Comment: Leicester City have made every football fan dream...not least Sheffield Wednesday’s

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (left) scores his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (left) scores his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
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Seven years ago yesterday, Leicester City beat Walsall, 4-1, then followed it up with draws against Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town and Hartlepool United.

They were in League One.

This week, they beat Liverpool 2-0 - a result which, putting things into context, wasn’t really much of a shock as it reaffirmed the East Midlands side’s place at the top of the Premier League.

In seven years they have gone from the top of the third tier, to the very summit of the richest division in world football.

If this doesn’t bring hope and joy to anyone who outside of the top flight’s six biggest clubs then nothing will.

And while supporters of teams not too far from here will be looking on enviously, they will also be buoyed by the belief that maybe, just maybe, one day that could be them.

Certainly from the perspective of Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City’s amazing drive, in some ways ironically featuring a player in Jamie Vardy who didn’t make the grade at Hillsborough, offers hope that success can be achieved, far beyond the ambitions that they foster.

Wednesday came out of League One in 2012 and have spent three seasons in the Championship. As things stand there is now no reason why they can’t be in the Premier League at the end of this campaign or the next, indeed that is what owner Dejphon Chansiri has planned for.

After their dalliance in League One, Leicester spent five years in the second tier before making the step up again, thanks to a takeover by Thai owners King Power (the comparisons go on).

Now they are playing some of the most exciting football in the Premier League, scoring spectacular goals, backed by owners who haven’t gone over the top with their budget, but put their hands in their pockets when it was needed.

If they carry on and win the Premier League it will be the most remarkable success for at least a generation.

But more importantly, it gives fans of clubs like Sheffield Wednesday and even Sheffield United when they manage to shake of the shackles of League One, the belief that everyone has the right to dream of glory. No matter where you are.