Rio Round-up: Norfolk pubs’ predictions of the World Cup

England fans watch the England against France Euro football match at the Woolpack in Norwich. Pictur

England fans watch the England against France Euro football match at the Woolpack in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

Four years since Spain swept to their first win on a hot-tempered night in Johannesburg, the stage is set for the month that football fans have been waiting for.

England V Slovenia. Fans celebrate the England victory at Peggottys pub in Yarmouth. Photo: Nick But

England V Slovenia. Fans celebrate the England victory at Peggottys pub in Yarmouth. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant © 2010

If that wasn't special enough, the game will be returning to its spiritual home as Brazil play hosts for the first time in 64 years.

While Roy's Boys will be sweltering in the rainforest, hoping for a first win since 1966, we'll be making sure you are up to date with everything World Cup-related in our area.

With it nearly here it's time to start predicting who will win the tournament and how far England will progress. We asked landlords/ladies and managers from 12 Norfolk pubs for their predictions...


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• COACH AND HORSES, NORWICH

Manager: Tom Allen

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Winner: Argentina

How far will England reach: Quarter-Final

Competition's top scorer: Lambert

Games being shown: All games will be available.

Special events: Selection of Brazilian food available throughout the World Cup.

• RIBS OF BEEF, NORWICH

Landlord: Roger Cawdron

Winner: Germany or the Netherlands

How far will England reach: Semi-Final

Competition's top scorer: Suarez

Games being shown: All games will be available.

Special events: Foods served that will represent the different countries in the World Cup and selling world ales.

• ANGEL GARDENS, NORWICH

Bar manager: Stuart Warren

Winner: Germany or Brazil

How far will England reach: Quarter-Final

Competition's top scorer: Neymar

Games being shown: All games will be available.

• COMPLEAT ANGLER, NORWICH

Bar manager: Ben Wof

Winner: Argentina

How far will England reach: Struggle to get out of group D

Competition's top scorer: Messi or Ronaldo

Games being shown: All games will be available.

• LAMB INN, NORWICH

General manager: Michelle Gianadda

Winner: Brazil

How far will England reach: Quarter-Finals

Competition's top scorer: Ronaldo

Games being shown: All games with early kick-offs.

Special events: Drinks promotions

• KETTS TAVERN, NORWICH

Landlord: Kevin Hopkins

Winner: Brazil or Argentina

How far will England reach: Quarter-Finals

Competition's top scorer: Messi

Games being shown: All games will be available.

Special events: England v Italy – 5pm-10pm BBQ, 6pm live music, eight screens showing the game with two outside.

• FAT CAT AND CANARY, NORWICH

Pub manager: Sam Springall

Winner: Brazil

How far will England reach: They'll get out of the group stages

Competition's top scorer: Neymar

Games being shown: Most early evening games- undecided on late games

• WOOLPACK, NORWICH

Landlord: Andy Coe

Winner: Brazil

How far will England reach: Runners-up

Competition's top scorer: Suarez

Games being shown: All England games. Most other games except late kick-offs.

Special events: Special World Cup Burger menu.

• THE WELLINGTON, CROMER

Landlady: Simone Hopwood

Winner: England

Competition's top scorer: Ronaldo

Games being shown: All England games. Most other games expect late kick-offs.

Special events: No special events planned but the pub will be decorated with bunting and flags.

• THE GREYHOUND INN, SWAFFHAM

Landlord: Nicky George

Winner: Brazil

How far will England reach: Quarter-Finals

Competition's top scorer: Sturridge

Games being shown: All games will be shown.

• ST JOHN'S HEAD, GREAT YARMOUTH

Landlord: Barry Austin

Winner: England

Competition's top scorer: Suarez

Games being shown: All England games and any other games that are in demand.

Special events: specially produced ales for the World Cup.

• THE RAILWAY TAVERN, DEREHAM

Manager: Martha Sandford

Winner: Argentina

How far will England reach: Quarter-Finals

Competition's top scorer: Messi

Games being shown: All games will be shown.

Special events: Friday June 13, Brazilian Carnival Party.

• There will be a host of regular features including updates on our predictor league, an eye on travelling Norwich City star, Leroy Fer, and essential facts and figures on England's opponents.

• And while football fans can write off the next four weeks, we also understand that the tournament is not everyone's cup of tea. That means we'll be giving you our alternative World Cup guide, so you know what else you can get up to when you would rather do anything but watch 11 men chase a ball.

• If you are doing anything with a World Cup theme, let us know by emailing Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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