Mark Selby will be cheering his beloved Leicester City on at Wembley on Saturday – hoping they can follow his lead by lifting the big trophy.
By Hector Nunns
Selby claimed his fourth Betfred World Championship title earlier this month by beating Shaun Murphy in the final at the Crucible.
The ‘Leicester Jester’ is one of the city’s proudest sporting sons, and has paraded the world championship trophy at the King Power Stadium in the past.
And a personal message of congratulations from Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers for his achievement has led to Selby being offered a chance to attend Leicester’s bid for a first ever FA Cup final win.
It is Leicester’s first appearance in the competition’s final for 52 years, and Selby said: “I got a really nice message from Brendan Rodgers after I won the World Championship earlier this month.
“I don’t think he had my number but had got it from somewhere and sent warmest congratulations from his and his family and kind regards. That meant so much.
“I just replied thanks you everything you have done for the club and please keep up the good work, and good luck in the FA Cup final.
“And the next thing I know I get an email form the club saying there could be two tickets, so me and Vicky are heading down on Saturday.
“It is really amazing and exciting, and I can only thank Brendan if he was in any way involved. I feel very privileged, there were a limited number us allowed to go – maybe 6,000 to the club plus the extras.
“The club has been brilliant to me over the years, and let me parade the world trophy and others at the King Power in the past. So it’s nice to be able to support them going for silverware.
“Although I was desperate to be there for the first FA Cup final for the club for over 50 years, I had already resigned myself to not being there so it is a huge bonus.
“It is almost a once in a lifetime thing, and for all Leicester’s achievements we have never won the FA Cup. So I am just dreaming of seeing Kasper Schmeichel lifting the trophy.
“But we have done the unlikely and the impossible before, whoever would have thought we would win the league.”