Suffolk joins in football joy

PUBLISHED: 14:13 03 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK – along with the rest of England – returned to work with an extra spring in its step today following the national team's demolition of Germany in Munich.

SUFFOLK – along with the rest of England – returned to work with an extra spring in its step today following the national team's demolition of Germany in Munich.

Football fans across the country spent the weekend celebrating, and it wasn't just the English who had broad smiles on their face.

The Irish Republic – including Ipswich Town skipper Matt Holland – was also on cloud nine after the team's famous victory over The Netherlands.

Pubs and clubs across the area did a roaring trade on Saturday as fans gathered to watch the crucial match on television.

However, Bob Feltwell, chief executive of the Ipswich and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said that while there would undoubtedly be many people arriving to work with the feelgood factor, he hoped that the effect of the post match celebratory drinks had worn off.

"There is always an element of absenteeism due to hangover recovery and I hope that this is minimal. There seemed to be a much more responsible attitude from the England fans this time and I certainly hope that this carries on into the workplace.

"I also hope that the success of the game on Saturday continues. Everything does well when football is successful," he added.

At the Plough in Dog's Head Street, Ipswich, the atmosphere during the game was wonderful said manager Michelle Stealford.

"We always have a good crowd in here for football matches, but it was amazing this time. We were full and had to turn people away – and most of the people stayed for the whole night," she said.

"The atmosphere was wonderful, everyone was so happy. The last time we had anything like this was when Ipswich won at Wembley to go up to the Premiership."

There was a similar story at other pubs and clubs across the area.

At the Fludyers Hotel in Felixstowe fans were so excited, one threw his glass and ashtray up in the air when England scored.

"We don't have Sky at the moment, so this is the first time we've done anything like this – but we'll certainly repeat it whenever England are playing," said manager Sue Davis.

"There was a wonderful atmosphere here and we're already looking forward to Wednesday. We're going to get all the bunting up and our staff will be wearing England shirts – we've also got a special football-based menu," she said.

There was a similar story at The Falcon in Felixstowe High Street, where the bunting was put up on Saturday night.

"It was a great night, absolutely unforgettable," said Eddie Bailey at the pub.

And Lucille Moran at the Suffolk Punch in Norwich Road, Ipswich was also celebrating – even though she admits to not liking football.

"We have all the matches on a big screen here, but the atmosphere here was fantastic. We had a good crowd in for the match and they stayed on for the whole evening," she said.

"I don't really like football, but when it brings in that much business its fine by me – and it's good to see so many people so happy," she added.

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