As England prepare to face Sweden this Saturday, spare a thought for the unlucky among us who have stuff planned at the same time
No-one is safe anymore. It’s sweeping the nation and there’s no known cure. I’m, of course, talking about the extremely powerful outbreak World Cup fever.
England’s penalty shoot-out triumph last night now means we’ll move on to face Sweden in the quarter-finals in Samara at 3pm on Saturday. It’s going to be a tough game but if we have faith then our lord and saviour Gareth Southgate might just lead us one step closer to that prize.
But spare a thought for all those poor souls who planned events weeks, months and even years ago at the exact same time as the World Cup match.
Comedian Rob Beckett wrote on Twitter: “The poor couples that are going to attempt to get married on Saturday. 3pm kick off. England World Cup quarter final. Brutal. They’ve got to put it on the telly in the drinks reception or everyone will be furious.”
The poor couples that are going to attempt to get married on Saturday. 3pm kick off. England World Cup quarter final. Brutal. They’ve got to put it on the telly in the drinks reception or everyone will be furious.— It’s coming home (@robbeckettcomic) July 4, 2018
And, indeed, plenty o’ people have been sharing their quandaries at clashing weddings during the game.
Writer Joe Abercrombie said: “Old friend of mine is getting married on Saturday. To a Swede. During the England Sweden game. What are the odds?”
Old friend of mine is getting married on Saturday. To a Swede. During the England Sweden game. What are the odds?— Joe Abercrombie (@LordGrimdark) July 4, 2018
Another Twitter user said: “Got a wedding on Saturday at 2pm. Might go full England.”
And Luke Shaw added: “It’s my uncles wedding on Saturday. There’s more chance of him getting remarried than us get through to another World Cup quarter final, so I’ll be there for his next wedding.”
It’s my uncles wedding on Saturday 🙄 There’s more chance of him getting remarried than us get through to another World Cup quarter final, so I’ll be there for his next wedding 🤙🏻— Luke Casey Shaw (@LukeCaseyShaw) July 4, 2018
This is a total shocker:
I now have to go to a wedding in a rural farm with no phone reception, that takes place during England versus Sweden.— David Callaghan Blue Tick (@DavidCallaghan) July 4, 2018
I don't think they technically qualify as people after doing this to me.— David Callaghan Blue Tick (@DavidCallaghan) July 4, 2018
I wonder if I could send someone who just looks a lot like me?— David Callaghan Blue Tick (@DavidCallaghan) July 4, 2018
No one would blame you David.
Meanwhile, a question: should you miss your own son’s first birthday?
It’s my sons 1st bday party from 2.30pm and everyone has asked if there’s a tv 😬— Kate Parker (@mrs_empey) July 4, 2018
Meanwhile, spare a thought for (and also laugh at) this poor soul:
My mates missus has organised an NCT BBQ for Saturday afternoon - he is suicidal— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor15) July 4, 2018
Others pointed out that the game coincides with the massive Pride parade in central London:
An England quarter final and Pride on the same day? HHHHHONEY central London is going to be INTERESTING this weekend 🏳️🌈 ⚽️— Shaun Kitchener (@ShaunKitchener) July 3, 2018
Student Georgie Harris is even considering missing her own graduation to watch the game:
my graduation on saturday is at the exact same time as the england match— Georgie 🐝 (@georgie_rharris) July 4, 2018
And Nick Redman revealed how his wife is going into surgery during the match:
My wife's having an operation on Saturday afternoon. So inconsiderate of her— Nick Redman (@N_J_Redman) July 4, 2018
At least one person had a lucky escape:
I was meant to be photographing a wedding that day, but they broke up and it was cancelled. I think all three of us are happy with this outcome 🏴😂— Kim Burrows (@KimLBurrows) July 4, 2018
And some people are at least doing The Right Thing:
Wherever you are this Saturday, chances are you’ll find a screen somewhere. The whole nation is watching, lads. Don’t let us down.