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Leicester City: Roy of the Rovers art celebrates title win

Mural shows
Image caption Leicester City were handed the Premier League trophy after their 3-1 win over Everton in May

The latest mural in a series of six celebrating Leicester's Premier League title win has gone on display in the city.

The work is in the style of comic book hero Roy of the Rovers.

The Foxes shocked English football's top flight with their 5,000-1 success in May.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he particularly liked the mural because Leicester's story would not have been out of place in the comic.

Other murals round the city have celebrated manager Claudio Ranieri, the club's fans and the atmosphere at King Power Stadium.

Work has begun on the fifth mural which will showcase the Thai heritage of the club's owners.


Roy of the Rovers

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  • Roy Race first appeared in 1954, before he was given his own comic in 1976
  • He played for Melchester Rovers
  • He scored the winner in the 1959 European Cup final on debut, leading to the "Roy of the Rovers" catchphrase
  • He won the league in his first season as player manager.
  • Roy of the Rovers remained a weekly publication until 1993

Source: 90min.com


Image caption Leicester City moved five points clear at the top of the league with a 3-1 win over title rivals Man City in February

The six installations have been commissioned by Leicester City Council.

The mayor said: "These murals and wall paintings have been very, very well received and are a very appropriate way to celebrate.

"This one is particularly good because throughout the last season of Leicester City, people were saying this is real Roy of the Rovers stuff."

Image caption Manager Claudio Ranieri's press conferences provided memorable moments throughout the season

The mural can be seen on East Bond Street behind the Highcross Shopping Centre.

The other completed works are on walls in St Nicholas Circle, Burnmoor Street and Tudor Road.

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