Its been a quieter week on the football front since my last blog as I have been busy with business and a family break in Preston. However I was determined not to miss a charity game last Sunday which was in memory of Matthew Needham. Matthew sadly passed away following Heart Surgery when he was just nine years old and was a huge football fan. Even though he had a complex heart condition this did not stop him playing for his local team, Stanton United! The charity Matthew Needhams Treasure Chest was set up to raise money for much needed medical equipment for not only the PICU at Glenfield Hospital but also for the children’s ward. Since the charity was started it has been a huge success as it has raised almost £70,000. If you would like more information please view http://www.matthewneedhamstreasurechest.co.uk.
It was a great day and good to see some of the old Leicester faces in action. We had a strong team with Muzzy Izzet captaining us, with Stefan Oakes and Julian Joachim who was unfortunately injured on the day (no change there then!). Matthews brother Ben captained Matt’s Friends and managed to put one past me!
Next Tuesday I’ll be attending Torquay United away in the Capital One Cup. I would like to thank Martin Smith from Firewatch for sorting me some hospitality tickets. Hoping it will be a good game and interested to see who Nigel Pearson selects. Cant see him risking anyone he would like to start against Peterborough unless they’re still requiring fitness.
Even though I missed the Nuneaton game I wanted to make a special mention for Richie Norman who is an old Leicester legend and has been a physio at Nuneaton for the past 18 years. Just be thankful Richie that you didn’t have to look after my knees!
As most of my readers will know we have been running a competition for the past week or so and I’ll be drawing the winner of my dedicated signed photo tomorrow (11th of August) afternoon. I will also be starting my next competition soon which will be a dinner with me at a restaurant in Leicester! Keep a look out in the future for more competitions with match day tickets and memorabilia!
The start of the season is just round the corner now and I’m very excited to be contracted for every home game this season to hospitality at the King Power Stadium. I think todays friendly with Sunderland is key to see who Nigel Pearson will select to start the season. It will be great to see Martin O’Neil back in Leicester and give him and his Sunderland side a good test before they start their Premier League campaign.
So far the friendlies have been a real mix and it’s been interesting to see the depth that we have. Peterborough is not an easy start to the season but I’m predicting 3 points for Leicester which will be a great boost for the lads and a excellent way to get the season under way.