27/05/2015

Norwich City FC at Wembley - buses and coaches special - part 2

Spring Bank Holiday 25th May saw the Sky Bet Championship play-off between Norwich City and Middlesbrough take place at Wembley Stadium, some 40,000 Canaries fans made the trip to London to witness the team winning the trophy in a 2-0 victory which secured them a promotion to the Barclays Premier League next season. Many of the fans making the journey from Norfolk travelled on some of the 150+ buses and coaches laid on by the football club and organised by Sanders Coaches, a whole host of local operators took part from across Norfolk as well as the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, in this two part feature we look at a selection of the many vehicles in attendance using photographs provided by our correspondent David Bell - enjoy!

First Eastern Counties 37575 AU58 ECZ (c) David Bell
Welcome back to the second part of our coverage of Norwich City FC at Wembley, we'll start this part as we did the last with a shot of one of the fleet of First Eastern Counties double deckers that were used for the event, this time we see Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 37575 AU58 ECZ, similar 37574 can be seen following behind (c) David Bell.

We'll move on to our second selection of local coaches present now, as previously reported a whole host of operators from Norfolk and the surrounding counties and also a few from further afield were subcontracted by Sanders to help them transport the thousands of spectators requiring road transport to the game, the demand for buses and coaches was also increased due to he planned National Rail strike due to take place on the day of the match, this however was thankfully called off at the last minute enabling those planning to travel to London by train for the match to do so.

Sanders YO52 FHB (c) David Bell
One of many of Sanders own coaches in use on the day - Plaxton Premiere bodied Dennis Javelin YO52 FHB, this coach was previously owned by the MoD (c) David Bell.

Suffolk Norse YX15 OUL (c) David Bell
Suffolk Norse - Plaxton Leopard bodied Volvo B8R YX15 OUL (c) David Bell.

Beestons 532 FN (c) David Bell
Beestons - Van Hool Astrobel bodied Volvo B12BT 532 FN, this twin deck coach was previously registered WA07 KYB (c) David Bell.

Spratts BV57 JYJ (c) David Bell
Spratts - Mercedes Benz Tourismo BV57 JYJ (c) David Bell.

Mil Ken JAZ 8291 (c) David Bell
Mil Ken Travel - Volvo 9700 Prestige JAZ 8291, this coach was previously registered AM07 MSM (c) David Bell.

Marret's Chariots MX03 ACZ (c) David Bell
Marett's Chariots - Van Hool T9 Alizee bodied Volvo B12M MX03 ACZ, this coach was new to Shearings Holidays (c) David Bell.

Many thanks to David Bell for the excellent photographs included in both parts of this feature!