Monthly Archive: July 2015

Hartlepool United fans love the new strip 0

Hartlepool United fans love the new strip

Football supporters gave a big thumbs up when the new strip hit the shelves this morning. Fans were outside the Hartlepool United club shop for it opening at 9am today to get their hands on the new home strip. Early birds were also able to meet two of the star players, Ebby Nelson-Addy and Rakish Bingham, who were on hand to sign autographs and have photographs taken with the fans. In a move away from the traditional white and pale blue stripes, the new shirt is a brighter blue with a blaze of white across the front. And, fans and players both were giving it the thumbs up. Rakish said: We really like the new shirt. It has a nicer feel to it and is a bit different. Ebby said it was great to be there for the launch of the new shirt to the supporters. He said: We love doing things like this, it is always great to meet the fans. First in line was nine-year-old fan Evan Newbegin who came along from Seaton with his nana Carole to be the very first to try on the new royal blue kit for size. He s been so excited to get the new shirt he s been up since 6.30 this morning. said Carole. Evan said: It s my favourite Pools shirt and I really wanted to get one as soon as I saw it. I am going on a cruise to Norway with my family soon and I can t wait to wear it abroad and show my colours. Birthday girl, Naomi Franks, was one of the first in the queue to buy her shirt as she celebrated turning 10. The young season ticket holder from Clavering, who was there with dad Terry, 51, and big sister, Sam, 14. She said: I just wanted to be here early so I could have the strip on my birthday. Andrea Smith, 40, from Kesteven Road, was also on site at the club shop early with her three sons, Jake, 12, Adam, 10 and six-year-old Oliver. The mum, who was buying a top for Adam s upcoming birthday, said: They wanted to come down early. I like the strip it s nicer than the old one. Fan and shop assistant, Dorothy Evans, said: There were a few people queuing when we came to open up at 8.45am and we had more than 200 of the strips pre-ordered for people to collect today. Fans want to get their early because of their passion for the club. Kevin Durham, a 30-year-old forklife truck driver from the King Oswy area, was one of the first at the shop with his children, Reece, eight, Kai, four and two-year-old Jessica. He said: We wanted to get the strips and meet the players. Reece said: I like the pattern of the new strip. I like the shade of blue. Daniel Liddle, 13, from West Park, said: I wanted to be one of the first in the line to get the new strip and to meet the players. Both he and his dad, Adrian Liddle, who runs Atkinson Printers, gave their approval to the new strip and said it was good to have something a bit different. Pools are set to wear the new home kit for the first time during Saturday s pre-season friendly against Chesterfield at Victoria Park.

Commercialmotor.com – More Middle-East Trucking memories on … 0

Commercialmotor.com – More Middle-East Trucking memories on …

Now here’s a trip down Middle-East memory lane courtesy of Gary Richards at Mack Australia. I certainly recall the HG Brown rigs which were liveried (if my memory doesn’t deceive me) in aqua-marine with red stripes and pulled yellow TIR tilts. Pity the shot isn’t in colour…has anyone got any?

Meanwhile Gazza says: “Another wet summer day caused me to have a tidy up in my Mack archives – and found a few vintage pictures and articles (from the company’s Bulldog mag) on Macks doing their Euro thing in the ’60s and ’70s. The article in Builldog said: “An Allentown-built F786 was placed into regular service to the Middle East by HG Brown & Son. It is believed to be the first modern Mack to enter service with a UK operator.

It was sold by Roadstone, an Irish Mack dealer. The truck does a 3,500miles 10 days route to Pakistan…” Pakistan? Wow that would have been a long-run.

Now read on! Gary adds: “This Spanish (?) B61 seems to belong to Perez Torres (taken in Barcelona) – looks like a Pegaso parked behind.” “And last but not least….400 Mack F711s !! (Bulldog Q2 1976 mag ad) seems to be an huge Iranian-based transport operation. Mack F models and Iran seems to make perfect sense !!

So here’s a good question to the BLB army …who was the Iran-Europe Carrier Company? Enjoy…Gary.” A good question indeed….so who knows the answer? Meanwhile, a gentle reminder (if you haven’t already done it) to all in my beloved anorak army..Don’t forget to fill out the Biglorryblog reader survey and tell me what think about BLB–and if you do so you could win 500 in a special prize draw.

All you have to do is click on this link : http://tiny.cc/mtvzB However, it will only run until March 26th so don’t hang around if you want to be in with a chance of winning the 500.

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Commercialmotor.com – Middle East trucking returns to Biglorryblog … 0

Commercialmotor.com – Middle East trucking returns to Biglorryblog …

It’s been coming a long time, (and undoubtedly been a labour of love), but Ashley ‘The Crane King’ Coghill tells me that his long-awaited book on Astran, the iconic Middle East operator, will finally be publsihed in June and if you click through here you can find out how to get an early copy click of it (you’ll also find a couple a great bits of Astran nostalgia too…ooh I do spoil you lot.) Both these ‘;flyers’ have been saved in ‘Expando-Vision’ so if you need to see them bigger just click on them. Of course no story about Astran would be complete without Biglorryblog slipping in this shot of Carl Jarman’s immaculately-restored Scania 141…. And to finish….how about this classic Scania ad too featuring Astran. (Sorry but I can’t remember who sent it to me but thanks anyway…) And to see a bigger version of this click on it too.

It only remains to wish Ashley all the best with his book.

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