HEADS may have been sore this morning but it was worth the pain after the pleasure of England's 3-0 victory over Switzerland.
Thousands of workers left offices, shops and factory floors early yesterday to cheer on their Euro 2004 heroes in the pub and at home.
Fans flooded into Huddersfield town centre, draped in the cross of St George, faces painted and hearts full of hope.
By 4.30pm, bars were already filling up - half-an-hour before kick-off.
The beer was flowing and all the seats near the big screens were taken in The Varsity bar, Zetland Street.
And despite England's defeat by the French last Sunday, fans were optimistic of a win over the Swiss.
Apprentice engineer Damien Ketchington, 18, from Newsome, expected a run-away victory for England.
He said: "I am a bit nervous but to be honest I can't see England getting beaten by Switzerland.
"If we play like we did in the first half against France we will beat them without any problems.
"I am just hoping we can stick a few past them."
His mate Matthew Benn, 20, a student from Newsome, was also confident of an England win.
"About 2-0 I think," he said. "Tonight we will put the last three minutes of the game against France behind us."
Drinkers stood for the national anthem before the match, with voices willing the boys to kick-start England's campaign.
But in the opening minutes of the game, memories of the dying minutes against the French returned.
And the frustration was clear among the mass of fans huddled in front of the screens.
But the mood turned to jubilation after 18-year-old Wayne Rooney scored the first goal with a header, becoming the youngest ever player to score in a European championship.
Almost everyone was showered in beer but it didn't matter - England were winning.
The bar, which had been quiet while the supporters were transfixed by the game, was suddenly packed by half-time.
And fans were in fine voice as the DJ played unofficial anthems to fuel the patriotic fervour.
The second half of the game started much brighter for the England side.
Despite playing in the fierce heat of Portugal they looked more lively and confident.
And back in Huddersfield, the confidence was growing as well - especially when wonderkid Rooney rammed home his second goal.
Steven Gerrard wrapped it up for the Three Lions in the closing minutes at the Citade de Coimbra stadium and then the serious business of partying began.
Cheryl Houghton-Fox, 21, a call-centre operator from Newsome, was delighted.
She said : "I came straight from work on the train to be here.
"It is such a relief after losing to France. I think we could do really well now."
Robert Laing, 24, a student from Paddock, went one step further.
"We could win it," he predicted.
"We were stood right in this spot on Sunday when we got beaten but that is all in the past. We will meet France in the final and win."
And even though the hangovers may take a while to shift, the fans will all be back on Monday night to cheer-on Sven Goran Eriksson's boys again in the Croatia match.