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Saturday, May 23, 1998 Published at 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK



Sport: Football

Arsenal and Hearts take to the streets
image: [ The Gunners and the glory - Arsenal in party mood ]
The Gunners and the glory - Arsenal in party mood

Double champions Arsenal have paraded their silverware before tens of thousands of adoring fans on their way to a civic reception.


[ image: A Hearts fan cheers his heroes]
A Hearts fan cheers his heroes
After a long night of celebration in north London, a sea of red and white lined the streets as the league and FA Cup winners rode an open-topped bus from their Highbury ground to Islington town hall.

And there were similar scenes in Edinburgh where Hearts returned in triumph on board a bus following their shock 2-1 win over Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.

Gunners' glory

Arsenal's two-mile drive took 90 minutes to crawl through the 300,000 crowd of cheering supporters.

Ian Wright, who missed out on the Wembley game, led the celebrations, dancing on the town hall balcony and cheerleading for the crowd.


Ian Wright: 'born a Gooner' (0'32")
From the balcony he said: "I came here to win medals and I can't believe how many I've got now.

"Just enjoy it and have a great time because we are the champions."


[ image: Red carpet treatment from fans]
Red carpet treatment from fans
The Gunners were celebrating their second double - the first won in 1971 was a very different team.

With players like Peter Storey, George Armstrong, John Radford, Charlie George and Bob Wilson in goal they ground out a series of 1-0 wins to pick up the double.

The Arsenal class of 98 has mixed a solid British defence with continental attacking flair to mercilessly rip teams apart.

At the town hall each player took it in turns to hold aloft the cups as they were announced to their adoring fans.

Defender Martin Keown said: "We have got a very special bunch of players here, special fans, a special manager and this is a special day for me."

Even manager Arsene Wenger, famous for his sombre expression, looked relaxed and joined in the fun as he waved to the fans.

Hearts heroes


[ image: Jefferies: proud]
Jefferies: proud
In Edinburgh, fans turned the streets maroon to cheer the victorious Hearts team, who showed off the cup for the first time in 42 years.

The hard-fought final at Celtic Park also gave them their first major trophy for 36 years.

Manager Jim Jefferies praised his players, saying: "After the game I went into the dressing room and thanked them personally for making it one of the proudest moments of my life."








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