Bar staff Roo-ting for England
BAR staff at a city pub have taken an unusual step to fulfil the fantasy of most England fans – by having a team of Wayne Rooneys. As anticipation builds towards England’s World Cup opener against the USA next Saturday, pint-pullers at the Wheatsheaf, in Eastfield Road, have changed their name by deed poll to “Wayne Rooney” in homage of the team’s talisman.
Jo Symonds, Gemma Hernon, Carly Stevens, Michele Clifton, Stacey Foreman, Daniel Heeley, Kerry Higgins, Kerry Ridge, Julie Venmore and Lucy Bayford have promised to keep the names until England get knocked out, but may keep it longer if they return home from South Africa triumphant.
And their landlord, Steve Watson, has followed suit, taking on the monicker of “Fabio Capello” in an ode to the meticulous Italian tactician.
And those planning on watching England matches at the pub could be in for a surprise as they make their order, as the 10 bartenders will be wearing cut-out masks of their striking hero as they serve customers.
Mr Capello, aka Mr Watson, a Manchester United fan, said: “Rooney is the talisman and the one all the fans are looking to to bring the trophy home, so he was the obvious choice among the staff.
“We thought we would try something different to keep the England World Cup spirit alive throughout the tournament.
“Our regulars find it quite amusing, though quite a few of them didn’t believe that we’d applied for the deed poll documents until we showed them.”
Mr Watson is hoping the pub will be a hive of activity throughout the competition, with the bar showing every match on four screens.
Sweepstake competitions, giving drinkers the chance to win extra bar money will also run every match, as will special offers at the bar themed around the number 9 – Rooney’s England number.
Not everyone is happy with the name changes though, with Kerry Higgins saying it has caused some rifts at home.
She said: “My boyfriend isn’t too happy with it. He says he’s sleeping on the couch until I change it back as he’s a devoted Liverpool fan!”