– The Magic of The FA Cup –
Ex-internationals return to action at Wembley FC to make broadcasting history
A host of former football internationals including Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux, Claudio Caniggia and Brian McBride return to the game this weekend, stepping out for Combined Counties Premier Division side Wembley FC in their Extra Preliminary Round FA Cup tie against Langford FC.
While a record gate is expected this Saturday at the newly refurbished Vale Farm ground, the game also marks a moment in broadcasting history: it will be the first time an Extra Preliminary FA Cup tie has been shown on live TV. The match will also be ‘simulcast’ – airing live in the UK on ESPN and simultaneously streamed to fans around the globe via Budweiser’s Facebook page and www.BudUnited.com.
The match sees former England boss and Wembley FC Technical Advisor Terry Venables take his place in the dugout, rallying the legends out of retirement for another shot at playing in the most famous domestic cup competition in the world.
Terry Venables, Wembley FC Technical Advisor, comments:
“The FA Cup holds some very special memories for me, from my time as both a player and a manager. The new boys coming in have a wealth of experience at the very highest level and people like Ray Parlour have the FA Cup winner medals to prove it. That can only help the lads here and shine a light on the importance of grassroots football here in the UK and around the world.”
Jason Warner, Global Vice President, Budweiser, comments:
“Last season’s FA Cup was one of the most nail-biting and exciting to date, and it’s something we all want to see again. Broadcasting the game live on ESPN is a first for a tie at this stage of the competition, and in conjunction with the live stream online will bring the magic of the FA Cup closer to passionate football fans across the globe.”
Brian Gumm, Chairman of Wembley FC, comments:
“We know the local community of Wembley has been hotly anticipating this tie since the draw was made and we announced the legends eligibility at a press conference back in June. We’re looking forward to our fans turning up on Saturday to share what will be a brilliant moment in this club’s history.”
The progress of Wembley FC in this season’s FA Cup is to be shown as part of a documentary series to be broadcast on ESPN from 16 August 2012 at 10pm. The eight part series entitled ‘Dream.On. The Journey of Wembley FC’ chronicles the life of grassroots football in the UK, looking at the non-league side and the signing of a number of household names within the squad and staff.
Tune into ESPN, www.facebook.com/budweiseruk or www.BudUnited.com from 12.30pm GMT on 11 August to watch the game live, with kick off at 12.45pm
To stay in touch with Wembley FC and their progress with Budweiser visit http://www.wembleyfc.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @WembleyFC
For more information on The FA Cup with Budweiser visit www.facebook.com/budweiseruk
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About Budweiser & Football
Budweiser and its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has a vast heritage in football including partnerships with the FIFA World Cup, the Copa América, a number of local leagues, tournaments across the world and, of course, The FA Cup.
About Wembley FC
Wembley FC was formed in 1946 and is part of the Combined Counties League playing their home games at Vale Farm – famously the training ground of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team.
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