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Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
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whitstabletangerine Offline
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Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
Yes this evening about this time 22nd June 1972 I was preparing to leave and pick up a couple of friends in Bedford and one in St,Neots and head for Dover and onwards to Rome for the '72 Anglo Italian tournament.
Blackpool hopefully would repeat what they had done the previous season in Bologna and in the build up to this final had demolished Lanerossi Vicenza 10-0 .
I was taking a brand new Austin Maxi for this trip along with one guy who did not drive and two others who had only been driving for two months and neither had driven on the continent before.
Arrived in Rome in time for an early breakfast in a park close to the Olympic stadium and spent the day in the city doing the tourist thing and then after the match leaving at 7pm on the Saturday for the hard slog back to Blighty arriving back at Bedford 9pm Sunday.
Unfortunately Pool could not repeat the success of the year before, perhaps when we meet up I could show you guys some photos of the trip.
As it happens the days correspond with this years dates, it was a Thursday night we left and the game was on the Saturday 24th June.
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
Did you kip in the Austin Maxi Whits? They converted into a lovely double bed if memory serves.
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whitstabletangerine Offline
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
They did indeed make a decent conversion, but otherwise were dreadful, only kept it for a month and took it back with 3,000 miles on the clock.
The others slept at times i only managed a couple of hours from bologna down to Rome and a few hours in the park as for the others they slept all the way back from Switzerland to Calais, they then went for a meal on board the ship and I just fell asleep in the lounge until they woke me at Dover, plus I missed out on the duty free.
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
How many Pool fans went over Whits?
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whitstabletangerine Offline
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
Well we didn't see many thats for sure, however I found out a year or so ago that although the flight arranged by the club which we would have travelled with was cancelled because of the crash at Heathrow the supporters charted an aircraft so I am guessing perhaps a hundred and fifty to two hundred were there. I was unaware of the supporters charter not being a member, just remember that the lady at the club said to me on the phone that the plane arranged by the club to fly out supporters had to be cancelled because numbers had pulled out after that crash.
The stadium had no roof in those days and we were right at the top of the East side above the halfway line and some were right opposite down at the front and some behind the goal to our right.
There were all told 75,000 there that evening on a very hot day and the first time I had witnessed police with guns and gas masks at a football stadium, was our reputation that bad.
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
was our reputation that bad?
Depends,did those FPG Ultra,s travel ?
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RE: Tonight's the night, well it was 45 years ago.
(Today 00:53)SpionBoy Wrote:  Whitstable, saw your post and registered to respond hence new user. I travelled on the Supporters Club charter aircraft to Rome that day, Monarch Airlines Brittania out of Blackpool. Can't say how many on aircraft. Disappointing result but great day out, great memories. Still have AS Roma flag, cap and other stuff from the day. Also have the Gazette photos of the charter fans arriving at Rome airport and on the terrace at the game. First time I saw police with guns too!
Thanks for jogging my memory, SB
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