Today was a special day for all St Mirren fans and the town of Paisley. St Mirren were through to the C.I.S Insurance Cup Final at Hampden Park and due to play Rangers with a 3pm kick off. My good friend and lifelong St Mirren fan had requested a few weeks prior to this if he and a few friends could have the use of a Clydeside Scottish bus to take them to the big game. Why a Clydeside Bus? Well the last time St Mirren made it to the cup final in 1987, Clydeside Scottish was the team sponsor and my friend though it would be very fitting to turn up to this cup final in a Clydeside bus. The original plan was to use Clydeside Fleetline HSD 73V, however problems with 2nd gear and being untaxed meant it would need to be GCS 50V. A quick run to Lathalmond the Sunday before and GCS 50V was moved back down to GVVT and checked over ready for the big day.
We arrived at GVVT around 11.30 and got GCS 50V ready, a quick stop for fuel and we were on our way to Paisley. It was strange driving around Paisley and seeing many of the fans wearing St Mirren tops with the Clydeside Scottish logo! We were to collect our passengers outside the Bull Inn at 1pm and they had very kindly also arranged a parking space at Hampden. Once we got a few photos and got everyone on board we set off for a quick tour of Paisley including passing the new football ground. GCS 50V coped very well with the almost full load of excited fans and we made good time arriving at Hampden dead on time.
Although it was a close game, unfortunlately the team lost and a rather quieter bus headed back to Paisley. After a few more photos it was back to GVVT and the end of another interesting day! I was delighted to be able to make the day a bit more special for the fans. Thanks again to Iain for organising everything and John for helping with some of the driving.