Friday night football always feel a bit strange to me, like Tuesday night football, not quite right? But, if Leicester City play like they did against Derby then clearly Friday is our night! I always believed that City could beat Derby despite their recent winning streak, but I didn’t expect the utter annihilation of our local rivals! Our goals had a devastating effect on the Derby defence and once the goals stared coming in, we were unstoppable.
The front line attack we played against Derby was the most convincing yet. Lloyd Dyer and Anthony Knockaert wide, feeding the ball through to Jamie Vardy and David Nugent; and they were all on fire! Lloyd Dyer looked as though he was terrorising Derby’s defence, the performance he put in was pure class. I’ve heard Nigel Pearson saying that he now believes he has got the best 11 on his regular squad, so we know what to expect for future games. I will agree after Friday’s match and I still think that LCFC have got a strong bench as well. Not only has Nigel Pearson got a strong squad, but they showed this to everyone on Sky TV! It made my commentary even more special.
It’s been a great start to what I think will be our year! I’ve got so much to be excited about for 2014, it’s my 50th birthday this year and I’m planning a very special birthday party with K Kong Events. I will also be publishing my new book, and Muzzy and I are setting up a new football academy. AFDA (Advanced Football Development Academy) will offer 16-18 year olds a chance to gain either a BTEC qualification through a sport specific programme, or a route to professional football, as well as being trained by former pros, myself and Muzzy Izzet.
There’s also some great events planned this year with K Kong Events. We have booked a night with Ricky Hatton on the 26th April, our annual charity golf day on the 9th May (with a fantastic prize) and my 50th on 8th November. For my birthday I am planning to launch my book and have a big bash at the Maher Centre, all tables will come with a hardback copy of my book!
Good luck to Leicester City for their up-and-coming matches, let’s show the rest of the league just what we are capable of!
Lastly I would like to say ‘all the best’ to Matt Elliott who is now over in Thailand training the army’s football team for LCFC’s Thai owners.