Fearless: The Amazing Underdog Story of Leicester City – Jonathan Northcroft

Fearless is a good account of the sporting miracle that will never be forgotten–Leicester City’s 2015-16 Premier League triumph.

Author Jonathan Northcroft takes the reader through Leicester’s most important games throughout the season, and in these game snapshots he expertly weaves the stories of those important in bringing success to the club. As such, there are chapters and extended passages dedicated to the major players (Vardy, Kante, Mahrez, Schmeichel); the ‘glue guy’ (King); the manager (Ranieri); and support staff (Steve Walsh, physios, et al). Each chapter goes into detail about how Leicester’s success was not merely down to throwing money at the best players, but engendering a spirit of family and togetherness amongst the players, stretching back to before Ranieri’s reign.

‘Fearless’ is certainly recommended for football fans–and not necessarily just for Leicester fans–for its concise account of Leicester’s amazing 2015-16 season. As such, there is relatively little back story about Okazaki, Ulloa, and others that otherwise played a part in that success. There are, however, insightful and interesting accounts of Vardy’s, Kante’s, and Mahrez’s upbringings.

I read this following the tragic passing of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. There are several haunting passages about his helicopter, and how it was used even by the players at times. Reading ‘Fearless’ after his death really puts into perspective how much he cared about the club, the players, the support staff, and the fans–and shows that he indeed helped to create something remarkable and special.

HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent presentation of player and staff back stories; poeticism of game accounts; insightful interviews

LOWLIGHTS: Leicester City fans may be slightly disappointed with the lack of detail on other squad members that played a part in the success

STARS: 4/5

FULL TIME SCORE: A solid 3-0 win.

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