VIDEO: Twenty thousand Leicester City fans march through city in ‘5000-1 Walk’ to honour club chairman

By Tyler Arthur 

Thousands of fans marched through the town centre to the Leicester City game on Saturday(NOV10) before they hosted Burnley, in honour of the victims of the recent helicopter crash.

The incident occurred after their game against West Ham on Saturday, October 27, when the Leicester owner’s aircraft came down and five people – including club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – were killed.

 

The ‘5000-1 Walk’ (also referred to by the hashtag #WalkForVichai) was an idea forged by two young sisters from the area, aged 14 and 11. The pair suggested that 5,000 fans should join the walk in memory of the Foxes’ Premier League win, with the bookies famously giving them odds of 5000-1 to win.

In reality, the idea ended up becoming even bigger than that, with an estimated 20,000 people participating in the event, alongside some of the club’s players, including defender Harry Maguire and forward James Maddison.

The walk departed from Jubilee Square and concluded at the King Power Stadium, just over 90 minutes before the Premier League fixture with Burnley.

Leicester City also announced that it will erect a new statue of the late Thai owner.

Chris Sansome, 25, who has been a Leicester fan for over a decade, said: “The walk today was amazing, the whole city came together – there was so many people. It was quite emotional, really.”

Paul Jeynes, 25, has been a season-ticket holder since 2002, and also attended the walk, he added: “The experience was absolutely surreal. The amount of people coming together to remember one man, it’s incredible. He was such a great guy, and he will be missed very dearly.”

The weather during the walk was awful, with rain pouring down over the chanting fans, for the entire duration. However in a fitting source of pathetic fallacy, as the spectators arrived at the ground, the sun came out and a rainbow formed overhead.

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FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS: The weather during the march was terrible, but the sun came out over the King Power Stadium as fans arrived, resulting in a rainbow above the mourning fans.  (Picture courtesy of Rebecka Mason)

De Montfort University student Rebecka Mason, 20, was one of a group working inside the stadium to supply goodie bags for fans at the game (including a special commemorative scarf, and some other items), throughout the morning.

She said: “It was eerily quiet in the stadium all morning, whilst we were placing the memorial bags under each chair, surrounded by the flowers and shirts dedicated to the chairman and other victims.

“But then, when I finished working and left, I was met by a huge sea of fans who had come together to celebrate the life and achievements of ‘The Boss’ – there was a real contrast to the cold and empty stadium.

“It was very obvious this weekend how appreciated and loved Vichai really was by the fans,” she concluded.

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