Okay so this one is not a Meath story, but we here at Meath Live are romantics at heart so we thought we would share it
An Irish football manager guided his team to Wembley glory earlier this month and the victory meant something extra special to a 96 year old woman.
When Brendan Rodgers, from Camlough in Antrim, steered Leicester City to their first ever FA Cup it meant that 96 year old Margaret Angell from the English midlands city finally got an engagement ring she was first promised 73 years ago.
In 1948 Margaret’s late husband Cecil proposed to her but claimed that as he had just returned from World War II money was too tight to buy the precious ring, but promised his bride to be, ‘I’ll buy you one when Leicester win the FA Cup’.
Cecil passed away in 2005 having seen the Foxes fail in four attempts to snatch the silverware, they lost finals in 1949, ’61, ’63 and ’69 and Margaret’s finger remained unadorned.
However, her son Mike, a lifelong Leicester fan, decided that a promise is a promise and stepped up to the plate after Youri Tielemans spectacular strike saw Leicester defeat Chelsea.
He revealed “I thought back to the story we had been told when we were growing up and decided if we win, I’m going to buy my mother the engagement ring my father promised her.
“It wasn’t a promise I made to him but I thought it was something my mother deserved.
“Obviously Leicester City did win so I rang her after the final whistle to tell her the full story.
Everything went quiet. I said ‘are you alright, mum?’ and she said ‘I’m crying!
” We took her to a jewelers in Melton Mowbray and asked to see a selection of rings from the 1940s in the club colours of blue and white, and she picked the one she liked.
“The look on her face made it all worthwhile, it was like she was a teenager again. She’s not stopped looking at the ring ever since. It’s been absolutely brilliant,” he said.
As for Margaret she said the ring was a “beautiful gesture” that had left her completely speechless and after such a long wait she is determined to keep her sparkler safe.
“It’s taken me 73 years to get it – I’m never taking it off,”