A little harsh that post Steve; as the Brendans's Tour guide he was in the advance party looking to ensure the journey ran smoothly for the supporters following behind, also, there is no truth in the rumour he was wearing a flak jacket when reunited with the group.
I have given this 24 hours before responding, but for those who may read this and do not know me or others who were not part of yesterday’s very stressful day, then let me be clear, calling me a Judas, is not only harsh, but totally unacceptable. But will let this pass, as it was posted at a time when everybody was pretty stressed.
Everytime, on the day of away travel that I organize, this is very stressful for me, as I attempt to make everything run as smoothly as possible, with little inconvenience for those who travel. Yesterday was doubly stressful for me as most things that happened were out of my control.
1. When we got dumped by Great Western Railways at the tiny village of Westbury, I was the first to walk out of the station forecourt and towards the village to try and find any form of taxi service, or acceptable bus service, but to no avail.
2. When we were at the pub, both me and you tried various taxi firms, to try and sort lifts to Bath, with no luck.
3. The kind man who came up to me and told me that his daughter had two (not 3 not 14) spare seats, if anyone wanted a free lift to Bath. I considered letting Carolyn and John going, but as Carolyn has not been to Bath before and didn’t know where the ground was, I felt it was better for me to go with John. My son is 9 and he comes first before anyone else. The fact that we got dropped off in the middle of Bath supports my reasoning.
4. Jim yes you were right. Once me and John got to Bath station, where every available minibus or taxi were heading, I was told that no taxis were accepting individual bookings, as most taxis were told to take passengers from Bath onwards to Bristol and other places west. I also attempted to contact someone on Facebook to see if they could help. My wife had also tried to contact someone connected to the club on Facebook to see if they could help.
5. Once I got to closer to the ground, I was in constant contact with Carolyn by phone and thanks to Tom Moore, the group were able to hire two 8-seater minibuses to Bath FC.
6. After the game, it was me who arranged 3 taxis to take us back to Bath Spa station, to see what was the travel situation was to get home, and yes, I got in the last taxi, not the first.
Note: I have done everything over the past season to get people to away games, and for the cheapest way possible. This a challenging and sometimes frustrating thing, for no benefit to myself or my family.
If someone wants to take on away travel, then please contact me, and you can have the pleasure.
I am on the periphery of all this as I always make my way to matches on my own and I read Steve's post and assumed it was a joke (I still do) as Steve is a fab, friendly, and very funny guy who makes me laugh all the time. 😊👍
There is a great atmosphere at away matches and I just want to say, if it even needs saying, that I think Martin does a great job getting fans to every single away match.
He does FAR more than I ever did when I was Supporters' Club Chairman and I think everyone appreciates the hard work he puts in. 😊👍