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25th Oct 2019

Leicester fans pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a year on from his death

Simon Lloyd

“I’ve seen Leicester win the Premier League because of that man. I’ve seen them play in a Champions League quarter-final.”

A year on from his death, Leicester City supporters are remembering the club’s late owner and chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people to die when his helicopter crashed in a car park at the King Power Stadium on October 27 last year. He had attended Leicester’s game with West Ham that afternoon, the helicopter taking off from the pitch’s centre circle seconds before the crash.

The Thai businessman bought the Foxes in 2010, his investment helping them to promotion in 2014 and a miraculous run to the Premier League title triumph two years later. The team reached the Champions League quarter finals the following season, eventually bowing out to Atletico Madrid.

As highlighted by the outpouring of grief which followed his death, Leicester fans are enormously grateful to Srivaddhanaprabha’s contribution to their club.

Almost a year on, thousands of supporters united for a special march in memory of him prior to their home game with Burnley.

JOE went to the King Power to speak to fans about Srivaddhanaprabha’s legacy, at the club and in the city.