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Sunshine and gloom for beach-going England fans

The Argus: Sunshine and gloom for beach-going England fans Sunshine and gloom for beach-going England fans

MORE than 2,000 people went through a rollercoaster of a night on Brighton beach watching England.

The fans were plunged into gloom when England conceded a goal, before hopes were raised with an England equaliser from Wayne Rooney, only for the evening to end in defeat against Uruguay.

Not put off by the gathering clouds, by 6.30pm 500 people had arrived at Brighton’s Big Screen and the crowd was in a jovial mood before the game.

Chris Trickey and Susannah Broadbridge, of Terminus Road, Brighton, were keen to enjoy the game whatever the result.

Mr Trickey, 43, a driving instructor, said: “When you watch the game with a lot of people you don’t mind about the result so much.

You feel the experience more than if you were watching at home. “I’m going to enjoy it whatever hap- pens.”

Before the game Ms Broadbridge, 41, an office manager, said she was feeling more nervous than during the last World Cup.

“In the first game we were playing well and also there’s less expec- tation this time round.”

By 7pm about 700 were waiting for the game and apart from a brisk breeze the weather was still holding up.

Jennie Blows, 24, an administrator, of Coombe Road, Brighton, said: “I like the atmosphere here, it’s better than watching the game in a pub.”

By 7.30pm 1,500 were enjoying pints and burritos from the food stalls.

Every time presenter Charmaine Davies asked over the PA system for fans to show support for their team, the cheers for Uruguay were few and far between compared to those for England, but no less enthusiastic.

The good-natured atmosphere persisted as the game drew closer. And by the time the game began more than 2,500 people were sat or stood in front of the big screen.

There were cheers from the crowd in front of the screen and the hundreds on the pebbles alongside the enclosure as the English national anthem was played.

Tancrede Bonnard, 33, office manager, of Highcroft Villas, said: “I don’t normally feel patriotic, but football would- n’t be football without the national anthem.

“It’s a nice, international crowd and everyone seems to be in good spirits. “You wouldn’t get such a good atmos- phere everywhere. It’s quite peaceful here, quite chilled out.”

There was a growing air of confidence following the nervous opening exchanges in which Uruguay put pressure on England and Suarez almost caught out Hart with a cheeky corner four minutes in.

Charlie White, 15, of Whitehawk, was among those on the beach with a group of
friends all wrapped in England flags.

He said: “It’s brilliant to be watching the game with all your mates. We don’t have an amazing view from here but it’s the closest we’ll get to Brazil.”

Tony Hawkins, 25, a retail manager, of North Drive, said he had Uruguay in a sweepstake at work and was going to be happy whoever won.

“It’s being here that’s important. Being around so many people who all care about the same thing makes you feel more of a part of the human race.”

When Rooney struck the crossbar hopes were raised but then when Suarez broke the deadlock he created more of a subdued atmosphere on the beach.

By half time England were still trailing but many felt there was still little to choose between the two sides.

Jeff Simmons, 25, a builder, of Portslade, said: “I am not happy at all. But at least we were fighting back. We normally flop when we’re losing but there’s been more heart in the players this time.”

Despite England’s attempts to fight back, Luis Suarez scored his second goal of the night to win the game, leaving the fans on the beach deflated for their journey home.

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7:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

rogerthefish says...

Wouldn't bother not enough toilets and the bar is run buy two donkeys who must be on minimum wage as it takes 30 minutes to get a beer, top tip buy a few cans and sit on the beach next two it...best avoided.
Wouldn't bother not enough toilets and the bar is run buy two donkeys who must be on minimum wage as it takes 30 minutes to get a beer, top tip buy a few cans and sit on the beach next two it...best avoided. rogerthefish
  • Score: 1

7:56am Fri 20 Jun 14

monkeymoo says...

One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team.
Struggled against Honduras in a friendly.
Lost against Italy.
Lost against Uruguay.
Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica.

Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part
(and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!!
One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team. Struggled against Honduras in a friendly. Lost against Italy. Lost against Uruguay. Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica. Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part (and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!! monkeymoo
  • Score: 5

8:26am Fri 20 Jun 14

9 of us says...

monkeymoo wrote:
One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team.
Struggled against Honduras in a friendly.
Lost against Italy.
Lost against Uruguay.
Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica.

Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part
(and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!!
That's right! It's the getting paid £100k a week. Who's the mug?

England footy fans (I'm referring to those who actually attend matches during the league season), know we are not a 'world class' team., People like you ( I assume you are English?) who don't like football, will never understand it.
What I do understand is your eagerness to post your comments. You despise football just as much as I despise people like you. That's the great thing about football, it draws such a diverse audience.

UTA
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team. Struggled against Honduras in a friendly. Lost against Italy. Lost against Uruguay. Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica. Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part (and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!![/p][/quote]That's right! It's the getting paid £100k a week. Who's the mug? England footy fans (I'm referring to those who actually attend matches during the league season), know we are not a 'world class' team., People like you ( I assume you are English?) who don't like football, will never understand it. What I do understand is your eagerness to post your comments. You despise football just as much as I despise people like you. That's the great thing about football, it draws such a diverse audience. UTA 9 of us
  • Score: 1

8:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

monkeymoo says...

9 of us wrote:
monkeymoo wrote:
One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team.
Struggled against Honduras in a friendly.
Lost against Italy.
Lost against Uruguay.
Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica.

Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part
(and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!!
That's right! It's the getting paid £100k a week. Who's the mug?

England footy fans (I'm referring to those who actually attend matches during the league season), know we are not a 'world class' team., People like you ( I assume you are English?) who don't like football, will never understand it.
What I do understand is your eagerness to post your comments. You despise football just as much as I despise people like you. That's the great thing about football, it draws such a diverse audience.

UTA
Wow... It's great to see someone who is so passionate about about a GAME, that it brings them to tears. Sorry if i made you cry......
And you're right...You are a mug. Paying such high prices for tickets and clothing that changes every year and spending all your time debating how 'WE' should have played!? So sad.

Anyway, I don't despise football, i quiet enjoy watching the world cup, thanks.
Plus, I am lucky enough to have a mother who is Dutch, So at least when i watch any international tournaments, i am guaranteed being able to support a team right till the end!

Enjoy the rest of your world cup (what time is England's flight home?)!
[quote][p][bold]9 of us[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team. Struggled against Honduras in a friendly. Lost against Italy. Lost against Uruguay. Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica. Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part (and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!![/p][/quote]That's right! It's the getting paid £100k a week. Who's the mug? England footy fans (I'm referring to those who actually attend matches during the league season), know we are not a 'world class' team., People like you ( I assume you are English?) who don't like football, will never understand it. What I do understand is your eagerness to post your comments. You despise football just as much as I despise people like you. That's the great thing about football, it draws such a diverse audience. UTA[/p][/quote]Wow... It's great to see someone who is so passionate about about a GAME, that it brings them to tears. Sorry if i made you cry...... And you're right...You are a mug. Paying such high prices for tickets and clothing that changes every year and spending all your time debating how 'WE' should have played!? So sad. Anyway, I don't despise football, i quiet enjoy watching the world cup, thanks. Plus, I am lucky enough to have a mother who is Dutch, So at least when i watch any international tournaments, i am guaranteed being able to support a team right till the end! Enjoy the rest of your world cup (what time is England's flight home?)! monkeymoo
  • Score: 3

9:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

s_james says...

monkeymoo wrote:
One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team.
Struggled against Honduras in a friendly.
Lost against Italy.
Lost against Uruguay.
Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica.

Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part
(and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!!
Everyone realises that already. Expectations were low before the tournament. But thats not a reason not to cheer on the team.
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: One day.....English people will realise that England are NOT a world class team. Struggled against Honduras in a friendly. Lost against Italy. Lost against Uruguay. Lets see if they make it a 'hat trick ' when they play Costa Rica. Still...It's not the winning..it's the taking part (and getting paid £100k + a week for being that bad)!![/p][/quote]Everyone realises that already. Expectations were low before the tournament. But thats not a reason not to cheer on the team. s_james
  • Score: 5

10:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

Alinguo says...

No mention of the idiots throwing rocks at the fans inside?
I think I will watch the next game at home.
No mention of the idiots throwing rocks at the fans inside? I think I will watch the next game at home. Alinguo
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

"Plus, I am lucky enough to have a mother who is Dutch, So at least when i watch any international tournaments, i am guaranteed being able to support a team right till the end!"

Guaranteed in what way?
"Plus, I am lucky enough to have a mother who is Dutch, So at least when i watch any international tournaments, i am guaranteed being able to support a team right till the end!" Guaranteed in what way? stevo!!
  • Score: -1

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