During every World Cup, there’s always somewhere to go in London if you want to follow a particular team. For Ghana, one of those places is the Castle Tavern, by the Woolwich Ferry.
As far as I can gather, it’s run by an English-Ghanian couple – so when the Black Stars are in action, the local Ghanian population flock to the pub. There’s not so much drinking going on – though big bottles of Nigerian Star lager go down a treat at a fiver each – but there’s plenty of singing, drumming, dancing, and laughter.
It’s a side to Woolwich that’s not talked up by the property developers. Nor will you find it in Greenwich Time, the council’s weekly propaganda paper. It’s a world away from the sterile gentrification of the Royal Arsenal and it overpriced, understaffed Dial Arch.
And when the Black Stars play, you won’t find a friendlier welcome anywhere else in south-east London.