Newcastle away and special train - 12/9/01

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All of this coach travel chatter has brought back memories of one of the great away days/nights - the special 'dry' train to Newcastle...where to begin?!
 

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The only Special Train I can remember is the one to Liverpool, getting back to Ealing Broadway at 3.00am
 

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Newcastle was a real adventure, we must have covered all the branch lines around London before we got moving North!
 

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That train to Newcastle was brilliant, apart from not getting back to Brentford until 5am, and it definitely wasn’t dry!
 

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Newcastle was a real adventure, we must have covered all the branch lines around London before we got moving North!

we were at Durham when you lot were at Willesden :lol:
 

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...........a proper slow train............
 
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That train to Newcastle was brilliant, apart from not getting back to Brentford until 5am, and it definitely wasn’t dry!

There were a lot of empty two-litre bottles of Sprite and Coke rolling around by the time we got there.
 

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It was 12 September 2001. We left on a train from KK after the special did and by all accounts were in Doncaster before it passed through Willesden Junction...
 

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I recall some of the other League Cup games due to be played the day before were called off due to the terrorist attack.
 

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It was 12 September 2001. We left on a train from KK after the special did and by all accounts were in Doncaster before it passed through Willesden Junction...

Durham mate
 

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How did Michael Portillo let this one get away from him.

From West London to Newcastle. 3 hours have sailed passed and we're in... London
 

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I wonder how much chartering a train would cost (per person).
That'd be quite a novelty being on a train full of Bees going to a game.
 

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I remember this! That was one looooong journey. Didn't the game go to extra time (Bellamy did for us in extra time I seem to remember)? Then we had to wait at Newcastle station for the players to come and jump on the train back.
 

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I remember this! That was one looooong journey. Didn't the game go to extra time (Bellamy did for us in extra time I seem to remember)? Then we had to wait at Newcastle station for the players to come and jump on the train back.

...........Lloyd scored for us and Bellamy bagged a hat trick??...........
 

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The only Special Train I can remember is the one to Liverpool, getting back to Ealing Broadway at 3.00am
Only one I was lucky enough to go on was the 5th round FA cup game at Blackburn in 89. Liverpool in the 6th round was a mass coach convoy up the M1/M6.
 
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I remember this! That was one looooong journey. Didn't the game go to extra time (Bellamy did for us in extra time I seem to remember)? Then we had to wait at Newcastle station for the players to come and jump on the train back.

Yep, Lloydy put as 1-0 sparking absolute delirium. They equalised but we were pushing them hard the final few minutes. Bellamy then squared an extra time hat-trick. Remember applauding the players onto the train at Newcastle.
 

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done specials to Leicester 84, sheff weds 85 both league cup, Blackburn league cup (?) and fa cup 86ish and 89, sunderland 87...all were quite funny in their own ways with lots of stories....erm hello ken lol lol
 

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All of this coach travel chatter has brought back memories of one of the great away days/nights - the special 'dry' train to Newcastle...where to begin?!

If I remember rightly, it was too long for the platform at Brentford. Proper old carriages.

All the news papers were obviously carrying stories of the Twin Towers.
 

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done specials to Leicester 84, sheff weds 85 both league cup, Blackburn league cup (?) and fa cup 86ish and 89, sunderland 87...all were quite funny in their own ways with lots of stories....erm hello ken lol lol

plus sunderland
 

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done specials to Leicester 84, sheff weds 85 both league cup, Blackburn league cup (?) and fa cup 86ish and 89, sunderland 87...all were quite funny in their own ways with lots of stories....erm hello ken lol lol

Swansea and Forest in our League Cup run 82/83
 

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Not sure why it took 3 hours to get to Willesden Junction then. Out of Brentford, turn left before Kew Bridge (behind the new North Stand) and go straight on for a few miles. Actually I wonder if that's the problem and one can't run passenger trains over that line....
 

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Only one I was lucky enough to go on was the 5th round FA cup game at Blackburn in 89. Liverpool in the 6th round was a mass coach convoy up the M1/M6.

...because the egg chasers had used up all the spare trains available. Wales v England at Cardiff Arms Park (now Millennium Stadium). Our coach was nearly late arriving at Stanley Park. Only had time to get through the turnstiles and into our seats - not even time to get something to eat! The local old bill were able to enable the coach a quick getaway afterwards, though!
 

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Me you JPW & gash wasn’t it? Day after 9/11 but too soon to call off all the matches. We went through Willesden Junction TWO HOURS after leaving Brentford station. Weren’t you working in Birmingham the next morning or something ridiculous when we got back hammered about 5am?!? :rolleyes:
 

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Forest in the league cup was THE special. Absolutely mental scenes.
 

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Me you JPW & gash wasn’t it? Day after 9/11 but too soon to call off all the matches. We went through Willesden Junction TWO HOURS after leaving Brentford station. Weren’t you working in Birmingham the next morning or something ridiculous when we got back hammered about 5am?!? :rolleyes:

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You guys were instrumental getting me through the sorrow of #lesbiangate that day. :helloken:
 

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Didn't that one arrive late?

Don’t recall it being late for kickoff, but might have been. Full of proper erberts up to no good.
 

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I remember being on one Shrewsbury I think where the organisers including Pete Gilham decided to run a bar on it. One of the old style compartments was fully stocked with cans of beer and sold at a very reasonable price (not sure how they got over the licensing problem).especially as was always the case there were a few old bill on the train as well. Everything was going OK until about half an hour out from Ealing Broadway when some idiots decided to spray beer all over the place, flooding the carraige and throwing the cans out of the window. Needless to say the old Bill sh*t the bar down and no one could get a drink for the rest of the three hour journey. Always wondered what happened to all the left over beer.
 

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I remember being on one Shrewsbury I think where the organisers including Pete Gilham decided to run a bar on it. One of the old style compartments was fully stocked with cans of beer and sold at a very reasonable price (not sure how they got over the licensing problem).especially as was always the case there were a few old bill on the train as well. Everything was going OK until about half an hour out from Ealing Broadway when some idiots decided to spray beer all over the place, flooding the carraige and throwing the cans out of the window. Needless to say the old Bill sh*t the bar down and no one could get a drink for the rest of the three hour journey. Always wondered what happened to all the left over beer.

Trains on a journey are exempt from requiring a personal or premises license to sell alcohol
 

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Oldham away in the cup on that frozen day when few games were on, one for Voice here, Oldham fans attacked us on the escorted walk back to the station whilst we were being herded across a big roundabout, they were easily seen off, we later had a lightbulb throwing contest with Teford fans at Crewe methinks followed by an attempted surge on the platform by Huddersfield at the same station, I don’t think I’m making this up as you often waited at Crewe for a bloody long time.
 

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Oldham away in the cup on that frozen day when few games were on, one for Voice here, Oldham fans attacked us on the escorted walk back to the station whilst we were being herded across a big roundabout, they were easily seen off, we later had a lightbulb throwing contest with Teford fans at Crewe methinks followed by an attempted surge on the platform by Huddersfield at the same station, I don’t think I’m making this up as you often waited at Crewe for a bloody long time.

Sounds like Voices perfect away day!
 

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Not sure why it took 3 hours to get to Willesden Junction then. Out of Brentford, turn left before Kew Bridge (behind the new North Stand) and go straight on for a few miles. Actually I wonder if that's the problem and one can't run passenger trains over that line....

Not sure it was 3 hours, felt like it though.

Its not a 'standard route' and the route to main line going north isn't like jumping on the M25. The train came into Brentford on the southbound platform, it then has to negotiate its way through to North London dodging all the timetabled services and goods trains. The Special has to give way to virtually every service. Once we got on the line going north, we still had to move over for other trains.

It took fecking ages.
 

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Not sure it was 3 hours, felt like it though.

Its not a 'standard route' and the route to main line going north isn't like jumping on the M25. The train came into Brentford on the southbound platform, it then has to negotiate its way through to North London dodging all the timetabled services and goods trains. The Special has to give way to virtually every service. Once we got on the line going north, we still had to move over for other trains.

It took fecking ages.

Let me get this right. It left Brentford going towards Isleworth and not Kew? Oh dear.
 

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Know that it’s not up there with the others, but remember Aldershot in the early ‘60s. Stopped at all stations to Staines if I remember, to pick up local support.
 

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Oldham away in the cup on that frozen day when few games were on, one for Voice here, Oldham fans attacked us on the escorted walk back to the station whilst we were being herded across a big roundabout, they were easily seen off, we later had a lightbulb throwing contest with Teford fans at Crewe methinks followed by an attempted surge on the platform by Huddersfield at the same station, I don’t think I’m making this up as you often waited at Crewe for a bloody long time.

Knew i left one out and it was this one in 84 !!! Great trip, crap result...also bee v bee in away end which got a bit naughty ! Youre right, oldham didnt hang around long after lol and crewe station was always like that...specials and service trains full of herbertslol
 

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done specials to Leicester 84, sheff weds 85 both league cup, Blackburn league cup (?) and fa cup 86ish and 89, sunderland 87...all were quite funny in their own ways with lots of stories....erm hello ken lol lol

I seem to recall the official coach arrived early and had to wait outside the ground as the gate wasn’t open. Over a period of time several local herberts gathered and started to get edgy - then the train escort turned up like the cavalry.
 

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Me you JPW & gash wasn’t it? Day after 9/11 but too soon to call off all the matches. We went through Willesden Junction TWO HOURS after leaving Brentford station. Weren’t you working in Birmingham the next morning or something ridiculous when we got back hammered about 5am?!? :rolleyes:

Thats it mate, and had forgotten about Brum the next day.....jeez that was painful.....
 

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Knew i left one out and it was this one in 84 !!! Great trip, crap result...also bee v bee in away end which got a bit naughty ! Youre right, oldham didnt hang around long after lol and crewe station was always like that...specials and service trains full of herbertslol

Was ‘85 as was my 16th birthday that day, went with two good mates from school who I still go with today. Remember our headwear drew some admiring (piss taking) from a Bees lass I had a crush on and her mates.

Remember Crewe for trainspotters getting grief rather than any rucking with oppo fans. Also Oldham seemed to have boarded up every shop beteeen stattsbd ground on the escort.

The north really did seem a completely different country to the south back then. Frightened little Asian kids peeking out from corner shops at us the heathen invaders.

My first taste of a meat and potato pie that day that began an enduring love affair.
 
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