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crowds head to hampden


A continuous downpour of rain greeted the ... special trains, buses, and planes bringing Scottish and English football supporters into Glasgow to-day. As the rosetted thousands poured off the trains they found groups of Scots waiting at the entrance to the platforms. Shouts of “Any spare tickets?” rang out, but in the majority of cases a shake of the head was the sole response. All the Scots were united by the day's common bond - the wish to see Scotland beat the white-shirted Auld Enemy in a full international for the first time since 1937. Preliminary "roars” resounded around Aberdeen station early this morning. By road, rail and air they made their way from the North to Glasgow. In addition to the number of private cars, one firm alone had twenty-seven buses on the road to Hampden from Aberdeen. And one must pay a special tribute to two bus parties from the far north. There's one from Tongue and another from Kirkwall - the latter joined the bus at Scrabster. Many others left by special buses. One hundred and thirty people from Fraserburgh travelled to Aberdeen in special buses to get to Glasgow by train.

Specials Packed
They spent last night on the bus and will repeat the experience to-night. Three specials and the ordinary service train left Aberdeen carrying around 2500 people and, according to a British Railways' official "absolutely packed." Another special train which started from Elgin at 4 a.m.. had only a few seals available when it arrived in Aberdeen. One mystery remained unsolved. Where did all the International tickets come from? Every International day the “until-then non-existent" tickets miraculously appear. A lew optimistic people wandered around the Joint Station combing through the queues for spare tickets. A special train left Inverness at 11.20 last night. A number of the passengers intended making it a football week-end staying over for the Celtle-Motherwell Scottish Cup replay on Monday. From nearly every town and village in the North came parties of supporters. The Elgin special collected the Moray Firth, Strathbogie, and Garioch travellers. Many others left by special buses. One hundred and thirty people from Fraserburgh travelled to Aberdeen in special buses to get to Glasgow by train. They will arrive home twenty-five hours later - so Scotland had better win to make their day worthwhile.

Source: Evening Express Saturday April 3rd, 1954

AFCHT:  England won 4-2 so it must have been a long journey back to Fraserburgh!

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