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City’s Treble-winning stars and 100,000 fans celebrate glorious season

Unconventionally, Manchester City's players got the tram to the bus. Well, three open-top buses. And there were three more with roofs close by, because the thunderstorms coming our way seemed particularly nasty.

City have spent the last 15 years ripping through the traditional elite like a tornado and, once they reached the Treble summit, a different sort of storm threatened to blow them over while surveying the path trodden. Thankfully, it didn’t.

But first, the tram. A metro from Velopark across to Deansgate is not exactly a glamorous route – especially after a few beers and an Ibiza hangover. It passed through New Islington, Piccadilly and around the back of the main eventual stage at St Peter’s Square. A parade before the parade.

Here were a group of young lads dancing and banging on the windows going to an event and, in this part of the world, that is nothing new. Any given Saturday. Ruben Dias, the father of the group, had to direct one straggler onto the correct coach. No prizes for guessing who that might have been. Again, any given Saturday.

Pep Guardiola and his squad, backroom staff and executives had held their civic reception with the deputy leader of the council at the City Football Academy because, helpful, Manchester has no functioning town hall at the moment. Chief executive Ferran Soriano said a few words.

And to the weather. Only here, miserable for two-thirds of the year, could it somehow then become too hot for a parade, a scorcher morphing into treacherous storms that looked very out of place in the North West.

The tram system was a state all day, the soaring temperatures causing havoc with cabling and grinding the area to a halt for a while. And still the thousands came, the start delayed by half-an-hour after City held talks with the local authorities and the Met office. A fair guess would be that 100,000 lined these streets.

Wet – very wet – and delirious. Jack Grealish turned to Erling Haaland: ‘How are we having it?’ Presumably he expected ‘large’ to arrive as an answer. Haaland dumped a bottle of champagne over his head instead.

The hair had long been spoiled anyway. The tops soon came off. Drenched supporters were doused with booze. Guardiola puffed on a cigar. We’ve seen this film before, but never while enjoying something on this scale.

Down Oxford Street, where fans crammed in, it resembled carnage as lightning bolted and thunder rumbled. Weather does weird things to people and some were breaching barriers and causing chaos on a day City had handed over security measures to an independent firm.

The whole thing was just about kept under control. ‘For the last 24 hours I’ve had the best day and night,’ Grealish said. ‘To be fair I don’t think I’ve slept. I’m a turkey and the turkey needs feeding!’

And so Kalvin Phillips fed him so vodka. Everybody cheered.

Even without Saturday in Istanbul, even without beating their rivals at Wembley and even without menacingly clawing back Arsenal, this would have been a day to remember in this special city. Hanging off lampposts, almost bringing bus stops to their knees, leaning out of windows, a pocket of Manchester felt alive.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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