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Cardiff City fans praised by police after 25,000 Bluebirds supporters flood city centre to celebrate with their team

Police have praised the 25,000 Bluebirds who swamped the city centre and bay to cheer on their all-conquering heroes at Sunday’s victory parade, with a top cop saying: “It just goes to show how far Cardiff City has come.”

South Wales Police estimate about 25,000 people turned out for the open-top bus tour which carried the Cardiff City squad and staff from the castle to the bay, with not a single arrest made.

From their temporary control room in the Wales Millennium Centre, South Wales Police, Cardiff council, Cardiff City, and fire and ambulance services worked together to ensure the day went off without a hitch.

Chief Inspector Steve Murray said: “We’ve been fortunate that we have had very high profile events going back to the Rugby World Cup and FA Cup, so over the years we’ve built up quite an expertise.

 

“The local authority is second to none and I genuinely think they punch above their weight when it comes to events planning. They were the main contributors, they made all this happen and we just provided support and assistance.”

He said Sunday’s success was down to the “individuals and relationships” who all have a “can-do attitude” to large-scale events in the city, saying: “It just goes to show how far Cardiff City has come.”

While there were no arrests connected with the event, he said “discretion was shown” to some more excitable fans – including one particularly boisterous pair of men caught dancing naked in the fountain at the bottom of Lloyd George

“These incidents were quickly and safely dealt with and nobody’s day was ruined,” he said.

Chief Inspector Murray estimated 25,000 people were at the event, while another 1,500 to 2,000 fans walked with the coach from Cardiff Castle.

“All of the credit should go to the quality of the stewarding from the Cardiff City FC stewards,” he said.

“They ensured a safe and happy atmosphere. They were fantastic in working with us on a moving cordon, which is something they will not have had much experience of before.”

Cardiff City director Steve Borley last night said: “It was a fantastic day, everything went to plan and the supporters turned out in huge numbers.

“It was an incredible scene from the castle to St Mary Street and a huge crowd to meet us in the bay as well.

“It’s hard to put into words the emotions you go through.”


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The former club chairman said their was a moment of poignancy for him behind the castle walls before the start of the tour.

In the reception area hung a painting of Lord Ninian Chricton-Stuart, the second son of the 3rd Marquess of Bute.

The home of Cardiff City was named after the MP, who was killed fighting in World War One, after he helped in agreeing to become guarantor for Ninian Park.

“It was as if he was looking down on us on Sunday,” Mr Borley said.

The CMB Engineering boss added: “You never know how many people are going to turn out. I took some photos on my phone and I only looked at them yesterday morning.

“The scenes as we emerged out of the castle were amazing. The crowds down St Mary Street were incredible. The bus bound through St Mary Street and the jubilation on the fans’ faces and the families I saw on the route.”

Mr Borley was asked at short notice to make a speech during the address at the Senedd and on stage in front of the massive crowd.

“Half way through the speech and the emotion started to kick in,” he recalled. “I started to think about what we had actually achieved in getting promotion and winning the Championship by a magnificent margin.”

Looking ahead to next season, he said the benefits of Cardiff City being in the Premier League will be huge for the entire city.

“Everybody is going to gain from this. Businesses and hotels in the city will benefit and so will the Assembly,” he said.

“If you look at what this did for the North East clubs like Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, and what it did for their economies. It puts them on the world stage. All of a sudden Wales is firmly on the map.”

“It’s great that we’re making headlines for the right reasons and the feel good factor around the city – as was clear on people’s faces on Sunday – will continue. It’s all about belief.”

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