Post by str8outtahampton on Jun 21, 2011 9:08:41 GMT
Having re-read the title, it might look like Jose M's helicopter has been spotted landing on the Brit car park. Thankfully not (so far as I know).
I have a feeling the only way to put a new post on the "memories" board is to place it here first, and hope a technologically gifted young person will move it.
This is about two related things - difficult to know which is the more urgent and fascinating.
The first is general. I think there were trains chartered recently by SCFC for the semi and final, but in the "old days", British Rail used routinely to put on football specials for away games. The number of trains for a particular game was highly significant, and a good indicator of the size of the following. That number was often exaggerated. They were generally discontinued (in the 80s?), as a result of some or all of the following - vandalism, "hooliganism" at stations and between stations and grounds, expensive policing, and (I am guessing) the fact that more and more people owned cars and preferred to drive. But for a while there really was almost nothing more exciting than bowling up on Station Rd and boarding a train with 499 comrades. The excitement was perhaps eclipsed only when the train pulled into Leicester/ Coventry/Sheffield/Luton/etc, and the column was marched, chanting, through the town to the ground. The trip back to the station after the game was much more disorganised, and often slightly more hazardous.
In those days, the consumption of alcohol was not a problem. Or rather, it was a problem - which is why it was subsequently outlawed. Heady days as a teenager. Any memories?
The second is much more of a real anorak memory. For really big games (Hull away in the 1971 QF, and all the semis against Arsenal for example) several specials were put on. I imagine for the League Cup final it might have been 12 or 15 at least. In those cases, British Rail would colour-code the tickets. But they used really weird colours, including "Buff", "Lavender", "Claret" and "Indigo". I wonder if someone can tell me whether I've dreamed this...please tell me I haven't.
Thanks to admin and apologies for my technophobia.
Post by mamasidibescfc on Jun 21, 2011 9:23:15 GMT
I have only really sregularly followed stoke for the past 12 years so unfortunately, I cant confirm your memories.
I just wonder how i will feel about the way that i have experianced away days in another 20 years time? how will transport have changed for away matches then? surely the fun will have well and truely been squeezed out of it by even more over the top policing? or maybe it could go the other way?
Post by Mr_DaftBurger on Jun 26, 2011 13:46:08 GMT
The thing I remember most about 'Special' was that the return journey was usually made in darkness as all the light bulbs had usually been chucked at some poor unfortunates as we departed our destination station! It wasn't big and it wasn't clever! ;D
When I saw the title of this thread, my first thought was that it referred to the PMT football specials. Now I remember them ok. Always a crappy old double decker. Usually would only catch it on the way back home, seem to remember it went from back of the cemetery/ churchyard. Getting to the match was usually a leisurely walk from Cobridge with my mates, stopping at the Duke of Bridgewater in Etruria on the way, for a quick one or two. Sadly the Duke is now gone!
Cheap as chips, and the atmosphere buzzing as the train pulled in to wherever we were playing.
Cardiff was the one place I remember that the windows were smashed as we actually arrived. It was a treat normally reserved for the journey home. Same day that ‘The Three’were in The Cardiff paddock opposite all of us. They were climbing the fence to get out when the Sheepshaggers pulled one of them back in. The first Stoke lad who had climbed out literally went straight back in to help his mates.