100,000 fans salute City's heroes
A Manchester City victory party has turned the streets of the city sky blue as 100,000 fans cheered their injury time heroes.
The "noisy neighbours" held a tumultuous 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.
Around 12,000 fans alone packed Albert Square in front of Manchester Town Hall singing "champione" before the open-top bus parade set off.
Supporters had queued from early afternoon to get a prime spot where players thanked the fans for their support. Their heroes emerged one-by-one from the town hall on to a raised stage to deafening applause and cheers from fans with fists punching the air and hundreds of sky blue flags fluttering in the wind.
Manager Roberto Mancini and team captain Vincent Kompany appeared last, carrying the Premiership trophy between them and greeted with the biggest cheer of the night. Kompany told fans: "I want to say thank you, you guys have been amazing."
Mancini added: "I think that you should be proud of these players. They did everything for you. They wanted to win this championship for you."
Many of City's army of followers were not even born when they won their last league title during the club's last glory days in the 1960s. But the team's once long-suffering fans were in party mood heralding a "Blue Moon Rising" to mark the first of what could be many title honours for the club, now backed by oil-rich Arabs.
Finally before the parade began, an explosion of sky blue and white ticker-tape and streamers shot into the sky as players linked arms and joined fans in a rousing rendition of Queen's anthem, We Are The Champions.