Riotous scenes in streets and bars of Camden as fans celebrate victory

Wild reaction takes authorities by surprise as supporters pour into the street

Thursday, 5th July 2018 — By Richard Osley


Buses were forced to make way for the revelry. Photo: @AmanTsays

ONE kick sparked scenes of delirium, as football fans spilled onto the streets to celebrate England’s ongoing march to the World Cup final on Tuesday evening.

They poured out of pubs, chanting and dancing, after Eric Dier’s penalty secured a shootout victory against Colombia and brought Gareth Southgate’s team closer to the biggest prize in sport.

In Camden Town, revellers stopped traffic and commandeered buses, urging passengers to join their celebrations. Not long before, public transport had been uncharacteristically quiet

for central London. Some even clambered aboard the roof of a bus near Camden Lock, singing the unofficial anthem of English football, “Three Lions”.

“It’s coming home, it’s coming home”, they sang long into the night.

A fan stood on the 31 bus near Camden Lock. Photo: Benjamin Victor

There were similar scenes in Kentish Town as drivers beeped horns at crowds of jubilant supporters gathered at the canopy near the tube station. In West Hampstead, fans marched up and down West End Lane creating a late evening din.

England now only have to beat Sweden – they start the match as huge favourites – on Saturday to reach the semi-finals. From then, only unfancied Russia and Croatia stand in the way of the first appearance in a World Cup final since the glory summer of 1966. Are 50 years of hurt finally going to come to an end?

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