PUBS in and around Uttoxeter had mixed success on Saturday night for England’s World Cup opener.
With the game kicking off at 11pm, Uttoxeter town centre was reportedly quiet as many fans chose to watch the 2-1 defeat against Italy at home.
But village pubs and those on the outskirts of town were happy with their trade during the game.
Dot Murray, the new manager of Ye Olde Talbot, in Market Place, said she was hoping for a better attendance for tomorrow’s crucial match against Uruguay.
She said: “We’ve only been here two weeks and have been welcomed with open arms by the locals.
“But we had no customers in on Saturday night.
“It was a bit of a shame as we’d kitted out the pub with lots of decoration.
“But I think most people watched the game at home.”
Italian Carlo Girometti, landlord of the Plough, in Stafford Road, put on free wine and pasta for the match.
He said: “We had around 25 people in to watch the game and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“When England scored there was an almighty cheer in the pub.
“Usually I’d be supporting England but I have to say I’m pleased Italy managed to get the win.”
Caxie Gill, landlord at the Bull’s Head, in Bag Lane, Marchington, also put on free food for the game.
He said: “We had quite a lot of people in.
“We tried to get everyone into the carnival atmosphere with kareoke before the game.
“Takings were definitely up compared to a regular Saturday night.”
England now turn their attention to the Uruguay game with the knowledge they will be eliminated if they lose.