As football fever hits the nation with the World Cup, a group of fans have come together to ask that eternal question - Why England Lose?

It’s the title of a light-hearted show taking place at the Colchester Arts Centre inspired by England’s last appearance at a major tournament.

Sports journalist Anthony Clavane explains: “It was during the European Championships and I took my son along to the pub to watch what I thought would be an easy match against Iceland to get us through to the next phase,

“Of course we all know what happened and in the end the 40 or 50 of us in the pub began booing England and cheering Iceland.

“It just became one big joke, that sense of doom and foreboding watching an England team play.”

That’s when he discussed the idea with friend and fellow football fan, Bryn Griffiths, to have a show analysing why England lose.

“There’s always a huge expectation before any World Cup,” Bryn adds, “but we all know it’s going to end up in humiliation. We thought why not celebrate that with music, comedy, and a Subbuteo penalty shoot.”

While Anthony and Bryn, along with football writer Carrie Dunn, will be discussing why England lose also expect singing of England football songs with Charlie Davison, film clips of those terrible England moments, World Cup images, and poetry from Mike Harwood.

There’s also a chance to donate your old football boots to the brilliant charity Boots2Africa.

Why England Lose takes place at the Colchester Arts Centre on Sunday, June 10.

Doors open 7pm, and show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 and £5 for concessions, available from or by calling 01206 500900.