Stranded football team's tractor rescue
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Bamber Bridge FC: Stranded team's tractor rescue

A football team whose bus broke down in the middle of the countryside had to hitch a ride off a tractor and trailer.

The players, manager and fans of Bamber Bridge FC were returning home from their 0-0 draw at Scarborough in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier First Division North match when they became stranded in the Yorkshire countryside.

They were facing a two-and-a-half hour wait when Assistant Manager Neil Reynolds spotted what one fan called a "beast of a taxi" and flagged it down.

"Luckily it was clean," said Manager Neil Crowe.

The farmer took them to a local pub before a replacement bus took them home.

Fan Alan Bateson tweeted: "Long day yesterday @BamberBridgeFC away at @safc 10:30 start, passed midnight getting back. But without doubt the best away trip ever ."

Players also broke into an impromptu version of The Beatles hit Twist and Shout which was captured on social media.

The rendition prompted Manager Neil Crowe to tweet: "Team spirit @BamberBridgeFC unbelievable scenes as coach breaks down and tractor takes us to the nearest pub."

  • 15 Aug 2016