FAMOUS FAN: SERGIO PIZZORNO
As one quarter of rock band Kasabian, Sergio Pizzorno is used to rubbing shoulders with the great and good of the music world.
But that did not prepare the Leicester City fanatic for lining up alongside his football idol Steve Walsh.
Sergio, 28, said: “I hadn’t played football for a couple of years and then through a friend of mine I started playing five-a-side every Thursday.
“On odd occasions Muzzy Izzet is there, which is a big enough honour.
“Then we were getting ready to play one week when in the distance we could see a bloke in a full Leicester kit.
Someone said, ‘That’s Walshy’, and I said, ‘No, you’re kidding’.
“He walked over and, yes, it was. I was in shock. Walshy is my ultimate hero. I shook his hand and said, ‘This is one of the greatest moments of my life’. To play alongside him, it doesn’t get better than that.”
Swapping passes with Leicester legends is not the only claim to footballing fame for Sergio.
Kasabian’s guitarist and song writer also scored one of the best goals ever seen on Sky’s Soccer AM.
He flicked up the ball before volleying it first time directly into the Road To Wembley target!
Sergio explained: “The only reason I tried such a flamboyant act was because I had the hangover from hell.
“If I had done it 300 times, I would have failed 295. It was lucky they were filming that one. It was one of my proudest moments.”
When he was younger Sergio dreamed of being a footballer. Now he says he would not trade the adrenaline rush of a live gig.
He said: “Playing for Leicester in the Championship would have to be something to consider, but nothing comes near to playing in front of 50,000 people. I would much rather be at Glastonbury.”
He got the football bug during his schooldays.
He said: “The rule is you support whoever is closest to your house.
“When I was really young, I had a Genoa shirt because my family are from Italy. I then went from Arsenal to Manchester United to Aston Villa but it has been Leicester ever since I went to my first game with my dad.
“We lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool in about 1986, but I was hooked.
“I got a season ticket when I was 11. I’d sit in the old East Stand with my dad, which was right next to the away fans so the atmosphere was brilliant.”
Since finding fame, Sergio has to follow the Foxes from further afield.
He said: “Because we are all over the world I have become an internet freak.
“Usually, depending on where you are, you can get BBC Leicester and hear the games on the net.
“My pals also keep me updated with what is going on.”
Sergio’s passion for Leicester is shared by the rest of the band, and he readily admits football fans have influenced Kasabian’s artistic approach.
He said: “If you cut through our music, the same sort of spirit is there. If people have bought an album, or bought a ticket to come and watch us, then we’re going to give them everything because that’s what they deserve.
“Without someone listening, what’s the point of making music?”
Kasabian’s new album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is out now. Please go to http://www.kasabian.co.uk