Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Bolton Wanderers and the Virgin

I was struggling to find something to write about today until I came across this.

Bolton Wanderers used Virgin Trains to take them to Edinburgh for their pre-season match against Scottish Premier side Hearts.

All was well - £4,000 was paid in June for the travel - the players and staff lined up at the station to board the train, only to discover some of their seats had been taken.

Off they got and were told by 'helpful' but uninformed staff that the next train would be able to take them.

When that train arrived, there was no room either.

Eventually Bolton declined Virgin's offer of a third train, they got a bus instead - a journey that would take seven hours.

Manager Gary Megson was less than pleased. He said "The preparation for the trip was disgraceful, courtesy of Virgin Trains.

"We'll have to consider our options in future as we can't trust them.

"We booked the seats in June but people were sat in them."

Megson declined Virgin Trains offer of free seats.

He returned with the squad to Bolton on the bus.

Incidentally the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

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