Scores of England fans descended on city pubs last night for the World Cup clash with Uruguay, on what turned out to be disappointing night.
Fans proudly wearing their England shirts, complete with wigs and flags, cheered on the national side at venues across the city.
There was a tense atmosphere at points in The Adelphi in Preston where fans packed to the rafters to back England.
It was standing room only but there were plenty of television screens for fans to see the action unfold.
Nail-biting tension and lots of heavy breathing was followed by cheering and singing from delighted fans.
In the first half groans filled the room when Rooney missed the first free kick of the game and again when Liverpool star Luis Suarez scored for the opposition.
But at half time spirits in the venue were still high with many hopeful the second half would bring the result they were hoping for.
Steven Taylor, 36, from Fulwood, was with his friends.
He said: “We have been coming in here since we were teenagers. It’s been a bit of a ritual that we come and watch England at the Adelphi or Roper Hall. It’s a good place to meet, there’s lots of TVs.
“I’m 36 and I’ve been coming into town since I was 18. I’ve watched all the Euro games and World Cup games in Preston. When I sat down and saw all these young people with all their hopes and enjoying the great atmosphere, I thought I’ve been here so many times and we’ve had our hopes dashed at the last minute – I don’t think they know what they’re in for.”
Meanwhile Daryl Moss, 38, from Broughton, had been hoping for a 3-1 win.
He said: “I’m here with nine mates – it’s a great pub for the football, it’s got good TVs.”
In the second half fans leapt into the air as Wayne Rooney scored for England.
The pub erupted into chants of ‘Rooney Rooney Rooney’ with punters cheering, clapping and whistling and punching the air.
For much of the remaining ten minutes of the game the venue really came to life with hopeful fans screaming “Come on England”.
But there were bowed heads when Suarez scored for a second time.
On the final whistle fans were left disappointed with the 2-1 defeat.
Nick Howarth, 25, said: “It has been a frustrating night. I’d been hopeful we would win.”
Hannah Mitchell, 22, said: “It’s a disappointing result. What a shame.”