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Richhufc
Post subject: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 16:00 on 24th Dec 2008

Joined: 20:35 on 14th May 2008
Posts: 774
Location: Hereford
What a 3 week trip that was. Hard work? Yep. Well worth it to meet some really great people on the trip. There were no divisions like on recent tours, we all got together and had a great time - singing was tops considering the numbers we had, the Swanny song will always have a spcial place for us all! Well done to Wilmslow, Chris and the others that managed to come up with it in "Chennaiiiiii"!

Of course the flight changes were a pain, not to mention a dent to the Visa debit card. I think all the hassle we all had all been through in order to travel to either both or just one of the test matches made the friendship and banter all the better. By the end of the tour I must have met more "real" Barmy Army style fans than all the tours I've been on previously. The fans that all go independantly, sit in the cheaper seats, got behind the boys when it mattered and most of all, stuck together with no petty divisions. The atmosphere the day before the Chennai test buying tickets was superb. We had all put in some decent effort and cash to follow the boys and the commaradary was fantastic.

I can't name everyone (well I probably could!!) but thanks to Sicknote, Union Dave, Policeman Andy, Deano, Sara, Skidmark, Surrey Bob, Deco, Mr and Mrs Wickets, Basingstoke, Gilbert, Wilmslow, Tubey, Stockport Garry, Miller, Gilo and Mrs Gilo, Graham, Jock and Mrs Jock. Sorry if I missed anyone else, but after a 27 hour journey from Chandigarh i'm ready for sleep.

I might just have another piece of fruit first though :lol:
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Tykeboy
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 15:27 on 25th Dec 2008

Joined: 20:07 on 27th May 2008
Posts: 92
Location: Barnsley
Well done Rich and the lads ;) see you all in Antigua very soon 8-) Merry Xmas & Happy New Year
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Juzza
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 19:02 on 28th Dec 2008

Joined: 14:41 on 30th Apr 2008
Posts: 37
Me and my mate only did the Mohali Test (I was bag man who wasn't allowed in on day 1 for having a bag! It only had a bog roll in it) but I'm so glad we made the effort. It was a brilliant few days that were a great laugh and we met some genuine top people. Highly unlikely I'll be able to do a Tour for a few years now but I take away some great memories from Chandigarh including the Blue Ice Bar, the Majestic Hotel, the thorough 4 man frisking x 2 as you enter the stadium, a Kingfisher aircraft flying over the ground and what followed ("Mr Dravid would like to hear you sing"), the Hotel Sunbeam bar, the Lava bar at the Taj, the crappest taxi drivers ever, meeting Freddie, Ali Cook and Swannie (he is sooo pleased to be playing for England), Domino Pizza's...and of course the 50-100 England fans and our sense of humour and fun.

Need to stop singing a song that sounds like Champagne Supernova...
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Richard
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 21:24 on 28th Dec 2008

Joined: 22:35 on 18th Nov 2008
Posts: 95
Agree with the comments above - as a solo tourist this was a lot more enjoyable than going to Australia. Being able to meet people and sit in the ground with them, rather than everyone being dotted around the ground, helps a lot, as well as running into people in the pubs after the game.

Watching cricket in India is pretty good too - locals were friendly, view was good and tickets cost about 5% of what you'd pay over here. I'm thinking that south Asia tours are not to be missed in future, as I enjoyed Sri Lanka a few years back and heard very good reports about Pakistan.

Where were you whilst we were in Chennai?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 15:49 on 30th Dec 2008

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2096
Location: Preston UK
Richard Wrote:
Agree with the comments above - as a solo tourist this was a lot more enjoyable than going to Australia. Being able to meet people and sit in the ground with them, rather than everyone being dotted around the ground, helps a lot, as well as running into people in the pubs after the game.

Watching cricket in India is pretty good too - locals were friendly, view was good and tickets cost about 5% of what you'd pay over here. I'm thinking that south Asia tours are not to be missed in future, as I enjoyed Sri Lanka a few years back and heard very good reports about Pakistan.

Where were you whilst we were in Chennai?


In the New Park Hotel, like you Richard.
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wickets
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 20:07 on 30th Dec 2008

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
Posts: 1026
Location: Swindon
And it was a proper tour Rich.
Probably the best I've been on and that includes the 2005 Pakistan tour!
Very intimate, and we met the best people, English and Indian!
See you in Trinidad, should we make that, or definately in Cape Town next year.
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Gilo
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 17:52 on 31st Dec 2008

Joined: 11:43 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 79
I totally agree with the previous comments , the extra effort we all put in was rewarded with some great memories .

We were very well received by the locals and even the team seemed to appreciate our support !

I'd like to echo Rich's observation that there were no petty divisions , those that wanted to express their support vocally did so , while others who preferred to support in a more 'traditional' manner did their thing but we all had a common goal in supporting the England Cricket team and enjoying the local hospitality !!

...NYE fancy dress tonight , now where has H hidden my tank top ?!!
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skidmark
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 14:24 on 2nd Jan 2009

Joined: 10:33 on 24th Dec 2008
Posts: 7
Here here!

Wore my tank top to work... no-one got the joke so I just looked like a tit!!! Nevermind! :D
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mike
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 13:07 on 5th Jan 2009

Joined: 08:08 on 23rd Jul 2008
Posts: 52
Location: Southampton
We only did the Chennai Test, but what a great couple of weeks. Thanks to many co-drinkers in the New Pavilion Bar, Bells Road who done their utmost to drink it dry ! Many strained faces in the mornings showing how dedicated they were to the cause. A humourous bunch of guys & ladies intent on enjoying their time in India. Thanks for the memories folks.
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Lich villan
Post subject: Re: A right proper tour
PostPosted: 13:30 on 6th Jan 2009

Joined: 13:27 on 6th Jan 2009
Posts: 42
I was in India for 9 days and attended the 1 dayer at Kanpur, what a quality atmosphere. Only met a handful of english there but had a great time. I was also booked up for Jamshedpur until they moved it.
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