Bar staff Roo-ting for Eng­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ADAM UREN

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!”

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