Fri, 10 Jun 2016
Euro 2016 is almost upon us.
Hosts France will take on Romania tonight (8pm) kicking off a whole month of football, while England will play their first game tomorrow evening against Russia (8pm).
The Euros will see three of the home nations compete in a tournament for the first time in 50 years along with Rep of Ireland.
But by now England fans will be beginning to feel the familiar optimism and hope that this year we might actually go all the way... coupled with a realism that comes with knowing we’ve come up short (quite often very short) in every tournament over the last 50 years.
However the Three Lions fare, excitment is building so we’ve compiled a handy list of pubs in and around Newbury town centre and Thatcham where you can catch all of the games live.
How far will England make it in this summer’s tournament? Will it be euphoric victory or once again crushing defeat?
Let us know where you will be watching the game and send us your pics of you and your friends or work colleagues cheering England on, just like the supporters in the picture above taken during Euro 2012.
*This list is by no means comprehensive, so if your local West Berkshire boozer is planning something special to cheer England on feel free to let us know in the comments section below or email email@example.com
The Old Waggon and Horses & The Canal Bar
26 Market Pl, Newbury
The popular Waggon and Horses & The Canal Bar will be showing all of the Euro 2016 matches across a slection of screens.
The Snooty Fox
148 Bartholomew Street, Newbury
Not only will Newbury’s The Snooty Fox be showing all England’s games on 10 HD screens (including two in the outdoor area to the rear), the pub will also be adorning its front with the largest England flag in Newbury.
39 West St, Newbury
You can cheer the Three Lions on at the The Lion in West street which will be decked out in bunting to create a patriotic atmosphere. The pub will be showing the matches across five screens in total.
The Coopers Arms
39 Bartholomew Street
The Coopers Arms on Bartholomew Street will be showing all the England games live on a selection of four screens across two rooms.
The Catherine Wheel
35 Cheap Street
The Catherine Wheel in Cheap Street will be showing England’s matches on two screens in its outdoor area.
The Shaw Social Club
Almond Avenue, Newbury
The Shaw Social Club has been decorated for the Euros and will be showing all of England’s matches live on a selection of screens.
The King's Head, Thatcham
The 17th Century pub has been bedecked in banners and will be showing all games. A big screen is set up in the beer garden, with barbecues for weekend games.
The Mill, Thatcham
Bradley Moor Square
Showing games on five screens. Flying the flag for England.
Meanwhile police have issued a warning ahead of the tournament urging people to drink responsibly to think twice before taking the risk of drink and drug driving.
National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: "Euro 2016 is an exciting time but fans must plan ahead to reduce the temptation to drive when over the limit.
"The government have estimated that there are over 200 fatalities every year caused directly by drink and drug drivers. There are many more casualties who suffer serious, life changing injuries that in many cases require lifelong care.
"Drivers are not only risking their own life, but the lives of their passengers as well as other innocent motorist or pedestrians.
"It's a simple decision for drivers, have fun and enjoy the summer but don't drive if you've had a drink.
“Officers will be carrying out thousands of tests at all times during the day and night to ensure that people who take the risk will be tested.
"If you're celebrating or commiserating during Euro 2016, don't drive while under the influence."