Impossible dream a heady reality

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Dream come true . . . Oamaru football fan Marty Davey is still on cloud nine after Leicester City's English  Premier League win
Dream come true . . . Oamaru football fan Marty Davey is still on cloud nine after Leicester City’s English Premier League win

Diehard Leicester City football fan Marty Davey never thought he would see the day his beloved team would win the English Premier League trophy.
As Leicester was a 5000-1 outsider before the season started, he can be forgiven for being a little pessimistic.
That all changed last week when Tottenham Hotspur squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, handing the Foxes the first top-tier title in their 132 years of existence.
It is possibly the greatest feelgood story in the history of sport, let alone football.
For good measure, Leicester wrapped up a 3-1 win over Everton at the weekend before being presented the coveted trophy.
For Davey, a football season that started out as an impossible dream has turned into an unbelievable reality.
“I was hoping for mid-table. I thought we had a good shot,” he said.
Davey, human resources manager at Canterbury Spinners, was born in Leicester and moved to New Zealand at the age of 9.
His father decided to move the family from England as part of a scheme which involved skilled workers paying a fare of 10 to come to New Zealand.
His love for his club slowly developed, and flourished fully when he went back to England as a teenager.
“When I was 18, I went back to the UK for six months. That turned into eight years. I went to every game I possibly could.
“It’s everything, it always has been … I preach it wherever I go. People know I’m a Leicester City fan. The darts club, the golf club _ everyone knows.”To call him a fan might be a slight understatement, as his 40 replica shirts, tattoo, scarves, books, posters, programmes, caricatures and various other collectables attest.
As the season progressed, Davey said he found himself getting more and more excited.
It was after Christmas, when the Foxes beat Liverpool and Chelsea, that he felt the fairytale might be possible.
“Each weekend became more and more nerve-racking. I watched every game. Watching every game live was amazing. They play a lot of Sunday games, which means getting up at 3am on the Monday. When they’re winning, that’s fine.” Davey was at work when he heard Chelsea and Tottenham had drawn.
“It was stunned disbelief. I knew Spurs were winning 2-0 and when they [Chelsea] came back … I had to take some time out to be honest. It was unbelievable. Never in my life did I expect them to win the premier league.” Davey was recently interviewed by the UK’s ITV for a feature on Leicester City fans around the world, which he said resulted in plenty of phone calls and comments on social media.
He has already ordered a Leicester City champions shirt, which is on its way, and he also planned to buy other memorabilia.
However, he will not be using any winnings from the TAB for that _ he did not bet on Leicester City this season, and has not done so for about three years.
As far as next season is concerned, he is not expecting lightning to strike twice.