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Northampton Town squad enjoy open-top title bus tour

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Image caption Thousands 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.

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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 caption Striker 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 caption Sam Hoskins and Zander Diamond posed with the Sky Bet League Two Champions Trophy on the open-topped bus
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Image caption The team enjoyed a civic reception at the town hall
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Image caption Joel Byrom and Nicky Adams relaxed with the trophy

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