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Protest over Leicester City Council savings plan – BBC News

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Protest over Leicester City Council savings plan
BBC News
On Tuesday, the city council unveiled proposals for its next budget, which includes savings of £28m. This would see a 25% budget cut for Children's Services
Leicester City Council workers in protest over cuts to servicesLeicester Mercury

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Leicester City Council workers in protest over cuts to services – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Leicester City Council workers in protest over cuts to services
Leicester Mercury
?More than 200 council workers used their lunch hour to protest in Town Hall Square over cuts to local services. Leicester City Council will cut more than

Eriksson cools Waghorn exit talk

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says an injury to Darius Vassell may scupper Derby’s hopes of signing Martyn Waghorn.

Manchester City 4 Leicester City 2: FA Cup Third Round replay match report – Click Manchester

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Manchester City 4 Leicester City 2: FA Cup Third Round replay match report
Click Manchester
Manchester City made it harder than it should have been to overcome a plucky Leicester City, booking their
Manchester City 4 Leicester City 2: match
Leicester City,Manchester City,FA Cup replayLeicester Mercury
Manchester City v Leicester City – live!The Guardian
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Club Focus – Manchester City – Tevez magic helps down Leicester City in FA Cup tie – A Different League

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Leicester City,Manchester City,FA Cup replay – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

So much to cherish in Leicester City’s bright display against Manchester City

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Out of this world is a phrase that could quite easily apply to Manchester City.

The transfer fees, wages and calibre of player they try to attract do not always belong to the same planet as we Leicester mortals.

Even the stadium is out of this world, nestling like a giant illuminated spaceship on the east side of Manchester.

Here we are at the City of Manchester Stadium, or Eastlands as some prefer to call it. Or even, given the influence of Sheikh Mansour, Middle Eastlands.

It was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and Manchester moved in for the start of the 2003-04 season.

The opening game was a friendly against Barcelona – from Nou Camp to Blue Camp – and the first Premier League encounter was against Portsmouth. Scorer of the first goal that day? Some chap called Yakubu.

The capacity is almost 48,000. And, although it was nowhere near that, there was certainly a healthy turn-out, not least from near-on 6,000 Leicester fans who made their second trip north in four days.

They were making quite a noise, too, as their team, in all yellow, gave the impression this was anything other than a banana skin.

If anything, it was their opponents who would have been more worried about banana skins.

Manchester’s cup record in recent years has been more blue moan than Blue Moon.

Two years ago they were dumped out at home by Nottingham Forest and, 12 months earlier, were beaten by a balloon at Sheffield United. And they will not need reminding what happened at Oldham six years ago.

Not that Leicester’s record is much better and they will not need reminding that it is almost the 10th anniversary of their infamous quarter-final defeat by Wycombe.

Their mood was muted slightly when Carlos Tevez opened the scoring but full voice returned when Paul Gallagher equalised with a penalty. You would have thought they had won the competition let alone pulled level in a third-round replay.

The stadium also has the brightest electronic advertising boards you are ever likely to squint at but there was no doubt which team was shining brighter. Then Patrick Vieira and Andy Johnson scored in quick succession. Cue Manchester fans and their frantic Mexican wave jig. Leicester fans retorted: “You only sing when you’re winning.”

A hoarding on top of the stand read ‘And on the sixth day God created Manchester City.’ It seemed a bit of divine intervention might be needed for Leicester to get back into the game. That came with Chris Weale’s intervention, saving a Tevez penalty.

A fine save from Johnson followed and the Leicester fans were singing “England’s No.1” right behind Joe Hart.

Then Lloyd Dyer pulled one back. The fans roared on their side, there were some close shaves but Aleksandar Kolarov finally dashed their hopes.

On this showing, Manchester were good but not out of this world. Leicester, well they are out of the cup but not, on this performance, out of the Championship promotion race.

Eriksson vows to return to Eastlands with Leicester City in Premier League

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Sven-Goran Eriksson says his Leicester City side should be proud of how they have performed in the two FA Cup games against Manchester City.

And, after they lost a thrilling third-round replay 4-2 last night, he vowed to return to Eastlands again in the Premier League with City.

Eriksson returned to his former club and saw his side, cheered on by 6,000 travelling fans, put up a worthy challenge against the richest club in the world.

The City manager said the experience had convinced him that City were destined to compete in the same division as Roberto Mancini’s title challengers.

“I think we should be proud of what we have done in the two games against Manchester City,” he said.

“We scored four goals and we were still in the tie until the last couple of minutes, in both games.

“We concede goals a little too easily, and that has been the problem for us all season. But I guess that is the difference between a top Premier League club and a Championship team.

“I said to the players 10 days ago and said the same today, we have played one of the best teams in Europe, and in the first game we were as good as they were.

“They were better than us today. Ten days ago, there was nothing between the two teams. I thought we were as good as they were.

“I have to say thank you to our fans and congratulations because to have 6,000 fans follow us on a Tuesday night is fantastic.”

Eriksson said the Championship promotion race was now their sole priority, and he said City were heading in the right direction.

“I am happy at Leicester,” he said. “We are not Manchester City, but it is a clear project to try to get into the Premier League and then we will try to beat them again.

“It is very good to be at a club where the owners are very good and you can feel around the ground, the training ground and the city that everyone believes we will go up to the Premier League. And we will – hopefully this season but, if not, then next season.”

Meanwhile, Eriksson said he had not spoken to Thierry Henry about joining City on loan during the MLS close season, but that he had spoken to his manager at New York Red Bulls, Henry’s American club.

“I asked the manager of the Red Bulls, Hans Backe, when the league finished before Christmas if he had some good players he wanted to give me on loan for two months,” said Eriksson. “He said he hadn’t.

“I have not spoken to Henry or his agent, and I don’t think he would come. He would play in the Premier League if he wanted to play football during the break.”

Eriksson has said that no decision has been made on whether Martyn Waghorn will be allowed to go out on loan this week.

Preston North End, Derby County and Wolves are among a host of clubs said to have expressed an interest.

Meanwhile, City have injury concerns over Paul Gallagher, who limped off with a knee injury last night, and Darius Vassell, who missed the clash with a hamstring strain.

But Eriksson is confident they will be fit to face Millwall on Saturday.

Richie Wellens was withdrawn at half-time at Eastlands for tactical reasons.

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