The Anonymous Widower

92 Clubs – Day 5 – Brighton, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers

This was supposed to be an easy day with lots of float, but as you will see it wasn’t quite as simple as that.

The aim was to get up early and take the Overground to West Croydon, where I would get the tram to East Croydon.

Croydon Tram at East Croydon

At East Croydon, I had planned to get a train to Brighton and then on to Falmer, using a full price ticket, as I was too early to use my Senior Railcard. I remembered a bit too late so ended up with two tickets, one valid only after 9:30 and the other at anytime.

The train journey was a bit stressful, as it always is for North Londoners, south of the river, but after changing at Lewes, I arrived at the most impressive stadium so far.

The AMEX Community Stadium, Brighton

Some may say the Emirates is more impressive, as it’s bigger, but they have masses of money, whereas Brighton just have fanatical fans, who have not lived, but created the dream.

From Brighton, or should I say Falmer, as the stadium is right on the station and linked to it by a wide well-metaled pathway, I made my way to London and Paddington. To make matters even better, there are modern eight-coach electric trains every fifteen minutes along the coast.

I’d booked a few days ago and it had cost me just £13.20 for the trip out and back.  I do have a railcard, but surely that is good value for a day out of the capital.

I have walked to Bristol City in the past, but in this case I took a 24 or 25 bus from the city centre. It was now raining, so we took the picture in the club shop.

Inside the Bristol City Superstore

From there, it was on to Bristol Rovers, with directions from the staff at City. Does that break some unbroken rule about not talking about your local rivals.

The Memorial Stadium, Bristol

Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby Club share the same stadium, as the picture shows. There was no-one to take the picture, as it was now a thoroughly bad day and it was making my hay fever worse.  Or it seemed like it.

Thanks at this point must go to Jeff, who I met on the bus from City to Rovers, for guiding me  across Bristol on the buses.

I returned to the city centre and then I had an excellent supper in Carluccio’s there. No wine though, as I didn’t want to celebrate just yet.

It was then that it all went slighytly pear shaped.

I had booked on the 20:01 train out of Bristol Parkway to get back to London at a reasonable hour.  To get there I needed to catch the 19:41 from Tenple Meads. Wherther it was my tiredess or hay fever, the warmth in the train, but an hour or so later I found myself in Gloucester, having fallen asleep.  Never in my 64 years, have I ever fallen asleep and missed a station.

But not too worry too much! First Great Western put me on the 21:15 to Parkway and then on the 22:01 to London.  They could have charged me for a new ticket, but they didn’t.  And I didn’t play the charity card until after they’d let me on the train.

So lots of thanks to First Great Western!

October 6, 2011 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , , , ,


  1. Having trouble following trip . . . is a small map possible?

    Interesting Pictures, and some train services

    Comment by Steam Lover | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yea – Brighton rule. Or they did til your lot beat us last Saturday. Well done on trips so far.

    Comment by Marc | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] has to go to the staff of First Great Western, who got me back to London from Bristol on Day 5, despite the fact I fell asleep on the train to Bristol Parkway and ended up in […]

    Pingback by 92 Clubs – Week 1 – 18 Clubs – 33 Trains, 1 Coach « The Anonymous Widower | October 7, 2011 | Reply

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