After enduring almost TWO whole weeks of football-less torture following the Champions League final, Euro 2016 is nearly here! England and Wales are in form and it's Northern Ireland's first major championship since the World Cup in 1986!

It's time to relax knowing there’s a month of back-to-back games coming up with the perfect excuse to get the beers in and kick off the Euros in style with a few mates!

That's the good news!

The bad news is...

The organisers have made a terrible error…Some games will take place at 2pm GMT! You know…when you’re still at work!
Don’t worry – SPAR is there for you. We’ve concocted some strategies to help you get home in time for kick off.

Here are some of the biggest 2pm kick-offs you must see…

*DISCLAIMER: SPAR is not accountable for any trouble you get into with your manager.


Thursday 16th June – England v Wales

This is a big one. With England drawing their first game to Russia and Wales beating Slovakia. It's shaping up top be cracking must win game for both. The boss will know what everyone is up to that day – not even the genuinely sick will get away with not showing up to work.
*Warning: you can’t repeat the coughing performance in front of your boss that got you your mate’s birthday off last December, that only works once.

But you have a plan. You’re going to butter-up your Scottish colleagues who needless to say have a bit of time on their hands so they can cover your work load. Surprise them with a tasty scotch pie from one of SPAR’s in-store Greggs “Hot food counters” and make them plenty of cuppas.

Then ask the big favour when you’re firmly in the good books!

Friday 17th June – Italy v Sweden

Sweden meeting Italy means two of football’s loosest cannons come into direct opposition. Ibrahimovic v Balotelli. Fireworks!

First things first. Get the afternoon off. 

Invite your boss and colleagues round for a ‘team-building’ afternoon. Keep them sweet with some Italian antipasti full of salami milano and prosciutto. Then wash it all down (responsibly) with some Kopparberg cider crafted by our Scandanavian chums.

You’re welcome.


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