Fans pack Norwich pubs for England game

Football fans packed into pubs across Norwich for England's first game in the European Championships yesterday.

Supporters may not expect England to win the tournament this time but hundreds of people across the city still cheered on their team with mates at their local pubs.

Many supporters finished work early to get ringside seats in front of the big screens at pubs across Norwich.

Pub landlords are hoping the 'feel-good' factor generated by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations will continue through the Euros and into the London Olympics.

John Cooke, landlord at the Woolpack in Golden Ball Street, said: 'It's a nice atmosphere and it's great to have a packed pub on a Monday afternoon and evening. It looks like everybody worked through their lunch hours to get here for the 5pm kick-off.'

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Many of the fans wore England shirts and when Joleon Lescott scored the opening goal, a loud chorus of 'Ingerland, Ingerland' rang out, but the celebrations were cut short minutes later when Samir Nasri, from Manchester City, equalised for France, and the game finished 1-1.

Among those enjoying the match were Malcolm Bushell, from Brundall, and Teresa Taylor, from Sprowston.

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Mr Bushell said: 'It's a better atmosphere in a pub and nearer to work. I'm happy with a 1-1 draw, which I think is a good result.'

Jay Gaynor, from the Queens Hills estate in Costessey, said he could not get home in time to watch the game so seeing it in a pub was the next best thing.

Lee Chilcott, also from Queens Hills, said: 'The atmosphere's wonderful and I was surprised at how many people are here. This is a good platform, 1-1, and I think England will make it to the quarter finals.'

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