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SWANSEA CITY have been a cut above in League One this season, scything through the division.

So a few trees were never going to stop the Swans when it came to celebrating their promotion to the Championship last week.

One Inside Sport mole couldn't help but notice how the Swans squad on the top of the double-decker bus at their parade last week came close to getting a mouthful of leaves as the parade motored a bit too close to some overhanging branches.

But rather than branching off the planned route, the Swansea bus carried on.

If not lifting a trophy wasn't going to stop the party, a few trees certainly weren't.

THE whole of Wales waited with baited breath, anxious for some news from Stradey Park that might throw some light on the mysterious departure of Phil Davies.

Finally, an e-mail pops into Inside Sport's inbox from the Magners Leaguepress office ... starting with the words 'The Scarlets'.

Yet rather than the statement everyone was after, its contents were merely to inform us about how the region were about to field a new centre partnership for their game against Munster. Talk about an anti-climax.

A bit like the Scarlets' season, really.

JAMES FOX, the Bruce Willis look-a-like, may be singing his way to the top ten with his 'Bluebirds Flying High' song, but he's certainly hit the wrong note with some of the Cardiff players.

While stars such as Peter Enckleman, Steve McPhail and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink get a mention in the cup final ditty, club captain Darren Pursehas been snubbed. But to try and save himself from ending up like Andy Cole, Fox was desperate to protest his innocence.

"There was another verse but the song was too long and the producer cut it back," he said.

"Unfortunately, Darren Purse, Ricci Scimeca and Robbie Fowler's names ended up as casualties and I've taken stick from them every time wemeet up.

"But the pre-orders have outsold Madonna and Kylie - it's unreal to be honest."

BY the way, the video for Cardiff City's FA Cup final ditty is really rather good.

But we feel we must point out a few faces creeping into proceedings which need commenting on.

We can take Kevin McNaughton in a Danger Mouse outfit, but Peter Ridsdale warbling away? OK, we know good old Pete is not backward at coming forward, but surely the only football chairman who should appear in a video is Elton John. And even then we are not quite sure.

AND talking of music, hats off to whoever was in charge of the tunes at Swansea's recent player of the year bash.

After his agent came out to ask Swans fans to give Jason Scotland a bit more vocal support from the stands earlier this season, Scotland strutted up to collect his player of the year gong to the strains of The Beatles' 'Love Me Do'.

But when El Gaffer Roberto Martinez stepped up to pick up his outstanding achievement award, the PA kept it simple. What else but Freddie Mercury's 'Barcelona' for the Catalan.

THERE'S strange things going on in the land of Wales' World Cup 2010 qualifying rivals, Azerbaijan.

The top two clubs are at loggerheads after the vice-president of second-placed FC Neftci accused league leaders Olimpik Baku of getting some outside help.

"I have information that Olimpik are using warlocks," said Ramin Musayev.

"I know that there was a meeting before our match (which finished 0-0) involving their coach, the captain and these individuals."

Sure beats Steve McClaren's sports psychologist . ..

NORMALLY we can't praise Sky Sports News enough.

But we can't help but feel they let themselves down when it came to the crunch this week.

Inside Sport we reall huddled around the box to see what the arbitration panel was going to make of cuddly Ken Bates' attempts to get Leeds a paperwork promotion.

We had a reporter live at the scene, babbling excitedly as an official-looking figure emerged with the documents that contained the verdict.

"Can you tell us what it says?" asked the reporter. "I'm not allowed to make any comment.

Read the document," was the reply.

Cue the reporter getting more and more flustered as he tried to speed-read the 30-page summary, written all in legalese.

He was trying his best to stay professional but was let down by the nervous laughs and the looking around for help, divine intervention or just someone who had stayed composed enough to find out whether Leeds had won or not.

Thank fully someone, quite possibly the cameraman, informed him there weren opoints to be returned and we could all go home.

Not that the reporter ever found out for himself, he could still be looking at the document now while muttering "I can't find it, it's in here somewhere, there's 30 pages of it ..." over and over again.

Like we said, essential viewing. And don't worry if you missed it, it will be on clip shows for years to come.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 4, 2008
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