Chelsea enjoy their day of celebration

May 14, 2006

Eidur Gudjohnsen was about to launch into why he believes Chelsea can continue to be upwardly mobile when he was laughed off stage.

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GettyImages / PeterMacdiarmidChelsea on their champions' parade

It was that kind of day as the club joyously staged a victory parade of the Premiership and FA Community Shield through the streets of west London.

Iceland forward Gudjohnsen is convinced they are here to stay after back-to-back titles.

'It is brilliant and they say everything comes in threes,' he suggested before being interrupted by cries from his team-mates of 'Eidur, Eidur give us a song'.

Thousands of fans lined the streets to greet Frank Lampard, John Terry and Co on the same day Liverpool paraded the FA Cup.

There were a couple of notable absentees, though.

Unsettled defender William Gallas took no part in the parade, although it was stated he has France's World Cup campaign to prepare for.

Coach Jose Mourinho was there at the start, only to mysteriously disappear en route, perhaps for a spot of lunch with Michael Ballack.

Two open-top buses left the Britannia Gate at Stamford Bridge and made their way via the Fulham Road to Hortensia Road.

Then it turned on to Kings Road and New Kings Road before stopping at Eel Brook Common, where groups of supporters had been watching the parade on a giant TV screen.

There the bus stopped with the players happy to sign shirts, balls and memorabilia that were thrown at them.

Speeches were for another day, though. They were just happy to lift the Premiership trophy and scream 'Champions', which got the crowd going.

It was a fitting finale for the club at the top of football's rich list.

Bizarrely, though, it was more about celery than salaries today with the vegetable being launched by players and fans alike in a reference to a song traditionally sung at Stamford Bridge.