Six Nations Under Brockley

Rugby fans who lecture football fans about how marvellously well behaved their boys are; rugby fans who struggle to understand what is going on during a game; rugby fans who watch games five times a year and don't know who half the players are; rugby fans who insist on turning their shirt collars up. These are just some of the rugby fans that Brockley Central moved to Brockley to be able to avoid.

However, we recognise that embracing diversity means loving these unfortunates like brothers and that not all rugby fans are quite so vapid. So we'd like to help BC reader Kate, a rugby fan who wants to know if any local pub will be showing the upcoming Six Nations games. Big screen sport is one of the area's weak spots, so any suggestions welcome.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pubs in Lewisham show football.

If you want rugby move to Clapham.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. And the first comment is from a Lewisham football fan. Millwall I assume.

Thanks for this - also keen to find out if any pubs are showing the 6 nations games. Was a very poor show during the World Cup last year.

Benjamin said...

"If you want rugby move to Clapham". How ridiculous. Rugby is liked - and shown - all over London. You don't have to live in a particular area because you like a particular sport. Yes, Clahm is full of rugby-obsessives, but there's plenty of ways to watch rugby without moving to join them. Having said that, I've struggled to find pubs in Brockley showing anything much.

Brockley Nick said...

New Cross House and Royal Albert occasionally show sport. The Wickham Arms does / did show some football. The Talbot said they would show some sport, but I don't know if they do.

Definite gap in the market.

NAT said...

The Talbot showed all the England games last season.

Plenty of options for those who want to watch the fringe sides in action in and around Greenwich.

Ireland Wales will be shown at the Blythe Hill Tavern, a great riverside walk from SE4.

Credit crunch chick said...

Noticed that Old Haberdashers have put up TV screens. Not sure what they are showing on them though.

fong said...

Was in the Tolbot and Albert at the weekend. Both had signs up saying they would be showing the 6 Nations

Stevao said...

The World Cup last year was a bit different. Because of the time difference with New Zealand the games were always on in the early hours.
It was therefor hard to find pubs showing the games at that time of the day. But the Hobgoblin, across the road from New Cross Gate station, had all the games on, sometimes opening at 6am serving bacon sandwiches. So out of appreciation for that I will have to go back here.

Anonymous said...

I'd frankly love to live in Clapham rather than this 'hole.

whealie said...

Not just down the road (Lewisham Rugby Club closed years ago), but one of the best local rugby clubs is Charlton Park, in Kidbrooke. It's family friendly and more down to earth than Blackheath (sometimes disparagingly called the builders and decorators' club but some public-school old boy clubs locally).

There's a Vice President's Lunch on this coming Saturday and The First XV are playing at home. Get in touch if you'd like to come along.

Anonymous said...

The Ravensbourne Arms has a TV, so may be showing the games?

Vesta Curry said...

Clapham is a k-hole

Anonymous said...

A Vernon?

Ian on the Hill said...

The Barge usually has them on.
Yeah, yeah, I drink at the Barge. I am a crypto chav.

Anonymous said...

before The ravensbourne arms became an antic pub it was a great sports pub. big screens - lots of football and rugby (manager was a rugby player). Its the only thing i miss about it still.. But to be honest most pubs in lewisham show football if anything at all. Brockley Jack used to show sport. Does it still

NAT said...

Vesta, I had to look that up.

Did you really mean to compare Clapham to that part of the ketamine experience where objects seem further away than they are (The Common?) and is often the precursor to acute nausea?

Anonymous said...

I knew what a k hole was (I had friends at University in Manchester in the late 1990s) but recall Nathan calling Vernon a k hole once too.

Anonymous said...

The Greenwich Phantom has a post about this, listing pubs.

NAT said...

Wow 18;27 You Hipsters!

Did your friends ever get pinged for going off their feet?

Helen said...

The Royal Albert showed all the matches last year (as long as it didn't clash with a football match...). The Marquis of Granby(Kellys) in New Cross will show it on one of their screens. If you have a tv at home, it'll be on the BBC. Come on Ireland;-)

Anonymous said...

My arms felt like a fortnight in a bad balloon.

NAT again said...

Yep 19;31, that's the front row for ye.

Down to earth public school chap said...

Whealie - can a fellow not be both public school and down to earth, or are these mutually exclusive?

The Rising Sun on Loampit Vale usually shows major rugby games, but one has to mix with the hoi-polloi.

Mb said...

Did you know that ketamine interfere with the bodies propreoception? It's the so called "sixth sense", the way that the brain understands where the body is (badly explained but whatever) it's how you can touch your nose with your eyes shut. Neurologists think it may linked to "phantom limb" syndrome where amputees still have a sense of the limb being there. Also some people can feel their arms/legs, use them but don't feel it belongs to them. So much so that some have been compelled to chop them off!

Oliver sacks (of Awakenings fame) writes about it.

That's your lesson for tonight, sleep well

Kate said...

Thanks Nick for posting this question and everyone for your help.

As rugby was our national sport in Wales (like football is in England, as apposited to being a private school thing)that was a daft, narrow minded comment from "anonymous". If it's ok with you I'll try to watch my boyos in Brockley rather than move to Clapham, thanks.

Anonymous said...

The Vanbrugh or the Mitre in Greenwich

B&T said...

The Rising Sun is a much overlooked, really nice traditional sports pub. I'm sure they will be showing the rugby as they have several screens. The landlord is lovely and they do free bar snacks. Nice garden too.

Fellow rugby fan said...

The Hobgoblin in New Cross shows the rugby, they have loads of screens and lots of space. Actually quite a good atmosphere as well. I'm going there.

Gareth said...

Had an email from the New Cross House on this very subject today. It says:

Showing all the matches

All six nations games will be shown on our big screen.

Reservations available for all matches

Sound on or off judged by popularity.

The Old Haberdashers has been showing some sport on it's screens too, so more than likely to be on in there too.

Benjamin said...

Damn - Gareth beat me to it, sharing the good news that the New Cross House are showing all the matches. Who needs Clapham.

Anonymous said...

You tell, 'em Whealie.

CPRFC is best place to watch rugby locally, and to dispel a few Brockleian prejudices, and by Brockleian, I mean lentil chewing, pop up whatevering, green voting, middle classness, not the team who play the Yorkshire Grey

NAT said...

Is it members only at the clubhouse for 6N games Anon? (and Whealie)

Anonymous said...

Rugby in SE London has a proud working class heritage, probably only matched in England by Bristol and Gloucester and very much not that of Quins or Waaaahsps. But please don't let that puncture any comfortable inverse snobberies that might be held.

Lep Recorn said...

During the 2010 South Africa football world cup the Brockley Jack was a football free zone. I suspect it will remain so . . .

Anonymous said...

All the games are being shown at the Barge, which is a friendly pub, even if Smug Central has a permanent downer on it.

Anonymous said...

It's usually friendly but rather depressing.

NAT said...

I dont know, I thought Charlie Hodgson had a good game last night though I'm surrounded by the other faction.

Kate you'll have enjoyed that, wherever you ended up.

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