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Fans celebrate a Cardiff victory
Players
Both teams had a difficult game
Cardiff City fans are celebrating in the Welsh capital after their team won promotion to Division One by beating Queens Park Rangers 1 - 0 at Wales' Millennium Stadium.

The Bluebirds met the London club in front of 66,000 fans for the play-off, a vital step in the side's ambitions to reach the Premiership.

Roads around the stadium are closed to traffic to control both teams' supporters.

Earlier hundreds of Cardiff fans paraded from the club's Ninian Park ground to the Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence said it was a difficult match.

"I thought we were just about worthy winners in the end," he said.

"It's a start as far as we're concerned - this club's big enough to get to the First Division and beyond.

"I have every sympathy with QPR."
These fans have been absolutely outstanding
Graham Kavanagh, Cardiff City player

Man-of-the-match Graham Kavanagh declared the victory and promotion had made up for some disappointing times for Cardiff's players and fans.

He said: "It's an unreal feeling.

"I've missed out three times and I feel so much for the QPR players.

"These fans have been absolutely outstanding."

Elephant

A massive police operation is underway to ensure that the aftermath of the match passes without incident.

It is the third game game in the city in the past two weekends - including the FA cup final - and all the matches have run smoothly.

Before the game, Cardiff City fans were invited to their home ground for drinks, games, and music.

They then formed a procession behind a brass band, and walked from their ground at Ninian Park to the Millennium Stadium in preparation for the match.
I thought we were just about worthy winners in the end
Lennie Lawrence, Cardiff City Manager

An elephant was due to lead the parade, but the idea was scrapped after concerns over its welfare.

Wales & Borders Trains are putting on extra services to and from Newport and Abergavenny for fans returning home.

Valley Lines are also strengthening their services where possible, and the Sunday bus services from Treherbert, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney are also running.

But no reservations on return journeys for any of the services will be accepted.

For fans travelling by car, there are Park and Ride facilities on the Valley Lines rail network to avoid city centre road congestion.

They are at Treforest, Taffs Well, Radyr and Caerphilly stations, operating after the game.




SEE ALSO:
Cardiff fans to cheer in Welsh
24 May 03  |  Wales
Fans' dilemma over play-off
23 May 03  |  South West Wales
National anthem ban at stadium
22 May 03  |  Wales


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