EPL champions Leicester to receive trophy from 97-year-old superfan

first_imgNewly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City will be presented with the trophy after their final home game of the season against Everton on Saturday. Captain Wes Morgan will lift the Cup in front of almost 32,000 fans inside the King Power Stadium with a very special lady getting the chance of a lifetime to do the honours.Gladys Kenney is 97-years-old and she is probably the oldest living Leicester fan in the world. Atleast until two years ago, she was the oldest season ticket-holder in Leicester. For 67 years, she has had to deal with the heartbreak of relegation for Leicester.  (Also read: Leicester’s EPL triumph is why we love football, says Lionel Messi ) But come Saturday, and she will finally get the opportunity she has been agonisingly waiting for all her life. Gladys will be present in the stadium and possibly even get a chance to hand over the trophy to Wes Morgan. Her grandson Steve Worthy won a competition for the right to present the trophy to the new champions by citing Mrs Kenney as the embodiment of the “spirit of the game”. (Also read: Amazing Leicester celebrate fairytale title success) Mr Worthy is now hoping that his overjoyed grandmother can be present on the pitch when the ceremony takes place.”Grandma is so excited about it, it is a very emotional thing for her. It’s going to be a lifetime’s dream for her and she will love every single minute.  She can’t believe this is happening,” he told the Telegraph.advertisement”Her first Leicester match was the 1949 FA Cup final, which they lost, and since then she has experienced a lot more downs than ups, including the club going into administration in 2002, and she missed these two seasons in the Premier League because she has glaucoma.Failing eyesight stopped her from going to the stadium to watch her favorite football team play. But such is her dedication towards the Foxes that she tuned into the radio every they played.”She was really sad that she missed out, though she listens to the match on the radio every Saturday. But being there for the trophy presentation really will be a once in a lifetime thing,” Kenney’s 39-year-old doting grandson added.Also, on Saturday, Morgan’s name will be added to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English soccer’s biggest prize.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan told AP. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it,” Morgan added.last_img read more

GOCMV AGM results indecisive

first_imgA climate of chaos and heated discussion and disagreement were evident at the annual general meeting of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria held yesterday at the church hall at St Dimitrios in Prahran.The proposal by GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis for the GOCMV President to only be able to serve two terms failed to get 75 percent required to pass and the defeat of the proposals to overturn the expulsion of Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Mourikis and Mr Avgoustakis and the Tsitas proposal to establish a committee to oversee the development of Alphington Grammar and Bulleen.The counting of the votes for the election of the electoral committee had not been completed at the time Neos Kosmos went to print.The GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis was positive in outlining the achievements of the committee during his term as President. He claimed securing $2 million from the State Government for the cultural centre at the GOCMV Building in Lonsdale Street, $2 million funding from the State Government for the construction of six classrooms at Alphington Grammar. $300 000 from the Andrianakos family for the construction of the multipurpose hall and $50 000 from the Argyropoulos family to fund scholarships at Alphington Grammar as major achievements. He also assured members that planning permission had been gained for the construction of the multipurpose hall and for the classrooms and that the construction of these facilities will commence in 2010. Former GOCMV President George Foundas took the floor and said that the $2 million for the cultural centre had been allocated by the Bracks Government and that the construction of the multipurpose would be detrimental to the school because it would be built on the site of a number of houses adjoining the school which had recently been purchased by the GOCMV.It was striking that there was not a Treasurers report at the meeting. The explanation for a Treasurers report was not required because the audited financial reports had been circulated to members.The audited financial statement reveal a loss of $50 000 for the financial year 2008 – 2009. However the loss is closer to $120 000, according to a number of current Board members.In other news, 49 people have nominated to stand for election to the GOCMV board in December.Bill Papastergiadis has announced the 18 people who will be standing with him as part of his ticket.The Papastergiadis team includes Bill Anevlavis, Nick Koukouvitakis, Tammy Iliou, John Mitsakos, Costa Markos, Leo Vlahakis, Kostas Tsoumbakos, Jorge Menidis, Theo Markos, George Kallianis, Dimitri Iakovakis, Paul Kounnas, Nick Parthimos, Vasso Zangalis, Theo Andrianakos, Nicole Iliopoulos, George Koletsis and Jim Bosinakis.While Con Dikeos has not yet announced his team sources close to Dikeos have indicated that one can expect to see George Foundas, Eugenia Grammatikakis and Jenny Krasopoulakis as part of his team. The Dikeos ticket should be announced later this week.There is also speculation that the large number of nominees will see the formation of a third ticket.Additional reporting by Ross Karavis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more