Manchester City Parade Premier League Trophy
14 May 2012, 23:38
A Manchester City victory party turned the streets of the city sky blue on Monday night as 100,000 fans cheered their injury time heroes.
The “noisy neighbours” held an emotional celebration as legions of supporters crammed Manchester city centre for an open-top bus parade by the team.
Police estimated the crowds reached 100,000 supporters amid a carnival atmosphere, with no reports of trouble and just a single minor arrest for drunk and disorderly.
Fans climbed lampposts and jostled for position on roof tops and walls to glimpse a sight of the team.
They were just seconds away from blowing their title dreams before two goals in two minutes secured the club's first league championship in 44 years, snatching the honour away from arch rivals Manchester United.
Their heroes emerged one-by-one from the town hall on to a raised stage to deafening applause and cheers from fans, and Capital was there.
Manager Roberto Mancini and team captain Vincent Kompany appeared last, carrying the Premiership trophy between them and they were greeted with the biggest cheer of the night.
Mancini said: “I think that you should be proud of these players. They did everything for you. They wanted to win this championship for you.”
These fans told Capital they still can't believe it.
Vincent Kompant, Roberto Mancini, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart all talked to the crowd. Carlos Tevez was there so was Stuart Taylor and Owen Hargreaves, but Mario Balotelli wasn’t not after flying back to Milan early on Monday.
Monday's comes after City's players hit the town on Sunday night after their dramatic last-gasp win over Queens Park Rangers earned them their first top-flight title in 44 years.
City captain Vincent Kompany posed with life-long supporters' Liam Gallagher and Ricky Hatton.
Kompany revelled on Twitter he had had a bit of late night, He said: 'Struggling to remember what happened last night. Woke up with a medal around my neck. Been told the party was deeecent. Memo to myself: Next time you're Champion, drink less, dance more.'
In reply, Gael Clichy wrote: 'I'm feeling FRESH!!!!! What a night.'
There was some controversy at after the parade as Carlos Tevez poked fun at his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson during Manchester City's title celebrations tonight.
The controversial striker was pictured holding up a banner which read ‘RIP Fergie’ as City paraded their Barclays Premier League trophy on an open-top bus tour through Manchester.
It is unclear where he got the banner but he did not have it when he got on the bus to begin the tour of the centre at Albert Square.
A City spokeswoman said: “The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgement.
“The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused.”
Tevez, who spent two years at Old Trafford before leaving for City in 2009, said: “I got carried away in the excitement of the moment and I certainly didn't mean any disrespect to Sir Alex Ferguson, who I admire as a man and a manager.”