Yesterday I headed to Trafalgar Square to see the England Rugby team bring the
Webb Ellis Cup home as world champions. I was not alone, there was an estimated
750,000 on the route of the parade which started at Marble Arch and ended at
the time leading up to the team arriving at around 1:30pm a packed crowd sang
and cheered, watching the video from the slow progress of the buses carrying the
team and management through the crowds. The whole time there was not a hint of
trouble, everyone was good natured and no-one went over the top, even the
nutters in the fountains on what was the coldest day of the year so far.
climbed on bus stops (right), up the lamp posts (left), and in the trees to get
a decent view. There were women and children and men in suits and others in
rugby shirts drinking beer. There was no bad language at all, not a hint of a
fight or a broken bottle.
Can football learn a lesson from Rugby? It can learn hundreds. Actually
winning something would be a start.
Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal for the 10,000th time on the giant
Nelsons Column is the favourite viewpoint
Kids that should be at school sit on the Lions
I bet they are regretting this now
The buses arrive - a glimpse of gold
Speeches over, ticker tape explodes