Budweiser pledges to reward The Emirates FA Cup underdog victories with helicopter beer drop to fans Back to news

6th January 2017

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Budweiser, the official beer of The Emirates FA Cup, is today launching their very first helicopter delivery service, which will be on standby throughout the Third Round – ready to take off and reward the biggest achievements that occur this weekend. The official Bud Chopper will be on standby to airdrop a Budweiser beer delivery to the fans of the team, who, against all odds, beat their tough competitors or put up the biggest fight in the Third Round.

To help celebrate these underdog achievements, and the potential for an unforgettable giant slaying, Budweiser has called on FA Cup winner David James to help them deliver thousands of bottles of free beer to the hometowns of The Emirates FA Cup’s lower-league teams. The Bud Chopper will deliver a celebratory beer drop so fans can raise a Bud to the lower-league team who defeats their higher-ranking competitor. If no underdog victories take place, Budweiser will make the executive decision to reward the fans of the team that played the hardest on the pitch, or where the fans’ loyal support came through strongest.

On Sunday 8th January from 12:00, David James and Budweiser’s dedicated team will be ready and waiting to take off from London’s Biggin Hill Airport, and make its way to the home stadium of the most successful lower-league team playing in the Third Round. David James could be delivering Budweiser to Plymouth Argyle, for their match against Liverpool F.C., or maybe Stourbridge F.C., if they defeat Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Stay up to date with the Bud Chopper’s journey via Budweiser’s social channels (@BudweiserUK).

FA Cup winner, David James, says “The Third Round is an incredibly exciting and unpredictable stage in The Emirates FA Cup no matter how big your team is or what league you’re in. It’s a privilege to be able to work with Budweiser to reward the commitment and passion of all underdog teams this weekend, and celebrate the unwavering support of football fans across the UK. This Bud’s for you.”

 Steph Okell, Marketing Manager, Budweiser UK, says “At Budweiser, we’re proud to be the Official Beer of The Emirates FA Cup, and celebrate great moments of ambition, unwavering belief and commitment. We think celebrating the underdog victories in the Third Round is the ultimate expression of this and is worth raising a Bud to. When the underdog defies all the odds, this is the beer we’ll drink – it’s going to be epic!”

 Lucy Roberts-Hartley, The Emirates FA Cup Senior Brand Managers says: “The Emirates FA Cup competition embodies the idea that anything is possible, with smaller teams being given the opportunity to take on Premier League giants in the Third Round. We are delighted that our partners Budweiser are celebrating the underdogs and their loyal fans over this truly iconic weekend in English football.”

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The “King of Beers”, Budweiser, was introduced by Adolphus Busch in 1876 and is still brewed with the same care and high‑quality, exacting standards. What began as an American original 139 years ago is a global brand today, enjoyed by consumers in 85 countries. In accordance with its original recipe, this great American lager is aged over Beachwood chips for 21 days which results in a perfectly balanced flavor and a crisp, clean refreshing taste. Budweiser is considered the world’s most valuable beer brand*.

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