The Liver Vaults pub in Liverpool is £5,000 better off thanks to a last minute winner at Arsenal's Emirates stadium.

Its pub football team won the inaugural BT Sport Pub Cup with a 3-2 victory over Hertfordshire's The Great Northern. As well as the cash prize the pub also receives free BT Sport for a year.

With BT Sport pundits Harry Redknapp, John Hartson and David James all in attendance, the players from both sides were treated to a Premier League experience on the day.

 

 

Official buses were laid on from both venues, while on arrival they were greeted with their respective managers for the day. The Great Northern were managed by former West Ham and Wales forward John Hartson, while the Liver Vaults had former Liverpool and England stopper David James.

Bruce Cuthbert, BT Sport director of commercial customers, said: "We really wanted to create something that celebrated the vital role pubs play in grass roots football. To be able to give these pubs this experience is brilliant and you can see what it means to all involved.

"We have seen over 900 entries from our pub customers and it has really reinforced the strength of that bond between pubs and football to us and we will be looking at how we make it bigger and better in 2018."

Highlights of the game will be shown on BT Sport 1 on Saturday ahead of the FA Cup Final.

 

 

For more information or to register your interest in the 2018 event please visit www.btsportpubcup.com