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give_us_a_wave

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It's a reasonably dull & uninspiring English city. Grey & featureless but no more so than some others. Also seems determined to live up to it's motto of "Always the Same" (apart from when tearing things down to build another pile of sodding student flats while long term residents rot on an endless housing list) There's basically **** all special about it.

Over the years when asked by people in other parts of the country where I'm from, on telling them the best I've got has usually been "near Nottingham is it?" Although the bloke in Portsmouth wins the award for "that's up North isn't it?" Up North...from ****ing Portsmouth??? Yes mate that'll be the place. ****ing hell.

BUT...it's my home town so it shits on anywhere else in the world.

Especially that no mark turd haven up the road that's only famous because a bloke who didn't exist didn't live there.

& now, thanks to my beloved terminally underachieving football team managing to fit 134 years of history into one season,the whole ****ing world knows where it is all of a sudden!

Never thought I'd see the day. So that's my pride I guess. The fact that my uninspiring home town became inspiring to everyone thanks to my football team. A byword for impossible achievement.

25 years from now nobody will give a shit who won the PL in 2015 or 2017. But we're ****ing immortal.
 

Rock Fox

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Always loved LCFC of course and the surrounding Leicestershire countryside, but the town itself is uninspiring but I like the New Walk Museum - I worked there briefly.
Also home to famous writers Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole had to come from Leicester) and Julian Barnes - also Leicester Royal Infirmary was birthplace of a not famous writer (me)
 
I was born in rugby and only started taking an interest in football about 1968. Coming from rugby the only choice in a football team were either Coventry Northampton and Leicester. Oh and Rugby town. Everybody in my class seemed to support Coventry and I didn’t want to be a sheep so I started to support Leicester and I’ve had some fantastic memories supporting them through the years. Don’t go very often these days as finances/disability makes it awkward. It’s easier for me to pop back to rugby, when my daughter still lives, and go and watch the town. But even that is once in a blue Moon these days. I never ever ever ever ever thought that we would win the league, and it would great if we could win the FA Cup then I would’ve seen us win everything domestically. (That’s why I get a bit ratty when we don’t pick the strongest side In cup matches). Always enjoyed my visit to the city itself, have attended the hospitals on many occasions and found the people and staff totally wonderful! Although I’ve never lived In Leicester it always be in someway, a part of me.
 

give_us_a_wave

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Always loved LCFC of course and the surrounding Leicestershire countryside, but the town itself is uninspiring but I like the New Walk Museum - I worked there briefly.
Also home to famous writers Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole had to come from Leicester) and Julian Barnes - also Leicester Royal Infirmary was birthplace of a not famous writer (me)
Joe Orton tops them though. Adrian Mole is forever tarnished for me by the fact that they gave everyone from Leicester Brummie accents in the TV adaptation. Simply because to a London audience that's what the Midlands sounds like.

Tossers.
 

artic fox

Member
Really enjoy people's viewpoints ,thanks for taking the time to share.So keep them coming as Leicester brings out our opinions,
 

artic fox

Member
So we had our arses handed to us Today, City are special and l don't see any other Team putting 5 past us again this Season. We were not at the races so we learn and move on.We look at what can be used going forward and look forward to the next game ⚽⚽⚽
 

popillius

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I was raised in Leicester before leaving to study and settling elsewhere. I work in Leicestershire often and can't believe sometimes how extraordinarily beautiful the county is. It's not until you leave somewhere that you begin to appreciate it more. I miss Leicester and each time I visit again not only are all the memories of my wonderful childhood and my family still as vibrant as ever, I also see a modern, cosmopolitan city the like of which rivals almost any other. I think the regeneration project has done fabulous work in turning what was, essentially, a market town really, into a 'real' city but I do agree about there being too many student flats.

The cycle lanes on Welford Road however can **** right off.
 

tedfoxxx

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Born in Leicester and never managed to move further away than Nottingham (and quickly returned). I’m 26 so Muzzy was my hero and my first season was the penultimate one at Filbo so I’m still haunted by the Wycombe loss and the Bolton bumming the following season. Most of time as a Leicester fan has been unmitigated shit punctuated by three league wins and several thousand managers. My late grandpa used to tell me stories about Davie Gibson, his absolute favourite player and I’ve always been hooked on the story of our magnificent club. I wouldn’t trade a single second of supporting the mighty Foxes <3
 

Mikeoadby

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Here is my little take on Pride. I moved into the City from Hungarton in 59 and didn't even know about football before then. We lived in a place that was pulled down in the early 60s but a friend's dad used to take us down to Filbert Street sometimes and I was hooked. I have recently been working in Russia and Serbia - got to Russia in 2011 and got fed up saying "I come from Leicester just 30 odd miles from Nottingham because everybody knows about Robin Hood" Each year I would be taking different classes and the answer was always the same. That was until the Championship year and then I knew I could now say "I'm from Leicester" and everybody would know. A great feeling.
 

artic fox

Member
Mikeoadby,

You remind me of when l was in Croatia helping a friend Coach an American Football Team.l wore my Leicester windbreaker the first day l was with the Team,some of the players looked and said nothing.The next session l wore my Leicester Tee Shirt.One player said to me "you really do follow Leicester" We had an interesting car ride home.Go Foxes
 

David Gwilliam

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Leicester is not a great city. For me the greatest cities are (1) Rome (2) London (3) Paris. When I was young I considered emigrating to Rome. However, great cities are wonderful places to visit but dysfunctional places to live.

I find Aylestone Village a great place to live - handy for the centre and the football while the Aylestone Meadows have the advantages of the countryside. I would guess that other places on the edge of Leicester may be just as nice.

In 2002 I was sharing a Roman taxi with a Londoner who supported West Ham. To his delight the taxi driver had heard of West Ham but had never heard of Leicester City. When there was the La Manga incident with the prostitutes my friend e-mailed me that "The Roman taxi drivers have heard of Leicester now". We really were going through a bad patch.

I consistently had Americans tell me that never heard of Leicester although they had all heard of Nottingham and Robin Hood.

That has now changed. An American historian rang me from Las Vegas to ask about Richard III - Leicester had been on the TV news there. Richard III is genuine and is buried in Leicester; there is little evidence for Robin Hood and even less for any connection with Nottingham. Coventry did have Lady Godiva although there is no reason to believe she ever rode naked.

Then we won the Premier League. This was such a big story that even my favourite MMA commentator Joe Rogan did a piece on Leicester. With Richard III and the Premier League Leicester is doing rather well.

Below is Joe Rogan on Leicester
 

Micky

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David, thank you. I love your words, though your video surprised me a little as I thought you would frown upon blue language.
 

camberwell fox

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Leicester to me is a difficult discussion for me with mixed emotions.

Born in Barwell (Near 'inkley), i grew up there starting off at primary school at Newlands, moving to Suothfields and finally to ESCC, all of which you could throw a blanket over in terms of distance apart.

An admittedly unhappy childhood but somehow I became hooked on LCFC at the age of 6. My cousin - Andy Gray (not THE) supported City too and we were closer due to this. I spent most of my childhood moving from pillar to post but always within the county, living in Earll Shilton, Blaby and lastly Aylestone 'Saff'.

I moved to London at the age of about 25 for work reasons, but somehow (and in spite of my dreadful childhood) can't and don't want to remove my final link with Leicester.

My mum still lives there but we don't speak and I haven't spoken to her in 17 years...sad - but it is what it is.

I come back too infrequently now but now i have passed on my love for City to my son I really want to spend the next few years cementing his affection for Leicester through mine.

I love coming back and going to games with my son is great. We went to the Swansea game and paked in a pub car-park in Aylestone - thr union I think, and my son loved socialising with the locals in the pub,, they took to him and sat with him chatting LCFC, one of them gave him a metal badge and we shared a taxi to the ground with two locals who were very kind - Leicester at it's best! 'That' season was the most remarkable thing I have ever witnessed and been part of - indescribable emotions and perhaps 'that' moment somehow erased the pain of my childhood - i'm not sure but it was fantastic and ecstatic. Those who win things as infrequently as City fans can only understand 'that' feeling.

So in summary - i'm unsure whether I love the city itself but i certainly love LCFC.
 

Micky

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Well I grew up in rural Leicestershire (Vale of Belvoir). My dad and my mum's father were the big Leicester City influences in my life. I remember mum, grandma and sister going shopping in Leicester while dad, grandad and I went to watch the foxes. Early memories weren't great from a footballing point of view. I remember the Pleat out chants and languishing at the bottom of the table. Things did start to pick though as the Brian little era began and the tide started to turn. I didn't go to every game but I went to the majority of home matches. As a boy I remember being in the bath and listening to us hammer Cambridge 5-0 in the play-offs. I went ballistic and was perhaps close to a fatal electrocution (blame Neville Foulger)! I remember seeing us lose to Bristol City in the cup and getting Colin Gibson's autograph (which softened the blow). I recall us beating Leeds 4-3 when we were near the bottom of the table and they were on the way to becoming champions. We left that game early for fear of safety. Other memories include the trip to Wembley to see us lose to Blackburn and also the Wembley game against Palace (which I also attended). I still remember that goal so well and the celebration where I hugged my dad and felt as though nothing could get better!
Onto more recent times, the title winning season in the Premier league was and still is incredible (and the great escape was an incredible experience). I could still cry just thinking about the title win. I feel so lucky because out of all the clubs in the country, the impossible happened to us.
I have two children myself now and my little lad is just starting to show a real interest in football. He watched a full 45 minutes recently and the name Vardy rolls off his tongue when we are having a kick about in the garden. In fact he can name and recognise a good 5-10 players.
For the future I am not sure what I want or expect. All I do know is that I love Leicester.
Blue army!
 

Blue Maniac

Alzheimers sufferer
Born in Barwell (Near 'inkley), i grew up there starting off at primary school at Newlands, moving to Suothfields and finally to ESCC, all of which you could throw a blanket over in terms of distance apart.
Forgive my ignorance of medieval Leicester, but what’s ESCC?
 
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