Leicester honour ‘The Boss’ with flowing tributes outside King Power

Leicester honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with flowing tributes outside King Power stadium as fans say final goodbyes to ‘The Boss’ before Foxes prepare for Premier League clash with Burnley

  • Leicester fans have paid an emotional tribute to the club’s late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 
  • The Thai businessman was killed along with four others in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium
  • Upon the car park where the helicopter landed, players, supporters and club staff have laid a sea of tributes 
  • Leicester return to the stadium for the first time since the tragic event to face Burnley in the Premier League 

Leicester City have honoured their late owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a stunning tribute outside the King Power stadium ahead of the Foxes first game back since the tragic helicopter crash.

Srivaddhanaprabha, known around the club simply as ‘The Boss,’ was killed along with four others after his helicopter lost control taking off from the stadium following the most recent Premier League home game against West Ham.

Leicester return to the King Power on Saturday, where they host Burnley for the first game at the stadium since Vichai’s passing. 

Masses of tributes have been placed outside the King Power Stadium in honour of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Masses of tributes have been placed outside the King Power Stadium in honour of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

The carpark where the tragic helicopter crash occurred is now a sea of flowers and tributes for the Thai businessman

The carpark where the tragic helicopter crash occurred is now a sea of flowers and tributes for the Thai businessman

A large photograph of Vichai has been placed at the centre, along with his familiar title of 'The Boss' which players called him

A large photograph of Vichai has been placed at the centre, along with his familiar title of ‘The Boss’ which players called him

Fans gathered in mourning to say their final goodbyes to the owner who had such a drastic impact on the club

Fans gathered in mourning to say their final goodbyes to the owner who had such a drastic impact on the club

Supporters have been placing Leicester shirts from across different eras at the tribute site in honour of Vichai

Supporters have been placing Leicester shirts from across different eras at the tribute site in honour of Vichai

A book of condolence was opened in the immediate aftermath of the tragic crash and remains available for fans to sign

A book of condolence was opened in the immediate aftermath of the tragic crash and remains available for fans to sign

The car park outside the stadium where those on board the helicopter came to a fateful end has now been transformed into a sea of flowers, Leicester shirts and decorative tribute.

At the centre a large photograph of Vichai can be seen, atop a wreath reading ‘The Boss’ – the nickname everyone around the club referred to the Thai businessman as.

A book of condolence was opened by the club in the aftermath of the tragic event, and remains available for fans attending the home fixture with Burnley to sign.

Supporters could be seen making the trip to the King Power much earlier than usual on Saturday, in order to stand quietly by the tribute site and pay respects before heading to add their own personal messages to the book.

Leicester returned to Premier League action away to Cardiff last weekend, during which a Demarai Gray goal sealed a 1-0 victory and sparked emotional scenes as players and fans joined together to dedicate the win to the memory of Vichai.

Going to be an emotional day but can’t wait to hear the atmosphere? #lcfcfamily @lcfc

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Can’t give enough credit to what the staff, the fans, the public and the city as a whole who have been helping out at the stadium. It just shows how much love, respect and appreciation we all had for The Boss. The atmosphere today is going to be unbelievable. Let’s go again boys #lcfcfamily ?

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Fans patiently queued up to sign the books and leave a personal message and their memories of Vichai

Fans patiently queued up to sign the books and leave a personal message and their memories of Vichai

Many messages expressed thanks for the work Vichai did at Leicester, which peaked with an incredible title win

Many messages expressed thanks for the work Vichai did at Leicester, which peaked with an incredible title win

Supporters shared silence as they looked out across the many colours of the floral tribute outside the King Power

Supporters shared silence as they looked out across the many colours of the floral tribute outside the King Power

One fan stopped to take a photograph, while wearing a freshly printed Leicester shirt bearing the name of the late chairman

One fan stopped to take a photograph, while wearing a freshly printed Leicester shirt bearing the name of the late chairman

Players joined supporters making the early trip to the stadium, with defender Ben Chilwell helping to place flowers down for Vichai before paying his own respects.

‘Going to be an emotional day but can’t wait to hear the atmosphere,’ the England international wrote on Instagram.

Joining in with the efforts, Danny Simpson thanked supporters and club staff for going out of their way to make the tribute site so beautiful.

‘Can’t give enough credit to what the staff, the fans, the public and the city as a whole who have been helping out at the stadium,’ the defender wrote on social media.

‘It just shows how much love, respect and appreciation we all had for The Boss. The atmosphere today is going to be unbelievable. Let’s go again boys.’

Leicester confirmed on Friday that a lasting tribute for Vichai will be placed outside the stadium, in the form of a statue of the 60-year-old.

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