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22 minutes ago, renrag said:

I was living in South Wales at the time and the full highlights were broadcast there. I think Brian Moore was the commentator and I seem to remember him making several references that the Rovers had chartered a disco train (?) for the fans.

That was the Football League Liner Jack. It was massively innovative at the time. Football fans were treated with disdain at the time by the media and the Football League put their necks on the line with this project. Each carriage had different features such as footage of previous games and indeed the disco carriage you mention. I didn't go to Watford on it but I went to Hereford (I think) where we got gubbed by 6-2. In the disco carriage felt tipped markers were left for you to write pretty much what you wanted on the carriage walls. I remember Burnley had it the week before and there was lots of anti Rovers graffiti, all wrongly spelt of course.

 

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1 hour ago, arbitro said:

That was the Football League Liner Jack. It was massively innovative at the time. Football fans were treated with disdain at the time by the media and the Football League put their necks on the line with this project. Each carriage had different features such as footage of previous games and indeed the disco carriage you mention. I didn't go to Watford on it but I went to Hereford (I think) where we got gubbed by 6-2. In the disco carriage felt tipped markers were left for you to write pretty much what you wanted on the carriage walls. I remember Burnley had it the week before and there was lots of anti Rovers graffiti, all wrongly spelt of course.

 

Thanks Tony, that one passed me by. I bet we got our revenge with the graffiti and, as they say, he who laughs last..........

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On 12/06/2019 at 07:18, arbitro said:

That was the Football League Liner Jack. It was massively innovative at the time. Football fans were treated with disdain at the time by the media and the Football League put their necks on the line with this project. Each carriage had different features such as footage of previous games and indeed the disco carriage you mention. I didn't go to Watford on it but I went to Hereford (I think) where we got gubbed by 6-2. In the disco carriage felt tipped markers were left for you to write pretty much what you wanted on the carriage walls. I remember Burnley had it the week before and there was lots of anti Rovers graffiti, all wrongly spelt of course.

 

I remember going on it at least twice, Watford and Cambridge? Birdy was running the bar cart and the disco coach depressingly girl-free.

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2 hours ago, SIMON GARNERS 194 said:

Rovers v Newcastle 1952 FA Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in front of 65,000

....and then the replay at Elland Rd.

Watch them crowds sway!

 

Whoever it was bursting through for us at the end of the replay should have put that one away.

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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Whoever it was bursting through for us at the end of the replay should have put that one away.

It looks like my boyhood idol, Eddie Crossan. A flawed diamond who was in the Douglas mould when it came to dribbling and using the ball, yet more akin to Ken Beamish when he was in sight of the goal. In those days Elland Road had a boys pen at that end and we had room to sit on the terrace steps, whilst the rest of the ground was spilling over the wall.

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Was it No4 who handled it on the line? If so, that was Ronnie Clayton or Jacky Campbell.

The rough game was amazing and the swaying crowd unbelievable. This was like us now playing one of the top 4 in the Prem. 

Notice the music associated with sport in the 40s and 50s. Nothing but military marches. Wonderful memories for me.

 

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25 minutes ago, bazza said:

Was it No4 who handled it on the line? If so, that was Ronnie Clayton or Jacky Campbell.

The rough game was amazing and the swaying crowd unbelievable. This was like us now playing one of the top 4 in the Prem. 

Notice the music associated with sport in the 40s and 50s. Nothing but military marches. Wonderful memories for me.

 

It was Jack Campbell, Ronnie played left half that season, after Eric Bell suffered a long term injury. We all thought Rovers should have had a free kick for a foul on Elvy moments before, but of course it was a free for all on goalkeepers then

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I was looking for a decent copy of the highlights of that great day at Anfield in 1995 but everything on YouTube is crappy VHS to DVD done badly 

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On 12/06/2019 at 12:18, arbitro said:

That was the Football League Liner Jack. It was massively innovative at the time. Football fans were treated with disdain at the time by the media and the Football League put their necks on the line with this project. Each carriage had different features such as footage of previous games and indeed the disco carriage you mention. I didn't go to Watford on it but I went to Hereford (I think) where we got gubbed by 6-2. In the disco carriage felt tipped markers were left for you to write pretty much what you wanted on the carriage walls. I remember Burnley had it the week before and there was lots of anti Rovers graffiti, all wrongly spelt of course.

 

You still get these in Germany.  St Pauli do 1 for the last away game of the season.  Called the sonderzug.  It has a bar and a party carriage where punk and ska music are played.  Usually leaves in the small hours to arrive at breakfast time for a few more before the game.  Usually ends in carnage.  I’m still plucking up courage to go one year.

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I went on the league liner once. Early to mid seventies I think it was to Hereford but I may be mistaken. what a good laugh for  a young kid.

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The mid 70s were a great time following the Rovers with both the League Liner and the Ewood Express, each holding around six hundred. I went to York, possibly 1974, on a Blackburn Corporation single decker in green, cream and red. Loads of coaches went that day and there was no restriction on the arrival time in those days. We had several hours to kill before kick off and a few coach loads went up to the railway station to await the arrival of the Ewood Express. As it pulled in, all the doors opened before it stopped and hundreds of lads were running along the platform to a cacophony of noise as all the coaches lot joined in as well. Happy days, didn’t matter we were in the 3rd Division, everyone seemed to get behind the lads at a time when Blackburn had a thriving night life. It really was ‘Our Town, Our Team’ and that’s coming from a Darrener!

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3 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

The mid 70s were a great time following the Rovers with both the League Liner and the Ewood Express, each holding around six hundred. I went to York, possibly 1974, on a Blackburn Corporation single decker in green, cream and red. Loads of coaches went that day and there was no restriction on the arrival time in those days. We had several hours to kill before kick off and a few coach loads went up to the railway station to await the arrival of the Ewood Express. As it pulled in, all the doors opened before it stopped and hundreds of lads were running along the platform to a cacophony of noise as all the coaches lot joined in as well. Happy days, didn’t matter we were in the 3rd Division, everyone seemed to get behind the lads at a time when Blackburn had a thriving night life. It really was ‘Our Town, Our Team’ and that’s coming from a Darrener!

We still had one or two players then that got you out of your seat whenever they got the ball.

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23 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

We still had one or two players then that got you out of your seat whenever they got the ball.

There were a fair few of those ‘third division’ lads that would walk straight in to our current team, Jones, Herd, Fazackerley, Metcalfe, Field to name but five.

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5 hours ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

There were a fair few of those ‘third division’ lads that would walk straight in to our current team, Jones, Herd, Fazackerley, Metcalfe, Field to name but five.

Don Martin and Andy Burgin would get in for me as would Johnny Price instead of Bennett on the right wing, at least he could cross a good ball !. You could bring " The Don " on for Graham when he runs out of puff and Burgin was a better full back than the three left backs we have at the moment.

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13 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Yeah, top player.

When we had Bailey and Hird as our full backs with Keeley and Faz in the middle we had as good a defence as you will ever get at that level.

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1 hour ago, oldjamfan1 said:

When we had Bailey and Hird as our full backs with Keeley and Faz in the middle we had as good a defence as you will ever get at that level.

I agree Andy. The centre halves didn't really have a lot of football in them (similar to Nelsen and Samba) but they could head it, kick it, kick the opposition, were all leaders and put their bodies on the line. I laugh when I hear about 'footballing' centre backs like John Stones who has probably been caught in possession and cost goals in his short career than any of the above did in their entire careers. I call it the Guardiola effect 😀.

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42 minutes ago, arbitro said:

I agree Andy. The centre halves didn't really have a lot of football in them (similar to Nelsen and Samba) but they could head it, kick it, kick the opposition, were all leaders and put their bodies on the line. I laugh when I hear about 'footballing' centre backs like John Stones who has probably been caught in possession and cost goals in his short career than any of the above did in their entire careers. I call it the Guardiola effect 😀.

We weren't leaking 3 goals a game then either.

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2 hours ago, arbitro said:

I agree Andy. The centre halves didn't really have a lot of football in them (similar to Nelsen and Samba) but they could head it, kick it, kick the opposition, were all leaders and put their bodies on the line. I laugh when I hear about 'footballing' centre backs like John Stones who has probably been caught in possession and cost goals in his short career than any of the above did in their entire careers. I call it the Guardiola effect 😀.

Indeed Tony. And it’s no coincidence that City’s best defender over the past few seasons has been Vincent Kompany. 

All the great teams have been built around a rock solid central defence, think 70s Leeds and Derby, 70s and 80s Liverpool, 90s and 00s United, Arsenal and Chelsea, not to mention our own title winning team. All with big powerful centre halves who took no prisoners. 

Football is not a complicated game. 

You coming up to my adopted city for the Rangers game mate?

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