We take a light-hearted look back on events surrounding this summer's Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Fancy Dress Football
Our physio Ian ‘Buster’ Gallagher has always been a bit of a character and he found a typically unique way to get in to the spirit of Euro 2016 this week.
On Saturday evening, Buster donned his retro England kit and dressed up as one of his heroes Paul Gascoigne as he watched Roy Hodgson’s men in action against Russia.
Then on Sunday he temporarily switched allegiances when he paid tribute to the late George Best by dressing up as the Northern Irish icon as Michael O’Neill’s men began their Euro 2016 campaign.
Rumours he’s dressing up as Bryan Robson for England’s next game against Wales are so far unconfirmed…
Like Watching Grass Grow?
The quality of England’s performance in their opening game against Russia has been the source of great debate since the 1-1 draw at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday night.
We’d opened our doors at The Vic as the Centenary Bar was given a Euro 2016 makeover and a good turnout of fans took advantage by joining us to watch The Three Lions on our big screen.
Groundsman Dave Brown was among those enjoying the facilities but mysteriously disappeared during half time, not returning until long in to the second half.
Where had he been?
“The rain coming down like this is brilliant growing conditions for grass – every single blade is standing to attention out there, it would make a great photo.”
Conclusive proof – if ever it was needed – that some people really would rather watch grass grow than watch England…
Magic Charm For Irish
It was a mass of colour when the Republic of Ireland began their Euro 2016 campaign with a game against Sweden on Monday.
The Swedes arrived in their vibrant yellow to cheer their team on, creating a luminous wall of support in the stands of the Stade de France.
But there, right in the middle of the massed ranks of yellow, was one stand out individual – an Irish fan dressed in a full leprechaun outfit as spotted by talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham in this picture he posted on Twitter.
Well played to that Irish fan – though they didn’t quite enjoy the luck they needed as Kieran Clark’s own goal denied them all three points in the game.
BBC’s Big Builder-Up
There was an early star of Euro 2016 as BBC presenter Dan Walker attempted to introduce viewers to the broadcaster’s location for the duration of the tournament.
Sat in a studio set in the shadow of a sun-backed Eiffel Tower, Walker proudly set about recording the opening words of his broadcast to the nation – only for a builder to walk right across the background!
To be fair though, it’s goes largely unnoticed…