08
Mar
2016

From Dubai to Leicester

And then there was mayhem… Leicester City are the Premier League winners of 2015/2016 season.

Wouldn’t that be a dream or a miracle (to be more accurate about it) if it happened?

Well, we are few games away from the end of the season and the foxes are still leading the table, ahead of Tottenham!

People around the world have come united wishing Leicester City would win the league, just because it would be something out of the ordinary and a game changer for seasons to come. While it is building up, I was keen to try and find those stories about some real fans who have been supporting Leicester around the world, to understand their passion and hopes for a bigger than life ending.

Surprise is that the best story was happening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, before fate intervened and took away the lifelong Leicester fan from his family and beloved ones, leaving his wife and son to continue the journey alone.

Denise Midgley is a lifelong Leicester City fan and her Yorkshireman late husband Ian adopted the club after they got together 15 years ago. Ian and Denise Midgley travelled from their Dubai home to every Leicester City home match and were heading to Anfield after returning to the UK for Christmas, when Ian suffered a heart attack and later passed away.

Ian and Denise Midgley travelled from their Dubai home to every Leicester City home match

Messages of support for Denise and her family have flooded fan forums, with dozens of friends and football supporters offering their condolences. Denise visited the ground later on, and tied Ian’s scarf to the Hillsborough memorial in tribute to the 54 year old late husband.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sent a letter to Denise, offering his sincere condolences on behalf of everyone at the club and signed it off with the club motto ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Benjamin, the son of Ian, and his family were invited to watch a match as VIP guests in the director’s box at King Power Stadium, and he also got to meet Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha while he was there.

For all the right reasons, Leicester should go on and win the title. Whether you are a Foxes fan or not, it is just fair for them to be champions. They have set new rules on how to go about the game of football, and showed real will and passion to earn it. No tribute for the late Ian is better than Leicester winning the league and beating their 1929 achievement of finishing second.

A Leicester City title triumph would be every bit as miraculous as the one Alan Shearer won with Blackburn Rovers back in 1995. From relegation battle to top of the league in less than a year…

May Ian rest in peace and may Leicester City win the Premier League.

 

A Dubai - Leicester flag by Ian and Denise Midgley in their trips to the stadium
A Dubai – Leicester flag by Ian and Denise Midgley in their trips to the stadium

 

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