Ian Wright, Gary Lineker and Ledley King launch Spirit of the Game competition ()Ian Wright, Gary Lineker and Ledley King launch Spirit of the Game competition () © Copyright

Hand the Prem trophy to the winning team

The Barclays Premier League is looking for a fan to present the trophy to the winning team in May, with a competition called Spirit of the Game.

At the business end of the most unpredictable season since anyone can remember, Leicester are now the strong favourites to lift that trophy. But Arsenal and Tottenham are keeping Vardy, Mahrez and co on their toes.

Spirit of the Game was launched by Gary Lineker, Ledley King and Ian Wright; representing the three clubs still in the chase. 

Gary Lineker, Ledley King and Ian Wright launch spirit of the game competition ()

Gary Lineker, Ledley King and Ian Wright launch the campaign to find a fan to present the Barclays Premier League trophy to the champions To enter, search #SpiritoftheGame


FS caught up with the one and only Ian Wright Wright Wright to get his thoughts on where the trophy’s likely to be going.

FS: Earlier in the season, Gary Lineker promised to present Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester won the league. How likely do you think that’s looking now?

Wrighty: If I had to put my head on the block, I’d say there’s a very good chance he’s going to be doing that. Leicester have only lost three games all season and to throw it away they’ve got to lose another three or four out of their last six. I know it’s a pressurised situation for Leicester but I believe they’ve got what it takes to do it, after dealing with the pressure of a relegation fight last season.

If Leicester don’t finish it off at this point, it would be disastrous because I don’t think the chance will come again for that team. We know about Kanté now, we know about Mahrez and Drinkwater and the rest of them. But at the start of the season we didn’t have a clue they were going to be so good. That’s why Gary Lineker made such a wild promise like that and it’s fantastic that it might actually happen.

I genuinely hope that they can finish it off and I hope that I’m on Match of the Day when Gary’s in his pants.

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel could become the first Premier League winning father son combo since you and Shaun. Do you think there are any others on the horizon?

That’s quite cool, I’m quite pleased about that. Maybe Paul and Thomas Ince, if Thomas can get himself into a Premier League team that are pushing for the league. But I can’t think of any others.

It’s amazing that Peter and Kasper both play in the same position too. I watch Kasper and you can see the traits of his dad in there, who for me is the best in the English game along with David Seaman. It’s not like Kasper’s at a team like Man Utd where Peter won the league five times though, to be at Leicester and do it will be a harder achievement.

Does the possibility of Spurs finishing above Arsenal fill you with dread?

I was speaking to some wonderful Spurs fans yesterday at the launch event for Spirit of the Game. I think it might be too much for the Arsenal fans to take and so there would have to be some form of change at the club, whether that’s at the board level or managerial level. The board members are not like David Dein [former vice-chairman who brought Dennis Bergkamp to the club] who genuinely cared about the club and the fans and the players.

If Spurs or Leicester win it, they’d both deserve it. It’s not a bad thing for Arsenal if Spurs won it because there would be such uproar from the fans that things would have to change. I’m not a fan of Arsene Wenger leaving but I’d love for him to have the opportunity to buy a different kind of player. They need a more determined, robust, dogged, winning mentality kind of player. That’s what Leicester is doing and it doesn’t take millions and millions. If you’ve got the scouting team you should be able to find them.

To enter Spirit of the Game, or to find out more details, visit www.spiritofthegame.barclays.com by 28 April. (You must be over 16 to enter.)


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