Pompey - FA Cup winners 2008

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A victory parade will take to the streets later today as Pompey celebrate the historic FA Cup win.

Thousands are expected to cheer on the Blues after their triumphant win over Cardiff yesterday.

A parade of three open-top buses, decked in blue and white, will set off from Fratton Bridge at 3pm, carrying the players, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, players families and club officials.

The buses will follow a route along Winston Churchill Avenue, Lord Montgomery Way, down Hampshire Terrace, Landport Terrace, Kings Terrace, Jubilee Terrace, and Bellevue Terrace, before heading down Pier Road and along Clarence Esplanade.

The parade will finish on Southsea Common, close to the big screen where thousands of ecstatic fans watched their team defeat Cardiff yesterday.

The buses will arrive at the Common at around 4pm and will drive straight into the enclosure behind the big screen.

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Portsmouth City Council leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: 'It's a fantastic result for the team and the club, and a fantastic result for the city.

'It's a historic victory that everyone is Portsmouth can come together to celebrate and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to welcome the team back to the city tomorrow, bringing the FA Cup home for the first time in seventy years.'

The 25,000 fans who flocked to Wembley to watch the game will be back in the city to cheer the proud team as they drive triumphantly around the city.

The whole of Portsmouth was buzzing with excitement yesterday as Harry's boys lifted the cup for the first time since 1939.

Pubs were packed with overjoyed supporters who carried the party on well into the night in the city centre bars and clubs.

Harry and the team are expected to remain on the stage at the Common until around 5pm and will then leave the compound on coaches.

A programme of entertainment will be running on the stage from 2.30pm until 5.30pm, with music from a live band and the big screen showing highlights from the final.


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Don't forget to buy your commemorative issue of the Sports Mail which will be on sale on Saturday evening.

We'll also be producing special FA Cup editions of The News on Monday and Tuesday.

If you live outside the circulation area, you can buy it online.

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