Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:18 am
Bedtime was cancelled in Leicester Monday night as the city’s football club was officially crowned championships of the English top flight for the first time in its history.
Thousands of citizens in Leicester watched a late kickoff clash between London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, knowing the result of that game will make history in Leicester.
Spurs needed a victory at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge to keep alive hopes of catching up Leicester City.
The kickoff at 8 p.m. BST meant the people of Leicester, more than 140 kilometers away in the East Midlands region of England, had to cling on to every second of the match in the country’s capital.
The waiting was over after 90 minutes plus six agonising minutes of extra time, with a 2-2 draw enough to secure championships forLeicester.
There was singing and dancing in the city as revellers celebrated a moment of football history. The cheering was loud enough to wake even King Richard III whose remains were laid to rest just months ago in aLeicester Cathedral.
People took to social media to express their delight. James Sharpe wrote on social media “there is a cacophony of car hooters blazing all around the streets of Leicester. It can never get any better than this.”
City Council officials say the victory will put Leicester on the global map, adding millions of dollars to the city’s tourism income.
Within seconds of the final whistle, Leicester City FC was proclaiming its title win on the club’s official website.
“For the first time in the club’s 132-year history, Leicester City are the champions of England,” the club announced.
Local newspaper hailed the success as the most amazing sports story, with the team ranked 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the 2015/16 season completing the most astonishing feat ever in English sporting history.
Popstar Adele, who comes from Tottenham and supports her hometown club, wrote: ‘Proud of you Spurs! But Leicester… What an inspiration, the best f***** story ever! Congratulations!!!! X’
Former England and Leicester striker Gary Lineker described the Premier League title win as the ‘biggest sporting shock of my lifetime’ and said it had only gone and happened to ‘his team’.
Lineker, who scored 95 goals for his boyhood club, will now have to present the first episode of next season’s Match Of The Day in his pants after he jokingly promised to do so in December if his former side went on to win the league.
Prime Minister David Cameron also congratulated The Foxes, hailing the club’s win an ‘extraordinary and thoroughly deserved’ effort.
Mr Cameron, who saw his side Aston Villa relegated this season, wrote: ‘Many congratulations to Leicester. An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.’