Football: Leicester to give 60 fans free season tickets to mark chairman's birthday

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha acknowledges fans after a game.
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha acknowledges fans after a game.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Sixty Leicester supporters will be awarded with free season tickets for the 2018-19 English Premier League campaign as the football club marks chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's 60th birthday on Wednesday.

All 60 seats will be chosen at random and one winner from each stand at the King Power Stadium will be announced at half-time during Saturday's league clash with Newcastle. The remaining 56 winners will be notified in the following days, the club said on its website (www.lcfc.com).

After their takeover by Thai-based company King Power in 2010, Leicester won the Championship (second division) title in 2014 and produced an inspired performance at the end of their next campaign to escape relegation from the top flight.

Leicester then defied odds of 5,000-1 to become Premier League champions for the first time in 2016 and went on to reach the Champions League quarter-finals the following season.

"It's a journey that would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the Leicester City fans," the club said in a statement.

"The chairman will show his gratitude for that togetherness as part of his birthday celebrations by rewarding 60 current season ticket holders with a free renewal for 2018-19."