Football fans joined forces after tragic events in Leicester

Football fans joined forces after tragic events in Leicester

RELEASED: 07:00 03. November 2018

Honors from the football world at King Power Stadium Image: PA

Honors from the football world at King Power Stadium Image: PA

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We return to league football, but our 1-0 win over Brentford a week ago was unfortunately overshadowed by the events outside the court.

Honors in front of a picture of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Image: PAHonors in front of a picture of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Image: PA

Normally, a win in Norwich City is my weekend, but the terrible Leicester and Glenn Hoddle incident that got sick made me, like so many people across the country, deeply upset and made our victory over the bees irrelevant for the time being.

Seeing scenes of the helicopter crash last Saturday at King Power Stadium was very disturbing and all the fears that the owner of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was on board, were unfortunately confirmed when it became known that he and four others People have died. They had no chance.

The tragic events of the past week were mainly about how the football community came together. While it may have surprised non-football fans as to how they all joined forces to support those affected, I'm sure it did not surprise the average football fan like me.

There may have been a lot of darkness in the game after the crash, but the reaction was heartwarming. It has definitely proved that football has no colors. Many supporters across the country, including our own Kathy Blake on behalf of the Canaries Trust, visited King Power Stadium and got their honor by signing the book of condolence.

There are many reasons why Vichai was highly regarded. He gave so much for the people of Leicester. Not only for the fans of Leicester City, but also for the community. They donate money to the local hospital, the university and much more. For the football club, he made dreams come true for his followers. I do not think there were many fans from other clubs who were jealous of the success that Leicester had – instead, most were happy to know that there is still hope for the rest of us outside the so-called Top Six, that we can still live the dream.

Apart from our success in 1992/93, when we came in third in the first Premier League season, there were no real fairytale stories until Leicester 2015/16 had its magical season. During this season, I kept thinking back to our 1992-93 successes, believing that Leicester would topple at the last hurdle. But I was wrong and was so happy that it was me.

Vichai was not a normal owner of a foreign football club. He connected with the players and fans. Many stories told by players and fans about Vichai are heartwarming.

Some may disagree with me, but I can actually see many similarities with our club and Delia & Co. While our board is not as rich as the Srivaddhanaprabha family, it is keen to do our best and help our community, especially with the outstanding community hub The Nest.

There have sometimes been mistakes, as I am sure that I will be reminded of this, but we have always tried to return to the promised land with the various ideas and plans.

I've also seen our board interact with fans in regular forums and meet fan groups at away games. We have often seen where our players interacted with the board in a particularly positive way.

In the present time, with so many owners out of touch with the modern game, not to mention players and fans, we should really be grateful to have Delia and Michael as owners. I'm sure fans of clubs like Newcastle and Ipswich do not have the same relationship with their owners.

Let's hope, from the tragic events of the past weekend, that people across the country assume that the community of football is far more important than going to football and treating the club as a PlayStation game.

RIP, Vichai

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