A pub football team saw their football dreams turn to reality as their Sunday league match was given a taste of the big time and transformed into a game they’ll never forget.
Players from Longbridge FC looked on in amazement as more than 200 fans turned up to watch them – accompanied by pre-match pyrotechnics on the pitch, professional PA announcer, introduction music and a rousing version of the national anthem sung by renowned opera singer Kathryn Sayles.
Even film crews and photographers assembled at Senneleys Park for the Birmingham Festival Alliance Division One match with local rivals Hellenic.
The surprise VIP treatment was laid on by Carling as part of its national campaign to make the game better for non league teams all over the nation.
The activity marks the start of a campaign for Carling who will travel the UK celebrating teams who have joined its pub football website – www.carling.com/pubfootball.
Rich Smith, Carling Sponsorship Manager, said: “Longbridge FC is a great example to us all. Any team who’ll get of bed on a Sunday morning because they don’t want to let the rest of the lads down is worth celebrating. It’s great to be able to turn up unannounced and give them an experience to talk about back in the pub for years to come.”