One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A train scheduled in addition to the normal timetable in order to transport football supporters to a match.‘First ScotRail is providing two football specials for the Scottish League Cup Final’
- ‘Once upon a time, football specials, organised by the supporters' clubs, used to be run to away matches.’
- ‘The police made the passengers from the football special walk from the station to the football ground in bare feet, an experiment in crowd control doomed to failure.’
- ‘Boarding the football special at Glasgow Central was like entering a mobile psychiatric unit in which symptoms of hysterical Scottishness would develop during the journey.’
- ‘The train standing at platform one is the Wembley football special.’
- ‘Our train—a normal service one this time, not a football special—slid through the grey drab outskirts.’
- ‘The football special was on its way to God knows where.’
- ‘One day he would be keeping the thugs in order on a football special; the next he might be escorting a member of the royal family from the royal train.’
- ‘They may have been waiting for a football special to take them to an important match.’
- ‘It was a football special, a train that had been taken over by Liverpool supporters.’
- ‘The football specials are leaving Liverpool Lime Street from platform 9.’
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