Photographs of Leicester City Murals
The 2016 Leicester City story was the stuff that dreams are made of.
In case you missed it this is what happened. Towards the end of the 2014 – 2015 football season Leicester City were bottom of the Premier League and seemed certain to be relegated. But they went on a run of seven victories and defied all the odds to survive. In itself a remarkable achievement but much bigger things would follow. Winning becomes a habit, and when the new season started Leicester kept on winning. Pre season odds of 5000 -1 surely meant that the team could not win the Premier League. They kept picking up points and found themselves at the top of the table. As the weeks passed the football world waited for Leicester to stumble, whilst hoping they wouldn’t. And they didn’t. A magnificent win away to Manchester City in February made people outside Leicester start to believe. A really efficient run in followed. They kept picking cup points until they could no longer be caught and were crowned champions in May.
This was not just a story that appealed to football fans. It showed the world that dreams can come true, and that with the right mentality anything is possible. The Club’s manager and coach, Claudio Ranieri earned worldwide plaudits for leading his unfancied team to unprecedented success. Remarkably it was the first time he had managed a team to a league title. In a game dominated by money it was wonderful to see Leicester succeed on a low budget.
I found myself in Leicester a couple of times in early 2017 and went in search of symbols of the Football Club’s triumph. These photographs of Leicester City murals were found around the city.
The murals will fade, but the memory of one of the greatest sporting stories of them all will surely not.