Graham Arnold pays tribute to his favourite Aussie pub after it changed its name to support the Socceroos ahead of possibly the greatest win in their history
Fans have launched into wild celebrations right across Australia as Graham Arnold’s underdog team made history with their epic World Cup win over Denmark in Qatar.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold (pictured) has paid tribute to his favourite Sydney pub that changed its name to support the Australian team, after what might be the nation’s finest hour at a World Cup
Arnold made special mention of his local pub The Sackville Hotel in Rozelle (pictured), that rebranded itself as the The Sacky-Roos ahead of the do-or-die match with Denmark
Written off as one of the worst Socceroos sides to ever compete at the World Cup, Arnold and his team silenced their doubters in spectacular fashion on Thursday morning, with their 1-0 victory over Denmark sealing their place in the last-16.
Arnold made special mention of his local pub The Sackville Hotel in Rozelle, that rebranded itself as the The Sacky-Roos ahead of the do-or-die match with Denmark.
‘Yeah look, I saw the great branding at the hotel, now The Sacky-Roos,’ said Arnold. ‘Great to have that support behind us. Yeah fantastic.’
Arnold often drops past the iconic Sydney watering hole and made mention of it after the dramatic victory against Tunisia.
‘I can feel my mates at The Sacky in Rozelle – cheering and drinking those beers,’ he said.
The Sackville Hotel unveiled new green-and-gold signage during the week in honour of the national team and to let people know they would be open to watch the match
The Sackville Hotel unveiled new green-and-gold signage during the week in honour of the national team and to let people know they would be open to watch the match.
General Manager Hannah Geary said the pub is both huge fans of Arnold and the Socceroos.
‘He [Arnold] comes into the pub. He comes into the bottle shop. We’re a big fan. He’s a good local,’ Geary told 2GB radio.
‘We decided to rebrand the whole pub from Sackville to Sacky-roos to provide a home for supporters.’
The Socceroos pictured celebrating their stirring 1-0 victory over Denmark
Pubs and clubs in NSW were allowed to stay open from midnight to 5am if they broadcast the Socceroos match, while licensed venues in WA can apply for a ‘one-off extended trading permit’ to show the game.
The Sacky-Roos can’t promise that punters will be able to get a chicken parmigiana in the early hours when showing Socceroos games, but they will be able to get a pie until 4am.
‘I’m sure there will be a lot of cheers in the morning,’ said Geary. ‘We’re so excited.’