Kettering Cafe hosts England football team as Lionesses roar through town

A Kettering cafe provided roadside refreshments for the England women’s football team en route to their training headquarters.

The country’s crème de la crème of talented female footballers descended on Kafe Bloc in Kettering for coffee and cake during their two-half trip.

Tony Bagshaw, football fan and owner of the Kafe Bloc, opened its doors especially to serve the two buses full of customers and staff who lined up to produce the orders.

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Kafe Bloc’s Samantha Moore, Charlene Harrell and Tony Bagshaw with England players including left-back Jill Scott

Although usually closed on Mondays, the cafe team welcomed the players and backstage team to the Sheep Street shop on 21 February.

Tony said: “I got a phone call saying we were open on Monday – I said no and they said there were 40 of us so I said yes. Then they said they were there. England football team.

Over-the-moon Tony, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, had the team orders pre-arranged with flat whites the most popular drink of the day.

He also brought freshly baked banana cake, still warm, for the players and coaching staff.

A team spokesperson said: “Kettering is halfway between where we were and where we are going. The group are big coffee lovers and we need exclusivity (due to Covid protocols ).”

The team hailed from Norwich where they drew 0-0 with Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup – a warm-up for the World Cup qualifiers.

England legend Jill Scott, who has 153 caps for England, has her own Boxx2Boxx cafe in Manchester with her partner.

She said: “This is delicious coffee – just what we needed to ease the pain of Spain.

“It’s my first time to Kettering and it’s very scenic.”

Kafe Bloc owner Tony is no stranger to serving footballing royalty with Kettering-born Premiership manager Sean Dyche a recent client.

Tony said: “I’m so glad they looked for an independent store. A lot of the team said they really enjoyed the coffee.”

Last night England beat Germany 3-1 at Wolverhampton’s Molineux Stadium thanks to two late goals.

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