Wembley FC will become part of broadcasting history this Friday when their FA Cup tie at Ascot United becomes the first sporting event to be broadcast live on social networking site Facebook.
The semi-pro club, whose website is powered by Club Website, travel to Ascot’s Racecourse Ground for their Extra Preliminary Round tie – the opening fixture in this season’s competition.
The stadium boasts a capacity of 1,150 but tomorrow’s game will be made available to millions worldwide by new FA Cup sponsors Budweiser via their UK Facebook page.
The match, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will only be available to viewers of legal drinking age.
“Budweiser is committed to bringing the world’s most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans,” said marketing director Ian Newell.
“What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook? This is the first time an FA Cup fixture has been broadcast live on the social network, which is great news for football fans and clubs alike.”
Wembley’s club website administrator and player Andrew Walker regards the occasion as a “big deal” for the Combined Counties Premier Division club.
“It’s an usual level of publicity for a side that normally only attracts about 50 people down to watch us every week, so to see us all over the national press yesterday was nice and caused quite a lot of excitement among the players,” Walker told Club Website.
It is not the first time Wembley FC have played an FA Cup tie in front of TV cameras. The same round of the 2008/09 competition saw now-defunct station Setanta Sports visit their Vale Farm stadium for the club’s 1-1 draw with Royston FC.
Having lost in the subsequent replay, Wembley FC’s players and supporters will be hoping for a better outcome this time around.
“We’re all excited about it, but we’re trying to make sure the attention doesn’t detract from the game itself, because ultimately the FA Cup games are important in their own right.”
763 clubs will compete in this year’s FA Cup, with six qualifying rounds taking place before the first round proper takes place the weekend of 12 November.
Premier League and Championship sides join the competition in the third round on the weekend of 7 January 2012 and the final takes place at Wembley Stadium on 5 May 2012 – less than two miles from Wembley FC’s Vale Farm home.
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