London, May 3 (IANS) Bedtime was cancelled in Leicester on Monday night as the city’s football club was officially crowned championships of the English top flight for the first time in its history.
Thousands of citizens in Leicester watched a late kickoff clash between London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, knowing the result of that game will make history in Leicester, reports Xinhua.
Tottenham needed a victory at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground to keep alive hopes of catching up with Leicester City.
The kickoff at 8 p.m. BST meant the people of Leicester, more than 140 kilometres away in the East Midlands region of England, had to cling on to every second of the match in the country’s capital.
The waiting was over after 90 minutes plus six agonising minutes of extra time, with a 2-2 draw enough to secure championships for Leicester.
There was singing and dancing in the city as revellers celebrated a moment of football history. The cheering was loud enough to wake even King Richard III whose remains were laid to rest just months ago in a Leicester Cathedral.
People took to social media to express their delight. James Sharpe wrote on social media “there is a cacophony of car hooters blazing all around the streets of Leicester. It can never get any better than this.”
City Council officials say the victory will put Leicester on the global map, adding millions of dollars to the city’s tourism income.
The victory guarantees a place for Leicester in the financially lucrative European Champions League next season.
Within seconds of the final whistle, Leicester City FC was proclaiming its title win on the club’s official website.
“For the first time in the club’s 132-year history, Leicester City are the champions of England,” the club announced.
Local newspaper hailed the success as the most amazing sports story, with the team ranked 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the 2015-16 season completing the most astonishing feat ever in English sporting history.
The celebrations will continue on Tuesday. Due to meet Everton for its last home match of the season this weekend, the celebrations will stretch to the King Power stadium for Leicester.