Leicester city were crowned Premier League champions on a historic day at the King Power Stadium.
City fans were out in force across the city as well as at the King Power Stadium to celebrate City’s first title success in their 132-year history.The game against Everton seemed almost to be an after-thought for the fans, who were revelling at City’s incredible success for hours before City’s final home fixture of the season.They had gathered to create an incredible atmosphere outside the ground before kick-off and were treated to free beer, pizza and specially made Walkers Salt and Victory flavoured crisps, while inside the ground Alan Birchenall conducted his 36th annual charity run.
Singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the capacity crowd before the game, in tribute to City’s title-winning Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, and there were hundreds of Italian fans who made the trip over just to share the atmosphere outside the ground.
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Amidst all the celebrations and amazing scenes, a football match broke out.The thousands who were outside the ground, still having a party, would have heard the roar when Jamie Vardy fired City in front from Andy King’s superb cross and then King himself made it 2-0 after superb work from Riyad Mahrez.It was complete one-way traffic and City were playing like champions.At half time, Mark Selby came out with his World Snooker Championship trophy and members of the 1963 City team, dubbed the Ice Kings for their ability to keep playing, and winning, and the last City side to have challenged for a title, came out to a rapturous ovation.
Everton threatened to make a game of it at the start of the half but Romelu Lukaku and Oumar Niasse were both wasteful, but then it was all City as Vardy scored City’s 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot after being tripped by Matthew Pennington.Vardy was closing in on Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot and he had a great chance to complete his hat-trick when Mahrez sent him clear, but Joel Robles saved with his legs, and then City were awarded a second spot kick for Darron Gibson’s challenge on Jeff Schlupp, but he ballooned his effort over the bar.
City laid siege to Everton goal but the fourth goal would not come and Toffees substitute Kevin Mirallas pulled a goal back for the visitors at the end.It was immaterial, as was the game in many ways, as the moment that all the City fans had come to see came after the final whistle.The players left the pitch with Vardy limping badly clutching his hamstring, which will be a huge concern for England manager Roy Hodgson, while the stage was set and the players’ families were escorted out to watch the ceremony.It was the moment City fans had been waiting for all afternoon, the moment the club had dreamed would come for 132 years.
City skipper Wes Morgan strolled forward to hold aloft the Premier League trophy, with his team mates and manager Claudio Ranieri waiting on the stage, to a serenade of massive noise around the stadium.