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Spare A Thought For The Leicester Fan Whose Wife Did The Unthinkable

Spare A Thought For The Leicester Fan Whose Wife Did The Unthinkable
By Gavin Cooney
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There have been a few consistent online reactions to Leicester City's relentless run to the Premier League.

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There have been those who put an unlikely bet on Leicester to win the league before the season began, at odds of around 5,000/1. The last couple of months have seen a number of these extraordinary betting slips emerge, along with related stories of fans deciding whether or not to cash out.

A related fairytale: although, as Declan Lynch of the Sunday Independent points out, the kind of people who back Leicester to win the league before the season may need the money.

There has also been the odd cynic:


Today, we unearthed a new storyline. Allow the woman at the centre of it all, Kate Diamond, to explain:



As is the nature of these things, it caught fire online, and Diamond had to do an unprecedented amount of scrolling through her mentions this morning:

So taken was she by the volume of reaction, she was compelled to write about it for the Leicester Mercury, where her reaction was admirably balanced:

Throughout the night, that tweet gained a lot of popularity. And I received a number of replies. People weren't happy. Some wanted an explanation, some just wanted to berate me. Many of them hoped he opted for divorce - one suggested he use the money saved on the season ticket to trade me in for a younger model. I'm not sure quite how that works logistically. You'd have to ask at the Club Shop.

There were a few nice replies as well, I think. But I stopped reading pretty quickly. I got up, was suitably baffled, and then promptly got on with the usual morning routine of burning the porridge, finding the PE kit and heading off on the school run. Luckily, no one talks about football on the school run.

This isn't another column about Internet abuse. I love Twitter. Twitter has given me some of my best friends, a wealth of parenting advice, and got me this job. It would be churlish to complain because I said something on the Internet that people didn't like, and they exercised their right to respond. Besides, it's been seven years, I was more than due my day in the sun.

We had never pondered the hidden cost of Leicester's extraordinary run. For decades, football sceptics living in Leicester have been allowed to wallow in their ignorance, without being  disturbed and forced into talking about the sport. Now, that has all changed. Diamond revealed the circumstances in which the hasty decision was made:


And so to April 2015. Ten years and two kids later, and I'm about to say the words that will make or break our entire relationship. "Don't renew this year" I say, when the form comes through the post. "Why not just have a year off?". He had a new job with a longer commute, and he was going to see less of the kids. From a selfish point of view, I want to spend the weekends doing family stuff, not dragging the kids to soft play parties on my own, while he disappears off to the King Power again.

She admits that, with the benefit of hindsight, it was a mistake, and that "there'll always be next year" has lost its powers of comfort this season. We recommend you read the highly entertaining piece here.

See Also: The Irish-Born Championship Regular Who Was Completely Overlooked By The FAI

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