England fan Anthony goes World Cup crazy!

Daily Echo: Anthony Baddams with wife Anita, son Sean and his decorated home Anthony Baddams with wife Anita, son Sean and his decorated home

IS this the most patriotically decorated home in Hampshire?

England fan Anthony Baddams has left nobody in any doubt who he is supporting in the World Cup by turning his house into a shrine to the Three Lions.

The 46-year-old spent three weeks covering his four-bedroom terraced property in Southampton with more than 300 flags, England shirts, hats, dice and other memorabilia.

Nothing has escaped, with the front wall and even the door and windows of the privately rented home in Northbrook Road, St Mary’s, a sea of red and white.

It is not the first time the Chelsea fan has gone World Cup crazy. He has been showing his support for the team in this way since the 1980s but he rates this year his best effort.

Daily Echo:

Anthony said: “I just wanted to show my support for the lads. I do not see a lot of flags going up these days. This year it has been my best and hardest effort because of the wind and rain.

“I love when people call me a true England fan. I am proud of being English and supporting the team.”
His wife Anita, 44, wasn’t too keen initially but she has grown to love it.

She said: “At first I said to Tony ‘just put a couple up’, but Tony being Tony said ‘it’s only once every four years – let’s go the whole hog’. I really like it now.”
Neighbours have mixed feelings towards his home.

One, who did not want to be named, said: “I think it is a bit scruffy and there are too many flags.”
However Anthony’s German next door neighbours have put national rivalry aside and even taken pictures of his home.

Sebastian Antzek, 22, a student at Solent University, said: “I think it looks really good. When I go back to Germany I will do the same with German flags.”
With the World Cup just days away, Hampshire is gripped by football fever.

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The opening match between Brazil and Croatia takes place on Thursday evening before England – whose squad features Saints stars Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw and former players Rickie Lambert and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – kick-off their bid for glory against Italy at 11pm on Saturday.

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10:58am Mon 9 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

I like it a lot but im afraid it wont be up long
I like it a lot but im afraid it wont be up long Woolston ollie
  • Score: 9

11:03am Mon 9 Jun 14

happysaint says...

Like I said to you Tony ... well done mate .. its rich sennatt sfc here..This is more like the news you wanted not the Braintree paper someone claiming it's there house
Like I said to you Tony ... well done mate .. its rich sennatt sfc here..This is more like the news you wanted not the Braintree paper someone claiming it's there house happysaint
  • Score: -1

11:15am Mon 9 Jun 14

Shane75 says...

His wife Anita is actually 43. Looking good Tony.
His wife Anita is actually 43. Looking good Tony. Shane75
  • Score: 0

11:19am Mon 9 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

Classy, not sure some of the multicultural neighbours down that way will be to impressed though.
Classy, not sure some of the multicultural neighbours down that way will be to impressed though. ToastyTea
  • Score: 4

11:43am Mon 9 Jun 14

u bunch of mugs says...

This is Southampton not chelsea take your flags and go and live in London.
This is Southampton not chelsea take your flags and go and live in London. u bunch of mugs
  • Score: -8

11:43am Mon 9 Jun 14

killared says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Classy, not sure some of the multicultural neighbours down that way will be to impressed though.
They don't care I have friend who live near that house he doesn't care. I have to admit when you drive by and you see Chelsea all over that house in St Mary's it's quiet something with the England flags and stuff I doubt the resident would care
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Classy, not sure some of the multicultural neighbours down that way will be to impressed though.[/p][/quote]They don't care I have friend who live near that house he doesn't care. I have to admit when you drive by and you see Chelsea all over that house in St Mary's it's quiet something with the England flags and stuff I doubt the resident would care killared
  • Score: 6

11:43am Mon 9 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

Great news for those looking to buy in that rd.......
Great news for those looking to buy in that rd....... massimoosti
  • Score: 3

11:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

Shane75 says...

A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England.
A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England. Shane75
  • Score: -2

12:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

chris_ja says...

Idiot. Though look on the bright side, won't take long for someone to set fire to it.
Idiot. Though look on the bright side, won't take long for someone to set fire to it. chris_ja
  • Score: -2

12:10pm Mon 9 Jun 14

chris_ja says...

Shane75 wrote:
A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England.
And I think you'll find that the only person stupid enough on here to give a toss is... you! ;)
[quote][p][bold]Shane75[/bold] wrote: A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England.[/p][/quote]And I think you'll find that the only person stupid enough on here to give a toss is... you! ;) chris_ja
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

chris_ja says...

Shane75 wrote:
His wife Anita is actually 43. Looking good Tony.
You already said that - dear oh dear...
[quote][p][bold]Shane75[/bold] wrote: His wife Anita is actually 43. Looking good Tony.[/p][/quote]You already said that - dear oh dear... chris_ja
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

usual chelsea type ,two brain cells.
usual chelsea type ,two brain cells. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 4

12:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Shane75 says...

chris_ja wrote:
Shane75 wrote:
A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England.
And I think you'll find that the only person stupid enough on here to give a toss is... you! ;)
I just think it's funny how people can moan about someone that is showing a bit of patriotism. I've traveled abroad a lot and met people of many cultures and nationalities and would not get offended if my next door neighbour say for instance plastered their house in Germany flags etc. It's The World Cup biggest sporting event on the planet. What's wrong with going over the top? Time for nations to come together and play good football.
[quote][p][bold]chris_ja[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shane75[/bold] wrote: A simple story like this and The Echo still can't relate the facts properly. Anita is in fact 43 years of age and what The Echo claim as Sean being their son. He is in fact their Grandson and for the fact of the moaners on here. Aint it nice to show a bit of patriotism now and again? After all this is England.[/p][/quote]And I think you'll find that the only person stupid enough on here to give a toss is... you! ;)[/p][/quote]I just think it's funny how people can moan about someone that is showing a bit of patriotism. I've traveled abroad a lot and met people of many cultures and nationalities and would not get offended if my next door neighbour say for instance plastered their house in Germany flags etc. It's The World Cup biggest sporting event on the planet. What's wrong with going over the top? Time for nations to come together and play good football. Shane75
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

anthony headhuntertoneri says...

well if u dont like it its tuff its all for the boys and just we u so called english wopuld show a bit ov pride for ur team
well if u dont like it its tuff its all for the boys and just we u so called english wopuld show a bit ov pride for ur team anthony headhuntertoneri
  • Score: -4

12:41pm Mon 9 Jun 14

anthony headhuntertoneri says...

happysaint wrote:
Like I said to you Tony ... well done mate .. its rich sennatt sfc here..This is more like the news you wanted not the Braintree paper someone claiming it's there house
any think can happen but like i said its pride for the team if we get kniock out it will stay till world cup as finshed
[quote][p][bold]happysaint[/bold] wrote: Like I said to you Tony ... well done mate .. its rich sennatt sfc here..This is more like the news you wanted not the Braintree paper someone claiming it's there house[/p][/quote]any think can happen but like i said its pride for the team if we get kniock out it will stay till world cup as finshed anthony headhuntertoneri
  • Score: -7

12:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

amelia75 says...

Fair play :) England and Proud
Fair play :) England and Proud amelia75
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

theoriginalwasp says...

An advert for Benefit Street if ever I've seen one.
An advert for Benefit Street if ever I've seen one. theoriginalwasp
  • Score: 10

1:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mack chinnon says...

chris_ja wrote:
Idiot. Though look on the bright side, won't take long for someone to set fire to it.
****.
[quote][p][bold]chris_ja[/bold] wrote: Idiot. Though look on the bright side, won't take long for someone to set fire to it.[/p][/quote]****. mack chinnon
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

red/whitearmy says...

Oh brilliant. Just wait for the rest of the community in that area to start moaning and complaining. St.Mary's is an area of mixed ethnics. Im surprised i have not read that he is being racist yet. Fair play to him but covering up the windows.
Oh brilliant. Just wait for the rest of the community in that area to start moaning and complaining. St.Mary's is an area of mixed ethnics. Im surprised i have not read that he is being racist yet. Fair play to him but covering up the windows. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

LiveLaughLove...OnlyGetOneChance says...

Get a grip you bunch of misserable fuckas!! If you dont like it fine but do you really have nothing better to do with your sad existance then post negative/nasty comments about someone you don't even know...as usual the keybord warriors are out in full force! His house...his choice! Before all this PC rubbish and the change in imigration this country was coverd in flags when the world cup was on and in my opinion still should be but everyone would rather sit behind there computers with there misserable negative attitude then go out and support our boys, enjoy the world cup (whether or not we get through the group stages) and actually enjoy life!
Get a grip you bunch of misserable fuckas!! If you dont like it fine but do you really have nothing better to do with your sad existance then post negative/nasty comments about someone you don't even know...as usual the keybord warriors are out in full force! His house...his choice! Before all this PC rubbish and the change in imigration this country was coverd in flags when the world cup was on and in my opinion still should be but everyone would rather sit behind there computers with there misserable negative attitude then go out and support our boys, enjoy the world cup (whether or not we get through the group stages) and actually enjoy life! LiveLaughLove...OnlyGetOneChance
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

hope he flys the flag in stalingrad when conscription is brought back next year.
hope he flys the flag in stalingrad when conscription is brought back next year. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 2

5:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Can someone please tell me who he's supporting in the World Cup??? I can't tell from the article...
Can someone please tell me who he's supporting in the World Cup??? I can't tell from the article... 03alpe01
  • Score: 4

10:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

Wonder what it cost!
I do hope it was paid for by his hard earned and not benefits,
Wonder what it cost! I do hope it was paid for by his hard earned and not benefits, bullsbags
  • Score: 1

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