Saturday 10 December 2016

Leicester City fan ruing season ticket sacrifice as glory beckons for Foxes

Published 15/03/2016 | 15:51

Leicester City are still ahead of the pack as the season enters the final straight
Leicester City are still ahead of the pack as the season enters the final straight

Leicester City might be riding high in the Premier League to the delight of Foxes fans but one supporter would be forgiven for feeling slightly bitter.

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A win for Claudio Ranieri's side against Newcastle United on Monday night left the team five points clear at the top and a step closer to claiming an unlikely Premier League title.

But while 31,824 fans packed into the King Power Stadium this week to see the Foxes carry on their run of form, James Diamond was not among them.

His wife Kate Diamond, a columnist for the Leicester Mercury, tweeted on Monday night that she convinced her husband to give up his season ticket last April after the team spent most of the season rooted to the bottom of the table.

She said: "I guess my husband's overriding memory of this historic #LCFC run will be me, back in April, persuading him not to renew his season ticket.

"Tune in on the final day of the season to see if our marriage survives that decision."

The Foxes avoided the drop last season after winning seven of their last nine games, and Mr Diamond decided to give up his seat at the King Power for the current campaign which has seen them defy all expectations.

Writing in the Leicester Mercury, Mrs Diamond said: "I've asked my husband. We do still talk. He's all right about it, because he's all right about most things, generally. He doesn't miss the long walk back up Welford Road on a cold Tuesday night, or the guy in the seat in front who used to punctuate games with cries of 'I'd take a draw now!' at roughly 45 second intervals.

"He's still enjoying the season, albeit from the sofa. He works in Uttoxeter, and so, as the only Leicester City fan on the premises, gets treated like a minor celebrity when he arrives at work every Monday morning.

"I'm gutted that my husband won't be at the game when Leicester win the Premier League this season. But that's marriage for you, I guess. Or marriage to me, at least."

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