Book of the Week: Leicester City’s Title Triumph

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5,000-1: The Leicester City Story
Rob Tanner

There have already been a few books written about the remarkable achievement of Leicester City and their unlikely English Premier League triumph in 2015/16.

And like the football shirts available in the markets in downtown Bangkok, many will be cheap knock-offs trying to cash in on the fairy-tale. This one however is different.
Written by chief football writer Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury, this book takes a look at the rise of the Foxes from relegation fodder at the tail-end of the 2014/15 season to the most outstanding title success of arguably any era. Tanner was with the team the whole way, from Claudio Raineri’s press conferences (dilly-ding, dilly-dong) to coverage of all the games.

Having been a Leicester supporter for a number of years, and having witnessed first-hand hundreds of City games, Tanner is in a unique position to bring the story to life. You can tell by his prose that this success means a lot to him personally.

As you would expect this is a rose-tinted view of Leicester’s season, but could it be any other way? Each player in the squad gets a lowdown during the course of the book with the exploits and the incredible feats of goal-scoring supremo Jamie Vardy and his eleven-game scoring streak (a new EPL record) and the skills of PFA Player of the year Riyad Mahrez shining forth.

I read this book during the Futsalroos FIFA World Cup journey in Colombia and it was an absorbing and captivating read. Surprising really in this day and age when you are shovel-fed everything and anything about the EPL on a daily basis. As such there was much in the book that was well known and considering the success was so very recent that’s understandable.

Whilst the topic was engaging and the story itself well written you get the impression that this is a book that will age well. By that I can imagine followers of Leicester and other clubs picking this up years from now and thoroughly enjoying the romance of the Foxes title quest. Indeed will we look back at this feat in years to come and marvel at the sheer absurdity of it.

The chances of this ever happening again appear remote and for that reason alone I would recommend the purchase of Tanner’s work. It’s a quality read and will be worth its weight as an historical and cultural piece of reference work in decades to come.

RATING: 3.5/5

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