Leicester's title-winners primed for a big party with fans

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May 07, 2016
Leicester City's captain, Wes Morgan, celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in the English Premier League. The match ended ina 1-1 draw.
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths public house in Leicester, central England, after Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. The 2-2 draw handed English Premier League leaders Leicester City an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining.
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MANCHESTER (AP):

Leicester's players are getting ready for another big party and this time, the fans are invited.

Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy's house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester's captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.

Today, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester's atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan's name to the likes of Manchester United's Roy Keane, Arsenal's Tony Adams, and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football's biggest prize.

The Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy's rise from playing non-league football to being English champion in the space of five years. Morgan's backstory is also one to gladden the heart.

PROFESSIONAL RANKS

The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club's fitness staff.

He became a mainstay of Forest's team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012 and only got his first taste in the top-flight at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.

Leicester will be presented with the trophy after Saturday's match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.

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