A terminally ill Leicester City fan says his team’s title run is keeping him alive.
Tony Skeffington, 51, was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer a year ago, but credits Claudio Ranieri’s side as the reason he’s still alive today.
It was around this time last year that Leicester – then under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson – began their great escape, lifting themselves off the bottom of the Premier League to survive comfortably.
And thanks to the continuation of that form under Ranieri, the Foxes now look likely to claim the most incredible title win in Premier League history.
Watching Leicester come back from their relegation fight last season and seeing how well they’re doing this season is helping me fight this
When I was given four weeks to live last year they picked themselves up – and I picked myself up.
Having something positive to concentrate on makes you feel good. I’m still confident I will see the season out.
If we win it and I’m still alive, call me and we’ll have a chat.
Based in Australia, Tony is hoping to travel over to the East Midlands to watch his beloved team in action before the season finishes, and will be helped by the money his side has earned him.
He recently cashed out a 3000-1 bet on Leicester to claim the title, winning over £18,000 – which will more than cover a plane and match ticket in the next two months.
Let’s hope Leicester step in and get him over for a game!