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Last Updated: Monday, 26 May, 2003, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
Call for promotion party
Andy Campbell, Lennie Lawrence and Sam Hammam
There could be an official celebration of Cardiff's triumph
Cardiff City's play-off final success could spark an official party to celebrate one of Welsh football best-ever seasons.

Welsh Assembly First Minister Rhodri Morgan has said he would like to see an event held during the summer to celebrate the promotion of Cardiff and Wrexham, Swansea's league survival and a memorable year for the Welsh national side.

Before Cardiff's 1-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers at the Millennium Stadium to gain promotion to Division One, Wrexham had already secured promotion from Division Three.

Swansea had survived a dramatic battle against relegation from the Nationwide League and the Wales national side had ended the season on top of their Euro 2004 qualifying group.

The problem is going to be getting everyone there on a date that is convenient, but if we can do it, we'll do it
Rhodri Morgan

Mr Morgan told BBC Radio Wales: "I would love to see that (a party) before the summer recess.

"It would be great to see the whole of the national squad led by Mark Hughes and it would be great to have the Cardiff squad, Swansea squad and Wrexham squad.

"It would have been awful if we had gone down to just two league teams, so I think Swansea deserve to be there.

"The problem is going to be getting everyone there on a date that is convenient, but if we can do it, we'll do it."

Mr Morgan added that he felt "emotionally drained" after watching Cardiff's dramatic extra-time victory on Sunday.

"It was a fantastic occasion because of the tension," he said.

"It took it out of me - I was emotionally drained."

Wales v Italy
Wales beat Italy 2-1 to head their Euro 2004 group

Welsh Secretary Peter Hain, who also attended the match, added: "This is a fantastic result for Cardiff City and for Wales.

"Our capital city now has a team in Division One and the sky is the limit for the Bluebirds."

Cardiff City have not yet announced any plans for their own celebration of their promotion.

However it is believed one may be organised for the weekend.

'Wonderful occasion'

Bluebirds fan of 40 years, Tony Jeffries, said the victory was the best he had experienced while following the club.

"It was a wonderful occasion after it seemed were never destined for those dizzy heights again," he said.

"With Sam Hammam at the helm and if we can get the new stadium, the economics are huge for Wales."

Fellow Cardiff supporter Andrea Davies added: "I made a fool of myself dancing on pub tables, but it was the best day of my life."

A weekend of play-off finals at the Millennium Stadium concluded on Monday when Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the Division One decider.

South Wales Police said 12 Cardiff City and six QPR fans were arrested at the Division One final.

Most have been charged and bailed to appear before magistrates in Cardiff next month.

The build-up to the Wolves-Sheffield United match was marred by violence between supporters in Bristol, which police believe was organised.


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