On April 17th, 1980, various members of
City F.C. and some hangers-on went to Amsterdam for a weekend of fun
and football, arranged by Roger. Here follows the words and pictures
from that weekend as recorded by me in the scrapbook, so forgive me if
things are seen from my perspective.
City Go To Holland
The Chris Brown calendar location shots
Rudi Kroll is a poser
Roger's in love again
Hey Soreeta !
Have you dropped your guts, Tel ?
Ooohh Oddbod !
Andy is so boring
Where's me chips ?
I'd better phone Bev
I'm not a poser
The day started well, with Chris L
reporting unfit for football with a bad ankle sustained whilst trying
to prevent his dog, Gos, from getting into his suitcase.
decided to get smashed on a 50-50 mix of gin & bitter lemon. To cap it
all, Pat found that he couldn't go to Holland without a visa, so Clive
"Ginge" Jones stepped in.
After a final cup of tea in the canteen,
with Chris B getting in some pre-tour posing, we set off for Victoria
Outside the station, Bob dared Phil to
moon at a cafeteria.
He did. We formed our own disaster area at the station
waiting for the coach to come in, watching various crashes, listening
to Colin phoning Bev (his wife) and generally messing around.
Quote - Chris B to Andy - "What position are you
3 young ladies (??) turned up to go on
the same coach as us, Rogers mate Bernie arrived, and Bob combed his
The coach left 15 minutes late, with us &
the girls taking over the back seats. It took 10 mins for Al to want
to stop for a pee, and he spent the next 15 mins telling everyone that
he was dying. The driver, Dick, ("That is not my name, call me by my
proper name and I will answer") would not stop, so Al was forced to
relieve himself into a Kia-Ora bottle, which was emptied when we
stopped at a service station on the M2.
The coach next stopped at Dover, where we passed through customs and
on to the ferry 'Free Enterprise III'. We spread ourselves out, some
going to play the machines, others drinking, eating or sleeping.
One eating group found the portions
rather small, Chris L decided to put all the chips on his plate, not
realising that they were to be shared. Colin spent most of the trip
sleeping or looking for a phone.
Chris L found Phil's toothpaste on a chair, and added some to a
sleeping Martin, and this finally led to Steve & Ginge becoming
Apart from the noise we made,
and a quick game of 'hunt the poser' by Ashley & Robin, the trip was
We landed at Zeebrugge after 4 hours on
the boat, and then it was motorway through Belgium into Holland. Al
was joined by Phil, Steve & Ginge in the fill the bottle game, with a
short respite at Breda, where TC bought a roll with jam, only to find
that it was a sausage roll, and we had our first go at using the
Community singing led by Bob, kept us all
amused until we reached Amsterdam, via Rotterdam and The Hague.
Saying that it we got a shock when we saw
the hotel would be an understatement. Confronted by stairs at a 1in1
gradient and finding that the hotel was not paid for merely heightened
the horror of the rooms. Cobwebs were shifted from ancient resting
places to make room for a 4th bed in two of the rooms, which meant
climbing over each other to get to bed. We dumped our bags and went
looking for refreshment. Civilisation !! The golden arches ™
of a McDonalds beckoned from twenty yards, and
little did we know as we devoured the almost edible Hamburger Royal &
Franse Frietjes that this was to become the staple diet of the team.
Englishman's legendary ability to keep any food down, we staggered to
an amusement arcade for pinball, space invaders and posing.
guilders lighter, we set about surveying the area, where we met our
female friends from the trip over.
posing, then back to the
hotel to compare notes.
Roger had been to a peepshow and
had fallen in love with one of the dancers.
Some of us found the red light district,
and Terry's face was a picture when he was told, as the other groups
had searched unsuccessfully for it. Colin got drunk and began his
attempt at the world record for fighting by offering Ginge out.
one sex shop, a spin-off from Star Wars and space invaders was
discovered in the 'Anal Intruder' set.