Guernsey Press

Where are the fans? as England make final

ENGLAND’S football team swept to victory in the Women’s World Cup semi-final yesterday.

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KGV bar manager Sarah De Carteret. The bar is gearing up for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32429499)

But the weekday morning kick-off saw a quiet day at the KGV, where the match was being shown in the bar.

Staff said they are hoping for, and expecting, a bigger turnout for Sunday’s final.

England beat hosts Australia 3-1 to reach Sunday’s final of the competition, but there was no one at the venue to cheer them on, beyond staff and enthusiastic members of the kids club.

Bar manager Sarah De Carteret said she was obviously disappointed with the turnout.

‘Unfortunately with the tournament being in Australia the timings don’t really work, with the game kicking off at 11am it didn’t even really coincide with lunchtime,’ she said.

‘If Maya Le Tissier had even been on the bench I think there would have been a lot more interest in the finals across the island.’

The Guernsey-born Manchester United defender was in the provisional squad for the tournament, but was surprisingly left out of the final 23 by manager Sarina Wiegman.

Ms De Carteret said that the KGV was now expecting a really good turnout for Sunday’s final against Spain.

‘Being a weekend I’m sure a lot of people will come down to support the Lionesses,’ she said.

‘We had a good turnout for the quarter final against Columbia last Saturday and we always get a good turn out for the final. It's a big, big game.’

Ms De Carteret was predicting a 2-1 win for England against the Spanish that would seem them be crowned world champions.

‘When it comes to football, the women have already shown the men how to win. Hopefully they can go all the way.’

Jersey had a 'fan zone' set up at Liberty Wharf yesterday, and a crowd of hundreds watched the game from there.

  • The final between England and Spain kicks off at 11am on Sunday.