Leicester staff celebrate victory for the blues
Not content with showing their true-blue colours in advance of Leicester City Football club’s arguably season-clinching game on Sunday, our staff are celebrating the local football heroes’ confirmed Premier League victory on Monday in a variety of ways.
Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Jonathan Taylor was invited by BBC Radio 5 Live to write a one-voice piece about Leicester City Football Club’s ‘fairy tale’ season. Written from the point of view of a Leicester City fan, it was recorded and produced by BBC Radio 5 Live (from 7m 50s, available online until 1 June), with Barry Davies voicing it.
Jonathan said: “Like everyone in the city, I’ve been following the team’s progress with building excitement – even though I’m not normally a great sports fan. I’ve got a friend, Kayleigh Johnson, who is a long-time season-ticket holder and dedicated LCFC fan, so I talked the commission over with her, and incorporated some of her experiences into the script. The script is dedicated to her.
“I’m overjoyed LCFC won the title. Given the amazing season they’ve had, and all the remarkable events that have happened to them during it (such as Vardy’s record number of goals in consecutive matches), it was very easy to write: the narrative and poetry were already there. “
Late last week, staff members and season ticket holders James Robinson and Sarah Bulman welcomed the arrival of their new baby girl in time for Leicester City’s draw against Manchester United. Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, they explained that with the Foxes’s victory becoming ever more likely, they decided to name their daughter Olivia-June Claudia – in honour of manager Claudio Ranieri and his own daughter.
And did you wonder where the banner on our Charles Wilson Building (pictured) came from? Our Estates staff explain on their website.
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- BBC Online: Leicester universities ride on football success
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