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PUBLISHED: 12:29 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET VICTORY TOUR: Fans cheer on their heroes

EBBSFLEET VICTORY TOUR: Fans cheer on their heroes

FLEET fans turned out in their hundreds to cheer on their team as they triumphantly paraded around the town in an open-top bus to celebrate their FA Trophy victory. Players and staff of Ebbsfleet United celebrated their 1-0 victory over fellow Blue Squa

FLEET fans turned out in their hundreds to cheer on their team as they triumphantly paraded around the town in an open-top bus to celebrate their FA Trophy victory.

Players and staff of Ebbsfleet United celebrated their 1-0 victory over fellow Blue Square Premiership club Torquay United on Thursday night.

They travelled through the town in a red and white double-decker bus following their heroic victory at Wembley stadium last Saturday.

Retired cook Pam Clear, 58, of Packham Road, Gravesend, said: "We all said that we hoped they would do something for the boys and so they should. They deserve it. We are proud of them and what they have achieved. The whole town is proud of them."

Manager Liam Daish and his team exited the bus to the sound of Bhangra drums provided by Jugnu Bhangra and cheers and chants from the gathered crowds.

Once on the balcony the occasion proved too emotional for left back Sacha Opinel who jumped over the barriers on to the roof triumphantly holding the trophy aloft.

The parade left the Stonebridge Road ground at about 6.45pm and worked its way down Overcliffe and onto New Road before arriving at the Civic Centre on Windmill Street just after 7pm.

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