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Six Years Ago Today Jamie Vardy Hosted The Ultimate Title Winning Party

Ryan Sidle

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Six Years Ago Today Jamie Vardy Hosted The Ultimate Title Winning Party

Featured Image Credit: Leicester City/Twitter

On this day in 2016, Leicester City players gathered at Jamie Vardy's house to see if they would complete an incredible Premier League title race.

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Six years ago, Leicester were on the verge of the most incredible league winning campaign in the history of the Premier League's history.

Having narrowly avoided relegation the previous season, the club had appointed Claudio Ranieri in the summer and the team went on an incredible run to make the impossible suddenly seem possible.

On May 2nd title chasers Tottenham Hotspur, themselves trying to win a first league title since 1961, travelled to champions Chelsea in a must win game.

The Blues were having a dreadful season but knew that stopping London rivals Spurs picking up all three points would result in Leicester being crowned champions.

Whilst things were about to heat up in London, the Foxes' players gathered at Vardy's house to watch the game, as life imitated art, with the fan's "Jamie Vardy's having a party" chant came to life.

The game at Stamford Bridge would become to be known as the 'Battle of the Bridge,' but it started in relatively basic circumstances for that campaign.

Things really got heated at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA Images
Things really got heated at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA Images

Harry Kane scored his 25th goal of the league season, and when Son Heung-min doubled the lead before half time it looked like the champagne would have to be put on ice, as Spurs eyed their first win away to the Blues since 1990.

A challenge by Danny Rose on Willian sparked angry scenes, with Mauricio Pochettino entering the pitch to split the two men, before Moussa Dembele gouged Diego Costa's eyes in the melee.

Spurs were lucky Rose wasn't sent off for the challenge but then at half time momentum shifted as Eden Hazard was brought on as a substitute.

Chelsea got on top with the introduction of the Belgian, despite his poor season to that date, but it was Gary Cahill who scored their first goal.

Hazard grabbed the equaliser with seven minutes to go and things got uglier with challenges flying in from the visitors, inspired by the Chelsea players who had said they wanted to get one over their rivals and help Leicester, in the build up to the match.

When the full time whistle blew it ended Spurs' slim hopes of winning the league and sparked incredible scenes at Vardy's house party.

Ranieri's side then faced Everton five days later at the King Power Stadium, where the fans were able to join their heroes in celebrating the title.

Before kick off the players and the manager were serenaded by Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma, before they went on to beat the Toffees 3-1.

They finished off the season with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea to finish on 81 points and ended up winning the title by 10 points, showing the gap between them and the rest.

It wasn't Spurs who they beat however, with Pochettino's side losing 5-1 to relegated Newcastle United on the final day and slipping behind Arsenal into third.

Though it was the Battle of the Bridge that ended up giving Leicester their incredible title, that night it was all about the scenes at the Vardy residence.

Easily the greatest party in Premier League history, fitting for arguably the greatest title win in the era!

Topics: Premier League, Leicester City, Jamie Vardy, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea

Ryan Sidle
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