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IFA Unveils Tennent’s as New Sponsor of Irish Cup

Jim Shaw, IFA President; Irish Cup legends Michael Halliday and Brian Strain who made the draw; and Rod McCrory, from new sponsor Tennent’s.

Jim Shaw, IFA President; Irish Cup legends Michael Halliday and Brian Strain who made the draw; and Rod McCrory, from new sponsor Tennent’s.

Jim Shaw, IFA President; Irish Cup legends Michael Halliday and Brian Strain who made the draw; and Rod McCrory, from new sponsor Tennent’s.

The Irish Cup, local football’s flagship knock-out competition, has a new backer, it was announced today.  The iconic annual celebration of football which was first launched in 1881, and is now the fourth-oldest national cup competition in the world, has won the sponsorship of another iconic name: Tennent’s Lager.

The agreement marks a further extension of the partnership between the Irish Football Association and leading Northern Ireland drinks company, Tennent’s NI.

Tennent’s Lager is already the Northern Ireland team’s official beer partner and recently secured a five-year contract to supply draught beers and ciders at the new National Football Stadium for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The new official sponsor was formally introduced at the Round Five draw for what will now be known as the Tennent’s Irish Cup.  Delighted to have this opportunity to further support local football across Northern Ireland, Brian Beattie, Marketing Director at Tennent’s NI, said, “This new five-year partnership reinforces our brand’s commitment to football – and its many fans – at both local and international level.

“It’s a refreshing and exciting opportunity for Tennent’s Lager to engage with the sport right across Northern Ireland and show our long-standing and loyal consumers that we share their passion.  Football is, famously, one of the most sociable of team sports so it’s a natural link for Tennent’s Lager which has always been at the heart of sporting and community sociability in Northern Ireland.

“With Round 5 matches of the Tennent’s Irish Cup taking place on Saturday 9th January, this will be a great start to 2016 – another great year for football in Northern Ireland!”

Welcoming the new sponsor of the Irish Cup, Jim Shaw, IFA President, added; “I am delighted that the Irish Cup has a new sponsor, especially a brand as prestigious as Tennent’s Lager. The Tennent’s Irish Cup is the centrepiece of our local game and with this new partnership I look forward to seeing the competition go from strength to strength in the coming seasons.”

The draw was conducted by two-time winners Michael Halliday and Brian Strain.

There are three all-premiership ties with Linfield hosting Ballymena United, Warrenpoint  travelling to Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine taking on Ballinamallard.

Holders, Glentoran, will play Ards, while last season’s beaten finalists, Portadown, have a home tie against Wakehurst.

 

TENNENT’S IRISH CUP

ROUND 5

TO BE PLAYED SATURDAY, 9 JANUARY 2016

 

1 GLENTORAN v ARDS
2 H&W WELDERS v GLENAVON
3 LINFIELD v BALLYMENA UNITED
4 ARMAGH CITY v PORTSTEWART or MOYOLA PARK
5 CLIFTONVILLE v IMMACULATA
6 DERGVIEW or SPORT & LEISURE SWIFTS v INSTITUTE or NEWTOWNE
7 DUNGANNON SWIFTS v WARRENPOINT TOWN
8 LISBURN DISTILLERY or KNOCKBREDA v ANNAGH UNITED
9 PORTADOWN v WAKEHURST
10 CRUMLIN STAR v OXFORD UNITED STARS
11 TOBERMORE UNITED v PSNI
12 LOUGHGALL v LARNE or LIMAVADY UNITED
13 COLERAINE v BALLINAMALLARD UNITED
14 LURGAN CELTIC v BANGOR or COAGH UNITED
15 BANBRIDGE TOWN v CARRICK RANGERS
16 CRUSADERS v ABBEY VILLA or RATHFRILAND RANGERS

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