Cult of Southgate grows, England W Cup fever mounts

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Southgate is nearing sainthood status in England © AFP / Yuri CORTEZLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 8 – England is basking in unexpected World Cup success as coach Gareth Southgate is elevated to national hero status, cathedral organs belt out football anthems and the country prepares to shut down for Wednesday’s semi-final.Clean-cut, waistcoated manager Southgate was not even supposed to be in Russia. Now he’s about to lead England against Croatia with a place in Sunday’s final beckoning. When the 47-year-old was appointed in November 2016 after Sam Allardyce left his post following a newspaper sting after just 67 days in charge, there was little fanfare.That’s all changed now. “Southgreat” trumpeted the Sun on Sunday. “Cry God for Harry, England and St George!” said the Sunday Telegraph.England, basking in a long summer heatwave, is starting to believe the team can reach their first final since 1966 after the young side saw off Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Almost 20 million people in Britain tuned in, not accounting for the many more who watched in pubs and public viewing areas.Streets were deserted as people crammed into sweaty pubs, gathered around big screens or stayed home to watch the national side reach the last four of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years.Marks and Spencer, official tailors to the England team, declared Saturday #NationalWaistcoatDay in honour of Southgate and the team.England coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane celebrate their World Cup quarter-final victory against Sweden © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVThe manager has even been promised a lifetime supply of waistcoats from a firm in London.“I’m so impressed with Southgate’s performance, and with his choice of attire,” the founder Sir Plus, Henry Hales, told the London Evening Standard.Exeter Cathedral, in southwest England, tweeted a video of an organist playing the unofficial team anthem “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” in an tweet entitled “To Russia With Love”.The song itself, released by the Lightning Seeds and comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel for Euro ’96, hosted in England, is storming up the charts again.Fans have also adapted another song, “Whole Again” by Atomic Kitten.“Looking back on when we first met, I cannot escape it, I cannot forget,” the fans chant.“Southgate you’re the one. You still turn me on and football’s coming home again.”– Social media star –Southgate was an accomplished defender for England and a clutch of Premier League clubs, but his managerial experience is limited to a spell at Middlesbrough and with the England Under-21sHe famously appeared in a pizza advertisement that played on his penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shootout against eventual champions Germany.But he has gone from fall guy to hero, taking social media by storm, with the hashtag #GarethSouthgateWould used thousands of times by people imagining how he would help them out.“#GarethSouthgateWould siphon the petrol out of his own car and put it into yours, if he saw you parked up on the hard shoulder on a motorway out of fuel. He’d wave you off, then he’d wait for the AA (Automobile Association) to come get him, because that was his last few drops,” tweeted @DrawtyDevil.AmnestyUK tweeted: “#GarethSouthgateWould ensure we retain all our hard-won #humanrights after #Brexit.”Former British Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson tweeted: “#GarethSouthgateWould come all the way to London to make sure there was a ramp to get me off the train when he was only popping to Boro to get some milk.”Twitter user Claire Eubank tweeted a radically altered version of The Lord’s Prayer.“Our Gareth, who art in Samara, Hallowed be thy waistcoat…. For Thine is the semis, The Final and the Glory, For ever and ever. #It’s Coming Home.”Southgate’s rising profile has been a bonanza for lookalike airline pilot Neil Rowe, who even managed to temporarily fool BBC TV presenter and former England international Gary Lineker when he spied him in the crowd during the match against Sweden.“I signed kids’ napkins in McDonald’s in 96 after he missed the penalty, have been shouted at by Colombian fans and got free beers in the Irish bar,” Rowe told the BBC.Perhaps, though, the Daily Mirror summed it up best as to why Southgate has wowed the English public.“He is a gentleman.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgGLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSTwins:Congratulations to Yvonne and Jim Mc Guinness, Kilkenny, Glenties, on the birth recently of their twins, two baby sisters for Toni Marie, Jimmy and Mark Anthony. The Late John Gallagher:The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Tuesday 10th September 2013, of John Gallagher (Snr) Meenahalla, Glenties. His Remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning. Fr. Gerard Cunningham, C.C. Fintown celebrated Requiem Mass. Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. .Music and singing were by John F. O’ Donnell. Burial took place afterwards in the New Graveyard. He is survived by sons John and Neilie, daughters Mary and Bernadette, sister, Mary, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife Bridget predeceases him.The Late John Boyle:The death took place in Harbour Lights Nursing Home on Friday 13th September 2013 of John Boyle, Meenalargan, Glenties. His Remains were brought to Meenalargan on Saturday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday morning. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Gerard Cunningham. Music was by John F. O’ Donnell. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. John is survived by three brothers, Phil, Eamonn and Gerry and one sister, Mary, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His brother Paddy predeceased him some years ago. Employment Project:Glenties Care of the Aged Community Employment Project requires participants for its new scheme commencing in October. Application can be made in writing to Day Centre Glenties or by telephone to 087 1539018.Bingo:The winners at the Big Bingo in The Community Centre, Glenties, on Tuesday 10th September 2013 were – € 50 winner – Mary Boyle; €100 winners – Bernadette Mc Devitt, Mrs. Mc Fadden, Mary Gallagher, Nora Gallagher, Sandra Moore, Faye Moore, Catriona Gallagher, Breege Boyle, Breidíin Keeney, Annie Boyle and Kitty McGlynn; .€150 Winners – Fiona Gallagher, Lisa Boyle; € 300 Winners – Mary Gallagher, Mary Gazley, May Kennedy, Dillon Murray, Jenny Sweeney, Vera Breslin, Mary Mc Daid, Anthony Burke and Amanda McConnell; The € 2,000 Jackpot winner was – Rosaleen Boyle.Tai Chi Qigong Health Exercises with Charles Shovlin: Classes starting in Glenties Community Centre from Wednesday 18th September; Time – 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.; Adults only. For further information contact Charles at 074 9551596 or [email protected] Towns:A general worker is wanted for a Community Employment Scheme; Fás criteria apply, Please contact 086 120 9524 for further information.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: September 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more