Phil's 92 Tour & Beyond

A tour of all the clubs that ever played in the Football League

               Highlights             -         Lowlights

This page is all about what each trip will be remembered for. If you'd like a full report on any of them, please let us know. 

           

ACCY STANLEY

                     Most welcoming club on tour         Promised pre-match talk

                     Mum's first game for 65 years         from Manager never

                     Wonderful food in Hospitality          happened but as it was his

                     Deserved win for Accy                     first game perhaps he

                     Friendly and loyal supporters          had other things on

                     The Great Stanley Story                   his mind

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ALDERSHOT    Military Town                                 Disappointment for

                     Meeting with Steve & friends             home team

                     Exciting battle for survival points      No Hampshire beer found

                     Phoenix Club

                     Traditional Ground

                     Big following from Devon

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ARSENAL 

                        Magnficent Stadium                  Only Yorkshire tap beer

                        Surprise draw for Rovers          on offer

                         Cushioned seating

                         Old Highbury flats

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ASTON VILLA    Great goal from Distin                 £1 to get in pub

 

                        Mad City fans celebrating           Lots of empty seats

                        rare pre-arab away win  

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BARNET            Belting game                               Sloping pitch

                        Ground full of character              Driving wind and rain

                         Great win for Crawley                Crawley Manager resigns

                         Spirited effort from home side                        pre-match

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BARNSLEY         Old fashioned 'Derby'                 Ian Hulme fractured skull

                         Big Crowd                               Train Delays, not much time

                         Sendings off                             in Barnsley

                         State of the Art 

                         Disabled Facility 

                         Excellent Chicken Balti 

                         Pie warmed a cold day

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BIRMINGHAM     Dour McLeish style win              Brew dog 10 % beer, £5.80

                        Rare sit down meal                   a pint, costliest on tour, and

                        Linesman stretchered off         too strong to have more than

                        Proper real ale pub                    a sip

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BLACKBURN      Not much                                         Grim game

                        Thwaites beer                          Allardyce football

                        Local characters in pub             Minor scuffles between fans

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BLACKPOOL      Familiar territory for us               Mr S couldn't celebrate  

                        Decent Derby Game                   victory for Rovers as in

                        Capacity crowd                           with Blackpool fans.

                        Found draught bass

                        Discos, karaoke and

                        Illuminations in evening

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BOLTON        Saw some familiar faces               Another boring Chelsea game

                     in the ground.                             Mourinho or Grant, the

                     Sneaked in 'shut' pub after           football's much the same.

                      game when Mr C led us round

                      the blind side.

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BOURNEMOUTH

                     Sell out crowd                            Goat & Tricycle Pub

                     Exciting Derby Game                   out of Goat Curry  

                     Seaside stroll in sun

                     Big match build-up in

                     1910 Bar 

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BRADFORD C  Big Crowd for League 1         Unlucky defeat for

                      Great atmosphere                   home team

                      Cracking game

                      Real ale pubs

                      City Park

                       Fire Memorial

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BRISTOL C      Cousins Re-union                         Defeat for the Latics

                      Fantastic Oldham Away Support

                      Well organised pub tour by taxi

                      Entertaining train journey and

                      Excellent company 

                      Views of Suspension Bridge

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BRISTOL R      Great atmosphere amongst Gasheads

                      'Goodnight Irene' rang out loudly        Heavy rain throughout

                      Seat in Directors Box                          Bellowing referee

                      Club on the up                                   experts in the Directors

                      Inn on the Green, top pub                  Box

                      Impressive win for the Gas

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BRENTFORD    The 4 Pubs, 1 on each                              

                      corner, so comfortable you

                      wonder anyone gets to game         Slightly disappointing

                      Pool Games with local                    game with lack of

                      OAP expert advising.                     atmosphere in our section.

                      Decent Derby crowd

                      Dan's efforts to drum up 

                      support for home side.

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BURNLEY       Great Beer                                   Drenched

                    Miners Club, world centre              Moaning Burnley fans

                     of Benedictine consumption

                     Hollands Pies, so good we

                     ate them twice.

                     Burnley lose !

                     Nice people from Wigan -

                      a first for Mr C

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BURTON       The Beer capital of England,             Peter taylor's Bradford,

                    perhaps even the World.                 pre-season favourites

                    National Brewery Centre.                very disappointing.

                    Beer Festival                                  Lee Hendrie out injured.

                    Town is a must for beer lovers

                    Mr K on good form

                    Good football, impressive

                     win for Burton.

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BURY             Play off emotions                              Disappointment for Bury,

                     Penalty shoot out                              who are popular in

                     Decent crowd                                   North West with all but

                     Exciting game                                    Rochdale fans

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CARDIFF      Sunny Wales                                 Pies sold out

                   Vital Home win

                   Men of Harlech

                   Good Welsh beer

                   Steve's first match

                   Lamb Cawl

                   Evening in Steve's local

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CARLISLE     Great trip, Leeds beaten            Mr S in the (policeman's) book !

                    Massive Leeds following,            ...... and frisked.

                     packed crowd.                         Fighting in street meant we

                     Carlisle go top.                         were locked in pub !

                     The look on Denis Wise's

                     face as 3rd goal went in. 

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CHARLTON      Top away day for Rovers          Charlton fans very unhappy

                      Meet up at Market Porter          and protesting against owners

                      Borough Market

                      The Shard

                      Impressive stadium 

                      Belgian supporter invasion 

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CHELSEA         Glitz & glamour all around          At £45,the most expensive 

                       G&T, Martini & Cava                  game so far

                       Mourinho (last match)

                       frustrated by great 

                       Rovers defence.

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CHELTENHAM    Non League feel                        Lots of walking, got wet,

                       Drinks in the clubhouse             wearisome journey home with

                       Good crowd v Bristol R               long delays - this one was

                       'Cheltenhamshire' chant             hard work.

                        Port and cheese snack 

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CHESTERFIELD  League 2 Title

                      Home sell-out                          Long h.t. brew queues

                      Smart new stadium

                      Class goal by Roberts

                      Crooked Spire

                      Locals in party mood

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COLCHESTER  Castle & Roman Heritage        Goalless and without a serious

                      Pre-match Band                    shot on goal       

                      Britain's oldest town              £31 for bottom team League 1,

                      Leeds Cup Shock photo          proved worst value of Tour

                      Route via Dartford Tunnel      Ordinary modern stadium

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COVENTRY     Pre-match in Casino                 Promotion chasing Coventry

                     Smart stadium                         very sluggish and disappointing

                     Jimmy Hill Tributes                   under Tony Mowbray

                     Last gasp draw for Latics

                     Oldham fans wild celebrations

                     Joe Cole cameo

                     Cathedral & peace memorials 

                     Lady Godiva 

                     Post Match, first meeting with my grandson 

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CRAWLEY       Record Crowd                           Two Red Cards resulted in

                      Sunny Sussex                           defeat for Crawley

                      Meeting with Steve U & Eric      Station skirmish

                      Packed Redz Bar

                      Good Sussex Ales

                      Eventful game

                      Happy Pompey fans

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CREWE ALEX  6 goal thriller                             Last minute equaliser

                      Talented Crewe youngsters       disappointed home fans

                      Some good goals                        but pleased Dan

                      Dan wins 50

                      Belgian Bars

                      Railway Town

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CRYSTAL PAL  Vital home win                        Tight game lacking quality

                      Great atmosphere

                      Glad All Over

                      Eagle flying

                      Respect for Pulis by Stoke fans

                      Taste of Student Life

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DAGENHAM    Cracking game

                      Battling display by Daggers           Pie and Mash Shop shut

                      Good East End pub                        Promised free food in pub

                      Big crowd, tight ground                 never materialised

                      Drinks in Clubhouse

                      Mr K just beats Guard's whistle

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DERBY            Smart Stadium                              Poor showing from home

                      Clough & Taylor everywhere           side leading to Nigel Pearson

                      Lively atmosphere around stadium   sacking later

                      Clubshop Mural  

                      Rare away win for Rovers

                      Super passing goal by Rovers 

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DONCASTER   Neat new stadium                      Traffic Queues

                      Multi Sports Complex                  Beer Queues

                      Fine win for Dickov's men            Watery Boddies

                      Donny fans enjoying heady       Depressing defeat for  

                      heights of Championship            our Rovers

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EVERTON       Rupert's Tower                 Everything in Everton looked as

                      Great views of City           though it were shut down

                      St.Luke's Church              Facilities basic for Premier

                      Dixie Dean Statue            No draught beer at half time

                      History Murel

                      Ground full of character

                      Good performance by Rovers 

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EXETER          Big Derby crowd                             Hostile chants at these

                      Hostile atmosphere                        type of games can border

                      Passing football from                      on the unsavoury

                       home side

                       West Country chants

                       Exeter Cathedral

                       Refreshing cider

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FLEETWOOD    Tram Ride                                We cringed at  the drunken   

                      Best Cod & Chips                       karaoke singers at Ma Bakers

                      Big holiday crowd                       on route home

                       Lifeboatmans Party

                       Pierhead

                       Victory for Pie-Eaters

                       Guest appearance by Matt

                       Cigars at Strawberry Gardens

                       Captain Pugwash Theme greeted home goal 

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FULHAM          Johnny Haynes Statue                 Tour guest Mr H lost

                      unveiled.                                    in London, as predicted

                      Yachts and Rowers                     Goalless again

                      Drinks over the Thames

                      London Night Out      

                      Uniqueness of The Cottage

                      Sell out again

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GILLINGHAM      Great Kent Weekend with Colin & Julie

                      Hospitality, Gypsy Pudding                Only John Smiths

                      Pre-match talk from Hessenthaller           at ground

                      End to end game

                      Gills Champions

                      Local beers in Pub Restaurant

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HARTLEPOOL       Surprisingly amazing town         Small crowd, not really a

                          Monkeybeach, Headland             football town.

                          Andy Capp,                               Lack of drinking water on

                          Power Station seals                    campsite when we woke

                          Night out, tasty Parmo,               dehydrated.

                          Sleeping in Camper Van

                          Waking up to sea view

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HUDDERSFIELD   The Gas Club, cheap beer,         Goalless 

                          good breakfast, and a                Lots of empty seats for a

                          ghost.                                         Play off.

                          Huddersfield Station & pubs     Shut out of pubs after game

                          Harold Wilson Statue                  Menacing Milwall fans

                           Solid performance from

                           visitors.

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HULL                   Fine stadium                           Once again only time for

                          Big night for Hull                      Pukka Pies

                          Play Off Victory

                          Pitch invasions

                          Best Mexican Wave

                          5 goals

                          Humber Bridge

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LEEDS              Bremner & Revie Statues          Defeat for Rovers

                        Great atmosphere

                        Marching All Together

                        Cracking Emnes Goal

                         Loud & confident Rovers Mascot  

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LEICESTER        Top atmosphere                       Grim Game

                        Best train journey home

                        Meet up with Plymouth, Oldham fans

                        Hospitality Section ticket       -   though without the food

                        Richard III statue & burial place 

                        Cathedral

                        Last Plantagenet Pub

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LEYTON ORIENT   Action Packed Game             Sore ankle & double coach

                        Great win for Dale                      overnighter was an

                        Supporters Bar top for real ale     endurance test

                        Olympic Park

                        Hackney Marshes

                        Camden Night Out

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LIVERPOOL       Best ever half time                     Coach broke down after

                         Surprise point for Rovers            game, but handily we were

                         Kop singing their anthem            parked outside the Arkles

                         Shankly Gates

                         Hilsborough Memorial

                          The Arkles

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IPSWICH            Statues of England Managers       Cold night, long, long  

                         Old fashioned stadium                  journey - not back until

                         Memories of 70s team                   4 a.m.

                          Picturesque Town Hall

                          Giles Statue

                          Polite Turnstile Men

                          Great conversation with

                          Loyal supporters on coach                

LUTON               Exciting home win                At the time, Luton was officially

                        Amusing local radio                      Britain's Crappest Town

                        selling jumble sale items

                        Great home support

                        Packed crowd

                        Reading's long unbeaten run ends 

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MACCLESFIELD        Big Crowd                           Pies not done !

                            Silk Museum

                           Wonder Goal by Mendy

                           Cracking Cup Tie

                            Macc Pub        

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MAN CITY          The DJ in Mary Dee's Pub led          Disappointing game v

                         rants against Man Utd & The           Liverpool ended goalless

                          Pope and played videos of City      Couldn't find Holts beer

                          in League 1

                          Life on Mars Atmosphere 

                          Big crowd

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MAN UTD            Even Mr C was impressed          No time for food as Mr S

                          by stadium                              had to go back for tickets

                          Entertaining Champions             No food til after midnight 

                          League game.                           Rooney caught stamping

                          Close up of Old Man Fergie         by the 2 Phils

                          Danish fans partying

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MIDDLESBORO'  First appearance on tour of         Grim but ruthless Chelsea

                          Mr K, a vey fine host.

                          Overnight stay and night out in

                           Middlesborough

                           Blistering goal by Alex.

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MILLWALL          Views of O2 Arena and              Cold, unwelcoming place

                          Olympic Stadium                        Tetley's can £3.90

                          Hard fought draw for Rovers      Dour game

                          Good conversation on coach      Overall the worst trip

                          including a 92 tourist

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MK DONS          Impressive Stadium                   Fearful Drubbing for

                        Impressive young team              The Latics

                        Young Deli Ali among scorers 

                        Minibus Trip

                         Great company

                         Drinks at The Hilton 

                         Concrete Cow Beer 

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MORECAMBE      First Game at brand new             Morecambe shutting as we 

                          Stadium                                  arrived, no potted Shrimps

                          Splendid Midland Hotel                felt like a resort that's

                          Views of the Bay                     seen better days - and this

                           Eric Morecambe statue               was August.

                           Giant Killing

                           Sat with the Scouts

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NEWCASTLE        Night out by the Tyne               Slightly worse for wear

                          Late night football talk with       No home goal to cheer

                          Dutch fan

                          Newcastle Brown by Tyne Bridge

                          Big crowd, great stadium

                          Absorbnbg game  

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NEWPORT C        Great win for Promotion-             Sat Nav that kept trying to

                          Chasing home side                     send mebackhome

                          Castle, Chartist Statues

                          Transporter Bridge

                           Olde Murenger Pub

                           Rugby dominated ground

                           Amusing chants

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NORTHAMPTON   The Lift Tower                          Home fans chanted about

                          Rugby ground                          having a Nandos but no

                          Walter Tull Pub                         stand on one side

                           Neat new stadium

                           Plenty of promise from home side

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NORWICH          Affluent City                               Dubious penalty robs

                          Colourful market stands              Rovers in injury time

                          Delia's Diner                               Long, long journey home

                          Civilised pre-match

                          6 goal thriller

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NOTTS CO        The oldest Club                               Defeat for Crawley

                       Broken Wheelbarrow Club

                       Wheelbarrow Song

                       Overdue win for home team

                       England's oldest pub

                        Nottingham Castle

                        Great strike from Collins

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NOTTINGHAM F  Fine old stadium                        Rovers win ultimately in

                         Lots of Glory Days reminders      vain as Forest won the last

                         Big away support enjoyed           day survival battle

                         a last hurragh in Championship    Lots of Gallows Humour

                         Oldest pub again                        from Rovers fans awaiting

                         Another great Rovers Social        the inevitable drop

                         Rowing Club 

                         

                       

OXFORD            City of Spires                              Ground with 3 sides

                        Opening day sunshine

                        Fanzone Marquee

                        Good draw for Crawley

                        Pleasant evening back in Sussex

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Q.P.R.                Pie & Mash at Cooke's             Claustraphobic ground

                          The BBC                                   not good for the knees

                          Packed crowd                          Eels an acquired taste

                          Famous pubs by                      Couldn't find recommended

                          river at Hammersmith                  pub

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PETERBRO'        View of Cathedral                 No beer in ground                  

                        Real Ale on a Barge              Pasty & Tea £4.90

                        Fun on terraces

                        Rhodes hat-trick

                        Dominant Rovers win

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PLYMOUTH         Drake and The Hoe                     Awful M6 traffic delays

                          Mayflower Steps                     Mr S leaves phone in Devon

                          Cracking Derby Atmosphere

                          Ria & family great hosts

                          Met man of match

                           Ian Dewdney Pasties

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PORTSMOUTH     BWFC win FA Cup on coach        Nasty jobsworth official

                          Sea views                                 at Reebok in the morning

                          Pleasant company

                          Great game

                           Happy Bolton fans

                           Pompey Chimes

                           Mr C pulls on coach home !

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PORT VALE        First Crawley League Game   Late equaliser denied

                         Good soccer chat with            new boys deserved win.

                         friendly Vale fans                    Home fans demonstrating

                         Cracking game                        and boycotted game

                          Crawley impressive

                          Sausage & mash £2 at Leopard Inn

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PRESTON           Football Museum                     Bad time to go due to

                         Tom Finney Statue                  construction work.

                         Penalty save by James          

                         4 hour detour home via           PNE watched by lots of old

                          some fine pubs.                      men in flat caps

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READING          A high point in Reading's             Rip-off prices for car park,  

                        history, victory over Liverpool     food, beer

                        Plush stadium, sell out crowd      Inexplicable decisions by

                        Superb goal by Harper               the exasperating Benitez

                        Reading fans dancing                 Shopping Centre feel 

                                                                         outside the ground 

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ROCHDALE        One of Dale's finest wins to      Rochdale Pioneers Museum

                          go 1 point off Play offs             closed for refurbishment

                         Fans on high in Studds Bar       Wednesday fans rip down

                         Impressive football by               advertising hoardings

                          home side

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ROTHERHAM       Bargain fish'n Chips £2.50        Miller Men Song

                         Cheap beer                          Yorkshiremen being disgusting

                          Relegation tension                   and urinating everywhere

                          Capacity crowd

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SCUNTHORPE     Big Day for Little Club                   Train delays

                         Locals in the Iron Bar 

                         celebrating being top.

                         Beer & Gin cured Mr S's cold

                         Sell out crowd

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SHEFFIELD UTD  Fine English League encounter    Feeling the worse for wear

                         Great hosts/tour guests,             on the way home

                          Mr W & brother

                         Good beer

                          Southerners vanquished on 

                          a cold Yorkshire day

                          Ground full

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SHEFFIELD WED  Traditional & Famous Stadium     Lots of stick for the

                          Grand entrance and reception      unpopular Owen Coyle

                          Sheridan Suite                            Over the line 'goal' for

                          Action packed game                      Rovers

                          Home fans enjoying promotion challenge 

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SOUTHAMPTON  Impressive Stadium             Cold and Wintry

                          Titanic Memorial                   4 and half hour journey

                          Piles of snow                        back to Brighton

                          Great view from

                           back of stand

                           Japenese TV in pub

                           Saints Ale

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SOUTHEND       Bright spring day by the sea      Nile Ranger and the like too 

                        Kursaal Building, Pier                strong for Oldham in

                        Optimistic home fans in             the end

                        Shrimpers Bar

                        Meeting with Martin

                        Once again great Oldham

                         away support to the end 

                        Explosive last 20 minutes 

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SHREWSBURY   Castle and Abbey                       Bad defeat for Crawley

                        Impressive Medieval Town          Good Beer Guide Pubs shut

                        Darwin Quantum Leap Memorial         on a Monday

                        Smart Little Ground

                         Friendly local fans

                        Shropshire Lad beer in ground

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STEVENAGE       Pleasant Tree-lined Ground         The famous Stanley Ultras

                         Stevenage FC Cup Cakes           away support proved a

                         Free Parking                              damp squib

                         Goal inside a minute                   Dreadful delays caused by

                         Decent Game                             accident made the long

                         Good home support under the      journey home even longer

                         Gable Clock 

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STOKE               Great Atmosphere                           Stoke had a grim feel

                         'Delilah Song'                                  Coldest yet

                          Fierce Cup Tie                                 Missed last train,

                          Good local beer                               taxi £20

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SUNDERLAND    World's coldest beer                        Dead Preston coach

                         in one of coldest grounds               Unimaginative chants

                         Brandy hipflask kept us                 Police Escort from M/way

                          from hypothermia                        to ground & back again

                          Classy performance by                 Poor match selection -

                          Nugent                                        many empty seats

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SWANSEA         Wonderful overnight stay in         Freezing cold and earliest

                        Mid Wales with friends,               ever start 11 a.m. kick off

                        sampling village pub

                        South Wales Deby with 

                        goals, quality & sendings off

                         Rival fans stand off

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SWINDON         Great day out with Brian           A day that was just lacking a

                        & Latics fans                           goal or two

                         Excellent away support

                         Spirited effort from young Robins

                         Gritty draw for Latics

                         Magic Roundabout

                         Wiltshire Cricket Club

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TORQUAY       Historic Devon Village                   No goals

                        Great hospitality from                  Over-watered pitch

                         a third Phil                                   slightly spoiled game

                         Devon Cream Tea

                         Good crowd for tense

                         Promotion/championship

                          end of season game

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TOTTENHAM      Pre-match Museum Tour              Trailing London unable

                        The contrasts of London               to find a TV with Rovers

                        Vibrant Reggae scene                   game on post-match

                         Cracking Game

                         Leicester fans still celebrating

                         being Champions

                         Adjacent new stadium being built 

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TRANMERE         Great atmosphere in Prenton      Stereotype scousers in

                         Park Pub                                   shellsuits, carrying tinnys

                         Big Forest following                      and on picket line.

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WALSALL        Great pre-match chat in club           Refused entry to club after

                     with Belgian Walsall Supporters                 game.

                     Branch & friendly Yorkshiremen!         Unsheduled stop at Stone

                      Shock defeat for Leeds                      on way home

                      Floors to Go Stand Bar

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WATFORD       Glory days returning to                Poorest excuse for a  

                      Vicarage Road                             theme tune entrance -     

                      Great home win                           Z cars was 60s manager,

                      Star performance by Deeney        Bill McGarry's favourite

                       T Shirt weather on Halloween         TV programme

                      West Herts Sports & Social 

 

WEST BROM      5 Goals                                        Mr S hit by ball

                        Early season sunshine and

                        Ice cream

                        Sell out crowd

                         Jeff Astle Gates

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WEST HAM         Rovers 'O.A.P'. coach with films      Mr S warned to leave pub

                         'The War Bride' & 'Shrek II' !           for own safety

                          Proper cockney pubs                    Defeat for Rovers

                          Shoes off if you hate Burnley

                          Ground almost full

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WIGAN               Tevez leads West Ham great          Recommended pub shut

                         escape in the sunshine                  before game, waiting for

                          Tasty Wigan pie                             delivery !

                          Well endowed women                   All pubs shut after game

                          Cheapest beer of tour 

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WOLVES            Billy Wright, Stan Cullis Statues        Dull Match, negative 

                        Good atmosphere                            Benitez.

                        Hard-working draw for Wolves          Parking Ticket

                         Doyle fantastic as lone striker          Asda leftovers for tea

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WREXHAM           Tuneful Welsh singing                    Having to leave pub

                          Amusing songs                         and drive home after        

                          English/Welsh Rivalry                     Marstons Creamy     

                          100s of Riot Police             

                          Capacity crowd

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WYCOMBE W        Personal Tour from Supporters     Journey home in the snow

                           Club Chairman

                           Beer Festival in Club

                           New Contract for Blackburn

                           lad Gareth Ainsworth

                           Exciting local Derby

                           Bucks made Phat Pie 

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WIMBLEDON        Brilliant come back win for Dons   

                          The Beast gets winner                 Poor performance from

                          Plough Lane flats                        star-studded Notts Co

                          Dog track

                          Wimbledon Common

                          Wombles everywhere

                          Post match drinks in posh Malden  

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YEOVIL                 Impressive rise of Home Side        Rain that wets

                            Rare away win for Rovers               you through

                            Fun on Open Terrace                     Long Drive

                            Nice drop of Cider

                           70s reminiscence with Rovers fans

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YORK CITY            Beautiful City                   Relegation to Conference

                            The Minster                     for poor York

                            Railway Museum              

                            Gashead Invasion

                            1922 Club

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