Come on England! Fans prepare for first World Cup match tonight

Dorset Echo: SUPPORT: Fans at The Junction Hotel in Dorchester prepare for the big match tonight.  Picture: FINNBARR WEBSTER SUPPORT: Fans at The Junction Hotel in Dorchester prepare for the big match tonight. Picture: FINNBARR WEBSTER

HERE we go – fans are gearing up for England’s first game in the World Cup tonight.

Bars and other venues will be packed as spectators prepare for an 11pm kick-off in a tough opener against Italy.

The Junction Hotel in Dorchester is among the venues showing the match.

Weymouth’s bars will also be packed out and the Pavilion will be opening its doors for a free screening of the game from the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Entry is on a first come-first served basis.

Meanwhile, Dorchester Round Table has organised a screening of the match at the Spice Centre in High West Street that will also see funds raised for good causes.

But, before that, Columbia play Greece in the first Group C match at 5pm, before England’s group rivals, Uruguay and Costa Rica, go head-to-head at 8pm.

See all our coverage, fixtures and results and group tables in our World Cup section

The eyes of the nation will be on Manaus late tonight, as England take to the pitch at the 2014 World Cup for the first time.

Although the expectation levels seem to have been lowered in recent years, hope will spring eternal for many fans.

There can be few tougher starts than Italy, but avoiding defeat will be a minimum requirement for England to give themselves a chance of getting through to the knockout stages, with Costa Rica and Uruguay likely to be feeling at home in the heat of Brazil.

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2:54pm Sat 14 Jun 14

annotater says...

If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man!
If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man! annotater
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3:53pm Sat 14 Jun 14

shy talk says...

It's weird... people say they're not like apes. Now how do you explain football then?
It's weird... people say they're not like apes. Now how do you explain football then? shy talk
  • Score: -14

8:23pm Sat 14 Jun 14

blackdog1 says...

annotater wrote:
If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man!
What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves!
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man![/p][/quote]What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves! blackdog1
  • Score: 11

10:11pm Sat 14 Jun 14

jmc1 says...

blackdog1 wrote:
annotater wrote:
If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man!
What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves!
3-1 to Italy
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man![/p][/quote]What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves![/p][/quote]3-1 to Italy jmc1
  • Score: -7

9:35am Sun 15 Jun 14

jmc1 says...

jmc1 wrote:
blackdog1 wrote:
annotater wrote:
If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man!
What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves!
3-1 to Italy
ahh well, close enough
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: If there is a television in any pubs I visit, I shall walk out. Football brings out the very worst in the common man![/p][/quote]What a miserable sad life you must lead. Let people enjoy themselves![/p][/quote]3-1 to Italy[/p][/quote]ahh well, close enough jmc1
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