Saturday: Catch Some Real “Football” Action at The Red Lion

By Patty Wetli | Friday, May 27, 2011

The Red Lion is bidding to be Lincoln Square's first English gastropub. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

With the 2011 NFL season in doubt, the only “football” Chicagoans are likely to see any time soon is the kind we call soccer.

So like any true English pub, The Red Lion, 4749 N. Rockwell St., will be airing the contest between Manchester United and Barcelona FC, Saturday, May 28 at 2:45 p.m. Settle in for a banger sandwich and BYOB (bring your own Boddingtons) while you cheer on the Red Devils.

Chicago sports fans accustomed to lovable losers will have to adjust their expectations: Manchester United is the Yankees of soccer, with a record 19 league titles. In fact, the franchise is ranked second only to the Yankees in terms of dollar value, and some estimates put the club’s worldwide fan base at more than 300 million.

If you’d like to jump on the bandwagon, here are few tips:

  • To sound knowledgeable, toss in a reference to “Old Trafford” (Manchester’s stadium).
  • Everyone’s heard of David Beckham. Real fans worship Ryan Giggs.
  • Sport the team colors (or should that be “colours”?): red, white and black.
  • Do NOT refer to the team as “Man U.” call them United or Reds.
  • Proper hooligans chant. Practice: “We do what we want, we do what we waa-nt, we’re Man United, we do what we want!”

Manchester United will be touring the U.S. this summer, including a stop in Chicago to take on the Fire, July 23 at Soldier Field.


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