Driven by fond memories of life at The Milton Arms, Carl Paddon is now playing a part behind the bar in a bid to give the pub a new lease of life.
The 31-year-old became the assistant manager of the pub, in Milton, Portsmouth, after a change in ownership around five weeks ago.
And he is keen to make it a thriving hub of the community – like he remembers it being when he was a regular.
‘I have great memories of The Milton Arms, going back as far as 10 years ago when it used to be my local,’ he said.
‘It used to he a hub of the community on Pompey match days.
‘It used to be a thriving community pub and representative of the people of Milton.
‘I would like to get it back to how it used to be.’
Carl works under Steve Hudson, who has taken on the lease of the pub.
And the pub was brimming with life on Saturday as Pompey fans packed out the bar before the club’s home clash with Luton.
Plans are in place to officially relaunch the pub’s music venue, The Barn, which will be overseen by new event manager, Chris Vaux.
And Carl, who juggles life at the pub while also working as an employee at energy firm SSE, said he is looking forward to what’s in store moving forward.
‘The pub has got a bright future,’ he said.
‘There is a motivation from everybody involved, whether it’s me, Steve or Chris, and we have had good feedback from people.
‘It’s really still just the beginning.
‘We haven’t really got going yet with our plans and ideas, but it’s all really exciting.’
Speaking of why he enjoys life at the pub, Carl said: ‘I like the community aspect.
‘There’s a great atmosphere and it’s nice to help people enjoy themselves.’