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Manchester turns blue for champions parade

Manchester is Blue: What a sight!

Manchester is Blue: What a sight!

Manchester was a sea of blue as thousands of fans descended on the city centre to celebrate the best season in City’s history.

Huge crowds turned out to celebrate the champions parade, as the men and women’s team embarked on an open top bus tour to showcase the six trophies won in what has been an unforgettable campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s 'Fourmidables' and Nick Cushing’s double cup winners were in high spirits as they journeyed through the city centre from Manchester Town Hall to Manchester Cathedral, when Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones led the crowd in a rendition of ‘Here’s to you Vincent Kompany’.

The Belgian was the last player on stage and received a rapturous welcome from the hordes of fans who lined the streets, whilst also receiving a special message from Noel Gallagher, who paid tribute to the departing captain from his gig in South Korea.

“I want to say to you, ‘It’s been a pleasure to be your friend,” said the former Oasis star.

“You’re the best. Keep in touch!”

Guardiola, who called on everyone in attendance to enjoy the Club’s achievements this season, echoed Noel’s sentiments in his praise for Kompany.

“We are going to miss Vincent a lot,” said the City boss.

“We will see him in the future, he will be back, but this is the best way to say goodbye.

“He is a real captain. He helped us a lot. We are going to show him how much we love him.”

And indeed we did.

After our inspirational captain had the last word of the evening, his team-mates again led the crowd in a rousing chorus of ‘Here’s to you Vincent Kompany,’ to bring the curtain down on a fantastic celebration of the Club’s achievements.

For Kompany, it was a chance to acknowledge fans for their unwavering support since he arrived at the Club in the summer of 2008.

“I want to say thank you to everyone. 11 years at this club - what a journey we’ve been on!

“This has always been a great club, even without silverware. Now we've got silverware and I’m really proud.

“With this team, we've been able to give you something that was a long time coming. I’m so proud.”

Earlier in the evening the City Square presenting team were joined on stage by host of former players and celebrity fans.

Lifelong Blues, Tom and Joe from Blossoms, Tommy Booth, Gary Owen, Paul Dickov and Club Ambassador, Mike Summerbee all reflected on an incredible season before our FA Cup and Continental Cup-winning women’s team arrived.

Manager Cushing declared: “This is the best club in the world, by a mile,” and captain Steph Houghton praised the fans for their unwavering support.

“This is an amazing experience,” she said.

“For us as a squad to come here and see all you amazing people, it’s the highlight of my career.

“A huge credit goes to all the staff and players and that goes to you as well for supporting us.”

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