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Fans flock to promotion parade

22 May 2013

An estimated crowd of over ten thousand supporters came out onto the streets of Bradford to celebrate City's amazing 2012/2013 campaign with Bantams boss Phil Parkinson and his victorious squad this Wednesday evening.

Barely days after securing promotion to League 1, Parkinson's squad enjoyed in an open-top bus parade from the Coral Windows Stadium to City Hall to allow supporters to welcome home their heroes.

Fans were visible around every street corner as City's followers reveled in the club's recent success over Northampton Town in the League 2 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

Once at City Hall, the Bantams took to the stage by City Park to continue the celebrations with the large number of supporters who had gathered to pack out Centenary Square.

Each player took it in turns to lift the Play-Off Final trophy, while the players threw signed miniature footballs into the crowd as well.

Parkinson, skipper Gary Jones, club captain Ricky Ravenhill, Nahki Wells and Joint-Chairman Mark Lawn also addressed the sea of supporters.

Fresh from signing a new three-year contract with the club earlier that day, Parkinson told the crowd: "I'd like to thank all the supporters. 

"Not just for coming out in your numbers tonight, but for the whole season. You have been absolutely outstanding. 

"That goes for not just during the times when we have been doing well either. Your support when we have found ourselves a goal down has been as important.

"That makes a massive difference, and you have played a big part in this season.

"When myself and Steve Parkin first came here to the club, we were looking to start a journey. The good news is we're only at the start of it, so we'll see you all next season!"

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