Sport of Thrones’ Maisie Williams pictured as a younger baby at hardcore Bristol Metropolis followers’ Flag Day

She has spent virtually half her life taking part in a diminutive murderer in a world filled with warriors and dragons, however now this image might help reveal simply the place actress Maisie Williams was toughened up.

Right here she is, as a toddler who had simply turned 4, at Flag Day, the hardcore Bristol City followers’ celebration day staged as soon as a season.

Taken there by her father, pictured sitting behind her, the little Maisie is surrounded by cider-fuelled followers in Metropolis shirts outdoors the Three Lions pub in Bedminster, close to Metropolis’s Ashton Gate floor.

It’s thought the image was taken on the finish of the 2000-01 season, simply after Maisie’s fourth birthday, and it reveals that Maisie, who turned 20 this 12 months, grew up in a really manly world of pleasant however uncompromising soccer followers.

A photograph in The Three Lions pub on West Avenue that includes Maisie Williams (entrance row)

It actually may assist clarify why she was such a pure as Arya Stark, the pocket-rocket murderer who goes round bumping off her a lot larger enemies in Sky’s Game of Thrones, which returns for its penultimate season on Monday.

The image is considered one of many group pictures taken of Flag Days down the years, and presently adorns the wall above the doorway to the lads’s bogs within the pub.

Maisie Williams at Flag Day on the Three Lions pub as a small baby c2000-2002


“Flag Day has at all times been a celebration, a household day, and Maisie was very younger when she would come,” stated one common. “She’s as Metropolis as f*** and her dad used to carry her.”

What’s Flag Day?

The day is a colourful and noisy affair with followers gathering inside and out of doors the Three Lions – the non secular dwelling of Metropolis’s most vociferous supporters – to unfurl their flags, collect, let off smoke grenades identified by the followers as ‘pyros’, and sing Metropolis songs, earlier than heading right down to the match.

Flag Day for Bristol Metropolis followers on the Three Lions pub, with a younger Maisie Williams within the entrance row

Flag Day takes place inside and out of doors the Three Lions pub on West Avenue in Bedminster. The Three Lions is a landmark venue in BS3 with its distinctive St George’s flag street art front.

It’s additionally well-known for a wide range of wacky stunts – together with having an ‘octopus’ predicting World Cup results final summer season, and the mysterious tale of the Millwall team bus sign that had been on the wall of the pub for no less than twenty years, earlier than it was abortively proposed to be handed again to Millwall supporters, in honour of considered one of their quantity’s heroic actions within the London Bridge terror assault.

When is Flag Day?

It was historically at or close to the tip of the season, however a number of years in the past was switched to the primary dwelling recreation of the season.

This 12 months, Bristol Metropolis’s first recreation of the season was at home to Leeds – a excessive profile and excessive safety recreation which was additionally happening on a Sunday afternoon.

So the decision was taken to move Flag Day to the second recreation of the season – this Saturday, August 17, which sees Queen’s Park Rangers go to Ashton Gate.

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