The streets of Manchester were awash with blue as thousands of Manchester City supporters lined gathered to welcome home their historic treble winning men’s team and the women’s double winning side.
City thrashed Watford 6-0 on Saturday to add the FA Cup to the League Cup the won in February and the Premier League title, which they secured with a 4-1 win at Brighton on the last day of the season. Meanwhile, City’s women also paraded their silverware, having won the League and FA Cup themselves. The blues also showed off the Community Shield, which they won by beating Chelsea 2-0 in August, making it a clean sweep of silverware this season.
But it was also an emotional occasion, with City captain Vincent Kompany saying goodbye to the supporters before leaving to join Anderlecht as player-manager. The Belgian thanked the fans for their support and said he had “given everything” during his 11 years at the club. “We were always a great club, with silverware or not, but now we’ve got it. I’m so proud that we’ve been able to give you something that was long coming.”
City women’s captain Steph Houghton said it was incredible to be part of the parade. It’s unbelievable. We have never been a part of something like this. Some of the girls are only 18, 19, so it pushes us to do well next season.”
Our girls were beaten to the Women’s Super League title by Arsenal and will be looking to bounce back next season, and have already announced the signing of England striker Ellen White on a two year contract from Birmingham.
“I can’t wait to get started, to meet everyone and to get on the pitch,” White said. “I still want to learn, I still want to develop and I think I’m really going to do that here. I want to be in an environment and with a group of players that have that same winning mentality, that same professionalism, that same commitment and passion, and I think that’s a great fit at City.”