Football team gets lift in tractor trailer after coach breaks down


As football's elite took to the field over the weekend for the first games of the 2016/17 Premier League season, a story from England's lower leagues served as a reminder that it's not all glitz and glamour.

Bamber Bridge FC, who play in the Evo-Stik League First Division North, were forced to hitch a ride in the back of a local farmer's tractor after their team bus broke down.

Photos and videos uploaded to Twitter show the players, staff and fans loaded into the back of the trailer following an away game against Scarborough Athletic, which ended 0-0.

On the 135 mile-drive home from the game, the team bus broke down in the Yorkshire hills, far from any major towns or cities.

Bamber Bridge fan Alan Bateson tweeted: "Oh bugger, the @BamberBridgeFC bus has broken down and we are stranded in the wilds of Yorkshire. Looks like a late night tonight!!"

With no taxis nearby and a long wait for a replacement bus to arrive, things weren't looking good.

Fortunately, one of the players approached a local tractor driver to get a "beast of a taxi." The stranded travellers all bundled into the vehicle's trailer and directed the farmer to the nearest pub.

By 10.30pm, over three hours after the bus initially broke down, its replacement had arrived and the members of the party were back on their way.

Despite all the problems and arriving home after midnight, Bateson later described it as "without a doubt the best away trip ever".