Over 'ere son, in me shed!

HOPE is on the horizon for World Cup widows thanks to a fed-up football fan who built an England-clad soccer shed to escape his nagging family. And after the success of Philip Johnston's own soccer sanctuary he has decided to offer the England kit paint job as an option on a range of a garden sheds for other patriotic but hen-pecked fans.

HOPE is on the horizon for World Cup widows thanks to a fed-up football fan who built an England-clad soccer shed to escape his nagging family.

And after the success of Philip Johnston's own soccer sanctuary he has decided to offer the England kit paint job as an option on a range of a garden sheds for other patriotic but hen-pecked fans.

Now disgruntled wives and girlfriends can show remote-control hogging partners the red card and banish them to the bottom of the garden for the duration of the tournament.

Timber firm boss Mr Johnston, 54, from Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds, said he was inspired to take action because he could never watch matches in peace and quiet with his family bustling around him.

“I was driving my wife Jane mad and my daughters were driving me mad. They said if I was going to be glued to the TV set I would have to do it somewhere else. That's when the idea struck me to build my own football haven - everyone's a winner,” Mr Johnston said.

“People were talking about the World Cup but not everybody in the country is a football fan. There are plenty of people who won't be tuning in and who won't want their lives dominated by soccer.

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“It seemed a good idea to make a flag-waving version of my best-selling shed so that fans can watch games on portable TV in peace and comfort and even enjoy a beer or two cheering on England and even invite a few mates round.

“They can shout as loudly as they like and turn up the volume without upsetting their nearest and dearest. The flag of St George design will also leave people in no doubt about which team they are supporting,” he added.

The wooden huts cost £425 and can be assembled in around two hours.

Football fan Oli Rees, 23, from Bury, said: “It's a brilliant idea - me and mates are definitely going to get one this weekend to put at the bottom of the garden. It is the perfect spot to watch the games undisturbed.”