Leicester City open book of condolence to honour late Chairman

By Luke Smith

Leicester City have opened a book of condolence to remember their chairman and owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The chairman was one of five people who died when his helicopter crashed leaving the King Power stadium on Saturday night.

 

The owner and chairman died alongside two of his staff members, Kaveporn Punpare and Nursara Suknama, pilot Eric Swaffer and Swaffer’s partner and co-pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

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A sign left by a grieving fan at the King Power stadium

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010 for about £40million, gaining them promotion back to the top flight in 2014 for the first time in ten years. He then went on to see the team stave off relegation against all odds the following season.

However, Vichai’s most impressive feat as Leicester City owner was leading them to win their only Premier League title under manager Claudio Ranieri, despite being valued at 5000-1 by bookmakers at the start of the season.

Since the crash on Saturday evening, thousands of flowers, shirts, and flags have been placed in make-shift memorial gardens at the front of the stadium, showing just how loved the one affectionately known as ‘The Boss’ really was.

Leicester City and the English Football League took the decision to postpone their Carabao Cup fixture, in which they were due to host Southampton tonight (TuesOct30). The evening’s other cup fixtures were due to feature a minute’s silence/applause and the players wearing a black armband as a mark of respect for those who died in the crash.

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The image Leicester City are showing in the club store for the foreseeable future

There were a vast number of fans from other teams who also came to the King Power to pay their respects to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.

Football fan Jake McKillop said: “We realise that football is a family, and it doesn’t matter what team you support or where you come from.

“It goes to show that when something like this happens everybody comes together and you can see that not all of the shirts on the floor are Leicester shirts.

“They’re clearly from fans of other clubs who have come together to support Leicester. At the end of the day, the chairman’s been a massive help to the club and the city itself.

“He’s made the Leicester fans believe, especially after winning the Premier League.”

The Leicester City official website said: “The book of condolence will be open from 8am-10pm from Tuesday, 30 October, everyday for the foreseeable future.

“An online book of condolence will also be made available on LCFC.com for fans to show their respects if they are unable to make it to the King Power.”

 

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