Leicester City have honoured their late owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a stunning tribute outside the King Power stadium ahead of the Foxes first game back since the tragic helicopter crash.
Srivaddhanaprabha, known around the club simply as ‘The Boss,’ was killed along with four others after his helicopter lost control taking off from the stadium following the most recent Premier League home game against West Ham.
Leicester return to the King Power on Saturday, where they host Burnley for the first game at the stadium since Vichai’s passing.
Masses of tributes have been placed outside the King Power Stadium in honour of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Supporters also marched en mass to the ground ahead of the game against Burnley at home on Saturday afternoon
They paid tribute to the owner who had a crucial role in their club winning an unlikely Premier League title in 2016
The Leicester players applaud the marchers as they walk to the ground ahead of the Premier League encounter
The likes of Harry Maguire and James Maddison took part in the walk to the ground as they paid tribute to Vichai
The carpark where the tragic helicopter crash occurred is now a sea of flowers and tributes for the Thai businessman
A large photograph of Vichai has been placed at the centre, along with his familiar title of ‘The Boss’ which players called him
Fans gathered in mourning to say their final goodbyes to the owner who had such a drastic impact on the club
Supporters have been placing Leicester shirts from across different eras at the tribute site in honour of Vichai
A book of condolence was opened in the immediate aftermath of the tragic crash and remains available for fans to sign
The car park outside the stadium where those on board the helicopter came to a fateful end has now been transformed into a sea of flowers, Leicester shirts and decorative tribute.
At the centre a large photograph of Vichai can be seen, atop a wreath reading ‘The Boss’ – the nickname everyone around the club referred to the Thai businessman as.
A book of condolence was opened by the club in the aftermath of the tragic event, and remains available for fans attending the home fixture with Burnley to sign.
Supporters could be seen making the trip to the King Power much earlier than usual on Saturday, in order to stand quietly by the tribute site and pay respects before heading to add their own personal messages to the book.
Others walked to the ground on Saturday ahead of the game and were joined by Leicester stars including Harry Maguire and James Maddison, who are unavailable for the match.
Leicester returned to Premier League action away to Cardiff last weekend, during which a Demarai Gray goal sealed a 1-0 victory and sparked emotional scenes as players and fans joined together to dedicate the win to the memory of Vichai.
Fans patiently queued up to sign the books and leave a personal message and their memories of Vichai
Many messages expressed thanks for the work Vichai did at Leicester, which peaked with an incredible title win
Supporters shared silence as they looked out across the many colours of the floral tribute outside the King Power
One fan stopped to take a photograph, while wearing a freshly printed Leicester shirt bearing the name of the late chairman
Players joined supporters making the early trip to the stadium, with defender Ben Chilwell helping to place flowers down for Vichai before paying his own respects.
‘Going to be an emotional day but can’t wait to hear the atmosphere,’ the England international wrote on Instagram.
Joining in with the efforts, Danny Simpson thanked supporters and club staff for going out of their way to make the tribute site so beautiful.
‘Can’t give enough credit to what the staff, the fans, the public and the city as a whole who have been helping out at the stadium,’ the defender wrote on social media.
‘It just shows how much love, respect and appreciation we all had for The Boss. The atmosphere today is going to be unbelievable. Let’s go again boys.’
Leicester confirmed on Friday that a lasting tribute for Vichai will be placed outside the stadium, in the form of a statue of the 60-year-old.