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Any enjoyable tales following England, home or abroad trips, as a CFC supporter, back in the bad 'good 'ol days ... :O)

 

It is well documented that England had a good CFC turn-out, at times for many years by all accounts.

Any memories shared would be very appreciated ...

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Its well known Chelsea used to have untold lads on duty at England away games, they ran the show for quite a while as well

 

Have a read of this book, its quality

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/St-George-My-Heart-Confessions/dp/0953592030/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Thanks for the info. CB ... very appreciated. I'll definitely look out for this one ... :O)

 

There is a lesser known CFC book, written by one of the Tunbridge Wells lads that contains some excellent England CFC stories ... I quite enjoyed it ... this is the book if people don't know it ...

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Terraces-Born-Classic-Football/dp/1904018467/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

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First went to a England away game in 1977 in Luxumberg,not many St george's flags about in those days.Think England needed to win 9-0 and only won 2-0 and went on the rampage smashing the ground,town and the luxumberg army which were called in.I also remember going back to the ground the next day to get some pictures and there was some fans there early in the morning smashing what was left up again.As a 16 year old it was quite a eye opener.

 

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Norway 81 and a 2-1 loss,went by coach and boat,never used to fly in those days cant remember why,weather it was too expensive or what.Chelsea always had good numbers around this time,probably because it was the only way to see a game in Europe(unlike nowadays).I seem to recall scousers asking for our help as west ham were taking the piss,The hammers always done their own thing,never went with anyone.Scousers were only interested in robbing(nothing changes there then)utd had good numbers,but i would say chelsea had the best numbers around this time.I recall being told that any trouble would result in 30 days jail no questions asked,and at half time it all kicked off with the old bill,someone behind me threw a bottle what knocked a copper straight out and they piled in for a arrest.As i stepped aside to let them pass they arrest me and i thought F**king hell i'm in trouble here.As in goes the fifty odd chelsea i went with steamed in and i managed to get away and went straight back to the coach missing the second half(not that i missed much) and was glad when we finally set off for home.

 

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Switzerland 1981,again went by coach and boat from Battersea and was involved in a full scale riot before we had even left.(pic of battersea lot on Hicky's coach link).Well this started when 5 blokes had a row with 5 blacks(if i'm allowed to say that) outside our pub in Battersea.(this was at a time when the race riots were on).Within 10 mins it was like bloody Zulu with the blacks pouring off the estates to have a go,there was two coach loads of us waiting to leave and believe me we had our backs to the wall fighting them off and in the end after the old bill turned up we were escorted off in our coaches.Got to France and both coaches broke down and we had to wait for them to be repaired,fighting on the boat(think it was west ham)Riot in switzerland after we lost 2-1 again.Funny enough i remember it being a good trip.

 

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Denmark 82,another good turn out by chelsea fans and another riot,All i can recall about this trip was how big some of the danes were,no wonder the vikings sacked everything,and hicky flying down the terraces into plain clothes old bill and waking up in hotel room after a night on it with this big heavy viking sword in the corner what my mate had nicked from a bar.

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Boat to Norway,took us something like 21 hours to get there,sleeping cabins,casino's and disco and on the piss for most of the way,used to love coming back into Dover with all the flags over the side of the boat and hundreds of fans singing God save the queen,Rule Britannia,and the rest.used to make me bloody proud.

 

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Spain 82, and another long trip.Train to paris,then a boat to Santaner i think it was and then a train though spain to Barclelona and up to a place called Blanes(near lloret de mar.My mates were already out there so turned up on the beach and walked up and down for about 3 hours till i found them and dossed down in there apartment with about 12 others.Day of the game v France got a train to Barclelona and a 12 hour trip to madrid.Loads of chelsea in with the French and it all kicked off,ob with electric prods battering everyone and a 12 hour trip back.Stayed a part of the trip in the basque region who loved us and even arranged a game of football them v us.

 

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Spain again,in a spain 82 offical hooligan tee shirt(loads had them not just me),Met a Belgium standard liege fan out there and we got chatting and swapped addresses,six months later he turns up with no warning on my doorstep,so i put him up for a few days and take him out on the piss and even took him to a tattooist
and he had a Chelsea tattoo done.Used to swap letters with him like a pen pal now and again and the last i heard from him was he was in a Belgium jail for some football
related thing.Got a picture of him somewhere proudly showing off his Chelsea tattoo next to his standard liege one
 

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Boat to Norway,took us something like 21 hours to get there,sleeping cabins,casino's and disco and on the piss for most of the way,used to love coming back into Dover with all the flags over the side of the boat and hundreds of fans singing God save the queen,Rule Britannia,and the rest.used to make me bloody proud.

 

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Funny seeing our mutal TJ with tash in the front there just behind the george cross mate, only ever knew him to have a goatee lol!

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 Anybody remember the Norway England game Maggie Thatcher,Winston Churchill ,Lord Nelson ,Princess Diana etc............ your boys took one hell of a beating ...

 

  Who was it who managed to get the Norwegian flag down off of the flagpole flying over the main stand and get a Chelsea union jack up for all to see .

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My 1st England Away game was Paris 84,going over on the ferry when Chelsea /west ham clashed,docking and the carport been used as Dodgems! Mayhem for the next couple of days,inside & outside the ground.Chelsea had a top firm out there with the Tunbridge Wells contingent very well represented!

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My only away trip with England was to the Euro Championship Finals of 1980 in Italy. I Flew on Sudan Airways  (it was the cheapest) to Rome. On the plane I met some Spammers and joined up with them. We caught a train to Genoa and stayed there for the two games that were played in Turin. Rumours abounded of England fans being attacked in Turin and elsewhere but in Genoa we had a great time pissing it up on the waterfront, no problems at all. We even had a game of footie with the local lads on the beach, naturally we got stuffed, our out of condition boozed up bodies no match for the tanned fit latins. There were about thirty of us in Genoa, from various clubs but mostly London clubs.
      The first game was against Belgium, we caught the train to Turin and made our way to the ground with a heavy police escort. We learnt from other fans that English fans had been attacked everywhere by the Iti's especially at the municipal campsite where they had suffered a constant bombardment of bricks etc. Consequently there were a lot of really pissed off people that made it to the stadium that day. The stadium was half empty but there were probably a good six thousand following England plus a number of Italians and a few Belgiums. The match itself was nothing special and ended I think in a 1-1 draw. A mob of Italians in the same end as us taunted us with chants of 'fa fancula' or 'f**k off' from the start and sometime into the match a group of England, scousers I think, decided they had had enough and charged them. All hell broke loose, as the Carabinieri ( police) immediately started firing volleys of teargas into the crowd, not a pleasant experience I can assure you. This reaction was way over the top but I think the police were as scared of us as their fans. Order was restored and the game finished. To this day I intensely dislike Kevin Keegan for his remarks about this incident, if I recall he called us 'scum' without understanding anything of the provocation we had had to endure from the locals, I've never forgiven him for this. Anyway Kevin, just what were you doing in that layby off of the M25 at 2am in the morning?.
        We made our way back to Turin for the second game against Italy. Upon reaching the central rail station we joined thousands of other England fans who had arranged to meet there by word of mouth. Everyone knew there would be trouble and safety in numbers seemed appropriate. At first the police refused to allow us out of the station but as we became increasingly annoyed it must have become obvious to them that they would have to escort us to the Stadio Communale about two miles away. Off we went, maybe two thousand young very pissed off England fans. All went well until we reached the stadium when we were confronted by a mob of Italys finest all tooled up with lumps of wood, iron bars etc. I think they were a little surprised when instead of turning and running we charged them, not that we got anywhere near them, they couldn't be seen for dust. The stadium was packed already and the police shepherded us  into a lower tier under the main stand, we didn't stay for long however as we were assailed by a bombardment of lumps of concrete from above. Three or four thousand England fans now milled around the concourse as the kick off approached being denied access to the terracing above. Someone negotiated with the police and informed them that if they didn't let us in we would force our way into the match. They relented and cleared a space on the terracing. There ensued a volley of projectiles going both ways until relative calm prevailed. I've got to say for an open stadium the atmosphere was as good as I've ever experienced, from start to finish a wall of noise rang around the stadium. It was matched by a really good match in which England missed a host of good chances and Italy scored once to win the game, it was ever thus. Another police escort after the game back to the station with jubilant Italians driving up and down the road celebrating in cars taunting us. At least one of them was sent flying off the back of one of these by an irate Englishman. Outside the station another reception committee, with one Iti waving a gun at us. Same result though, a charge followed by a swift retreat.
         We travelled to Naples for the final game against Spain and stayed in Sorrento where yet again England fans were set upon by the local youth and yet again when the bulk of support arrived they got a bit of a pasting. Naples itself was a real sh*thole and the game against Spain was won by England fairly easily 3-1 I think, it didn't matter though because Belgium drew with Italy to reach the final in Rome.
        I travelled to Rome and spent a few days along with some other England fans getting inebriated and enjoying the city, truly a nice place. Along with many other England fans we went to the final and joining up with the Dutch supported the Belgiums, unfortunately they lost to the Germans in a game decided more by some terrible refereeing than any skill by the Krauts.
          When I got back to London all everyone wanted to know was about how badly behaved the English fans had been, it was a hard job explaining the extreme provocation dished out by both the Italian police and cowardly fans. Needless to say the British press had condemned us from the moment the first teargas canister had been fired.

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