Sports & Community
In August 2010, King Power Group Chairman Mr. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha announced the purchase of Leicester City Football Club to become its major shareholder and appointed Mr. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha as Executive Director. He envisions the promotion of Leicester City from the League Championship to the Premier League.
One of Mr. Vichai’s objectives is to expand Leicester City’s network to other countries outside the United Kingdom, setting an eye on Asia in particular.
In Thailand, he plans to set up a football academy and hopes it will pave the way for Thai youths to play in international football games. Another possibility is to send local youths to be trained at Leicester City in the UK.
The takeover of Leicester City will internationally promote the reputation of Thailand and the capability of a Thai company to strengthen an English football club.
Leicester City was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse, playing on a field near Fosse Road. They moved to Filbert Street in 1891 and played there for 111 years. Leicester was elected to the Football League in 1894.
Under the management of Matt Gillies, one of the club’s most successful managers, Leicester reached the FA Cup final on another two occasions, but lost in both 1961 and 1963. Leicester moved into the new Walkers Stadium at the start of the 2002–2003 season. They currently play in the Football League Championship, having been promoted as champions from Football League One in the 2008–2009 season.
A landmark tour of Thailand by Leicester City players was organised on October 5-10, 2010 and a friendly match with the Thai national team was held at the Suphachalasai Stadium on October 9, 2010. The Leicester’s visit has increased Thai people’s awareness of the football club, evidently a rousing kick-off for the game.