Knock on Wood (three times): Hat trick hero hunts for Foxes

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

This is getting expensive. But boy do we love it…

The goal-scoring carnage continued on Saturday at Leicester City Football Club (The Moodie Report’s adopted English football team) as the Premiership-seeking team known as ‘the Foxes’ routed Bristol City 4-0.

The Moodie Report is donating US$50 to The Moodie Report Foundation (dedicated to funding cancer research) for each goal Leicester scores during its 46 Championship games this season. If the team wins promotion to the Premiership (where they’ll meet the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion – more of the latter below), we’ll add a bonus of US$5,000.

As reported, Leicester City is owned by Asian Football Investments, a Thai consortium led by Vichai Raksriaksorn, Chairman of one of Asia’s leading travel retailers, King Power International Group (whose Senior Executive Vice President Susan Whelan, below, also doubles as Chief Executive of the football club).

Saturday’s quartet of goals brought the team’s tally for the season to 48 – that’s US$2,400 towards cancer research.

But wait. There’s more. The scorer of three of the goals against Bristol City was New Zealand international Chris Wood, who continued his stunning form since signing for the Foxes earlier this month (we Kiwis might have gone off the boil in the rugby and PLEASE do not mention cricket, but boy can we play this funny large round-ball game).

Wood’s first-half hat-trick means he now has six goals in three matches since joining the Foxes from West Bromwich Albion (who had loaned him out to Millwall), including two in the Championship.

Ah, yes, West Bromwich Albion. Long-time readers of this Blog will recall that our former Executive Director Business Development John Rimmer (now with TFWA), pictured below, is a fanatical supporter of the side fondly known as ‘the Baggies’.

[TFWA (Tax Free Wolves’ attire) as worn by John Rimmer in honour of the Baggies’ arch-rivals]

After I carelessly described Chris Wood as having joined the Foxes from the “lesser lights” of West Bromwich and Millwall, John wrote to this Blog, saying: “OK, bait taken…. Name-calling is one thing, but lumping us in with Millwall is below the belt… [imagine if I had lumped them in with Wolves -Ed]

“We at ‘lesser lights’ West Bromwich Albion wish Chris all the very best at his new club, and we hope we’ll be welcoming him back to The Hawthorns as an opposing player very soon (preferably in the Premier League). To show there’s no hard feelings, I hereby pledge to The Moodie Report Foundation £20 pounds per goal Chris scores for Leicester until the end of the season (so that’s £40 quid already). Goals in the play-offs count treble.”

I told you this was getting expensive. Chris’s six goals means John is now in for £120 to the Foundation. We hope that his effective benevolence (for which we thank him) has cheered him up a little after his beloved Baggies lost 3-2 away to lowly Reading yesterday, despite leading 0-2 with eight minutes to go. Ouch.

Footnote: Leicester City Football Club Foundation announced in December that The Moodie Report Foundation is one of its officially supported charities for 2013.

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  • The low blows come thick and fast… I had hoped that image had gone the way of Wolves’ promotion hopes.

    As if I didn’t spend enough money on football already, Chris Wood is going to bankrupt me, even if in the best possible cause. Perhaps Susan could ask him to pass the ball occasionally rather than hogging it for himself. Times are hard here in Paris; just ask Depardieu.

  • For sure Leicester will score many, many more goals this season and I am sure Chris Wood will be a main contributor. So Martin and certainly John I look forward to see how the coffers a filling up.

    Gerry xxx