Mick Dennison column: TV football makes difference for pubs

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

At last! The time has arrived – we have a great weekend ahead of us – Premier League football is back and the beer festival kicks off.

On Saturday we finally see the start of top-flight football for another season as Liverpool take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium at 12.45pm on BT Sport with the Swansea v Man Utd game on Sky at 5pm.

What a great starting line up for us Northern football fans.

Add to that the Sky double header on Sunday of Palace v Spurs and Chelsea against new boys Hull City we certainly are back with a vengeance. Man City v Newcastle on Sky’s Monday night completes the weekend.

I’m sure all pub landlords in the area are thankful for the televised football owing to a barren summer with no World Cup or European Championships.

Believe it or not it does make a difference so we will all be cheering England on in September when they resume their quest to make the World Cup finals next summer.

Talking of football, there was no prouder person than me, last Tuesday, when I was sat in an English bar in Javea on the Costa Blanca as I watched Morecambe beat Wolves in the Capital One Cup first round.

My only sadness that night was there were no Wolves fans in the bar to inflict any verbals on!

There was however a fellow Brit who lived in Blackburn and we had a great conversation regarding one of our ex-managers, the now sadly departed Ronnie Clayton who was player manager of Morecambe in 1969-70 after a career at Blackburn Rovers .

This Thursday sees the start of the second CAMRA Morecambe Beer Festival at the Winter Gardens and I recommend any beer lover give this event a try.

The doors open from 5pm on the Thursday then noon until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

There will be a drinking up session on the Sunday if there is any left and it will be free entry from 12 noon that day.

It promises to be a great weekend with 50 ales, 10 ciders and entertainment on the Friday and Saturday nights with food available from us at the York.