THE driver who chauffeured Oxford United’s promotion heroes during the open-top bus parade says he ‘felt like part of the winning team’.

U’s fan Gwyn Smith capped an incredible few days, having watched United win the Sky Bet League One play-off final, before being asked to drive the bus during the city centre parade on Monday.

The 58-year-old grew up a stone’s throw from the old Manor Ground, and was at Wembley with his son and two grandchildren as the U’s beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

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The Oxford Bus Company driver, who is also a delegated driving examiner, said: “The whole day felt surreal. Being in the centre of the parade among a constant crowd of cheers was an unforgettable experience. I truly felt like part of the winning team while driving the players around the city.

“It was heartwarming to see the community come together. Sport has a special power to bring people closer. The players had such a strong connection with the fans, wearing their hearts on their sleeves as they have done throughout the season.

“The team was so pleased to be recognised with an open-top bus tour. They were all excited to get on the vehicle and be part of another historic day for the club. Hopefully they enjoyed the ride and we can welcome them back for a full tour of the city soon.”

Oxford Mail: Bus driver Gwyn Smith at WembleyBus driver Gwyn Smith at Wembley (Image: Oxford Bus Company)

United’s squad travelled on two electric buses, with the official parade starting at The Plain, before going over Magdalen Bridge, and along the High Street to Oxford Town Hall.

Oxford Bus Company managing director Luke Marion said: “We are proud to have played our part in a historic day for Oxford. It was incredible to see such an electric atmosphere on what will be a day our city will never forget.

“Gwyn has worked for Oxford Bus Company for 10 years, specialising in operating private tours for a wide portfolio of high-profile organisations, making him the perfect candidate for such a momentous occasion.

“On behalf of everyone at Oxford Bus Company, we’d like to congratulate Oxford United for their promotion and wish them every success in the Championship next season.”