City cel­e­brates Eng­land’s World Cup win

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS

RE­LIEF was word as thou­sands of foot­ball fans cel­e­brated Eng­land’s safe pas­sage to the sec­ond round of the World Cup.

Jer­main De­foe’s close range strike in the 22nd minute of yes­ter­day’s match against Slove­nia was enough to see the Three Lions through to the next stage of the tour­na­ment.

His goal sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions across the many pubs and bars in Peter­bor­ough, which were packed to the rafters through­out the af­ter­noon.

But the joy soon turned to nail­bit­ing ten­sion for the avid fol­low­ers as Eng­land missed a num­ber of glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties which could have put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

How­ever, as the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle, the hap­pi­ness was ev­i­dent as fans spilled onto the streets into Cathe­dral Square and Cow­gate.

Ju­bi­lant Eng­land fans beeped their car horns as they drove through the city cen­tre.

The car­ni­val at­mos­phere fol­low­ing the win was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent at the Sports Lounge, in King Street.

Do­minic Richards (42), of Peter­bor­ough Road, Farcet, said: “It was bril­liant. It’s been a great at­mos­phere.

“There was proper pass­ing and we played bril­liantly. It’s nice to see this amount of peo­ple out in one place in the city.

“It was very nerve-wrack­ing at the end – I was count­ing down the min­utes – but they did it and now they are go­ing through.”

Fel­low fan Steven Cook (26), of East­field, added: “It was awe­some. It was great to see lots of peo­ple in here and now we can look for­ward to Sun­day.”

Co-owner of the Sports Lounge, Ian Bridge­stock, said that the venue would be open from noon on Sun­day for Eng­land’s sec­ond round clash. Tick­ets for the screen­ing cost £5.

The day will in­clude a gi­ant tele­vi­sion screen out­side and live en­ter­tain­ment through­out the af­ter­noon.

He said: “It’s been a re­ally great at­mos­phere, a lot of peo­ple man­aged to get out for the time of the day.

“It was re­ally ner­vous at times and we could’ve done with more goals to make it eas­ier.

“It’s a shame we didn’t top the group but we will be open on Sun­day for the next match.”

There were sim­i­lar scenes at The Draper’s Arms, in Cow­gate, where around 100 fans gath­ered to cheer Eng­land.

Man­ager Chris Parkes said: “It’s been re­ally good. There was a lot of ‘ooohs’ fol­lowed by a big cheer for the goal. It’s been a good turnout for it as well.”

Hun­dreds of peo­ple also gath­ered in the mar­quee and grounds of Char­ters, on Town Bridge, to watch the game and also en­joy a bar­be­cue and out­side bar.

Danielle Cousins (23), of Gun­thorpe, said: “This is the only time I watch the foot­ball as it brings the whole coun­try to­gether and the at­mos­phere is amaz­ing.

“Eng­land did so well in the run up to the World Cup but now they seem to have lost their con­fi­dence.”

Luke Cox (23), of Flet­ton, Peter­bor­ough, said: “Eng­land aren’t up to the level they should be. I think it will be a team like Por­tu­gal or Italy that win over­all.

“The at­mos­phere around town has been great. It is so good see­ing so many peo­ple out and en­joy­ing them­selves.”

Some city pupils were also al­lowed to drop their pens and pen­cils to watch the game.

Around 100 stu­dents packed into the com­mon room at Peter-

GRIPPED: Eng­land sup­port­ers at BGL in Or­ton South­gate take time out of work to watch Eng­land play Slove­nia. (METP-23-06-10PF602)


JOY: Fans cel­e­brate Eng­land’s goal at The Sports Lounge, in King Street. (METP23-06-10AS076)

PACKED: Fans flock to the out­door screen at Char­ters bar, on Town Bridge. (METP-23-06-10AS017)

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