Football, bloody hell

OK, so at least we're not Spain. Or France. Or Australia. World Cup glory is still ours for the taking. All he needs to do is put Joe Cole or Gerrard on the left and another keeper between the posts and we'll be fine.

As for places to watch the game, we have this feedback from the USA game at the Wickham.

It was pleasingly crowded - full, without being sweatily so. Good mix of grizzled Wickham stalwarts and the young and the beautiful. Only one very tall man standing in the middle of the room. Service was reasonable after a slow start and the BBQ was nice. Good atmosphere, no aggro. The screens were well placed and of a decent size.

On the down side, anyone standing too close to the men's toilets (as we did) will suffer from the smell, which seems to be a persistent problem, the reception was a bit rubbish and the sound was too low, especially in the beginning. Hopefully, they will fix these issues for tonight's game, just as Capello solves all of England's problems.

If you watched it here or somewhere else, please share your experiences.

51 comments:

Headhunter said...

Yeah I was at the Wickham for a quick drink on Wed night and the whole bar area smelled like the gents loos, kind a mix of p*ss and chemical cleaner products. Never noticed it before, they really need to do something about it...

Anonymous said...

The wickham toilets do certainly have that childhood "pub toilet" smell we all remember from our youth.

Anonymous said...

I was there last Thursday. Good atmos. The big screen above the corner stage area was flickery but I thought that was more to do with something technical like low refresh rate rather than poor reception. The tv aerial can probably see the transmitter at Crystal Palace from the rooftop of the Wickers.

I'll be there tonight as well probably as long as the ELL gets me home in time.

Anonymous said...

The wickham toilets certainly do have that "pub toilet" smell we all remember from our youth!

RobGreen said...

Trouble is theres no ventilation in the toilets.need to open up those windows above.Its even worse in warm weather.

There's a BBQ tonight,as well as a band,The Dirty Lions singing England Football songs.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I watched the first England match in the Talbot and will be in there again tonight.

Can't comment on Mintness's comments on another thread because I have only watched one other game.

Funny how perceptions change. The Talbot screen is now "titchy" yet it is about four times the size of the telly in the public bar the last time the world cup was on (four years ago in case you are not a football fan) ;-)

world cup lover said...

I think I'll try the Talbot this evening, do they have Stella on tap though?

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Don't ask me I drink bitter.

There is a shiny silver pump thing that sells Lager and Guinness I think.

What's Bierra Moretti my mate drinks that?

;-)

TM said...

Forgot to say; shame about the Germans..................

Anonymous said...

The Moretti on tap is one very good reason to visit The Talbot!

World cup lover said...

Ok, if they have Moretti, they may have Azzuri, Anyone tried that Welsh Honey Beer from M&S, v.v nice.

Headhunter said...

Fullers does or did some kind of honey sweet beer, it was waaay to sweet for me. Isn't honey beer just mead?

Anonymous said...

no, mead is mead.

Headhunter said...

But mead is basically alcohol from honey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead

Now Then said...

My own sympathies at this difficult time go to France, though you've got to hand it to them for reaching the finals at all..
As to mead , seems we have the main ingredient here for a local brew, what with the urban honey. It could be called Thames Mead.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Honey, water, yeast. Beer is made variously of hops, barley etc. Honey beer has honey added to the beer when fermented. So mead is not a kind of beer but is a kind o alcoholic beverage.

Hope that helps

Anonymous said...

That was truly shockingly bad.

Anonymous said...

sigh....HH, wine is basically alcohol from grapes, doesn't make it beer does it? Remind me never to join your quizz team.

Anonymous said...

surely no venue could have made that game enjoyable to watch?

Anonymous Pete said...

One smelling of piss and bleach might have put the football itself in a good light.

Good thinking Wickham-ers!

Now Then said...

Nothing could have improved matters, but there was a welcome bit of humour, of the gallows variety, shown at the Talbot towards the end.

HardliaNotion said...

I find that laying a small bet against an England victory on my friendly betting exchange helps me last the match and keep me interested.

neanderthal d said...

Mead is Murder.

So was watching England tonight.

Viva Mexico.

neanderthal d said...

And the Democratic People's Republic of Korea too.

Jong Tae-Se puts Gazza to shame - on the crying front....

LoveFootball said...

Meat is Murder
Tasty Tasty Murder

Your changing your teams more times than Chels change there manager.

Wickham packed again, couldn't get to the bar to get drunk after that shambles.

Wd B B Kpr said...

I suppose mead is murder - as before queen excluder days you used to have to kill most of the bees in a hive to get any honey (and the rest would probably die in short order anyway) - but I don't think many people see it that way nowadays...

Wd B B Kpr said...

PS - hadn't looked at the earlier comments on the thread as my only interest in the football is second-hand through my son. Love the notion of Thames Mead! And there is a chap who lives in Deptford Creek on one of the few houseboats there who keeps bees. He gave a fascinating talk at Deptford Deli in the spring.

LoveFootball said...

That bird on the net was safe though,no way England were going to hit the net to move it.

Now Then said...

It would be good if someone came on to say how much the vuvuzelas reminded them of swarming bees, so that we could move on..

Aint gonna be me though.

LoveFootball said...

Ok I will,maybe bee's will be extinct before the Vuvuzelas are.

Wd B B Kpr said...

On no less authority than Einstein - once bees are extinct mankind has about four years before we run out of food...
Vuvuzelas don't pollinate food crops.

Now Then said...

Okay, WBBK, (ay) Any idea whats causing colony collapse? global warming?, G.M.? and (bee) Why only 'would be' beekeeper?

LoveFootball said...

Oh I like to be a Bizzy Bizzy Bee.

Now Then said...

Brentford?, I fear we're drifting away from the subject of Mead but looks like being a cracker tonight wherever 'tis watched?

Wd B B Kpr said...

Wd B because I've only done a course and been to some lectures so far.

Colony Collapse - a lot of research going into it but it seems people don't know. Probably a combination of factors. The spread of the verroa mite that Asian bees can live with but European bees have not evolved the mutual grooming mechanisms to cope with, mono-culture agriculture, endemic parasites, and, especially in the USA, stress where the colonies are shipped from State to State to pollinate the massive food crops as they come into flower in turn.

Now Then said...

It seems like its becoming a duty for everyone to keep a hive if they can.
Reminds me of the story of David Niven staying at a West Country B&B.
When finding one of those odd little 'one portion' containers of honey at brekfast, his comment to the owner was 'I see you keep a bee'
Something else coming into quite unexpected flower is New Zeland football.

LoveFootball said...

Quite NT,they even had a Banker come on towards the end,mind you England had 11 of them playing Friday.

Brockley Nick said...

I am rapidly rediscovering my kiwi heritage, not least as they brought a Barron on in the last few mins.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Even though the kiwi goal was probably offside and the Italian penalty was technically the right decision ... Why does a team like Italy have to resort to Hollywood tactics to try and beat a team of minnows. The site of cannavaro writhing around on the floor clutching his face like he'd been shot was just plain embarrassing!

Still... Come on you Kiwis!!!

Now Then said...

What about the Kaka sending off last night after the Ivorians (ahem) swarmed angrily round the ref?

LovesFootball said...

Smells of Rivaldo 2002,what goes round comes around.

Brockley Nick said...

W00t! More Wickham nights lie ahead!

LoveFootball said...

Or afternoons.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The knife grinders will not be happy.

Now Then said...

Based on their performances they cant have any axe to grind.

Now Then said...

Ah thats better, bit stuffy in that other place.

Probably not TM as the tree planting of which we spoke has given rise to further garden work which I don't want to rush, as this might give rise to a bizarre gardening accident a la spinal taps late first drummer.

Saturday for definite though

Anonymous said...

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TM said...

We may pass like ships in the night then as I am bound for the Wickham on Saturday to see the top band Stax Lite..........

Now Then said...

You mean THE Stax Lite. WOW. Sorry Anonymous thought there was no one else at home. See Budget thread.

Anonymous said...

Just back from the wickham and thinking about suing the English FA for the costs of my beers . . .

Still at least it is all over and we did not have to suffer extra time or penalties . . .

Now Then said...

I know this might come as a bit of a mystery to some, as the exchange took place on another thread (something to do with skateboarding, I'm nearly sure) but @ Brockley Kiwi, you said we might discuss RWC 2011 after this one was over.

How do you rate the French?

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