BRADFORD’S Ukrainian Club was full of atmosphere and colour last night as fans gathered to watch the Euro 2020 clash against England.

Despite the outcome, club director Ewhen Chymera said it had been great to see so many people come together after a testing year due to the pandemic.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine was the most-watched live TV event of 2021, said the BBC.

The broadcaster said the match pulled in a peak audience of 20.9 million and 81.8 per cent of all available viewers.

The game was also streamed 5.2m times across the iPlayer and the BBC website.

While Ewhen said Ukraine were good in parts, the match ended up being “a bit of a damp squib”.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Two goals from Captain Harry Kane and headers from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson handed the England side a resounding win at Stadio Olimpico.

While it wasn't the outcome Ukraine fans had hoped for, Ewhen said: “It was really good to see so many people come together, we had England fans as well, it was just a really good mix.

“It was friendly, everyone getting together, enjoying the occasion and the moment.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The Legrams Lane-based club has been a hub for the community since 1948, and for Ewhen, the opportunity for Ukraine to be in spotlight and for the nation to be spoken about in a positive way, has been a “really big thing”.

He said: “We’ll take a lot more out of that, regardless of the result.”

The pandemic has had a huge impact on venues like the Bradford Ukrainian Club, but as restrictions ease, there is hopefully some light on the horizon as they come back to life.

Ewhen said: “To have it full again, to have people and noise and atmosphere and everything, it harks back to years gone past when our grandparents were doing it.”