Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Left Gutted by Last-Gasp Sensation

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Left Gutted by Last-Gasp Sensation

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Byline: By Jane Picken

Head in hands, this football fan sums up England's night of horror.

He was one of hundreds who gathered in Newcastle's Times Square to watch England's Euro 2004 clash with favourites France.

The fans cheered as Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson gave a running commentary during the match. And despite the slow start Frank Lampard's 38th minute opener brought ecstatic applause and screams from the crowd.

But the glory did not last and Zinedine Zidane's injury-time double left the crowd in agony.

And many started to disappear, heading for the nearby pubs and carpet fitter Darren Patterson, 31, decided to join them.

Darren, from Slatyford, Newcastle, said: "I'm disappointed that we haven't won but watching England play is a bit like watching Newcastle play because there are so many highs and lows."

Neil Davis, 30, of Fenham, Newcastle, was also in Times Square but was not impressed with England's performance. …

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