10/04/2013

Looking back... local bus & coach operators at the 1985 Milk Cup Final - part 1

In our first Looking back... photo special for a while we will be bringing you a four part look back at local operators who provided coaches and buses to transport Norwich City FC fans to the 1985 Milk Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

The series will be spread out over the next couple of weeks with individual posts covering different operators/topics, this part covers Ambassador Travel who are still around today.

All of the photographs in this four part special are kindly supplied by and are © Colin Apps.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
OEX 796W, Willowbrooke bodied Leyland Leopard, seen wearing National Express livery, Ambassador still runs National Express contracts in 2013.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
EAH 894Y, Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger, this was new to Eastern Counties in Norfolk Flyer livery, it is seen here later wearing Ambassador Holidays livery.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
B908 RVF, another Plaxton bodied Leyland Tiger seen here when brand new and wearing National Holidays livery.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
A668 XDA, one of three MCW Metroliners acquired from Midland Red to increase capacity on the National Express service between Norwich and London, Ambassador subsequently bought four new ones.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
EBM 442T, another Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard, seen when it was a recent second hand addition to the Ambassador fleet.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - Part 1 (Ambassador Travel) (c) Colin Apps
To finish this part we have B683 LLY, Ambassadors Ford Transit fleet support vehicle.

Thats it for the first part of this photo special, look out for the second part covering Eastern Counties - coming soon!