Football certainly came home to one pub in Watford, which pulled out all the stops to celebrate England’s World Cup exploits.
Danilo Levato, manager of The Southern Cross on Langley Road, changed the name of the pub to the Southgate Cross to pay homage to the team’s manager Gareth Southgate as England prepared for their semi-final game against Croatia.
The pub is very close to where Gareth Southgate was born and Danilo said it was a good way for everyone to get together and enjoy the semi-final in style. He also encouraged punters to suit up in likeness to the manager’s iconic waistcoat for the chance to win a free pint of beer.
All people needed to do to claim a complimentary beer is throw on a waistcoat and say “football’s coming home” when ordering at the bar.
Danilo said: “I thought the change in name to the pub was a great way to commemorate a great sporting occasion, and it soon went viral on social media and on the streets.
“It was great to see a pub full of people donning their very own Southgate waistcoats. It was such a good atmosphere and plenty of people along to enjoy the occasion. It was a shame about the result.”
The complimentary ale on offer was brewed by sporting legend Chris Kamara as part of Greene King’s summer of sport campaign. The limited edition beer has been aptly named “Un-BEER-lievable”.
Danilo added: “Now it’s all over, we are back to normal and the pub has reverted back to its original name. I still have the sign so I might put it on the wall in the pub as a reminder.”