This season has unearthed some crazy Leicester fans.
From those placing 5,000/1 bets on the Foxes winning the league at the start of the season to Gary Lineker promising to present Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester achieved the impossible, it’s been a remarkable campaign.
One fan might have just produced the wackiest story of the lot by admitting that he has convinced his wife to name their baby after star striker Jamie Vardy.
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What makes it ten times worse for Ashley Marriott’s wife is that she and her family are Tottenham fans.
She shouldn’t have agreed to the deal, then.
Ashley asked his wife, Daisy, if they could give their daughter the middle name ‘Vardy’ if he managed to achieve 5,000 signatures on an appeal site.
That was always going to be easy considering how crazy the story is. With social media to spread his word, Ashley probably could have got 100,000 signatures.
BBC Radio 5 live got in contact with the avid fan and heard his story.
You can listen to Ashley’s conversation by clicking here.
“I’ve got a daughter on the way,” Ashley said. “We’re naming her after… well, Vardy is the middle name. So baby Vardy in a couple of weeks time.
“That was done weeks ago. It was well over 5,000 weeks ago now, so it’s definitely on.”
Quite why Daisy agreed is a mystery. She’s watched Vardy ruin Tottenham’s title hopes by scoring 22 goals and will now have a lasting memory of Tottenham’s probable near-miss.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team trail the Foxes by seven points following Monday night’s 1-1 draw against West Brom.
Ashley continued: “Her and her family are all Spurs fans so it’s a bit even more for me as well!”
And what about the girl’s first name? ‘Jamie Vardy Marriott’ has a ring to it.
“I wish,” Ashley replied when asked if the first name will be Jamie. “I don’t think half a million she’d even agree to that. I know it’s a unisex name but we’ve not really decided yet.”
Vardy's stunning rise
From non-league football to having a couple name their child after him in a couple of years, Vardy’s rise has been incredible.
Though the 29-year-old missed out on the PFA Player of the Year award to teammate Riyad Mahrez, his remarkable season didn’t go unnoticed.
Vardy was handed a special award at the ceremony for scoring in 11 successive Premier League games, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.
"I’m over the moon,” Vardy said, per the Mirror. "It is an honour to get an award like this. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the team.
"You try not to think about it [the record], you hope a chance comes your way and I managed to put one away."
And Vardy’s terrific season isn’t even over yet - he’s a sure bet to be included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championship.
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