Last Saturday, there was clash


Last Saturday, there was clash of interests in the local pub, Top Hill Bar.

It was early afternoon, and the pub was packed. The chalkboard, that sits outside and advertises the day's games, had displayed Arsenal - Chelsea and Man U - Leeds. Both to be braodcast live. Usually there are slightly more Arsenal fans, but it's pretty close. Unless you were in early on a Saturday like this, you got left with a metal seat miles away from the tv.

Anyway, both of the above games were actually due to kick off simultaneously, with both shown, but on different channels.

The Arsenal - Chelsea game played for almost twenty minutes before a chap from the crowd had quite clearly had enough. He got up and changed the channel, over to the Man U game. This was not entirely well revieved. Much shouting, gesticulating and handbag style antics followed. It's definitely the closest I've seen to a brawl. And the ripple effect of a few people standing up soon led to everyone being on their feet.

Of course, a large section of the pub found all this hugely amusing and laughed through most of the experience.

Luckily, a compromise was found. Alternate between the two at twenty two and a half minute intervals. Although you can't fault the management for trying to fill the pub.

However it would have all got really messy if the power cut that plagued the later game had been earlier.

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