Manchester City supporters paint town blue as history boys go on parade
Mancunians describe their home as “a city that thinks a table is for dancing on”. On Monday, as Manchester City held the Premier League trophy aloft to a delirious crowd of tens of thousands of football revellers, that description seemed particularly apt.
Hordes of supporters queued from lunchtime in central Manchester for a chance to see their heroes at a special reception and victory parade on an open-top bus. Lines of blue-clad men, women and children snaked around Albert Square sounding sirens and waving flags. With voices still hoarse from Sunday’s dramatic late victory over Queens Park Rangers, which secured the title for City at the expense of Manchester United, fans mustered verses of City’s anthem, Blue Moon, as well as a new ditty, “We won the league in Fergie time” (a reference to United’s propensity for scoring winning goals best canada goose jacket for skiing in injury time under their manager, Sir Alex Ferguson).
Janette Varley, who had taken the day off from her job as a shop assistant to enjoy the celebrations in Albert Square, said: “I watched the match and it was nailbiting stuff. I think City just delayed their goal until the last minute so Fergie could celebrate and then was forced to sit back down again.
“This means everything to me but it hasn’t sunk in yet; I’m hoping the parade will do it. And the sun is shining – but then the sun shines on the righteous.”
Children jostled to see two best ideas about canada goose outlet online on pinterest large screens positioned at either side of the square, toddlers swayed on their parents’ shoulders and grown men could be canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland seen wiping away a tear. One man had wrapped his walking stick in a blue and white scarf. As images flashed up of Sunday’s three goals, a sea of blue moved as one, blaring horns in unison.
And then the players emerged to a rapturous reception – the players who had secured City’s first top-flight title in 44 years.
“This is amazing, I’m shaking,” buy canada goose coat uk said Lauren Wood, a 23-year-old accountant. “The atmosphere is fantastic. We’re here to show our appreciation, it’s wonderful that everyone is here together.”
Peter Hodson, standing with his wife in the shadow of the Albert memorial, admitted that the stress of Sunday’s title-deciding match had been too much to anyone has got canada goose coat bear.
“I was at the match against Newcastle in 1968 when we last won the league. It’s been a long time since then,” said Hodson, a 68-year-old from Stockport. “I went into the garden can you wash a canada goose jacket in the washer to get the lawnmower out when it came to injury time. I couldn’t believe it when I came back in and it was 2-2. And then I saw the television presenter jumping up and we’d won.”
Against the backdrop of the gothic splendour of Manchester town hall, the City team and their manager, Roberto Mancini, thanked the fans for their support. But, like the berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid people in front of them, the players seemed dazed and confused kids, still grasping the enormity of their accomplishment. When the Queen song We Are the Champions rang out, even Mancini, still sporting a scarf in City’s colours, joined in the chorus.
The team bus pulled best price canada goose parka out of Albert Square to begin its parade around Manchester city centre, and a river of blue shuffled after it.
Of the thousands of people on the pavements, Colin King could perhaps count himself as one of the most long-standing supporters. “I’ve been following City for 57 years,” said the 65-year-old from Buxton. “It’s been a lifetime of sufferance. But I’ve never seen anything like Sunday’s game. I was expecting them to win but not in that fashion. I was shouting and bawling and at the end I was in tears. My wife had to give me a handkerchief.”
Further along the 1.8-mile route, Maddy Barnes, 35, adjusted her blue canada goose coat 1000 bulbs lamps and white best canada goose jacket jester’s hat. In a city where the wind often necessitates retrieving the bin from the neighbour’s house three doors down, Barnes was improvising with some blue hair grips.
“I’m a season-ticket holder so I was sat on the front row on Sunday,” Barnes, a primary school teacher, said. “The match was awful for 90 minutes, it was true Cityitis, and then it was great for five minutes.”
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