01/06/2015

Norwich City FC at Wembley in 1985 - part 1

Following our two part feature on Norwich City FC's victorious visit to Wembley last week, one of our regular correspondents Colin Apps has delved back into his archives to find some photographs from the last time Norwich made it to a Wembley final way back in 1985, in this two part feature we will take a look at some classic black and white images showing a selection of the buses and coaches used to transport spectators to the event which saw Norwich beat Sunderland 1-0 some 30 years ago...

ECOC VEX 285X (c) Colin Apps
Eastern Counties were present with numerous Bristol VR double deckers, including coach seated VEX 285X (c) Colin Apps.

Ambassador A667 XDA (c) Colin Apps
Ambassador Travel were founded just six months before this photo was taken, they are represented here by National Express branded MCW Metroliner A667 XDA (c) Colin Apps.

Anglian B917 RNG (c) Colin Apps
Anglian back then were only a small coach company based in Loddon, an example of the fleet pictured here is Plaxton Paramount bodied Ford R1115 B917 RNG (c) Colin Apps.

Bird JDB 948V (c) Colin Apps
Hunstanton based operator of the past Birds Coaches have featured on the blog several times before, seen here is Plaxton Supreme bodied Ford R1114 JDB 948V (c) Colin Apps.

Dack VPH 31S / YHU 521J (c) Colin Apps
Coaches from another well known West Norfolk based operation of the past are pictured here, on the left is Dacks VPH 31S with Rosemary Coaches YHU 521J on the right (c) Colin Apps.

Moor-Dale B368 HNL / Clarke BFP 1Y (c) Colin Apps
We finish this part with the team coaches, on the left transporting the Sunderland team was Moor Dale Coaches B368 HNL whilst on the right from the Norwich side is Clarkes, Swaffham Jonckheere Jubliee bodeid Volvo B10M BFP 1Y (c) Colin Apps.

Many thanks to Colin for the excellent photographs included in the first part of this feature, look out for the second part which should be uploaded later this week.