A YEAR LATER, LEICESTER HONOUR CHAIRMAN KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH

A YEAR LATER, LEICESTER HONOUR CHAIRMAN KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH

Leicester City on Sunday opened the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden on the first anniversary of the helicopter crash that claimed the life of the club’s former chairman and four other people.

Srivaddhanaprabha died when his helicopter spun out of control and came down outside the King Power Stadium following a 1-1 draw with West Ham on October 27, 2018.

Staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz also lost their lives in the accident.

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, who visited the garden before its opening, said: “You know full well it’s going to be packed out with people coming to look here and paying their respects.

“It’ll be here for years and years to come and that’s what we wanted. We want to carry on that legacy that Khun Vichai wanted and this is definitely part of that.”

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel tweeted: “We miss you boss.”

Chairman of the official supporters club Cliff Ginetta told the Press Association: “It’s a tranquil corner where anyone can go and sit and reflect. They’ve got it right again.

“He turned up many years back and transformed not just the football club but the thinking of the city.

“It’s a tribute to what he’s done. When he took over we were all ‘who is this guy?’ but they came in and slowly transformed it.

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, who visited the garden before its opening, said: “You know full well it’s going to be packed out with people coming to look here and paying their respects.

“It’ll be here for years and years to come and that’s what we wanted. We want to carry on that legacy that Khun Vichai wanted and this is definitely part of that.”

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel tweeted: “We miss you boss.”

Chairman of the official supporters club Cliff Ginetta told the Press Association: “It’s a tranquil corner where anyone can go and sit and reflect. They’ve got it right again.

“He turned up many years back and transformed not just the football club but the thinking of the city.

“It’s a tribute to what he’s done. When he took over we were all ‘who is this guy?’ but they came in and slowly transformed it.

-AFP

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