A “phenomenal” sporting achievement has been marked by a regional daily with a front page wraparound this morning.
The Leicester Mercury celebrated Leicester City FC becoming champions of England for the first time in the club’s 132-year history with the wraparound, pictured below, which features a photo of the title-winning squad.
City’s maiden championship was confirmed last night after their nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Chelsea, leaving the East Midlands club with an unassailable lead at the top of the table.
The victory comes after readers of the Mercury donned the club’s royal blue on Friday as part of the newspaper’s ‘Backing the Blues’ campaign in support of the title bid.
Interim Editor Rob Irvine said: “The Leicester Mercury team has done a great job covering this joyful story in print and online.
“Leicester City’s phenomenal achievement has attracted global media attention. It is great fun to be in the eye of this media storm.
“Leicester and the surrounding county are buzzing and we will be reporting the celebrations as they carry on to the last home match this Saturday and the parade in the city later this month.”
As previously reported on HTFP, Mercury football writer Rob Tanner is set to release his diary of City’s “fairytale” season this summer.
The book, ‘5000-1: The Leicester City Story’, is named in reference to the odds given on a City title win by bookies at the start of the season.
The improbable triumph made headlines around the world. Here’s some examples of how the story was covered in the national and international press.
* Recently-acquired Johnston Press daily was among several British tabloids to splash on the story this morning.
* The Guardian ran an image on its front cover of Richard III, who was laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral last year after his remains were discovered in a nearby car park by archaeologists.
* And in Italy, homeland of City manager Claudio Ranieri, the victory was also front page news for La Gazzetta dello Sport: