Let’s give Uruguay a proper pasting!
One Fleetwood family has made sure everyone is left in no doubt where its allegiance lies ahead of tonight’s crucial World Cup clash with the south Americans.
Mike Hughes’s England house is probably the most photographed property in Fleetwood.
The Mount Street cottage has been painted with the St George cross for several previous football tournaments but, in time for this year’s World Cup, Mike also decided to add the Three Lions emblem and Nike’s famous ‘swoosh’ logo in tribute to the current England shirt.
He said: “I’ve had loads of people stopping to take photographs, and they even ask me sometimes if it’s OK to do it.
“People seem to like it, they come up to the house to have a look, and the kids love it.
“I just do it for a bit of fun, really, and for my nieces Amy and Tia, and my nephew Max.
“A painter did the job for me, he did some of it freehand and stencilled part of it.”
Mike is a former footballer himself. He played for Wolves and Leicester City before finishing his career at Fleetwood Town.Now he works as an agent in the entertainment business and also at Lords Bar in Blackpool.
“It was packed on Saturday night for the England match,” he added.
“I thought the team played well but in my opinion I wouldn’t have played Wayne Rooney.”
And his verdict on tonight’s vital clash?
“I think they’ve a good chance against Uruguay and Costa Rica,” he said. “I hope we get through the group stages at least.”
England face Uruguay at 8pm, in a match which both teams need to win.