Merseyside pub team, and reigning BT Sport Pub Cup champions, The Liver Vaults will defend their title against The Gun from Hackney, on Saturday 2nd June at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. The winning side will pick up £5,000 of equipment for their pub along with a free BT Sport subscription.
The game will be shown live from 7pm at the King Power Stadium on BT Sport 2, but will only be on the Pub feed, so won’t be available at home – so make sure your landlord shows the match at your local!
BT Sport pundits John Hartson and Robbie Savage will take charge of the teams on the day. Hartson, a former Arsenal and Celtic forward, will manage The Liver Vaults, whilst Savage returns to Leicester City to manage The Gun. We spoke to both the managers as they prepare for the big game:
Robbie Savage- Manager, The Gun, Hackney
“Being back in Leicester in charge of The Gun, Hackney’s finest, for the BT Sport Pub Cup final is brilliant, I’m really looking forward to it and I’m hoping that we can get the win for the South. It is probably the only time these guys will get to play at the home of former Premier League champions so I hope they go out there, make the most of it and if we win, it’ll be something these guys will never forget.
“The tournament as a whole has been fantastic to watch, and is only going to get bigger too, it is great to see how much it means to these players who are representing their local pubs and trying to do something good for them.”
John Hartson- Manager, The Liver Vaults, Liverpool
“I’m very excited to be managing The Liver Vaults, as reigning champions, they know how to win so I have high hopes for Saturday’s performance. Being down at the semi-final at St George’s Park, I was able to keep an eye on them and I like the way they play, and you can really see they work well as a unit. It’s great that BT Sport are able to give these guys who are used to playing in the local park the chance to play at all these great stadiums, and I’m proud to be a part of that experience.
“I managed in last year’s final and was beaten by The Liver Vaults when Jamo (David James) managed, with a last-minute winner but I reckon we can get a more convincing victory this time around. Although whatever way we win, it’ll be a great experience for all involved and personally it’ll be nice to get one over on Robbie!”
64 teams entered this season’s tournament, with regional qualifiers taking place up and down Great Britain at iconic football grounds including The Hawthorns, Easter Road and Hillsborough. The eight regional heat winners earned a place in the semi-finals at tTe National Football Centre at St George’s Park where they were split into North and South divisions, with The Liver Vaults and The Gun winning each league respectively.
The Liver Vaults, who won the tournament last year with a last-minute strike in the final at the Emirates Stadium, qualified in their heat at Goodison Park and despite finishing second in the Northern division at SGP won the play-off 1-0 against Sheffield’s The Woodley Arm’s to secure their place in a second successive final.
The Gun started their journey at one of the London qualifiers at Millwall’s home ground The Den, and then impressed in the semi-finals going unbeaten in three group games before beating Fiveways, from Bournemouth.
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