After a covid-enforced break The Pub Cup is back – and players can’t wait to kick things off
Just weeks after Italy ultimately triumphed at Wembley, pub players from across the UK are gearing up to go one step better than England at the national stadium.
A total of 80 men’s and women’s pub teams from across the country have been drawn out of the hat and will start their Pub Cup campaigns in the coming days.
This year’s Pub Cup will see tournaments held at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus, with the winners of each going through to our finals day at Wembley on August 8.
The journey will provide an unrivalled sporting experience for all of those taking part, while the winners will come home with the trophy and free BT Sport for a year for their pub along with £1,000 to spend at the BT shop.
Neil Rowley, manager at Stonegate pub The Swan, in West Wickham, Bromley, said his side cannot wait to take to the pitch at Bisham Abbey on Saturday (July 25).
“We originally put a team together for a charity match and we did really well. I saw the Pub Cup was heading to Wembley this year which was a huge attraction so I entered and didn’t think we would get in.
The Swan prepared for the Pub Cup with a charity game at Selhurst Park…
“When I found out and told everyone, they were all buzzing and cannot wait to get going!”
The squad is made up of regulars at the pub, who will head to Bisham Abbey in a minibus for the event.
Everyone is talking about it and we all really want to get to Wembley. I used to play but I’ll be watching on from the sidelines this time, wearing ‘The Boss’ t-shirt and bucket hat we received in our welcome pack from BT!
Steve Hood, from Greene King sports pub The Bedford, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, will also be on a watching brief at Bisham Abbey.
The Pub Cup prompted him to get a women’s team together to enter the tournament.
He said: “We love football here and we have been wanting to sponsor teams and get a women’s team together.
“I was talking to one of the players who used to play for Eastbourne Town Women and said that with the Pub Cup we might have to get this sorted even quicker!
We entered and got in which means for some it will be the first time they have played together but they should be fine – the prize of Wembley is something they all really want.
If The Bedford make it to Wembley, they could be up against the Bird in Hand from Garforth, Leeds, who will compete in the Manchester heat.
Tracey Cooke, licensee at the freehouse, said the team, Garforth Rangers LFC, use the pub as base.
“They are really excited about it and have every intention of winning and getting to Wembley. I’m not a footballer myself, so I’ll be cheering them on from the sideline.”
The Pub Cup stats with seven-a-side tournaments on the following dates:
- Bisham Abbey, Men’s, Saturday July 24
- Bisham Abbey, Women’s, Sunday July 25
- Manchester City Etihad Campus, Men’s and Women’s, Sunday August 1
The winning teams in each event will progress to an 11-a-side final at Wembley on Sunday August 8.
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