Red Army celebrates Adelaide United’s A-League grand final win with parade in Rundle Mall

May 2, 2016 1:08pm

Adelaide take to the streets00:17:30

A-League: Adelaide United have taken to the streets to celebrate their maiden A-League championship

MORE than a thousand Adelaide United fans gathered in Rundle Mall to congratulate the champion team after winning its first A-League grand final.

Fans young and old voiced renditions of various Adelaide United cheer squad songs, waiting for the newest A-League champions to turn up under the Gawler Place canopy on Monday.

Adelaide United are presented to their fans in Rundle Mall. Picture: Sarah Reed.
Adelaide United are presented to their fans in Rundle Mall. Picture: Sarah Reed.

Once the side arrived and set foot on stage the crowd erupted again in full voice with Adelaide’s most popular coach, Guillermo Amor, given a rock star reception.

“This is a beautiful feeling,” Amor said. “To see the city like this I am really enjoying the moment.”

Diehard fan Shane Robinson, 24, from Lyndoch, said the win was 12 years in the making.

“It’s been painful going through the two grand final losses in Melbourne but I think to get this one, at home in front of 50,000 fans at Adelaide Oval, puts the icing on the cake this year,” he said.

Reds players hold up their grand final trophy in Rundle Mall. Pic: Roy VanDerVegt

Mr Robinson said he partied with the players until 4am and would continue celebrating, despite having only an hour of sleep.

Red Army member Jamie Rossiter, 33, from Broadview said Adelaide Oval — the venue where he had his wedding — had just become even more special.

“My favourite moment was when the first two goals were scored,” he said.

Lindsay Wilde, 25, from Burnside said the win felt “amazing” because the Reds truly deserved it.

“They worked so hard all season and they really put the (effort) in.”

Reds fans gather in Rundle Mall to celebrate their team’s win. Picture: Sarah Reed.
Michael Gigovil, 37, with six-year-old twins Alexander and Tijana at the Reds celebrations in Rundle Mall. Picture: Roy Van Der Vegt

Schools across the state started term two on Monday, but some children were lucky enough to finish early to get their Reds jumpers signed.

Michael Gigovil, 37, from Ingle Park, took his six-year-old twins Alexander and Tijana out of school to celebrate the win, and see their favourite player, Bruce Djite.

“We came out to support them,” he said.

“To be a part of it and support the team and be there next year to win it again.”

Reds fans celebrate their team’s win in Rundle Mall. Picture: Sarah Reed.
Lindsay Wilde with her son Marcus, 7 months, and friend Shane Robinson (left). Picture: Sarah Reed.
Adelaide United players Craig Goodwin, Bruce Djite and Eugene Galekovic ready to sign autographs in Rundle Mall. Picture: Sarah Reed.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop was “tremendously impressed” with the turnout, support from the city, and welcoming of Wanderers fans.

“Everyone in the state has got right behind these guys — it’s a Cinderella story,” he said.

“They are our national champions.”

Mr Bignell said the state would continue its push to host more Socceroos and Matildas games in Adelaide.

A big crow of fans in Rundle Mall celebrate Adelaide United’s grand final win. Pic: Roy Van Der Vegt

The Reds are set to be honoured again with a street parade from King William St to Adelaide Town Hall on Wednesday.

An ecstatic crowd of 50,000 packed Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon to watch the Reds’ 3-1 triumph over the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Police said they were “generally pleased” with the crowds behaviour, with two people arrested and two reported.

However, at least 30 seats were smashed in the area where visiting Western Sydney Wanderers fans were based.