Fleetwood’s England fans are ready to roar on their team again – and one Fleetwood family has made sure everyone knows where its allegiance lies.
Mike Hughes’ England house is probably the most photographed property in Fleetwood.
The Mount Street cottage has been painted with the St George cross for previous football tournaments but, in time for this year’s World Cup, Mike decided to add the Three Lions emblem and Nike’s famous ‘swoosh’ logo in tribute to the England shirt.
He said: “I’ve had loads of people stopping to take photographs, and they even ask me sometimes if it’s OK to do it!
“People seem to like it, they come up to the house to have a look, and the kids love it.
“I just do it for a bit of fun, really, and for my nieces Amy and Tia and my nephew Max.
“A painter did the job for me, he did some of it freehand and stencilled part of it.”
Mike is a former footballer himself. He played for Wolves and Leicester City and finished his career at Fleetwood Town.
Now he works as an agent in the entertainment business and also at Lords Bar in Blackpool.
“It was packed on Saturday night for the England match. I thought the team played well but in my opinion I wouldn’t have played Wayne Rooney. I think they’ve a good chance against Uruguay and Costa Rica. I hope we get through the group stages at least.”
England face Uruguay tomorrow, at 8pm, in a crunch match which both teams need to win. Across Fleetwood, many pubs will be screening the game and expect to be crammed with hopeful England supporters.
Down at The Mount pub on The Esplanade, pals Richard Salthouse, John Pinder and Paul Myserscough were upbeat about the positive attacking manner in which England tackled the slick Italians – and believe the men in white will still qualify.
Richard said: “The young lions were unlucky against Italy, I’ve never seen so many England shots from distance, they weren’t afraid to have a go. It sets a new precedent in how England play in tournaments.”
John added: “Attacking play is the way forward, we will qualify for the latter stages. England may have lost but they played some good stuff.”
Paul added: “We were good in attack but poor in defence, but watching Uruguay lose to Costa Rica the other day, that gives us hope.”
Debi Clerkin, manager of The Mount with husband Kieran, said: “The atmosphere was brilliant on Saturday and we expect it to be the same this Thursday.
“The World Cup is great for local trade.”