Mark Selby shall be cheering his beloved Leicester Metropolis on at Wembley on Saturday – hoping they will comply with his lead by lifting the large trophy.
By Hector Nunns
Selby claimed his fourth Betfred World Championship title earlier this month by beating Shaun Murphy within the remaining on the Crucible.
The ‘Leicester Jester’ is without doubt one of the metropolis’s proudest sporting sons, and has paraded the world championship trophy on the King Energy Stadium up to now.
And a private message of congratulations from Foxes supervisor Brendan Rodgers for his achievement has led to Selby being provided an opportunity to attend Leicester’s bid for a primary ever FA Cup remaining win.
It’s Leicester’s first look within the competitors’s remaining for 52 years, and Selby stated: “I bought a very nice message from Brendan Rodgers after I gained the World Championship earlier this month.
“I don’t assume he had my quantity however had bought it from someplace and despatched warmest congratulations from his and his household and type regards. That meant a lot.
“I simply replied thanks you every part you will have completed for the membership and please sustain the great work, and good luck within the FA Cup remaining.
“And the subsequent factor I do know I get an e mail type the membership saying there may very well be two tickets, so me and Vicky are heading down on Saturday.
“It’s actually superb and thrilling, and I can solely thank Brendan if he was in any manner concerned. I really feel very privileged, there have been a restricted quantity us allowed to go – perhaps 6,000 to the membership plus the extras.
“The membership has been good to me through the years, and let me parade the world trophy and others on the King Energy up to now. So it’s good to have the ability to help them going for silverware.
“Though I used to be determined to be there for the primary FA Cup remaining for the membership for over 50 years, I had already resigned myself to not being there so it’s a enormous bonus.
“It’s nearly a as soon as in a lifetime factor, and for all Leicester’s achievements we’ve by no means gained the FA Cup. So I’m simply dreaming of seeing Kasper Schmeichel lifting the trophy.
“However we’ve completed the unlikely and the unimaginable earlier than, whoever would have thought we’d win the league.”