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‘Absolutely unbelievable’ - Landlord of pub with £5,000 grandstand on atmosphere during England’s World Cup win

PUBLISHED: 12:47 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:35 20 June 2018

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

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Football fans in Dereham had a grandstand view of Harry Kane’s injury time winner against Tunisia on Monday night, as the Railway Tavern offered supporters the chance to experience England’s opening match of the World Cup in style.

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

Landlord Paul Sandford spent £5,000 on a temporary stand outside the pub on Yaxham Road so that fans could gather and enjoy the tournament together.

But he admits the response has been overwhelming, he said: “I expected a crowd, but nothing like that, it was absolutely unbelievable. The stand holds about 100 people and we were full to capacity two hours before kick off. We had nearly 600 people in total last night and it was all good-natured.”

The stand has captured the imagination of the media too. Mr Sandford said: “I’ve done about 25 interviews this week, Sky Sports News were here, even CBS America wanted to speak with me. Nobody had probably heard of Dereham last week, but they have now.”

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

England fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott HitchmanEngland fans at The Railway Tavern in Dereham during the England Tunisia World Cup match. Photo Scott Hitchman

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