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August 17, 2006

England 4 Greece 0

Oh the irony of it all. Yesterday's game between England and Greece was, of course, the only England fixture between now and Euro2008 at all likely to be shown on Greek terrestrial television back home.

And I watched it on BBC One in England.

Oh well, I had a great night revisiting The Queens Arms in Walthamstow, where I had enjoyed such classic England moments as losing my glasses on the floor as the whole pub erupted during the 2001 England-Greece World Cup qualifier when David Beckham scored *that* goal. And accidentally punching myself in the face whilst celebrating an England goal against Croatia during Euro2004.

The irony wasn't just about where I watched the match. During the game there were adverts urging supporters to be a true England fan by joining englandfans. I guess by being a true England fan they mean getting ripped off by football.

Here is what you get when you join englandfans

  • An englandfans membership card and card wallet
  • An exclusive book to help you follow England in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008
  • An England pin badge
  • An England pen

And you also get access to buy home game tickets. If you want to buy tickets for away games or for the Euro2008 finals themselves you need to join englandfans+.

And the cost to join englandfans+?


Yep, £75. Not for the right to get tickets, but simply for the ability to be able to apply for tickets.

Oh, but remember - The FA is a not-for-profit organisation  and any surplus revenue generated from englandfans membership is invested in the game at all levels.

Sheesh. To think I used to be able to go to England games.

The funniest thing about last night was as we were leaving my brother-in-laws. He asked my 3 year old nephew if England would win. "Yes" he said. "How many" we asked. "FOUR!!!!" he shouted. "Naaaah, don't be silly" we replied. The rest, as they say, is history.

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