Hartlepool fans roar on Three Lions

Throston Primary school pupils (left to right) Isabel Hodgson, Thomas Short and Vinny Rowbotham dressed England's Three Lionsduring the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID
Throston Primary school pupils (left to right) Isabel Hodgson, Thomas Short and Vinny Rowbotham dressed England's Three Lionsduring the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID
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England fans of all ages across Hartlepool were glued to the big Euro 2016 match against neighbours Wales.

Around the town, many other supporters watched the big clash in pubs or took time off to enjoy the game at home.

Pupils at Throston Primary School support England during their game against Wales during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils at Throston Primary School support England during their game against Wales during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils at Throston Primary School watched the exciting England victory on a big screen in the school hall yesterday afternoon.

The children painted their faces with St George flags and had their own three lion mascots to roar the team on to victory.

Fans also watched the action unfold with Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett in the club’s Centenary Bar at Victoria Park.

Despite Wales taking part in their first major tournament for 58 years they scored first thanks to star player Gareth Bale to lead at half time.

It was super to see the children celebrate and England win

Mark Atkinson, Throston Primary headteacher

There were cheers around the town when Leicester top striker Jamie Vardy made it level after coming on in the second half.

And the children at Throston Primary went crazy when Daniel Sturridge scored the winner in the 94th minute.

Headteacher Mark Atkinson said: “It was all doom and gloom at half time but it was super to see the children celebrate and England win.

“The camaraderie and collaboration between them was fabulous to see.”

The big screen in the hall during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

The big screen in the hall during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

A number of fans from Hartlepool who have travelled to France for the tournament watched the game in Lens.

They included Ian Hendry, 47, Richie Boddy, 36, and brothers Andrew and Danny Sanderson.

England play their final group stage game on Monday night against Slovakia.

Grace Pearson with her flags during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Grace Pearson with her flags during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils at Throston Primary School support England during their game against Wales during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils at Throston Primary School support England during their game against Wales during the 2016 European Championships at Throston Primary School Photograph by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United showed the England vs Wales game.

Hartlepool United showed the England vs Wales game.

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett (second from right) watching the England vs Wales game

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett (second from right) watching the England vs Wales game