Why Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was so much more than a club owner to the city of Leicester

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, tens of thousands gathered on Belgrave Road in Leicester to see the city’s annual Diwali lights switch-on and fireworks display. Leicester hosts the largest celebration of Diwali outside of India, but there was a sombre note to proceedings as a tribute to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was read to the crowd. Twenty-four hours had passed since Vichai’s helicopter crashed at the King Power Stadium and the city still awaited further news.

It had been an unsettling day for supporters. We were still coming to terms with what had happened. At first, the pictures didn’t seem real. We refreshed our social media feeds for news, some still holding out hope for a miracle but most resigned to the horrible reality that we were preparing to mourn someone who had given us so much.

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