Bovril has been a long-standing match-day favourite, heating the terraces up and down the country on a cold winter’s day. So sacred that things kicked off last year when Manchester City temporarily removed it from its drinks menu. However, there’s a new winter warmer which has arrived at Stockport County, aiming to fill the stands of Edgeley Park with festive cheer by creating the nation’s first Christmas dinner in a cup.
Dripping in gravy, this tasty match day must-have from one of Greater Manchester’s football clubs has been created to deliver some festive magic on and off the pitch. Celebrating the launch of the County Courtyard fan zone, it comes complete with all the festive trimmings you’d expect to see on Christmas Day including roast turkey, pigs in blanket, mash potato, gravy, stuffing, and Brussel sprout.
Priced at £4.50, County fans will be able to pick up a Christmas dinner in a cup at the County Courtyard from 1.30pm (as well as half time) on Saturday 17 December when County face Gillingham. Stockport County’s dedicated fan zone will be able to cater for up to 1,500 fans thanks to three shipping containers and a stretch tent providing cover from Stockport’s unpredictable downpours, plus it will serving up a host of festive favourites before and after the match including Bratwurst hotdogs, pies and Yorkshire pudding wraps.
Jonathan Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer for Stockport County, said: “Fusing Christmas traditions with winter football traditions, Christmas dinner in a cup has been designed to bring some festive cheer to Edgeley Park, adding to County’s already electric atmosphere. Created especially for our fixture against Gillingham, fans visiting the County Courtyard will be able to tuck into delicious festive warmer pre-match, getting them ready to cheer on some tasty action on the pitch.”
With matches taking place on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day this year in true tradition, fans are going to need a warm drink to keep them in good spirits, win or lose. Many of us rely on Bovril to hold between our glove-clad hands as we watch chilly, nail-biting games but the idea of continuing the festive grub with all the best of bits of Christmas dinner in a cup sounds rather appealing.