Leicester City is promoted to the Women’s Super League for the first time in their history

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Leicester City is promoted to the Women’s Super League for the first time in their history after a 2-0 win over London City Lionesses … and Emile Heskey celebrates with drowning manager Jonathan Morgan in champagne!

  • Leicester City has been promoted to the WSL for the first time in their history
  • The club were crowned champions after a 2-0 win over London City Lionesses
  • Goals from Sam Tierney and Natasha Jane Flint in the second half led to the victory
  • Manager Jonathan Morgan was drowned in champagne by coach Emile Heskey

Leicester City have been promoted to the Women’s Super League for the first time in their history after beating London City Lionesses 2-0 on Sunday.

Goals from Sam Tierney and Natasha Jane Flint in the second half saw the Foxes crowned champions with two games to go.

The club reaped the rewards after turning pro in the summer, with Liverpool being the only other full-time club in the championship.

Leicester City has been promoted to the Women's Super League for the first time

Leicester City has been promoted to the Women’s Super League for the first time

The club were crowned champions after a 2-0 win over London City Lionesses

The club were crowned champions after a 2-0 win over London City Lionesses

The club were crowned champions after a 2-0 win over London City Lionesses

Sam Tierney opened the scoring in the second half before Natasha Jane Flint made it 2-0

Sam Tierney opened the scoring in the second half before Natasha Jane Flint made it 2-0

Sam Tierney opened the scoring in the second half before Natasha Jane Flint made it 2-0

The Reds were the favorites to get back to the top flight, but are currently fourth, 12 points behind the leaders with Durham in second and Sheffield United in third.

“It’s been a long journey for me, it’s been seven years since we played in parks, out of tin sheds for training rooms.

‘I remember when I just started I didn’t even have a squad, I think we had 12 players. It has been a fantastic achievement to see that growth. ‘

Jonathan Morgan's post-game interview was interrupted by Emile Heskey, who drowned the manager in champagne

Jonathan Morgan's post-game interview was interrupted by Emile Heskey, who drowned the manager in champagne

Jonathan Morgan’s post-game interview was interrupted by Emile Heskey, who drowned the manager in champagne

Heskey came to The Foxes as an ambassador in the summer, but also works as a coach

Heskey came to The Foxes as an ambassador in the summer, but also works as a coach

Heskey came to The Foxes as an ambassador in the summer, but also works as a coach

Morgan’s interview after the game was interrupted by Emile Heskey, who topped the manager with champagne.

The former Leicester player became an ambassador for the women’s team at the start of the season, but has also taken on a coaching role.

Heskey told Sportsmail in February that the club has been training on Belvoir Drive, the Premier League facility abandoned by the men’s team just before Christmas.

The women’s team was founded in 2004 as an independent club, but was taken over in 2020 by the King Power group – which owns the men’s club.

Leicester’s promotion took place on the birthday of former chairman Khun Vichai, who was killed in a helicopter crash in 2018.

Players wore shirts for former chairman Khun Vichai, who would have been 63 on Sunday

Players wore shirts for former chairman Khun Vichai, who would have been 63 on Sunday

Players wore shirts for former chairman Khun Vichai, who would have been 63 on Sunday

Players celebrated their victory with shirts that read: ‘Happy Birthday Khun Vichai’ with the No. 63, the age at which it would have been turned on Sunday.

Morgan also paid tribute to the club’s former chairman and fans, adding: ‘It’s made even more special by the fact that we did it on Vichai’s birthday.

“I want to thank everyone for being here for us all year round, all the supporters during a difficult time with Covid.”

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