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Birmingham City fans hold victory parade after cup win

Blues fan parade through Birmingham
Image caption Blues fans paraded through Birmingham to celebrate their club's Carling Cup win

Birmingham City football fans have organised their own victory parade through the city to celebrate their club winning the Carling Cup.

The 2-1 win against Arsenal is the first significant piece of silverware Blues have won for 48 years.

Fan Lisa Karim suggested on Facebook the supporters held their own parade after the club decided not to have an open-top bus tour on safety grounds.

The club held a special reception at its St Andrew's home earlier on Sunday.

Relegation battle

Ms Karim, a life-long Blues supporter, created a Facebook page called Give Us Bluenoses The Celebration We Deserve.

The page attracted more than 700 members, some of whom joined the unofficial victory parade earlier.

It consisted of about 100 people walking from the stadium after the official reception to the city centre.

The fans' mood of celebration would have been dented by Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Blues are now in the Premier League relegation zone.

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