Northampton Town squad enjoy open-top title bus tour

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image captionThousands came out to celebrate the Cobblers title win

Thousands of people lined the streets of Northampton to celebrate the Cobblers winning football's League Two title by 13 points.

A bus containing Northampton players left Sixfields Stadium at 16:00 BST, heading up Weedon Road.

After passing the train station the bus lapped All Saints' Church before stopping at the Guildhall.

County council chairman Phil Larratt presented a ceremonial scroll to the club as part of a civic reception.

'Ridiculously, unbelievable' season

The club's promotion to League One is a remarkable turnaround for the club which had nearly gone out of business in November.

The Cobblers finished their season on Saturday with a 2-1 win against Portsmouth, which meant they ended the campaign with an unbeaten run of 24 games.

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder said: "We've smashed it and kept this club going. We've kept the club alive with the aid of the supporters - it's been a ridiculously, unbelievable special season."

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said: "There are all kind of words you can use to describe the season, but fairytale could definitely be one of them."

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image captionStriker Marc Richards celebrates with the trophy after the team went 24 games unbeaten finishing the season 13 points clear at the top of the table
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image captionSam Hoskins and Zander Diamond posed with the Sky Bet League Two Champions Trophy on the open-topped bus
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image captionThe team enjoyed a civic reception at the town hall
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image captionJoel Byrom and Nicky Adams relaxed with the trophy

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