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Norwich church coffee shop will be throwing open its doors for England's semi-final

PUBLISHED: 15:28 10 July 2018

Football fans watching World Cup action at The Sanctuary Coffee Stop on Grove Walk, Norwich. PIC: Vicky Allen.

Football fans watching World Cup action at The Sanctuary Coffee Stop on Grove Walk, Norwich. PIC: Vicky Allen.

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Football is like a religion in many countries and England fans can come together to pray for a first appearance in the final for more than 50 years at a church coffee shop.

England’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990 will be up on the big screen at The Sanctuary Coffee Stop on Grove Walk, Norwich from 6pm.

The coffee stop, part of St Thomas Norwich Church group, should be packed out come kick off in Russia.

Will Bacon, youth and sports pastor at St Thomas, said they were hoping for a big crowd after showing previous World Cup matches, including the opener against Tunisia - which was seen by about 100 - and one of the other group games against Panama.

He said: “We’re opening up at 6pm with bacon sarnies and a beer and will hopefully get a bit of a crowd going and watch the match at 7pm.”

He added: “There’s lots of people who have been coming in who would’ve been watching it on their own.”

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