Preston got behind the Lionesses as England reached a World Cup final for the first time in 57 years
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Numerous pubs around the city opened up early to show the match and their support for the Lionesses.
The Post headed down to one venue - the Guild on Fylde Road - to capture the scenes and speak to fans.
As expected, the pub was decorated top to toe with England flags and bunting, and the crowd – filling up the entire venue – was speckled red and white.
There were men and women there of all ages, with many keen to offer a ‘COME ON ENGLAND’ message to the Post as we walked through.
Before the game began, England fan Anj Mahendran said: “Big game, big final, I’ve followed the Lionesses since 2015 so I’m actually one of those who’s actually watched them for a number of years. I’m really excited, especially after the Euros last year, winning the final – they did it then, hopefully they can do it today.”
Despite the disappointing result in the end – with Spain winning 1-0 –, the pub crowd kept spirits high throughout, and remained hopeful until the final whistle.
England may not have won, but their achievement of reaching the final did not go under-appreciated with the Preston crowd still expressing pride in their national women’s team.
One England fan said: “I’m just so impressed with the Women’s football team and how it’s progressed, COME ON ENGLAND!”
Another, Emma Thompson, herself a female footballer who once played with Alex Greenwood and Ella Toone, looked positively towards the future.
The former Everton women’s player told the Post: “I’ve coached a lot of girls who are coming through the ranks … and I feel invested because I know the girls that are coming through are probably as good as if not better than what’s there now.”