Leicester City fans abandon cars and walk to stadium
Some people will do anything it takes to watch their football team – and Friday night was the perfect example.
As snow brought gridlock to the city centre, chaos descended as fans tried desperately to make their way to the King Power Stadium in time for kick-off.
Players were stranded and abandoned their cars, the Middlesbrough team bus was stuck in traffic and there were constant false rumours the game had been called off. In the event. kick-off was only delayed by 15 minutes to give the Middlesbrough players time to warm-up.
Those brave supporters battling to the King Power Stadium also got a bit more time to tackle the chaos before seeing their team win 1-0 to go second in the Championship.
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Like the City players, many supporters had difficult journeys to get to the game.
Take Ryan Betts, of Thorpe Astley, who walked five miles to get to the stadium
"I left at 4.45pm and it took me 45 minutes to travel about 400 yards. So I abandoned the car and walked it," said the 30-year-old.
"I left it at a petrol station on Lubbesthorpe Way and walked from there to the ground. It took me an hour but I wouldn't have missed it – It was worth every step. I thought the fans at the KP were superb – they generated a lot of noise considering there were only 8,500 there.
"I got in at midnight. But I have no regrets in dumping the car and walking the five miles. What a night to witness – glad I was there."
It was the same for Steve Coller, of Stanton-under-Bardon, who drove in traffic for more than two hours before parking near Woodgate and walking the last two miles to the stadium. "It was much quicker walking as the traffic was standing still," he said. "It was well worth it."
But not all City fans were able to conquer the conditions. Only 8,500 people made it out of more than 20,000 tickets sold – the lowest-ever league attendance at the King Power Stadium.
Many others claimed the match should have been called off.