Euro victory 'sign of things to come' says Great Yarmouth pub

Lynn Murphy and Gary Brown

Lynn Murphy and Gary Brown behind the bar at the King's Arms at the European Championship final on Sunday. - Credit: James Weeds

"This is a sign of things to come."

That was the message at a Great Yarmouth pub after the England Women's team won the European championship on Sunday.

England players celebrate with the trophy following victory over Germany in the UEFA Women's Euro 20

England players celebrate with the trophy following victory over Germany in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022. - Credit: PA

At the King's Arms on Northgate Street, pub patrons were jubilant as football finally came home as England beat Germany 2-1 in extra time at Euro 2022.

Regular Jane Harvey said: "I've never been so excited watching a game of football in my life.

"I have to admit, I didn't think we had the best of chances going in. I feared it would have gone to penalties and we would have seen a similar outcome to the men last year.

"But that was just amazing. The atmosphere was brilliant and I was gripped from the first whistle."

Frank and Lyn Gibbs (left) celebrating England's win with Jane and John Harvey on Sunday.

Frank and Lyn Gibbs (left) celebrating England's win with Jane and John Harvey on Sunday. - Credit: James Weeds

Mrs Harvey believes the victory will get more people interested in women's football.

"To see 87,000 people at Wembley Stadium is definitely a sign. I've never heard of that many people being there before for a women's game.

"It was great to see."

Kings Arms on Northgate Street

Kings Arms on Northgate Street. - Credit: Kings Arms

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Bar manager Gary Brown said interest in the tournament picked up as it went along.

"We had quite a bit of interest for the quarter-finals and even more for the semis," Mr Brown said.

"And it was great to see people coming down in full support for the victory."

Mr Brown said the team "had done us proud".

"It was a really good game and the atmosphere in the pub was superb," he added.

"It's absolutely brilliant for women's football and I think this victory will definitely encourage people to come back to watch more of it.

"I also think this is a sign of things to come for Qatar later this year.

"Let's bring it home twice in one year."

England's Ella Toone celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Women's

England's Ella Toone celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022. - Credit: PA

Patron Lyn Gibbs said: "My two little granddaughters play football and this is brilliant to see. Stuff like this really helps young girls and this victory just shows what they can achieve.

"I'm so proud of the team."

Bar worker Lynn Murphy said it had been a busy afternoon for the pub and more people than normal came out to support the Lionesses.

"It's great to see people coming out to support the women. It was a great game - and I could tell that even working behind the bar.

"Well done England."

England's Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women'

England's Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022. - Credit: PA