Ellon’s very own Red Army in Paradise

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Ellon’s own Red Army went on the march for Sunday’s League Cup final.

Nearly 250 fans filled a fleet of buses to join the 40,000 plus exodus to Parkhead for the showpiece.

And it was a tired but ecstatic group who arrived back in the town after midnight following the post-match celebrations.

Ellon Reds spokesman Ross Ingram said: “We had four buses with around 220 fans and it was a really great day.

“It wasn’t the best of games but it was the result that counted.

“We now have a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to and, hopefully, another final.”

Times reporter Julie Knowles was also among the massive Aberdeen contingent which filled much of the stadium to see the Dons lift their first trophy for 19 years.

She said: “It was a brilliant atmosphere, I was sitting up near the back of the north stand and the stadium was filled with cheering and songs throughout.

“Everyone seemed to be well-behaved which was great to see for the sheer amount of people in attendance and overall organisation went well too.

“The north stand was filled with people of all ages- groups of friends, young families, even a woman with crutches and a baby managed to make it to the game!

“Even before the match started there were horns being blown and a mass of balloons floating around.

“I think I’ve seen Aberdeen play better but they were the better team on the day.

“The journey down was also an experience in itself, travelling alongside a fleet of cars with scarves flying out windows as well as back windows decorated with balloons and mascots, which created a great buzz.”

Police chiefs praised both sets of supporters for their conduct before and after the match.

Aberdeen will parade the trophy through the city centre on Sunday afternoon.