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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport in King Power Stadium
It was not until at the end, since the last stragglers of the Leicester side were making their way off the field after their 2-1 win against Burnley, which Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha gave himself away.
Up to there, 34-year-oldTop, because he is affectionately known, had been a existence from the directors box.
He shook scores of hands ahead of the game as supporters picked out him and gave his best wishes. A punch was of the air after Youri Tielemans had scored what turned out to be the winner, and yet another as the Leicester players celebrated a victory that consolidates their place at the top four.
There was a laugh at a joke offered in the euphoria of success.
Then, Best showed some of the inner emotion and just the veneer slipped its just normal to feel on times as upsetting as this one.
Almost without anyone nearby noticing, he put together his hands and pointed to the skies, as if to saythis ones for you daddy.
It seems credible a year has passed since the helicopter carrying four others and Vichai crashed soon near a car park by the King Power Stadium.
That was certainly the feeling of a few of the fans I spoke to theWalk for Vichai that abandoned Magazine Square, just over a mile from the scene, at shortly later 13:15 BST.
Over the past few weeks, as they arranged with local authorities for road closures along with a police presence and stewards to keep everything running smoothly, there was minor concern among the fans organising it their effort would be pointless as not that many folks would wish to mark the anniversary – which falls on 27 October – by repeating a walk that took place before Leicesters first home game following the crash, fittingly enough against Burnley.
Last year was a really emotive and reactionary event, said Glenn Murphy, a portion of the organising committee. This season we did not know what to anticipate.
They neednt have worried. Nor should there be some notion about next year, or years then.
So lots of peopleWalked it took 10 minutes to allow them to leave Magazine Square.
There might have been a greater cross-section of Leicesters support. Young in wheelchairs or pushchairs. Many carried bunches of flowers for use when the walk arrived at the end. Thousands went along the road, Eastern Boulevard, along The Gateway and up Raw Dykes Road into the stadium. Comic Emile Heskey emerging from a vehicle parks sight caused a couple to stop and have a photo but strode on with intention.
You need to be a local to understand why.
Yes, Vichai presided over the name success English football has ever understood. However, unless you run from Leicester, you would not know about the unseen contributions. No fuss. No focus.
He was a humble man, said Murphy. We are lucky he decided to invest in our football team and our town. Some clubs do not like their owners. We love ours. We have an affinity with the family. We respect them as one of us
Leicester City are all waiting for the anniversary because of their own convictions. A memorial garden is going to be opened a week on Sunday to the actual crash site which, according to Top, willbring a feeling of peace into the scene of the injury.
Now was confined to a moments silence that was observed. There was no sound. No latecomers who had forgotten what happened. No visiting fans who did not feel the requirement. Instead there was a wall of white.
Scarves bearing Vichais name along with the phrasemade the impossible possible were abandoned on each seat and dutifully held throughout the 60 seconds when there was no sound and again in the second half, when there was plenty, since Leicesters supporters staged their Vichai tune, which finishes with the linewinners of England, you left us sing that in recognition of that never-to-be-forgotten season under Claudio Ranieri.
Round necks, those scarves were worn for the remaining part of the match. The sight would have represented an impressive show of solidarity international. Given it was for a team blue, the whiteness was nearly surreal.
In the match programme, manager Brendan Rodgers, that was not in the club once the crash happened, said he wasdecided to devote a performance fitting of the occasion. After the victory, Rodgers confessed it hadnot been a simple day but desired to bea celebration and was delighted his players had revealed the characteristics Vichai appreciated the mostfight, spirit and win.
Top went a bit farther with his pre-game ideas, thanking the fansin the bottom of my heart to the way they reacted to the tragedy. The memorial garden, he said, willbe a permanent reminder to us of the individuals of Leicesters remarkable display of love and respect during that difficult period.
For the time being, the garden stays behind a weapon, the last bits is finished for following Sundays opening, which Top will attend, along with Rodgers and his or her players.
Where the wreck occurred, the supporters bearing blossoms headed to a makeshift shrine at the conclusion of the car park. Beneath a picture of Vichai, bouquets amount grew. Many enthusiasts who laid them were wearing Thailand scarves they would rather adore.
Leicester fan Sarah Bennett wore a Vichai T-shirt. From the time she had finished speaking, she had a tear in her eye.
He put Leicester on the map, she explained. He is just one of those folks who brings the best from you. He was a very brilliant, brilliant man.
But we can not overlook Top in this either. He has thrown himself into the club that I wonder whether he needs to grieve. But hes pushed with the training ground, the expansion of the stadium and also the memorial garden.
Im sure what hes managed to do over the previous year could have made his daddy so pleased.
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