World snooker champion Mark Selby keen to party with Leicester City footballers

Mark Selby wants to join Leicester’s open-top bus parade after missing the greatest moment in the club’s history while he wrapped up the Betfred World Championship title.

Within 15 minutes of Leicester being confirmed as Premier League champions on Monday night, Foxes fan Selby clinched an 18-14 victory over Ding Junhui in the Crucible.

Leicester’s staggering sporting achievements will be followed by days and weeks of celebrations, and Selby has earned his right to be a part of that.

He missed Leicester’s big promotion party in 2014, because he was busy beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Sheffield final.

But Selby has time on his hands now, at the end of the snooker season, and is already making plans to head to Leicester’s match against Everton on Saturday.

He said: “When they won the Championship two years ago they had the open-top bus tour on the day of the Crucible final but hopefully they can hold it back for me this time and I can be on there with them.”

Selby has revealed the part Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy played in his potting success, encouraging him to overcome Marco Fu in the semi-finals.

“He was texting me through the semi-final, saying ‘good luck’ and hopefully I’ll get a few more messages from the boys,” Selby said.

 

Selby also revealed his world championship triumph was tainted by the sadness that his father-in-law was not there to share in the success.

The Leicester cueman’s own father died when he was 16, and he has been estranged from his mother for most of his life.

Wife Vikki’s dad, Terry Layton, became almost a surrogate parent to Selby.

He died last September and it was to Terry that Selby dedicated his second world title, two years after the first.

“It’s been tough over the last few years. I’ve not really got that much family so I class Vikki’s family as my own,” said Selby.

“She lost her father in September and two years ago when I won it he was here watching.

“So it was quite emotional, with all the family watching from the balcony and him not being there.

“I knew Vikki would be emotional. Two years ago he was here in the dressing room with us and everything.

“He passed away at 64, taken away from us too soon, and if it was for anyone in particular then it was for Terry Layton.

“He was probably the next biggest thing that I had to a father other than my real father.”


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