Matty Johns (middle) with the fans outside the Royal Hotel at Leyburn yesterday. Pub owner Shane Webcke is at right.
Matty Johns (middle) with the fans outside the Royal Hotel at Leyburn yesterday. Pub owner Shane Webcke is at right. Gerard Walsh

Paint change at the Leyburn pub

SHANE Webcke rated the turn up as unbelievable when the roof of his Royal Hotel at Leyburn was painted red and blue after the pub owner lost a bet to Matty Johns on the Brisbane Broncos game against Newcastle.

As the cameras rolled for Thursday’s Matty Johns Show and Johns started climbing a ladder to the roof, Webcke said seeing the pub change colour was one of the worst days of his life.

Johns on the other hand was upbeat about heading bush to present a Knights jersey to former Broncos star Webcke.

“You can become a bit Sydneyfied so it is great to get out in smaller places,” he said.

“I’ve been to Warwick a couple of times but this is my first trip to Leyburn.

“Webbie told me how good the people are out here, this is fantastic.”

When a producer from Channel Seven asked Knights fans to assemble for a photo for the Daily News, Webcke was quick to point out more than once there were only seven Newcastle fans in a crowd of hundreds.

As he busily signed autographs, he admitted the day was more fun than sad.

“I was initially apprehensive when asked to be on the Matty Johns Show but it is fun,” Webcke said.

“Matty works so hard.”

There were Broncos fans galore at Leyburn yesterday, including Claire Hope, of Warwick, who suggested Webcke had a “senior’s moment” when he made the bet.

She wasn’t sure what made her and a family group of 12 head to Leyburn as they don’t support the Knights at all.

“We’re Broncos fans,” she said.



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