Hello, my name is Ian and I’m going to be bringing you a brief blog each day of my match day goings on of trying to watch every Euro 2016 game. Day 7.
Well, what a cracking day yesterday. I predicted a 2-1 victory to England and thankfully in injury time we got the winner when Daniel Sturridge scored to give us all 3 points.
I had a long but very good day spent with friends in various locations. Now I’d wanted to watch as many England games as possible with my eldest lad, however he was back at school and it was a 2pm kick off. Pub time for a change after watching every other game at home. Therefore I’m writing this blog very late today as I was a little tired after yesterday’s exploits.
Disaster nearly struck before kick off when my plan to meet friend at 1.30pm never nearly happened. I’d presumed there would be a fair bit of traffic with quite a few people leaving work on a 1/2 day to watch the football but I never realised just how busy, oh and the road works (that my wife knew about but forgot to mention) didn’t help. Anyway, after just avoiding joining the back of the traffic jam and taking a long cut around the houses to at least keep moving, I got dropped off at the pub at 1.50pm. Beers were bought and I took to my seat, which my two mates had kindly kept for me, right in front of the big TV screen.
Wales were poor but could still of easily come away with a draw, or maybe even a win if they manage another shot on target. Joe Hart massively at fault for Bale’s goal and has since come out and apologised along with thanking his team mates for getting the victory. Bizarrely there was no movement from myself or my friends when Vardy equalised. We all saw straight away that he was offside and waited for the linesman’s flag or referee’s whistle to disallow the goal but they didn’t. And what a cracking decision not to as the ball came of Wales’ Williams head and into Vardy’s path.
As for the winner, the pub erupted when Sturridge fired home from just a few yards out. Had England finally found some momentum to take ahead and go forward in this competition. We’ll have to wait and see but at least we now have that first victory.
The rest of the day was spent in various pubs, catching up with different friends but all the other matches were watched, sometimes the first half in one pub, the second in another. It was a good day yesterday to be drinking, seeing friends and of course watching lots of football. My head hurts now mind due. Cheers.