16th May – Leicester City won the FA Cup

To a lot of people the subject line might not mean too much. Football fans though will know what I’m referring to.

Leicester City have been around since 1883. The FA Cup has been running, with a break for WWII, since 1872.

On 15th May, 2021 Leicester City won the FA Cup for the first time after losing in four previous finals in 1949, 1961, 1963, and 1969.

Leicester City are not part of the ‘Big Six’ of English football, those clubs who wanted to be a part of an European Super League, a league fans weren’t in favour of. Leicester have kept going and have not been distracted by their injuries and by the other teams with their expensively assembled squads.

Leicester City are owned by a Thai family who are loved by players, coaching staff, and fans. The owners know that Leicester City are an important part of the community and take care to show this and to show their main motivations are not money and greed. Leicester didn’t furlough their temporary staff during the Covid pandemic, Leicester voted against charging fans £14.50 to watch certain premier league matches (the only premier league club to vote against the proposal) and Leicester didn’t try to break away from the rest of the English football pyramid.

I’d like to think that sometimes people’s good deeds do influence fate and the outcomes they receive. Leicester deserved to win on Saturday and yet they’ve already won in so many ways. They’re admired by similar ‘smaller’ football teams around the world, who see what Leicester have done and wonder whether they can achieve similar success. They’ve given hope to underdogs everywhere who can now try to ‘do a Leicester’ and upset the odds.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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