Norwich park the bus already! Champions mark promotion on tourist bus after original coach broke down
- 50,000 Canaries fans lined the streets of Norwich after Championship win
- Their heroes took the acclaim from a red bus usually reserved for sightseers
- Original coach was decked out in City’s colours of yellow and green
Norwich City had to celebrate promotion on a tourist bus after their original coach — daubed with the slogan ‘We are Premier League’ — broke down.
The 50,000 Canaries fans who turned out to greet the Championship title winners at a victory parade looked on in amusement as their heroes took the acclaim from a red bus usually reserved for sightseers.
The Norwich players had earlier been forced to abandon the intended party bus – painted in City’s colours of yellow and green – despite jumping out and trying to give it a push.
Norwich City had to celebrate promotion on a tourist bus after their original coach broke down
The club responded in good humour by tweeting: ‘We may have had some slight bus issues’.
Norwich were crowned champions on Sunday with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa and manager Daniel Farke told Monday’s crowds who gathered at the City Hall: ‘It’s really outstanding what this club and these supporters and this place has achieved.
‘All words are right. World-class, special, unique, extraordinary. We are all unbelievably proud. When you see this you get the feeling the season was well done.’
Several of Norwich’s young talents including Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis are on the radar of bigger Premier League clubs, but former Newcastle and Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul insists they are better off staying at Carrow Road next season.
50,000 Canaries fans lined streets of Norwich as they celebrated winning the Championship
‘If you’re 19 and Manchester United come in, there is no point going and sitting on the bench. They have to play and I will tell them,’ said Krul.
‘We all know when the big money is going to be offered, heads are going to get turned – but when you look at how well they have done this year, some of them were in the under-23s last year and no-one knew about them.
‘Now they are massive sought after talent and rightly so. Every credit being thrown at them, they deserve.
‘Saying that, what a chance for them to play week in, week out if they stay. The money will come to these lads.
‘Max Aarons is 19 now, can you imagine to have won the Championship and have a year behind him in the Premier League, that is more important than anything. We have some amazing diamonds.’
Norwich were crowned champions on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park
Aston Villa’s players gave Norwich a guard of honour before they lifted the Championship trophy at Villa Park and their midfielder Conor Hourihane wants to use it as motivation for their play-off campaign which begins with a semi-final first leg against local rivals West Brom on Saturday.
‘It was tough to be honest with you. That is where you want to be and what you want to achieve. We want to be celebrating in there.
‘Hopefully it will spur us on and give us that drive, a little extra edge. We want to be celebrating in a months time, having won the play-offs. First and foremost we have to take care of West Brom, starting at home on Saturday.’
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