Eng­land fail fans en­joy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MATTHEW REVILLE

THE mis­fir­ing mil­lion­aire foot­ballers rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land could not match the pas­sion shown by loyal fans that cheered them on all over the city yes­ter­day.

Thou­sands flocked to Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre to watch Eng­land’s lack­lus­tre 0-0 draw in the cru­cial World Cup game with Al­ge­ria.

Pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers crammed out­side The Sports Lounge, on King Street, where a ca­pac­ity 700 fans gal­lantly cheered the mis­fir­ing squad on while watch­ing on a big screen TV.

The bar’s boom­ing soundsys­tem blared foot­ball an­thems such as “Three Lions” and “World In Mo­tion” across the city cen­tre while fans clad in replica shirts and flags of St Ge­orge de­scended on Peter­bor­ough bars.

How­ever, the car­ni­val at­mos­phere that pre­ceded the cru­cial match be­came re­placed with a ner­vous mood when the Three Lions put in a sec­ond limp per­for­mance in a tour­na­ment many op­ti­mists have tipped them to win.

Mayor of Peter­bor­ough councillor Keith Sharp joked: “The team need to start play­ing bet­ter though or there might be a riot in the town cen­tre.

“But se­ri­ously, any­thing that brings the peo­ple to­gether has got to be good and I just hope the team can start putting in a per­for­mance half as good as their fans.

Eng­land can still qual­ify for the next round if they beat Slove­nia on Tues­day, but even then they may have to set­tle for sec­ond place in what many pun­dits saw as one of the weak­est groups.

Shrug­ging off the dis­ap­point­ment from the match Tom Roberts, from Flet­ton, said the at­mos­phere gen­er­ated by the le­gions of Eng­land fans out­side The Sports Lounge was bril­liant.

He said: “The out­door screen helps cre­ate a big match at­mos­phere and it is just great to have a chance to have these events.”

The rev­enue from the fans watch­ing the game in city bars will come as a wel­come sight to land­lords vy­ing for ad­di­tional busi­ness dur­ing the re­ces­sion.

The game was also be­ing shown in Char­ters in Town Bridge on three out­door screens.

Man­ager Hugh Sher­wood said: “We have put on a ‘beers from around the world pro­mo­tion’. We haven’t been able to find a beer from ev­ery coun­try and don’t have an Al­ge­rian one – but I don’t think we would have sold many.”

Ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion com­pany Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough chair­man John Bridge said that the pub­lic gath­er­ings would help the city’s econ­omy.

Mr Bridge said: “It is great news for pubs go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time.

“The key thing is we need them to start win­ning – the longer that we stay in the com­pe­ti­tion the more nights like these the city will have.”

AGONY: Fans at the Sol­stice can’t hide their frus­tra­tion. (metp-18-06-10pf401)

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