THE FANS GO CRAZY: Leicester City supporters celebrate their club’s English Premier League title.
THE FANS GO CRAZY: Leicester City supporters celebrate their club’s English Premier League title. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

King of sport fairy tales as Leicester City wins EPL title

WELSH international Andy King has sampled the bad times at Leicester City and now the club's longest-serving player is ready to celebrate the good times after the Foxes secured a remarkable first English Premier League title with two games still remaining.

Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea left them seven points behind in second place with only six available from the two remaining games.

Tottenham had led 2-0 thanks to Harry Kane's 25th goal of the season and a second from Son Heung-min on the stroke of half-time.

But Chelsea struck back through Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard to deny Spurs a first win at Stamford Bridge since February 1990 and send the city of Leicester into pandemonium.

King, 27, was part of the Leicester side that was relegated to League One - the third tier of English football - at the end of the 2007-08 season.

He was also there when Nigel Pearson was in charge and kept the team in the EPL by the skin of its teeth last season before getting the sack after a Thai sex scandal that involved his son.

After the Spurs draw, King was asked for his reaction to Leicester's first title success. He said: "I thought I'd seen everything with this club but I never thought I'd see this.

"It's difficult to put into words. The players deserve it, the gaffer and the staff deserve it and the fans deserve it. It's been an unbelievable season.

"The story of where this team has come from to get to this point has been all over the world recently and I think the lads deserve great credit for the way they've taken it in their stride, stayed focused and kept delivering results - especially with a great side like Spurs chasing us so hard."

King was part of a team written off at the start of the season and was a 5000-1 chance with the bookies before a ball was kicked.

But with the likes of defending champion Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all serving up mediocre seasons by their standards, Leicester City, under the stewardship of 64-year-old grandfather Claudio Ranieri, defied the odds with a success that could be the greatest sports story ever told.

Ranieri, who was in Italy visiting his 96-year-old mother while Chelsea was playing Spurs, said he was proud for everyone concerned with the club.

"I never expected this when I arrived," he said.

"I'm a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week.

"Never did I think too much about where it would take us. They deserve to be champions."

To cap off a perfect day, Jamie Vardy was also named the Football Writers' player of the year after a remarkable rise that took him from a non-league player with Stocksbridge Park Steels six years ago to an England international and now an English Premier League title winner.