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Cardiff City: Celebrations break out across city after Bluebirds presented with Championship trophy

Celebrations broke out across the city this weekend as Cardiff City were presented with the Championship trophy, while behind the scenes talks were held over the Bluebirds’ Langston debt.

Fans paid a roaring tribute to their heroes on Saturday as Cardiff City lifted the Championship trophy for the first time.

They sang, “Stand up for the Champions” – and just about everybody in the stadium did just that.

Every now and again they roared “Do the Malky, Malky”, with energetic fist-pumps in the Mackay style showing exactly what they meant.

After the final whistle, Mackay himself was welcomed onto the podium along with his players , where winners medals were draped around their necks and captain Mark Hudson lifted the Championship trophy.

Every floor at Cardiff City Stadium seemed to be bouncing to music, singing and dancing for a couple of hours after the final whistle.

City’s season won’t be over until after Saturday’s final League match at Hull City, but they have already earned their success.

Bluebirds fans have their little picks and shovels packed and are ready for what will be a new adventure at the top level.

City’s dream has been realised – and it will be brought into focus when the fixtures are published in mid-June.

On Saturday, chants of “blue forever” rang around the stadium, but this was a day for talk of rebranding to be put aside as a third successive 26,000-plus attendance paid tribute to the champions.

Vincent Tan, Cardiff’s major Malaysian investor, believes red will be lucky for City and his argument has only been strengthened after they powered to the Championship title with two games to spare.

Among the big hitters from City’s last decade who were there for club’s moment of triumph was former owner Sam Hammam.

He arrived a couple of hours before kick-off, dropped off outside the main entrance by Vincent Tan’s personal chauffeur.

Major Malaysian investor Tan was already inside the stadium and Hammam stopped only briefly to greet a few people he knew before going up the stairs to the chairmen’s suite.

This was a public show of solidarity. The two men have crucial talks ahead on the £24m of Langston loan notes which still have to be paid off – and Hammam is the only known representative of the Swiss-based company.

It was stressed that Hammam attended the match as a “friend and guest” of Tan and they watched City’s 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers together before going their separate ways for the evening.

Hammam went off to meet City fans who have stayed close to him since he left the club, while Tan joined manager Malky Mackay and players at the Cardiff City Supporters Club presentation evening.

Yesterday morning (Sunday), Lebanese businessman Hammam arranged to meet Tan again. They were at University Playing Fields, Treforest, to watch City’s under-10, under-12 and under-14 teams in youth Academy matches against Wolves.

The key factor, of course, is for the two men to reach agreement on the money owed to Langston and that would allow the club to move forward with confidence – with Tan pledging to then turn millions of pounds in loans to shares.

This weekend, though, was a chance for the two men to socialise and savour the Championship success which has earned Cardiff City a place among the Premier League elite next season.

And with Tan and Hammam – both focused and successful businessmen – apparently getting along better than they ever have before, there is plenty of hope for the future.

If they can thrash out an agreement on the Langston loan notes for the good of Cardiff City it would be the finishing touch to what has been an unforgettable season.

Just before 11pm on Saturday evening, Mackay, his staff and players were relaxed and enjoying themselves as they mingled with supporters.

This morning it is back to work for Mackay’s men as they plan their final Championship mission against Hull on Saturday.

Only then will they finally relax and reflect on a season which has ended in glory – and promises growth in tourism, finance and sheer profile throughout the world.

It’s been 10 months since City reported back to launch their 2012-13 campaign and, without doubt, it’s been a campaign of unparalleled success. Nobody could have predicted the ease with which Cardiff would secure promotion.

They were labelled chokers after missing out on promotion too often over the last few years.

Now, at last, they are champions.

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