Pub not showing World Cup turns away England fans due to Christmas decorations

A pub not showing the World Cup has been forced to turn away several England fans who were confused by its Christmas decorations.

The Greyhound Inn in Wilton, Wiltshire, was wrapped in a giant red cross on Sunday (November 20) – which happened to be the day that the World Cup was starting and just 24 hours before England kicked off their campaign in Qatar.

Confused England fans however mistook the decorations as a large flag of St George and have been coming to watch World Cup games – which the boozer doesn't show.

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At least a dozen footie fans have turned up hoping to enjoy a pint in front of the TV so far – with more punters expected to arrive on Friday (November 25) when England plays the USA.

The pub's landlady Nikki McNulty, 39, said she's nicknamed the "Crazy Christmas Lady" locally and is known for her decadent displays.

She explained: "They all call me the Crazy Christmas Lady around here. As soon as November hits I want to put everything up and make everything really festive.

"Each year I like to do something completely different, so I thought this year I'll make the pub look like a giant present – well, that was the plan.

"The next day it's all over Facebook and all over the local community group chat saying 'oh how lovely is it that The Greyhound are supporting the football' so we had to politely say we won't be showing the football."

The 39-year-old put up the Christmas decorations over the weekend with her husband Graeme and pub staff.

She added: "Probably about a dozen people have been in asking about watching the football, but we've had to turn them away.

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"I think it's quite funny now, looking back. First of all I was thinking 'oh goodness, how can I make it look more like my vision was'.

"I can see why they'd think that [it looks like the England flag], but it's made everyone have a little giggle which is what everybody needs at the moment when times are so tricky.

"I think it's brightened up the Market Square with all the bad weather."

She explained how the pub is restaurant-orientated nowadays and that the only people watching the World Cup are the kitchen staff when the eatery is less busy.


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