Sheffield geared for a feast of football

England Fans celebrate their team Victory, today thursday 15/6/06
England Fans celebrate their team Victory, today thursday 15/6/06
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COME on England!

Sheffield pubs are doing their bit to get us all excited as England’s opening game in the European Championships against France grows nearer.

Just about every pub, club and bar in the city - from Ecclesall Road to Ecclesfield, Hackenthorpe and Halfway to Hillsborough - will be showing the match on live TV.

And at Walkabout they are really pulling out all the stops.

England’s first match in Sheffield’s twin city of Donetsk will feature on giant screens - with cheerleaders and a brass band playing England tunes.

The bar on Carver Street is managed by Chris Robertson who is advising customers wishing to use the VIP areas to book quickly.

Chris said: “The Euros are almost upon us and our VIP areas are nearly gone. But there are still a few tables left for our opener. Reservations cost £6 per person including two free drinks.

“We hope that the lads beat France to make it the perfect evening.”

To reserve an area log on to or call Jenni on 07956 726969.

Embrace Nightclub on Burgess Street, Barker’s Pool, will be opening early for the game which kicks off at 5pm.

And to ensure fans get to know about it they are sending a giant lion by the name of Leo to spread the news.

You can catch him in his England strip at Meadowhall today and he’ll be out and about in the city throughout the football festival. Staff at the club will also be collecting for the Children’s Hospital

At the New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road, Hillsborough, landlord Kev Woods will be showing all the games - and there will be an array of Euro themed food on the menu.

The Ball in Crookes is among a score of city pubs which will be showing England’s games in 3D.

And at the Common Room on Devonshire Street they are keeping customers on side by inviting them to eat and drink their way around Europe and offering a free draw to win £100 in Common Room vouchers.

And for fans who want to watch the big match in luxury, their VIP package gives punters their own private area, free pool, two pitchers of beer and plenty of food - costing £100,

They also have a cheaper premium package at £65 and a standard package for £55. Contact or call 0114 280 8221 for further details.

At the oldest football Ground in the world at Sandygate Road, Hallam FC will be opening the 1860 suite for the England versus Sweden game on Friday, June 15, with a ‘pint and a pasty’ for £5. Doors open 7pm. To book email with names and numbers.