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4 hours ago, arbitro said:

From memory pretty much every away game had a special train or Ewood Express Nick. It was always exciting getting off the bus on the Boulevard and seeing lots of Rovers fans milling about outside the station. And arriving at the destination and coming out of the station was always good but we were usually met with a police escort straight to the ground.

I remember going to York on one of those red, white and green double decker transport buses. It got into York at silly o’clock so, after milling around for what seemed like hours, a few bus loads went up to the station to wait for the Ewood Express arriving. When it did, all the doors opened before it had stopped and everyone piled off. A chant started and it was absolutely deafening. We joined the hordes and all and sundry ran into York. No one walked. Could well have been with Exiled in Toronto that day plus a few others from SMC.

The same happened for a Burnley night match, again 1973-74 ish, think it was a pre season ‘friendly.’ Blackburn station absolutely rammed, everyone went on service trains. No police escort at Burnley Barracks, everyone just ran through Burnley, none of their fans to be seen anywhere until we got to the ground. 

Great days, it was certainly a top day out going by train.
 

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Football specials were great fun for supporters and good revenue earners for the railways but all too often this happened.

You can't blame BR  for stopping laying them on

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9 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

Football specials were great fun for supporters and good revenue earners for the railways but all too often this happened.

You can't blame BR  for stopping laying them on

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Aye, I bet Richard Beeching was a real hero of yours too. Look how well that worked out?!

What you refer to above was wrong but just typified social issues of that particular point in time.

Doesn't alter the fact that there were many enjoyable and memorable trips on 'The Ewood Express' and Rovers' 'League Liner' as others have already alluded to.

2 particularly spring to mind for me: One to The Victoria Ground Stoke in 1976/7 (?) when one of my mates got chucked in a canal en route back to the station!

The other a midweek League Cup tie at The City Ground Nottingham where we got thumped 6-1 I think (?) I went with my Dad and as we were leaving the station to return home, some bastard put the carriage windows through right where my Dad was sat. The train just continued to rumble along back to Blackburn and we froze to bloody death! I think Brotherston scored for Rovers and in the return leg which we drew 1-1 I think, 'Bog-hopper' tore Viv Anderson a new backside!

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On 17/02/2021 at 17:43, Claytons Left Boot said:

I remember going to York on one of those red, white and green double decker transport buses. It got into York at silly o’clock so, after milling around for what seemed like hours, a few bus loads went up to the station to wait for the Ewood Express arriving. When it did, all the doors opened before it had stopped and everyone piled off. A chant started and it was absolutely deafening. We joined the hordes and all and sundry ran into York. No one walked. Could well have been with Exiled in Toronto that day plus a few others from SMC.

The same happened for a Burnley night match, again 1973-74 ish, think it was a pre season ‘friendly.’ Blackburn station absolutely rammed, everyone went on service trains. No police escort at Burnley Barracks, everyone just ran through Burnley, none of their fans to be seen anywhere until we got to the ground. 

Great days, it was certainly a top day out going by train.
 

I went to watch us play away at Watford on a Ribblesdale coach around 1970ish. For some bizarre reason it left Foundry Hill at midnight on Friday (after most fans had just tumbled out of the Veteran) and landed in Watford at at 6 o'clock in the sodding morning. Has anyone else ever spent 9 hours wandering around Watford, bored shitless, waiting for kick-off time?

Of course we lost, and of course most of the coach windows had been bricked when we got back to it. Bloody freezing drive back and got home about midnight. Working the next day as well.

ps Just checked and it was the first match of the 1970-71 season. Lost 2-1 with the Don scoring for us.

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Having just seen a post on the music association thread I was reminded of this one to the tune of Terry Jacks song called Seasons in the Sun.

We had joy, we had fun

We had Burnley on the run

But the fun didn't last

Cos the b******* ran too fast.

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1 hour ago, arbitro said:

Having just seen a post on the music association thread I was reminded of this one to the tune of Terry Jacks song called Seasons in the Sun.

We had joy, we had fun

We had Burnley on the run

But the fun didn't last

Cos the b******* ran too fast.

Followed quickly by:

"Hey ho the knives are flashing

We're going Burnley bashing"

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4 hours ago, arbitro said:

Having just seen a post on the music association thread I was reminded of this one to the tune of Terry Jacks song called Seasons in the Sun.

We had joy, we had fun

We had Burnley on the run

But the fun didn't last

Cos the b******* ran too fast.

Blackburn End Cheerleader Tony? 😉 (Forget the bloody drum though!)

(Sorry I forgot, you're with the tartan blanket and coffee with a tot brigade in the JWU!) Best of luck getting them rocking!....

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"Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end...":-

1.  WE ARE THE Blackburn End, WE ARE THE Blackburn End, WE ARE The Black, WE ARE THE Blackburn End.........(crowd surges from the back and you finished up pinned to the wall behind 'Sir Rogers' goal.  (Absolute lyrical genius)                                                                                                                                              

2. Who's that 'two hat' with a t!t on 'is 'ead, doo dah, doo dah? doo dah doo dah day, doo da doo da day......    

3. He's fat, he's round, he bounces on the ground, Francis Lee, Francis Lee.........                                                            

4. Oh Rodney Rodney, Rodney Rodney Rodney shit arse Marsh!                                                                              

5. Kindon's wife is on the game again!                                                                                                                        

Bloody great ain't it, if only we could rekindle the type of atmosphere that we 'oldies' used to enjoy. Brilliant!......

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1 hour ago, darrenrover said:

Blackburn End Cheerleader Tony? 😉 (Forget the bloody drum though!)

(Sorry I forgot, you're with the tartan blanket and coffee with a tot brigade in the JWU!) Best of luck getting them rocking!....

Rocking in our rocking chairs Nick 😁😁😁😁.

 

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7 hours ago, darrenrover said:

I'll be singing all of these now to the missus this afternoon, as we settle in front of the tele to watch us at Forest.

She already thinks I'm crackers!...

You might want to change the words of the last line of “Darwen Blues” then Nick 😂

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Rovers winger Ally "Noddy" MacLeod retrieves the ball from the River Darwen which ran behind the old Rovers training ground (made of cinders) next to Ewood Park.

There was a rule that whoever kicked the ball into the River Darwen, had to retrieve it. As you can see it had been snowing, so the water must have been freezing.

Not sure of the date, but likely to be sometime in the late 1950. 

MacLeod went on to become Scotland manager in the late 1970s. 

May be a black-and-white image of 1 person, ball and body of water

 

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Just uncovered these 2 momentos amongst my hoard of 'stuff' and put them in my office, in pride of place, where they really should have been all along:

1987 signed ball

1995 signed ball.

"Roll along Blackburn Rovers, Roll along, get the ball in the net where it belongs... de de dah", as my Grandad used to sing to me as I sat on his knee!

WE ARE THE ROVERS!!!

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On 19/02/2021 at 14:41, arbitro said:

Having just seen a post on the music association thread I was reminded of this one to the tune of Terry Jacks song called Seasons in the Sun.

We had joy, we had fun

We had Burnley on the run

But the fun didn't last

Cos the b******* ran too fast.

And, if you wanted to appear even more cultured, you could reference it back to the original Jacques Brel..

Adieu l'Émile, je t'aimais bien
Adieu l'Émile, je t'aimais bien, tu sais
On a chanté les mêmes vins
On a chanté les mêmes filles
On a chanté les mêmes chagrins

Just saying...

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10 hours ago, Leonard Venkhater said:

And, if you wanted to appear even more cultured, you could reference it back to the original Jacques Brel..

Adieu l'Émile, je t'aimais bien
Adieu l'Émile, je t'aimais bien, tu sais
On a chanté les mêmes vins
On a chanté les mêmes filles
On a chanté les mêmes chagrins

Just saying...

Allez Les Bleus, Les Sarladais et CA Brive aussi mon ami!

Nous Sommes Les Rovers!!

Les Clarets sont branleurs!!

Je tu dit ça seulement!

 

 

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On 20/02/2021 at 10:30, oldjamfan1 said:

You might want to change the words of the last line of “Darwen Blues” then Nick 😂

'Love your women and drink your beer', went down a treat: she was even singing along!🤣

Funny thing is though, we've spent a lot of time in North Carolina over the years and 'shag' is actually a Carolinian dance:

First time I encountered it was in 1980 as a Freshman at my first shin dig: A rather attractive, tall, blond, Southern belle sauntered up to me and asked "Would you like to shag?" I was gobsmacked and thought bloody hell, she's a bit forward and said, "sorry love no thanks, I'm just going out for a fag" Then all my mates thought I was batting for the other side!....Funny thing the English language!

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8 hours ago, darrenrover said:

'Love your women and drink your beer', went down a treat: she was even singing along!🤣

Funny thing is though, we've spent a lot of time in North Carolina over the years and 'shag' is actually a Carolinian dance:

First time I encountered it was in 1980 as a Freshman at my first shin dig: A rather attractive, tall, blond, Southern belle sauntered up to me and asked "Would you like to shag?" I was gobsmacked and thought bloody hell, she's a bit forward and said, "sorry love no thanks, I'm just going out for a fag" Then all my mates thought I was batting for the other side!....Funny thing the English language!

Brilliant!!

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