Swansea City celebrated their centenary in dream fashion on Sunday as they claimed their first major trophy in their history in style with a 5-0 demolition of Bradford City. On Tuesday, the club’s fans got the chance to pay tribute to their team during a bus parade around the Welsh city.
Despite the inclement weather, packed crowds lined the parade route and sang club songs as the double-decker bus carrying the individuals that will forever go down in Swansea folklore passed.
Along the way, manager Michael Laudrup, who has enjoyed an incredible first season in charge, took time to show his appreciation to the support.
“I want to say thank you to all of you here,” he said, according to the BBC.
"The first time we won something like that, is tremendous. To see all these faces is great.
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The League Cup victory capped a remarkable rise for a club that 10 years ago only survived relegation out of England’s football league with a victory on the last day of the season. One of the players who has been there throughout that time is Gary Monk and the club captain commented that the event was reminiscent of the festivities that greeted Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League in 2011.
“It's a bit of déjà vu—another amazing day,” he said. "I think this tops it in terms of turnout."
Amidst the jubilation, talk since the Wembley win has focused on whether Swansea would be able to hold onto their impressive manager. Laudrup recently topped a poll by Real Madrid fans asked to choose the man they want to replace Jose Mourinho this summer, should he fulfill expectations and depart at the end of the season.
But former Getafe and Real Mallorca boss Laudrup said he is planning on staying with Swansea.
"I've said I'd like to stay here but even if you have a 10-year deal, there will always be rumors,” he explained, according to the Guardian. “My intention is to stay here next year, that's the only thing I can say really."