‘Always in our hearts’ – Leicester City unveil plans to honor late chairman Khun Vichai


Leicester City have shared proposed details to honor their late chairman, Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Khun Vichai lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium in 2018 and now a new set of plans have been submitted to Leicester City Council to pay tribute to the most influential figure of the 138 years of club history.

A statue of Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be unveiled at King Power Stadium in April

New proposals say the statue would include an inscription around the base that reads “always in our hearts”.

The monument would be located north of King Power Stadium, where it would be visible from Raw Dykes Road, and close to the main entrance to the West Stand.

The statue itself is said to be 2.7m tall, standing on a 2.5m plinth bearing the logo of the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation โ€“ the club’s charity named in his honour.

The four planters and benches are designed to “highlight the significance” of the monument and allow visitors to “sit, linger and reflect”.

'Always in our hearts' - Leicester City unveil plans to honor late chairman Khun Vichai
An aerial view of the statue of Khun Vichai at the King Power Stadium, visible during the day.
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Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan said: “We are very pleased to share this news with our supporters, with the City of Leicester and with football fans around the world, whose kindness following the passing of Khun Vichai has demonstrated what an inspiration he has been to so many people.

โ€œKhun Vichai’s contribution to this Club and to this city โ€“ his vision, his generosity and his faith in people โ€“ is immortalized in the memory of everyone touched by our story. The statue will be a place where people will remember, celebrate his life and share these stories with generations to come. ยป

'Always in our hearts' - Leicester City unveil plans to honor late chairman Khun Vichai
The late Khun Vichai with his son Khun Aiyawatt.
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Khun Vichai became chairman of Leicester City in 2010, overseeing the club’s return to the top flight of English football.

Under his leadership, the Foxes shocked the world in 2016 and became Premier League champions in one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.

He helped the club achieve the heights of the game, including a memorable run to the quarter-finals of the 2017 UEFA Champions League, while building a long-term vision that would become his legacy.

'Always in our hearts' - Leicester City unveil plans to honor late chairman Khun Vichai
Leicester City won the 2015/16 Premier League title
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