The Immortals 2 – The Story of Leicester City’s First FA Cup Final Win
From the loveable Claudio Ranieri winning the Premier League with the 5,000-1 underdogs to Brendon Rodgers lifting the FA Cup five years later this is the story of football’s romantics, the archetypal underdogs biting the so-called Super League elite. If ever there was the perfect riposte to those inflated egos who wanted to take the game away form the people and claim it as their own, then the exploits of Leicester City epitomises the right of the true fans to dream the impossible dream. First Ranieri fulfilled those dreams with he broke the mould of the Big Five and claimed the title, and then, perhaps even more remarkable, to prove it wasn’t just a one-off, Rodgers ended a long run of FA Cup Final heartaches by claiming the clubs first ever victory in the worlds oldest and most prestigious cup competition. In so doing he became the first manager since Sir Alex to win the cup both side of the border.
Between the two highly unpredictable episodes came untold tragedy when the clubs adored owner was killed in a helicopter crash leaving the King Power Stadium. Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha took over the running of the club after his father Vichai died in that tragedy in 2018. The Thai family bought the club in 2010 and transformed it from a provisional outfit to a global entity. ’Top’ paid homage to his father when he raised his hands in prayer to the heavens on the Wembley pitch when he was handed the FA Cup to celebrate along with the entire Leicester squad and back room staff in one of the most joyous FA Cup Finals of all-time.
“It’s emotional for Top and his family because they have built this club towards glory after winning the Premier League, and now to win the FA Cup is amazing,” said match-winner Youri Tielemans, who struck one of the best all time FA Cup final goals. “We will give everything for this club and for those men that built this club and built this history and legacy.”
Forewords by club legends Robbie Savage and Peter Shilton, OBE, winner of 125 caps for England.