07/06/2015

Norwich City FC at Wembley in 1985 - part 2

Following our recent two part feature on Norwich City FC's victorious visit to Wembley, 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 the conclusion of this two part feature we will take a look at some more 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...

Sanders RFL 414M Wembley (c) Colin Apps
We'll start this part with Sanders who were a very small outfit back then compared to the modern day company which arranged the large number of buses and coaches needed to transport spectators to the 2015 match, seen carrying the Glaven Valley name is RFL 414M, a Plaxton bodied Bedford YRT dating from 1974 (c) Colin Apps.

Easton SAA 303M Wembley (c) Colin Apps
Next up is Eastons Coaches, seen closest to the camera is Duple bodied Bedford YRT SAA 303M, a similar example from fellow local operator Spratts can be seen parked up next to it (c) Colin Apps.

ECOC PCL 252W Wembley (c) Colin Apps
As well as Eastern Counties coach seated Bristol VRs 284-6, bus seated examples wearing overall advertisements also visited Wembley back in 1985, seen here is PCL 252W (c) Colin Apps.

Youngs EEW 125Y Wembley (c) Colin Apps
Pictured in the same location is a coach from Cambridge area operator Youngs, EEW 125Y is a Joncheere Jubilee bodied DAF SB2300 dating from 1982 (c) Colin Apps.

Ambassador CAH 886Y Wembley (c) Colin Apps
The penultimate photo in this feature shows Ambassador Travel National Holidays branded Leyland Tiger LL886 CAH 886Y (c) Colin Apps.

Matthews STA 259R Wembley (c) Colin Apps
We finish with another West Norfolk based operator, Matthews of Shouldham who back then had a fleet of around ten took most of their vehicles to the event including 1977 Plaxton bodied Bedford YMT STA 259R, this coach later ended up operating in Malta (c) Colin Apps.

Many thanks to Colin for the interesting selection of photographs included in both parts of this feature.