On the 27th of October 2018, Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tragically passed away in a helicopter crash along with four others following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw at home to West Ham United. The news broke the next day and Vichai’s legacy and the memories of what he has done for the club have been revealed from stories across the country. He was a man that cared about his club above all else and was at the heart of one of the best ever sporting stories, at 5000/1 odds he brought an unthinkable Premier League title to the people of Leicester.
In 2008, Leicester City fell into League One six years after going into administration. Vichai bought the club in 2010 and immediately paid off the £103 million of loans and purchased the stadium on the club’s behalf now known as the King Power Stadium. One of the first things he did as Chairman of the club was to promise to bring success to the club, he promised Champions League football and to be challenged the Top 5 Premier League clubs. From then on, his desire to do good not only for the club but also for the people of Leicester was recognised and an unbreakable bond was formed between players, staff, fans, and of course Vichai himself.
A few years on, Vichai was then at the heart of an absolutely remarkable story seeing Jamie Vardy score 13 goals in 11 consecutive games, Leicester going top of the Premier League by Christmas and the club staying at the top until the final day of the season. Along that route they qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, something that Vichai promised to bring and of course, delivered. On the 2nd of May, Tottenham threw away a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge in a feisty London derby to seal the title for Leicester City. Following the unthinkable Premier League title for Leicester, all credit was given to the players, managers and fans. At the time, no one stopped to think of the incredible man behind all this success, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Over the course of his time with Leicester City, he provided free beers, donuts, scarves and more on match days to all the fans and people of Leicester City. He bought £100,000 cars for the members of his title-winning team. He’s put plans in place to invest millions into a new training complex, stadium expansions and has put the faith in his son as vice-chairman to carry on his legacy.
Rest in Peace Vichai, stay strong Leicester City.