Football’s funniest trophy parades including X-rated chants and celery throwing

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As football fans, you will rarely get a moment as thrilling and happy as when your team wins a trophy. The culmination of a year's work, a lifetime of support and all the heartbreak and emotion that comes with football.

With a trophy usually comes a victory parade, allowing the players to take the weight off their shoulders, loosen up and head on a tour of the city.

Thousands of fans line the streets to welcome them, but the relaxed atmosphere often results in a player saying or doing something he shouldn't.

That was no different as Man City's title-winning squad hit the tiles, as Jack Grealish seized the headlines with some boozed-up antics.

Here, we take a look back at five of the most unique and hilarious moments from celebratory parades.

Jack Grealish gets his money's worth

We start with the most recent incident, which took place on Monday as Manchester City players and staff celebrated retaining their Premier League crown.

Everyone was in party mode – including £100m superstar Jack Grealish, who revelled in the celebrations all while looking a tad tipsy.

Speaking on the open-top bus parade through Manchester, with a voice that could have been easily mistaken for Sean Dyche’s, the former Villa captain said: “The main person that I want to thank is Bernardo Silva for coming off in the 70th minute because he was miles off it yesterday.”

As the tour of Manchester concluded, the City players were then called onto a stage one by one to receive applause from the admiring City supporters – and Grealish couldn’t resist the limelight on that occasion too. The former Villa star danced onto the stage, bouncing to the beat of the background music, with a bottle of beer in one hand and a vodka and coke in the other.

It's safe to say he probably had a bit of a sore head this morning.

Jurgen Klopp narrowly avoids a dangerous tumble

Man City may have come out on top in the Premier League battle, but there is still one trophy which eludes them: the Champions League.

The same cannot be said for Liverpool, who have won the premier competition in European football six times, most recently in 2019.

That led to an enormous victory parade taking place throughout the northern city, with manager Jurgen Klopp leading it.

He was straddling the top of the open-top bus when it suddenly halted, causing the German to lose his balance.

Fortunately, he stayed on the bus as the party continues, joking with his squad about how he nearly fell off.

Jack Wilshere leads x-rated chant

He may not be a household name anymore, but Jack Wilshere gave us one of the most iconic parade moments in recent memory when he celebrated Arsenal's 2015 FA Cup victory.

Days after the Gunners claimed a record 12th cup triumph, the squad embarked on a euphoric open-top bus parade, which hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Amid the joyous scenes, the former prodigy grabbed the microphone before leading a raucous rendition of the club's infamous 'What do we think of Tottenham?' chant with thousands of the club's avid supporters.

Of course, anyone who knows that chant knows the response: "S**t".

The midfielder was slapped with a £40,000 fine by the FA having been previously warned about his conduct after leading a similar chant a mere 12 months earlier.

Stuart McCall takes a fall

Not every parade or celebration is as a result of a piece of silverware.

When Bradford earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever in May of 1999, a lot of it was down to the effort put in by box-to-box midfielder Stuart McCall.

Having won away at Wolves, McCall and his teammates hopped on the team coach back to Bradford – a solid 117 miles away.

Naturally, they were in a merry mood stepping off the coach at the club's home ground of Valley Parade, where thousands had turned out to welcome them back.

McCall was the joker of the pack, leading the adoring fans in chants, dancing around and sinking drinks.

It gave him the confidence to climb onto a car at one point – but he soon took a tumble, hitting his head off the roof before crashing to the concrete below.

Not that that deterred him, as he quickly bounced back up and resumed chanting.

Fair play Stu!

Diego Costa goes mad while throwing celery

Who else could we finish with but everyone's favourite bonkers Chelsea forward and a vegetable?

It's a tradition for Chelsea players to throw celery at their fans during celebratory moments – we're not sure how it started, or why it was still a thing in 2015, after the Blues won the Premier League.

During their open-top bus tour of the capital, thousands of sticks of celery were thrown at the players by adoring fans.

And while most of the players laughed it off and got on with the celebrations, Diego Costa patiently collected them all up and – when he had a handful – started aggressively lobbing them back.

Never change, Diego.

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