The winner of Budweiser Dream Goal, a hunt for the UK’s best amateur goal of the season, has today officially been revealed as 33 year old Warren Byrne from Durham.
Warren beat thousands of players from across the UK to be crowned Dream Goal winner, and has the once-in-a-lifetime experience of having his screamer analysed on national television by Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Ed Chamberlin. He also takes home an impressive £50k grant from Budweiser Club Futures to support the non-league club of his choice.
Byrne’s winning goal for his team, South Shields FC of South Tyneside, was revealed on national television during Sky Sports’ main halftime slot, as a dramatic finale for the nationwide competition. His goal will then be given the star treatment that professional goal scorers enjoy, and be analysed and celebrated on TV by some of Sky Sports’ best pundits – Carragher, Redknapp and Chamberlin.
In addition to being crowned winner of Dream Goal 2016, Warren has also won a remarkable £50,000 grant to support a non-league football club of his choice – a new addition to this year’s prize package provided by Budweiser Club Futures.
He said of his win: “I’m still in shock that the pundits chose my goal, especially given there were so many great contenders shown on Sky Sports over the last few weeks! My club, South Shields FC, are completely made up with my win and have already started making big plans for the £50k prize. Getting a call from Carragher, Redknapp and Chamberlin was also an absolute highlight, and one I won’t forget anytime soon – thank you Budweiser Dream Goal!”
Warren’s goal came during a nail-biting game against Tow Law Town in the Northern League Division 2.
Footballer-turned pundit Jamie Carragher said: “The standard of entries this year has been so high it’s incredible – it certainly made picking the winner that little bit harder. We deliberated for a long time, but in the end we all agreed that Warren’s goal had that special something to ultimately win Budweiser Dream Goal 2016.”
Laura Salway, senior brand manager at Budweiser, says of the campaign: “Budweiser Dream Goal got off to a flying start when we launched it last year, but this year has been even bigger and better. We’ve had even more goals submitted, more people getting behind the competition and – of course – our amazing new prize fund to support the amateur clubs of our winners and runners up via Budweiser Club Futures.”
You can view Warren Byrne’s goal below: