- LCFCQ returns in February with more fascinating untold tales from within the corridors of Leicester City Football Club
- Issue 7 includes far-reaching interviews with Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray, Papy Mendy, Elliott Moore, Tony Cottee and more
- Club Historian John Hutchinson reveals the tireless work undergone to provide a lasting legacy for your tributes to Khun Vichai
- LCFCQ Issue 7, an 84-page quarterly publication, goes on sale from King Power Stadium and online from Sunday 3 February
Chilwell and Gray, close friends since their formative teenage years, discuss their sporting education, the importance of family and the essential nature of enjoying time aside from football.
At 21-years-old, Chilwell is an Academy graduate who has become a prominent member of Gareth Southgate’s UEFA Nations League semi-finalists over previous months.
The Milton Keynes-born left-back, who joined the Club aged 12, highlights the family members and coaches who inspired him to lead a charge towards England stardom at a tender age.
Gray, 22, meanwhile, signed for City midway through their intrepid 2016 run to the Premier League title, but was already enjoying food or films with his future club team-mate on England Under-21s duty.
Over the course of an extensive feature into the pair’s unbreakable bond, the left-sided Foxes duo reflect on their friendship and explain their hopes for the future at King Power Stadium.
Meanwhile, Papy Mendy, who has appeared in all but two of the Club’s Premier League fixtures this season, embarked on a very different, but no less fascinating, route to Leicester.
From the modest French town of La Seyne-sur-Mer, ‘Papy’ – French for grandfather, a nickname he in fact shares with his mother’s father – fell in love with football playing on concrete pitches.
Alongside cousins Alexandre Mendy and Bafétimbi Gomis, a French international, Mendy’s early career took him through the academy structure of various clubs on the south French coastline.
Scouted by Monaco, the slight Frenchman soon found himself playing beneath Claudio Ranieri at Stade Louis II before also being coached by current City manager Claude Puel at Nice three years later.
Mendy, 26, tells LCFCQ of his footballing heritage, his desire to turn a hobby into his profession and the personal turmoil of suffering a reoccurring injury so soon into life at Leicester City.
Centre-back Elliott Moore, on the other hand, is treading a unique but nonetheless beneficial path to establishing himself while on loan at Belgian Proximus League outfit Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
Now in his second successive spell in Leuven, a bustling student town just east of Brussels, the 21-year-old often skippers the Whites at King Power at Den Dreef Stadium.
Originally from Coalville, these surroundings have provided Moore with the perfect platform to build experience on foreign soil as he continues to build an impressive resume in Belgium.
Elsewhere in Issue 7, Club Historian John Hutchinson presents a personal account of the tireless efforts to relocate and preserve the thousands of tributes left outside King Power Stadium following the tragic passing of our beloved Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
This vast undertaking relied heavily on the care and attention of volunteers whose lives had been touched so profoundly by Khun Vichai’s kindness.
Hutchinson explains the logistics behind the operation to provide a legacy for your tributes and underlines the solace they provided to people at the Club in such difficult circumstances.
In the weeks which followed one of the most upsetting weeks in Leicester City’s history, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Filbert Way to pay their own personal tributes.
In recognition of all five people who so tragically died in the helicopter crash on 27 October, The Duke of Cambridge delivered a personal and touching address during King Power Stadium’s first Royal Visit.
LCFCQ tells the story of this remarkable event involving the future King of England and expressed its grief in a dignified manner which came to define the Club’s response to the events of late October.
Also included within 84 pages of exclusive content is an interview with Filbert Street hero Tony Cottee about his life after football in punditry for Sky Sports – while also uncovering the story of how he came to star alongside Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan in 2018 movie Final Score.
The popular heritage section, meanwhile, presents who fascinating and previously untold stories from yesteryear over the course of the 20th century.
Firstly, in the centenary year of Leicester Fosse’s switch to City, Hutchinson delves into the archives to reveal how several players became successful publicans following the end of their football careers.
With personal accounts from family members and close friends, including extensive research in the city’s records office, Issue 7 also uncovers the tale of FA Cup finalist-turned-salesman Ted Jelly, whose captivating association with the Club spanned over 50 years.
All of this – plus much more – will be available for just £4 from the Foxes Fanstore at King Power Stadium and online from Sunday 3 February.
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