The BT Sport Pub Cup has taken us around the country and provided plenty of material for the highlights reel. Here’s some of the action from this year’s tournament…
1. The Players
With more than 190 teams taking part this year, thousands of players had the chance to step out at pro stadiums. Not that everyone seemed to know where they were supposed to be…
2. The management
Players can thrive off passion from the sidelines. Our Wolverhampton champs, The Wrekin View, show what it means.
3. The fans
And it always helps to have a little support coming from the stands as well…
4. The goals
We witnessed some crackers up and down the land. This one took the Hole in the Wall, Armagh, through to the semi-finals in Manchester.
5. And another!
The Inn at Elderslie made it all the way to the final – helped along the way by goal-busting strikes like this.
6. The misses
But this is pub football, so not everyone was quite as hot in front of goal.
7. The penalty shoot outs
We had them at heats all over the country but perhaps the most dramatic came in the semi-finals at Manchester when The Golden Hind knocked out The Wheatsheaf.
8. The saves
There were some fantastic stops and, like this, some that were a little more unconventional.
9. The walkouts
Every Pub Cup team got to experience the walk from the tunnel to the pitch. Here they are at Anfield, with hope in their hearts.
10. The licensees
It’s always great when the pub guvnor joins the team for the day. We caught up with a few in front of the bar…
11. The stars of the future
And we met plenty of players (and punters) of the future too
12. The stars of today
Our pundits were on hand at the semis and finals to provide great tips and advice. Here’s Rachel Brown-Finnis getting Shifnal’s number one ready for the final
13. The stars of today (part 2)
And here’s what happens when you try to conduct a pitch-side interview with Robbie Savage nearby…
14. Jeff Brazier Appreciation Society
On the subject of talent, let’s take a moment to enjoy presenter Jeff Brazier casually showing his juggling skills…
15. The stadiums
One of the joys of the Pub Cup is getting to play at, or just visit, some of the greatest grounds in the land. Playing at the home of the champions of England made the semi-finals a special day for many.
16. The trophy
This is what they all wanted to get their hands on. Clearly Adam Green, the captain of men’s champions CJ’s became rather attached to the Pub Cup…
17. That winning feeling
Who doesn’t love a good trophy lift? Our first ever women’s champs, Shifnal Town Sports Bar, show how it’s done.