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Swansea to give Capital One Cup heroes a welcome to remember with homecoming parade

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

WE DID IT!  Swansea City fans celebrate the win at Wembley.

WE DID IT! Swansea City fans celebrate the win at Wembley.

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THEY have bought the trophy back and now you will get the chance to welcome them home.

Today thousands of fans are set to line the streets of Swansea city centre to celebrate with the team, who thumped Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley on Sunday.

The parade will kick off at 4.30pm from outside the Dragon Hotel on The Kingsway.

It will then head towards West Way before moving slowly along St Helen's Road, before arriving at the Guildhall where a civic reception will be held.

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Supporter Nick Phillips said the parade was a great opportunity for the city to come together.

"I will definitely be going along and taking the two kids, Lily Mae and Brandon," he said.

"These things don't come round often, it is great for people who weren't able to get to Wembley to celebrate and thank the players.

"I went to the play-off parade two years ago and that was really good. I am looking forward to it, it's great to see people getting involved."

Two years ago, thousands of supporters welcomed the Swans back to the city after their play-off final victory over Reading.

And it's expected many of the 33,000 Jack Army members who watched the club claim their first major trophy will be cheering the bus along the route today.

Among the fans who cheered them on at the home of English football was TV funnyman Rob Brydon and American superstar David Hasselhoff, who went along with Glynneath's Hayley Roberts.

Mr Phillips from Llansamlet added it was a remarkable game to be at.

"It was amazing, coming out on Wembley Way was fantastic," he said.

"Football is normally partisan but all the fans were mixing together really well, it was such a brilliant atmosphere, I even had my picture taken with (former Swans goalkeeper) Roger Freestone.

"I am hoping to get to Europe too, I would love to do a trip but I will have to ask the wife first."

Joining in the celebrations today will be Only Women Aloud and the Phoenix Choir who will be performing on the steps of Brunswick Methodist Church, St Helen's Road to welcome the team home.

They will be performing their song Liberty Forever, which was written by Edward Rhys-Harry to mark the club's centenary year.

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  • VISIONSKI  |  February 26 2013, 4:59PM

    Bennyhill4 quite right you didn`t see the game and probably didn`t see the Swansea game either otherwise you would have understood the point i was making and thats why your rating is minus 4.

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  • brochadav  |  February 26 2013, 10:23AM

    Bennyhill, I don't care where someone is from, if they want to comeour here praising our team then they are welcome. I can't be there for the parade but isn't it great to have the feelgood factorr back in the city again? swansea City are a massive part of my life, I've been going since I was 5, over 40 years now, I never thought I'd see days like these. I'd thought the Toshack era was as good as we'd get. Those of us who've been there through thick and thin are gaining our rewards now. And it's fantastic to see so many people at the games and know that with expansion coming, many more are waiting for a seat. Where will it all end?

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 26 2013, 9:50AM

    VISIONSKI. Cant comment on the joe hart incident, because most of us were either travelling to wembley, watching the game or travelling home after,so did'nt even see match of the day.What i dont understand though is why post on a swansea city site? but looking at you'r name i suspect you are a secret chelsea supporter

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  • VISIONSKI  |  February 26 2013, 9:07AM

    The Swan`s result was just brilliant. It shows that playing football as it should be played can win games against teams with ego superstars on inflated wages! As an observation why was it correct to send the Bradford keeper off for bringing down a Swan`s player in the box yet Joe Hart of Manchester City is allowed to stay on and save a penalty not even getting a yellow card? One of the mysteries of Ref`s i guess!

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