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A Leicestershire pub landlord has turned the inside of his pub into a grass football pitch for the World Cup. James Banbury reckons the Old Swan in Kibworth is now the perfect place to watch games, reports the Leicester Mercury.

He turfed one of the bars, painted pitch markings on the grass, and turned the fireplace into a goal, with chalk-drawn goalposts and crossbar.

It all started with a joke bet Mr Banbury made with regulars while watching England play Trinidad and Tobago. He said: "The match was nil-nil and there was some banter among some of the lads who felt England would not get through to the next round. I told them I would turf the bar if England made it through and, after we won, I had to go ahead with it. Everyone who has walked in and seen the grass has burst out laughing. I'm really impressed with how it's fitted in and I reckon if I sprinkle some water on it, I can get it to grow."

June 23, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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