Residents at Aden View Care Home, on Perseverance Street, Primrose Hill, eagerly watched England advance to the final of the European championship – where Italy won on penalties.
Despite no fairy tale ending, the residents expressed how proud they are of the team and have even capitalised on the football fever by creating their own trading cards of the home’s former players.
Terry Hickson, 79, was one of those immortalised in the care home’s new cards, which says the lifelong Huddersfield Town AFC supporter used to play for Holme Valley and most enjoyed “beating the other side”.
Following the Euro 2021 final, he said: “England did really well. The tournament has put everyone in a really excited mood. Despite not winning, the lads did brilliant to get to the final and everyone here is proud of them.”
Fellow resident John Wainwright, 84, used to play for Hull City Amateurs, according to his trading card, which also states his favourite team is Manchester United and favourite player is Ronaldo.
After watching the England v Italy match, he said: “I’ve always enjoyed supporting England throughout the years. It’s terrible that we didn’t win this time but somebody had to get the trophy. It was a good match and the games have improved everybody’s mood.”
The trading card for James “Billy” Gill, 90, says his favourite team is Fartown, he used to play for Sheepridge, and his favourite memory: “watching the football with his friends.”
Before the final he offered the advice: “You have to have the men and the guts to win”. Despite the team not lifting the trophy after the final whistle, he added: “It was a good match to watch.”
Lauren Shipman, activities coordinator at Aden View Care Home, chose to make the trading cards of the residents as many of them are huge football fans.
She said: “I thought back to what the residents would have done when they were kids, as football cards were the things that they used to collect.
“So I thought it would be a positive, great memory for them to take out of the pandemic.
“Even though England didn’t win in the end, the residents have really enjoyed taking part in supporting the team with the rest of the nation and they were all so proud to make it to the final.”