A PUB is being praised after saying it will show this summer’s Women’s World Cup games.

Brighton’s biggest pub, Ye Old King and Queen in Marlborough Place, proudly displayed a large blackboard outside listing the competition’s fixtures and when they would be shown.

A picture of the blackboard was shared on Twitter by sports journalist Tom Garry and received more than 1,400 likes.

Tom said: “Women’s football fans, how often do you see this in the UK?

“I’m told it is outside King and Queen Pub in Brighton, listing all the games they’ll be showing. Fair play.”

Mark Such, the pub’s general manager, said the decision to show the games was a no-brainer.

The 41-year-old said: “Being the leading sports pub in Brighton our doors are open to everybody, not just one sort of person and one sport.

“We want to provide something for all people.

“It’s not a case of why are we showing the games, it’s more a case of why not.”

Mark sponsors four sports teams in the city, including Saltdean Ladies FC, and threw his support behind the women’s game.

He said: “It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now.

“It’s the way the world is going and everywhere should embrace it.

“Sport is for everybody and so everybody has the right to go to the pub and enjoy it.”

Karen Dobres is a director of Lewes FC, the only club in the world to pay their men’s and women’s teams the same wage.

She said: “It’s great to see commonplace coverage of women’s fixtures because it normalises women’s football for everyone, and even normalises the fact that women can go to a pub and watch football.

“It often feels like going to watch the footie down the pub is an experience just for men, but this is literally a sign of the times, proving that things are changing for women and the women’s game.

“But I get the feeling that it’s becoming increasingly common, and the BBC just published that 6.1 million people watched the England versus Scotland match yesterday which is a record for a women’s match on TV.

“And that’s just so far. How many will watch as the Lionesses get stuck in further?

“So, my question is why wouldn’t the pubs show it if there’s an audience for it, and people want to watch it? It’s an economic decision as much as anything - the audience is there for women’s football.”