffield side rejuvenated by Stuart Gray since taking over from Dave Jones half way through the season.

I know that promotion will be confirmed if today’s results at QPR and Derby go with us, but nothing will now stop the inevitable and I now send a massive congratulations to the Manager and Team on their fantastic achievement! Well done all round, and bring on the big boys!!

Don’t forget I’m hosting at Dragons Den in Countesthorpe. Come Down and give it a go. I promise the food never disappoints!

Also The K Kong Corporate Golf day is coming up fast. Ive still got a few teams spaces available.

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