Fans delight in Notleys as England penalty curse shattered
PUBLISHED: 09:56 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 July 2018
Fans descended on one of Lowestoft's most popular venues with wigs, flags and hats galore on show as England faced Colombia.
Notleys, on the Royal Thoroughfare, hosted a football party that lasted well into the night after England were taken to penalties by a dogged Colombian side.
Huge cheers went up from the crowd as Harry Kane put away a penalty early in the second half, a much needed release after a cagey first 45 minutes.
Then, despair. England were two minutes away from a great result after 90 minutes when centre-back Yerry Mina powered a header into the floor and above Kieran Trippier’s head.
Tension rose during the 30 minutes of extra time before the drama of penalties sent Notleys, Lowestoft, and England through the roof as Eric Dier put away the winning penalty.
Ron Tanner, 70, recalled watching the likes of Bobby Moore and Sir Bobby Charlton lift the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966. He was less than impressed by England’s performance prior to penalties.
He said: “Can they win it this year? No way. I think a lot of England’s players in the Premier League are carried by the foreign players.
“To be leading and then to lose a winning advantage and go through extra time is not very good.
“But it has been a good night cheering on England, even if it has been disappointing going to extra time.”
Dawn Burgess, landlady at Notleys, said: “It has gone incredibly well. England got great support in here tonight, and I was on the edge of my seat and there was a point where I was actually shaking. “The crowd in here were just supporting England all the way even when they missed penalties.
“I think there is probably going to be more people in here on Saturday because there is no work on Sunday. Not that I think we can fit an awful lot more in! It is absolutely unbelievable.”
Notleys will be showing England’s next match in the quarter finals against Sweden on Saturday, July 7. Kick off is at 3pm.
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